Simple and Effective Instructions for Checking Car Tires

- Simple and Effective Instructions for Checking Car Tires
Latest update date: February 21, 06

Tire is one of the most important parts of the car, playing a key role in ensuring the safety and performance of the vehicle. Regularly checking car tires not only helps prolong tire life but also contributes to ensuring the safety of the driver and passengers in the car.

The inspection includes many factors such as tire pressure, tread depth, uneven wear, and signs of external damage. Tools needed for inspection include a tire pressure gauge, tread depth gauge, and a light for close observation. In addition, understanding tire safety standards prescribed by manufacturers and traffic management agencies is also very important in the process of checking and evaluating the condition of car tires. By performing regular tire checks, we can:

  • Improve safety when driving
  • Extend tire life
  • Energy saving
  • Improve vehicle performance

Furthermore, checking tires also helps detect potential problems early, so that they can be handled promptly, avoiding unfortunate risks that may occur on the road. In this article, we will learn in detail about the car tire inspection process, the entities involved, and its importance to the safety and efficiency of car use. If your tires have the signs below, replace them immediately.

Tires Worn To One Side

Tires sideways are a phenomenon caused by a problem with the steering wheel tilt angle of a car. Then the tire will be tilted inward or tilted outward than usual. Problems in the performance of the suspension, coupling and tweezers can also cause the tire to wear sideways. 

In addition, it is not excluded that the tire will encounter this sign because the car often has to carry heavy loads, the owner does not turn the car around often.

signs of a car tire is broken
Tires are worn off one side

Tires Worn On Both Sides 

When you notice that the tire is worn out on both sides, while the middle part is still not worn, it may be because the car is constantly moving when the tire is bloated. More importantly, if the tire is too soft, the elasticity of the tire is not maintained, the heat will easily accumulate in the tire and possibly cause the tire to explode. 

The case of long-worn sideways tires is also likely to cause the car's suspension system to completely fail. 

Middle Part Of Tire Worn

If the deflection on both sides of the tire is caused by running the car when the tire is low, then the middle tire wear is a common condition if you frequently drive when the tire is too tight. In fact, many people are thinking: stretch tires are easier to drive. But the truth is not so.

Tires too stretch will make the middle part of the tire in contact with the road surface more than the sides of the tire. Causes tire traction uncertainty and leads to tire damage quickly.

signs should change car tires
The middle part of the tire is worn out

Tires And Cracked

If a car regularly moves on rough, convex roads, it will soon appear that cracks in the tire wall will appear due to a strong collision. In addition, a tire that is too young or too stretchy can cause swelling and cracking of a tire.

check car tires
The tire is inflated

Tire Wearing Bar Visible

Modern automotive tires will incorporate wear bars under the tread groove. When the tire is new, it is difficult to see the presence of wear indicator bars. However, after a long period of use, if the wear bar can be clearly seen on the tire, it is time for the tire to be replaced.

signs of worn tires
Tire wear indicator bar

Depth Of Tire Groove Not Guaranteed

In order for car tire traction to be effective, the tire grooves need to reach a depth of over 1.6mm. If moving regularly on slippery roads, the depth of the groove should be over 3.2mm.

Check the depth of car tires by using a thin plastic ruler and plugging in the tire groove. If the tread depth does not meet the above specification, your tire will be in "unstable" situation.

measure the depth of the tire groove
Measure tire groove depth

note: Thanh Phong Auto recommends you Regularly go to the garage to check whether to change the tire or wiseg when about 64.000 Km.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. How often should car tire pressure be checked?

You should check tire pressure at least once a month and before going on long trips. Check when the tire is cold, meaning the vehicle has not moved or has been stopped for at least 1 hours.

2. What level should normal car tire pressure be?

Normal tire pressure ranges from 30-35 PSI (2.1-2.4 bar). However, it is necessary to comply with the manufacturer's recommended pressure index, usually written on the car door or fuel tank cap.

3. What is the minimum tread depth according to regulations?

According to regulations, the minimum tread depth is 1.6mm. However, to ensure safety, tires should be replaced when the tread depth is about 3mm.

4. Why is it necessary to rotate car tires?

Tire rotation helps:

  • Evenly distribute wear between tires
  • Extend tire life by 20-25%
  • Improved performance and traction
  • Fuel savings 3-5%

5. How long is the normal car tire rotation cycle?

Car tires should be rotated every 8,000-10,000 km or every 6 months, whichever comes first.

6. What are the signs that the wheel angle needs to be adjusted?

Signs that it is necessary to align the wheel angle:

  • The car leans to one side when going straight
  • The steering wheel vibrates when moving
  • Tires wear unevenly
  • Unusual noise from tires

7. What is the average lifespan of car tires?

The average lifespan of car tires is about 50,000-80,000 km or 3-5 years, depending on tire quality, usage and maintenance.

8. Should all 4 tires be replaced at the same time or can they be replaced individually?

It's best to replace all four tires at the same time to ensure optimal performance. If only 4 tires are to be replaced, they should be installed on the rear axle to improve vehicle stability and control. Read the article to share now Signs you should change your car tires Helps you gain more experience and good tips to ensure safety during vehicle movement.

9. Should we use recycled tires?

Recycled tires should not be used because:

  • The quality is not equal
  • Heat resistance and durability are worse than new tires
  • Potential safety risk when traveling at high speeds

10. When is the best time to check your tires?

The best time to check tires is early in the morning or after the vehicle has been stopped for at least 3 hours. At this time, the tire has completely cooled down, giving the most accurate measurement results. Additionally, you can refer to some How to protect car tires for a long time shared on the website from time to time.

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  • Kenny 23/08/2020

    Dear customers service,
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