What is included in a tire inspection?

At least once a month, inspect your tires, including your spare tire, consisting of an inflation check, tread depth check and a visual search for damage from road hazards, such as scrapes, bulges, cuts, nails, irregular wear, etc.

How do you inspect tires?


  1. Take a penny and hold Abe’s body between your thumb and forefinger.
  2. Select a point on your tire where tread appears the lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves.
  3. If any part of Abe Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re driving with the legal and safe amount of tread.

What 3 things must be checked on every tire?

Ultimate Guide to Tire Checks: Tread Depth, Air Pressure, and more. Tires are a huge expense for any vehicle and proper maintenance ensures you’re always driving on the safest set.

Is the penny test for tires accurate?

For years, motorists have been told the “penny test” is an accurate indicator of whether or not you need new tires. The test is conducted by sticking a penny head down in a tire tread; if you see all of Lincoln’s head, then you should change the tires. The one with an eighth of an inch of tread stopped in 300 feet.

How do you tell if your tires will pass inspection?

The Penny Method Ensure the edge of the penny is touching the bottom of the tread, rather than a tread bar. The distance from the edge of a penny to Lincoln’s head is about 1/16 inch, so you need to replace your tires if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head.

How often should your tires be rotated?

every 5,000 to 8,000 miles
This common maintenance task—which should typically be done every 5,000 to 8,000 miles—isn’t one you should ignore. It may seem minor, but remember: Tires are the only thing that comes between your 2-ton vehicle and the road.

What is the minimum acceptable tire tread depth?

2/32 of
Most states require a minimum of 2/32 of an inch (approximately 1.6 mm) of tread, but two require less, some have no requirements, and some defer to the federal criterion for commercial vehicle safety inspections.

What is a good tread depth for used tires?

Used tires tread can be up to 90%, but the average is 6-8/32”. Tires in good condition should have a minimum of 6/32” to be useful, or 4/32” if the tire is 13-14”. The average legal minimum tread depth is 2/32”, but driving becomes unsafe with such a tread.

How do you know when it’s time for new tires?

The penny test is a simple way to do this. Just place a penny upside down in your tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it may be time for new tires. Use a tire pressure gauge to make sure your tires are properly inflated and then fill your tires with air as needed.

How do you check the air pressure on a tire?

Check Tire Pressure Use a tire pressure gauge to make sure your tires are properly inflated and then fill your tires with air as needed. To check your pressure, remove the valve stem cap, press the gauge head evenly onto the valve stem, use firm pressure so that the hissing sound stops. Remove the gauge and read the pressure.

What should I look for when inspecting my wheel?

• When inspecting wheels look for cracks and damage • In addition, inspecting the hardware will insure you achieve optimal tire performance • Radial tires flex more which results in wearing out wheel parts quicker than bias ply tires Wheel ‐Back Section Failure Inspect Pre and Post Shift

What do I need to know about servicing tires and rims?

When servicing tires and rims, please refer to the following documents in addition to this presentation: OSHA (U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration), Code of Federal Regulations 29 CFR Part 1910.177, “Servicing multi‐piece and single‐ piece rim wheels”.