Do I Need New Tires?
Check both sides of the Tire for Damage. This could be in the form of chunks of missing Rubber, deep abrasions from hitting curbs, or a bulge in the Sidewall. A Bulge in the Sidewall is likely related to a Broken Cord inside the Tire. This is a serious condition. This can lead to a Tire Failing. Any chunking larger than a dime is bad. Larger Cracks or divots may be a sign of hitting a curb or an impact with a Road Hazard. No Tire Safety Check is complete without measuring the Tread. All Tires have a bar in the grooves that indicates 2/32nds of an inch. If this bridge in the groove is level with the top of the Tread, then you know it is time to change your Tires. You can also measure the Depth of the tread using a penny. If you can see all Lincoln’s head, then the Tire needs replaced.
Also check the Tread for areas of Uneven Wear. This could be a sign of Mechanical issues such as Worn Suspension Parts or a Wheel Misalignment. Irregular Wear is more common on the Front Tires. To inspect the Tread, turn the Steering Wheel all the way to one side so you can see the entire surface of the Tread. Rub your Hand down the Tread Both Ways. If the Tread is Rough one Way Your Tires are out of Alignment. You should have your Tires Rotated and the Vehicle Inspected for Mechanical Issues. If any part of the Tread is completely Smooth or if Tread Cords are showing through the Rubber. You need New Tires.