Checking My Tyres – Tread Depth, Damage & Pressure
NOTE: If you are in any doubt – please call our friendly professional team who will happily take a look, completely free and without any obligation!
Tyres should be checked regularly to make sure they have plenty of tread, are free from damage and that the pressures are set correctly.
- To check your tyres tread depth you should park the vehicle on a flat surface and turn the steering wheel one way. This will expose the face of the tyre.
- Using a tread depth gauge (can be purchased from any motoring shop) bridge the gauge across the strips of tread and push needle section down into the groove.
- Remove the gauge without touch the needle and take the reading. This should be done at several places over the tyre face to check that wear is consistent.
- Remember, if you are checking the legality of the tyre, it needs to be checked across the central 3/4 around the whole circumference.
- If you are in any doubt about the tread of your tyres, do not hesitate to get in contact. We can send a friendly trained professional to come and give you a FREE tyre assessment without any obligation.
- To check your tyres are free from damage simply perform a visual inspection of the tyre side wall.
- You are looking to see if there are any tyre bulges. This is where the inner build-up of the tyre has been damaged.
- When a tyre has a bulge it is potentially dangerous and should be changed.
- Also check there are no splits in the tyre side wall. Not all splits are dangerous so don’t panic if you find one. If there are any splits in your tyre, call us and we can send a trained professional to tell you if the split is dangerous completely FREE.
- If you are in any doubt give us a call and we can send a trained professional to help set your tyres pressures correctly, completely FREE and without any obligation.
- To check your tyre pressures simply look inside of the driver or passenger door of your vehicle. There will usually be a sticker giving you the tyre pressures in ‘PSI’ and/or ‘bar’.
- If you can’t find it, it should also appear in your vehicle handbook. Using a pump with a gauge (which you can find at most petrol stations) unscrew the dust cap and push the end onto the valve.
- The gauge will now display a reading. It may already be the correct setting, however if not, simply add/remove air as required.
- Remember there will usually be a different setting for the front and back tyres.
If you are in any doubt give us a call and we can send a trained professional to help set your tyres pressures correctly, completely FREE and without any obligation.