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How to Check and Change Your Tires

Tires at Pete Moore Mitsubishi in Pensacola, FL
Tires are a critical aspect of maintaining the health and safety of not only your vehicle, but also you. Worn or misaligned tires can spell disaster easily, leading to an increased risk of hydroplaning or slipping. If you think it might be time for a new set of tires, there are a few different ways you can check this, and if conditions warrant replacement, changing the tires is easier than you'd think.

First of all, if you own a vehicle that falls under the category of performance car, light truck, or medium commercial vehicle, you may be using tires that have a tread wear indicator bar already on them. This bar is embedded inside the treads at a depth of 2/32”, so all you have to do is glance at the tire to check how worn your tires are. If the bars are showing, it's time for a new set.

If you don't have one of those vehicles, you can also check tread depth using a tread depth gauge, which you can purchase at any auto parts store. Just stick the probe into a groove in your tire, push it in, and read the result.

Tire Tread Close Up at Pete Moore Mitsubishi in Pensacola, FL
Another popular way is to simply do what is called the Penny Test. Using a penny, turn Lincoln upside down and place him headfirst between the tread ribs. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, the tread depth has surpassed 2/32”, and you need to replace your tires.
Tire Service At Pete Moore Mitsubishi in Pensacola, FL

When changing a tire, make sure you have a wrench and a jack. Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts on your wheel, and the jack to boost your vehicle off the ground. When the wheel you are currently working on is suspended in the air due to the jack, pull the tire towards you to pull it off the wheel. Then simply replace with the new tire and put the lug nuts back on.

Once you've done this for all four tires, you have successfully replaced old, worn, or damaged tires with a shiny new set. For questions or concerns about your tires or other service related issues, feel free to contact us at Pete Moore Mitsubishi in our Service Department in Pensacola!  

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