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Healthy Tires Means Safe Driving

Checking your tire condition regularly is important to keep your vehicle as safe as possible. A slow leak may not be noticeable until the vehicle alerts you to low tire pressure, and changing it promptly will improve the fuel economy. If there is visible wear and tear on your tires, it is important to change them as soon as possible to keep your vehicle driving safely.

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Checking Tread Depth

Checking tread depth is easy but necessary in the maintenance of your tires. There are two simple methods you can check your own tread depth with. The first is with a coin – simply take a toonie and insert it into the tire tread. If the tread reaches the bear’s paws, you have lots of tread left. If it covers the silver part of the toonie your tires are about half worn down. If the tread only reaches the letters of “CANADA” or “DOLLARS”, your tires are worn out and need to be replaced. The second way to check your tires is with a tire tread depth gauge, which is available at most gas stations. Find the shallowest groove of the tire tread and insert the pin of the gauge. It will give you a number between 6/32” and 2/32”. If the number is 4/32” or lower, your tires should be changed as soon as possible. At 2/32” your tires are considered bald and a safety hazard.

Checking Tire Pressure

Keeping the pressure in your tires balanced is key for making sure they wear evenly and to avoid problems like wearing one side of the tire down at a faster rate than the other. Your tires will say directly on the side what their optimal pressure level is, but a safe range for most tires lies between 30psi to 34psi. What matters most is that all of your tires maintain the same pressure, this will avoid uneven wearing and keep your tires lasting as long as they can.

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Get Your Tires Changed at Kelowna Toyota in Kelowna, BC

Staying updated on the condition of your tires is an easy, but effective way to stay safe on the road. For all your tire needs, visit Kelowna Toyota at 1200 Leathead Rd, Kelowna, BC V1X 2K4 or you can give our expert Service Staff a call at (250) 491-2475 to make an appointment for your vehicle.

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