Although much has changed about cars over the years, the one constant is the four wheels. While it’s important to keep the vehicle’s engine running well, what about the tires? The experts at Tire Warehouse Kauai in Lihue, HI, can help you decide between a tire repair or replacement.
For those planning on heading to the auto store, here are a few tips to help decide if you need new wheels or tire repair:
- Tread Test: This “penny test” will let you know if your treads are worn down beyond the safety line. For those who’ve never done it, place a penny into the tread, with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can still see his hairline, the tread is too low and should be replaced.
- Bulges & Cracks: When a tire has a slow leak that won’t quit, your tire will start getting a tell-tale bulge on the side, and the outer rubber will start forming cracks and gouges. If you see these signs, it might be time for tire repair.
- Tire Pressure: Repeated drops in pressure aren’t always a sign of a slow leak. Tires can be sensitive to temperature changes, and a sudden drop in degrees outside can trigger the warning light to go off in your car’s dashboard. Check your tire pressure, and, if any are below the recommended pounds per square inch (PSI), head to the nearest gas station with an air pump. Your driver’s manual should tell you the recommended PSI for your vehicle.
If you’re in need of tire repair or replacement in Hawaii, contact Tire Warehouse Kauai. Visit their website for contact information, or give them a call at (808) 245-6754 today to schedule an appointment at the tire store.