How To Inspect a Tire

Once every month, or before you embark upon long road trips, check your tires for wear and damage problems. One easy way to check for wear is by
using the penny test. All you have to do is grab your spare change and follow 3 easy steps.

 

1.  Take a penny and hold Abe's body between your thumb and forefinger.
2.  Select a point on your tire where tread appears the lowest and place Lincoln's head into one of the grooves.
3.  If any part of Abe Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, you're driving with the legal and safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that (approximately 2/32 of an inch), your car's ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.

 

For more serious problems, we’ve created an easy-to-use online tool below to help you identify issues and learn how to fix them. (And if you need new tires, there’s an easy-to-use Find a Tire Tool to your right.)

Tire Inspector Tool

The Tire Doctor will see you now. If you notice a problem with one of your tires, we can diagnose it here.

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Although not available online, we may be able to help you find a tire that fits your selection.

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- The vehicle's window sticker, or a decal usually located on the side or rear of the vehicle
- The vehicle owner manual
- Your original sales invoice.
  • Your vehicle was manufactured with multiple tire sizes. Please select your size.

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  • Find the exact tire quickly using your tire size. Check your owner's manual or tire sidewall to find the required specifications.

  • This three-digit number represents the width of the tire in millimeters (mm), measured from sidewall to sidewall. Since this measure is affected by the width of the rim, the measurement is done when the tire is on its intended rim size.  <div><img src="/assets/bfg/system/images/contextual-help/R2-width.png" /></div>
  • The aspect ratio is the relationship of a tire's sidewall height to its section width, expressed as a percentage. In this example, the tire sidewall height is approximately 55% of the tire width. The higher the number, the taller the sidewall; the lower the number, the lower the sidewall.<div><img src="/assets/bfg/system/images/contextual-help/R2-aspect.png" /></div>
  • The diameter of the rim in inches.<div><img src="/assets/bfg/system/images/contextual-help/R2-diameter.png" /></div>
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  • If you know the name of the tire are looking for, select the tire from the list below.

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  • All tires fall into certain categories. If you're wanting to do a broad search of our tire lines, use the list below.

  • All tires fall into certain categories. If you're wanting to do a broad search of our tire lines, use the list below.
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