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MINI Tire Maintenance & Rotation

How Often Should I Check The Tires On My Car or SUV?

You will want to regularly examine your vehicle's tire pressure because all tires will lose pressure progressively, during both warm and cold temperature months. The weather isn't the only factor that results in a decrease in pressure either. Altitude shifts, flexing and tire wall impacts will slowly cause tire air pressure to decline. It is recommended that you inspect your car's tire pressure at least once a month. 

What Are Optimal Tire Pressure And Tread Depth Levels On A MINI?

Optimal tire pressure levels fluctuate by tire type and size. You can find the ideal air pressure level outlined inside your vehicle owner's manual or on the tire placard, which is usually placed on your vehicle's door edge, glove box or fuel door. Most tires may also have an optimal PSI scale written on the tire sidewall. Concerning tread depth, your tire is believed to be at the conclusion of its life whenever the tread is worn down to around 2/32 inches.

How Do I Check Tread Wear On My MINI Tires?

  • Find out with the penny test. Place a penny within your tire's tread with Lincoln's head inverted. If you're able to see all of Lincoln's head, you should get new tires.  
  • Or perform the quarter test. In the event the tread touches Washington's head, you've got at the very least 4/32 inch of tread remaining and you ought to begin tracking your tires closely. 
  • Lastly, you can examine tread depth by your tire's indicator bar. The indicator bars are located at the bottom of the tread grooves. Whenever these indicator bars become visibly flush with the adjacent ribs, this is the visible warning sign that your tire really should be replaced.  

How Do I Assess Tire Pressure?

  • Get a tire pressure gauge. The gauges attached to air hoses and compressors at service stations often aren't as accurate as handheld gauges due to a lack of upkeep and excessive use. The cheaper metal dial tire gauges will be adequate to get a decent reading of tire pressure.  
  • Know it's far better to check tires when they are cold; cold means they've been sitting for a while. Driving warms up tires and causes air to expand.  
  • Remove the tire valve cap and insert the tire gauge securely on top of the valve. This will push the air through the gauge, producing a reading.  
  • Compare the reading to your pressure guide and then top off your tire with air as needed.  

When Should I Rotate The Tires On My MINI?

Rotating your tires regularly can prolong the life of your tires and cost you less for replacement tires over the life of your car. Typically your tires will wear differently over time and rotating them will balance the tread wear on all your tires. It's important to rotate the tires on your MINI at regular intervals so you don't create wear patterns that can actually reduce the life of your tires. A good rule of thumb is to rotate your tires every time you change the oil in your MINI.

Tire rotation patterns will differ depending on your tires. There are many things to consider when choosing the optimal tire rotation pattern such as tire sizes, directional tires, asymmetrical tire treads and more. Our Certified MINI mechanics will make sure that your tires are rotated properly, helping your tires last as long as possible. We are also here to answer any questions about tire rotation intervals and patterns - give us a call at 907-331-3548 today.


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