A MINI from MINI of Mount Laurel enhances every mile you drive around Evesham Township and Cherry Hill. When you embark on those weekend getaways to the Catskills or Poconos, you’ll want your MINI tires to be in great shape.
Discover more details about MINI tire maintenance with our complete guide.
Every Week: Look Over Your MINI Tires
MINI tire maintenance starts by looking over all four tires once a week in Hamilton Township. Just make sure the tires don’t look deflated or overly worn with this weekly inspection.
MINI Tire PSI Guide: Once Per Month
Monthly MINI tire maintenance and inspections are important because they entail examining your tires more closely. We highly recommend checking the air pressure with a tire pressure gauge. A tire pressure gauge only costs a couple of dollars, and they’re widely available at auto stores. One of them fits easily into your glove box because they’re the size of a pen or pencil.
Checking your MINI tire pressure only takes a few minutes, and the process is quite simple. First, look for your vehicle’s recommended PSI on the panel of the driver’s side door. If you can’t find it there, your owner’s manual should contain this information.
Follow these steps to check your MINI’s tire pressure properly:
- Make sure the tires are cold before you attempt to get a reading. If you just drove your MINI, let the tires cool down for four hours before checking the tire pressure to get an accurate reading.
- Unscrew the tire valve cover.
- Keep the tire valve cover in a safe place so you don’t lose it.
- Insert the end of the tire pressure gauge onto the valve. The tire will let off a tiny bit of air, and the tire pressure gauge will move.
- Look at the reading to see the tire pressure.
- If the reading is low, gradually add more air to your tire in short bursts until the tire pressure is at the right level.
If this problem persists, consider bringing your MINI in for service to our shop. In general, the overall MINI tire pressure varies by model, which we will show you next.
MINI Tire PSI Guide: Recommended Inflation
These MINI tire pressure numbers for popular models are listed in pounds per square inch (PSI).
- MINI Cooper: 33 PSI
- MINI Cooper S with 17-inch wheels: 38 PSI
- MINI John Cooper Works with 17-inch wheels: 38 PSI
- MINI John Cooper Works with 18-inch wheels: 41 PSI
- MINI Cooper Clubman: 32 or 35 PSI
- MINI Cooper S Clubman: 35 or 38 PSI
- MINI John Cooper Works Clubman with 17-inch wheels: 38 PSI
- MINI John Cooper Works Clubman with 18-inch wheels: 41 PSI
Looking at your tire treads for wear is another important aspect of regular MINI tire maintenance.
How to Check MINI Tire Tread With a Penny
A ruler is the most accurate way to measure tire tread depth. However, a penny will suffice when you’re out and about in Mount Laurel or anywhere on your next adventure.
Follow these steps to check the tread depth on your tires with a penny:
- Insert the penny with Lincoln head-first (head down) into a tire tread groove that shows the most wear.
- Check if Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves.
- If you can see the entirety of Lincoln’s head, your tire treads are 2/32 inches deep or less. This level is not safe for driving. Replace the MINI tire as soon as possible.
How to Check MINI Tire Tread Wear Using Other Methods
These methods are more accurate but equally as effective as a penny.
- Tread Depth Gauge: Purchase a tread depth gauge from any Mount Laurel-area auto parts store. Insert the probe into the shallowest tread groove, then press the top bar of the gauge flat against the tire to see the tread wear rating.
- Tread Wear Bars: Most tires have tread wear indicator bars built into them. You can find them at the bottom of the tread grooves throughout the tire. If the colored bars are flush with the surrounding tire ribs, the tread depth has reached 2/32 of an inch or less.
Talk to Our Service Team About MINI Tire Maintenance
Contact us or call (856) 282-4404 for all of your MINI tire needs. We offer tire rotations, new tires, wheel alignments, and more for your new or used vehicle. We’re happy to help in any way we can!