Teaching Tennessee, CTE Task: Inspect Tires

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Maintenance and Light Repair I (MLR I)


30 minutes


Inspect Tires

Task Description


Students will:

  • Watch the linked videos using guided notes
  • Complete the worksheet
  • Record a video of themselves describing the steps and tools involved in inspecting tires.


Safety Note: If possible, students should do this task with a vehicle, but ensure the students do so safely.

Inspect tire condition: identify tire wear patterns; check for correct size and application (load and speed ratings) and adjust air pressure; determine necessary action. (7.1)

Overall Standard (7): Students will properly inspect  tires and wheels.

 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Explain why tires need to be inspected.
  • Select the tools required.
  • Describe required safety precautions.
  • Locate the tire tread depth indicators.
  • Describe steps to inspecting a tire.
  • Explain why hands need to be run across the tire during an inspection.
  • Describe abnormal wear on a tire. 

To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:

  • Explain why the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is important.
  • Describe why a vehicle out of alignment will affect the tires.

Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

Sentence Frames

Scaffolded Questions

DOT Registration Number


The ______________ includes information on when the tire was manufactured.  

Why does the age of the tire matter?

Instructional Resources


Videos to watch (see note guide below)


Motor Age (2015, August 26) The Trainer #45: How to professionally inspect car tires (Video) YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaa2DXIPk6I (7:30 minutes)


ehow auto (2011, February 11) Auto Advice: how to Check Your Tire Tread Depth (Video) YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOm6XXkmq4U (3:20 minutes)


Progressive Insurance (2016, March 15) How to…check tire wear | Progressive Insurance (Video) YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syVAAkTjKNA (1:45 minutes)


Student Resource

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Student Video Guide

Steps to inspecting tires

  • Check the age of the tire.
    • Old tires should be replaced based on manufacturers specifications.
    • Normally 5 to 10-year-old tires need to be replaced.
  • Check the tire pressure.
    • Follow manufacturers specifications for proper pressure.
    • Check the tire pressure when the tires are cold.
      • It is best to let them sit an hour to get a proper cold pressure reading.
  • Give the wheel a shake.
    • Checking the bearings, steering and suspension components.
    • All systems connected to the wheels affect the wear patterns on the tires.
  • Run hands around tire.
    • Feeling for wear, damage or anything stuck in the tire.
  • Check tire tread wear.
    • Use tread depth gauge.
    • 2/32 inch or less tread means a new tire is needed.
    • Check tread depth over entire tire – not just in center.


Indications of problems with a tire.

  • If one tire is less inflated than the other tires.
  • TPMS (dashboard light) comes on indicating low tire pressure.
  • Abnormal wear patterns.
  • Low tread depth - less than 2/32 inch.


Tips to inspecting tires.

  • Digital tire pressure gauges are the most accurate.
  • TPMS system battery may be worn out – giving false reading.
  • Be sure to use tread depth gauge properly.
    • Follow instructions.
    • Measure across the entire tire.
  • Tires have wear bars in their tread to indicate when the tread depth is worn down.


Student Worksheet

Questions for after watching all resources


What are the steps to inspecting tires?


What tools and parts are needed?


What are indicators of a problem with a tire?