Thread: Kickin' Tires
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Old 04 April 2007, 10:34 AM
Troberg Troberg is offline
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I once was told by a car mechanic that it is not right to "kick the tire" but to put your foot on the upper half and push-release-push-release.
This way you can check if the wheel bearings are ok or worn out.
Yep, that's how to do it. It should be nice and silent. Testing the suspension by putting some weight over the wheel and see that the chassis stop bobbing quickly is also a good test to do.

Another thing I do when buying a car is to smell the exhaust when it's warm. It should not smell petrol or oil.

It's also very important that the oil is either clear or black, never grey. If it's grey, you got water in it and that possibly means a new engine.
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