When Should I Change My Car Tires

Proper tire replacement is pretty important. Tires are the very mechanism that links your car to the roadway and you need them in the best condition possible. Run-down tires can result in diminished braking and cornering ability, and in severe instances can result in an automobile accident. Establishing when you ought to replace your tires truly boils down to 4 major variables:

  • Tread of the Tires
  • Climate
  • Age of the Tires
  • Which Car, Truck, or SUV You Drive

Tire Tread Depth

Numerous states have laws mentioning that if the tread depth on your tires is below 2/32 of an inch, it has to be replaced. Tire tread tools can be bought for just a few dollars, however even without one you can figure out a good estimate of your tread depth and all you need is one penny. Rotate the cent so Honest Abe’s head is pointing down and position the penny into your tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are generally still good. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to replace them. There is a caveat, even if you have greater than 2/32 of tread-depth you might still need to replace them.

how to check tire tread depth

Meteorologic Conditions

You’ve done the tread depth trick and you have more than 2/32 depth left, so you’re good to go, right? Well … possibly. Depending on where you live you may wish to replace your tires long before they get down to 2/32. If you reside in a very rainy/snowy part of the country (like the Pacific Northwest), you need a lot more tread depth to safely and securely travel slushy roadways. Damaged tires enhance the danger of hydroplaning, so see to it to check your tires routinely. Environments with severe cold or severe heat will likewise negatively affect your tires. If you stay in these environments, inspect your tires routinely and if you have any questions come see us for a specialized diagnosis.


Age of Your Tire

How often should you get new tires? This variable might be the hardest one to acknowledge since it can feel like you are throwing out perfectly good tires. It’s real, you can have tires with plenty of tread left however might still need to change them. Tires will certainly weaken in time and end up being more vulnerable to devastating failure which can bring about a crash. It is advised that tires that are 5 years of age should be expertly checked once a year. If the tire is more than 10 years old, it ought to be changed no matter the condition. Your vintage car might have exceptionally low miles because you just drive it on the weekends, yet it still may need brand-new tires. Fortunately, there is a very easy means to check the age of your tires. There is a four digit number molded into each tire that tells the week and year it was made. Our picture reveals that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s about midway through its suggested life expectancy.

tire manufacture week and date

The Specific Car, Truck, or SUV You Drive

It might seem insane, yet what kind of car, truck or SUV you drive may mean the difference in changing one tire vs. replacing all 4. Let’s say you have a bald tire, and you’ve located the exact brand-new tire to change it. If the tires on your automobile are new, you can possibly get away with changing simply one tire. However, if your tires are significantly older than the brand-new tire will be a different dimension than the remainder of the tires. This is a problem since the smaller tires will need to work harder to travel the very same distance as the larger tire. Mismatched tires can trigger additional wear and tear on parts, specifically on All-Wheel Drive vehicles. If there are tires on one axle are rotating faster than the others, your car’s electronics may think those tires are slipping and might add power incorrectly. This can trick your vehicle into believing it’s in unsafe mode and engage a setting not created for full time driving.


Does the Dealer Replace Car Tires?

Your dealership will have particular guidelines on the optimum tread depth difference for the front and back tires. While it might be a drag to purchase 4 brand-new tires it will be more affordable than replacing a transmission.


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