When Should I Change My Car Tires

Timely tire replacement is quite important. Tires are the very system that links your vehicle to the road and you want them in the best condition possible. Run-down tires can result in decreased braking and cornering ability, and in severe examples can result in a car crash. Figuring out when you must replace your tires really boils down to 4 major variables:

  • Tire Tread Depth
  • Temp
  • Tires Age
  • The Specific Vehicle You Own

Tread Depth of the Tires

Lots of states have laws mentioning that if the tread on your tires is less than 2/32 of an inch, it has to be changed. Tire tread gauges can be bought for just a couple of bucks, however even without one you can figure out a good estimation of your tread depth and all you need is a penny. Turn the penny so Honest Abe’s head is aiming down and position the penny right into your tire 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 caution, even if you have more than 2/32 of tread-depth you could still need to change them.

simple ways to check tire tread depth

Climate

You have done the tread depth test and you have greater than 2/32 depth left, so you are good to go, right? Well … perhaps. Depending upon where you live you might need to replace your tires long before they wear down to 2/32 tread depth. If you stay in an exceptionally rainy/snowy location (like the Pacific Northwest), you need a lot more tread depth to securely traverse wet roadways. Damaged tires increase the risk of hydroplaning, so ensure to check your tires frequently. Environments with extreme cold or extreme heat will certainly additionally adversely impact the wear on your tires. If you live in one of these environments, check your tires consistently and if you have any questions come to see us for an expert diagnosis.


Age of Your Tires

So how often should you get new tires? This factor may be the hardest one to deal with because it can seem like you are getting rid of good tires. It’s real, you can have tires with a lot of tread depth left but might still need to replace them. Tires will break down in time and end up being more prone to devastating failure which can cause a crash. It is advised that tires that are five years old must be expertly checked once a year. If the tire is greater than 10 years old, it must be changed no matter the condition. Your vintage car could have extremely low miles since you just drive it on the weekends, however, it still might need brand-new tires. Luckily, there is a simple means to check the age of your tires. There is a four digit number stamped right into every tire that gives the week and year it was made. Our picture shows that the tire was made in the 44th week of 2016, so it’s roughly halfway through its suggested life expectancy.

how to check tire manufacturing date

Which Vehicle You Own

It might seem crazy, however, what kind of car you drive may mean the difference in changing one tire vs. changing all 4. Let’s say you have a bald tire, and you’ve discovered the precise brand-new tire to replace it. If the tires on your car, truck, or SUV are brand-new, you can most likely escape changing simply one tire. However, if your tires are significantly older than the brand-new tire will certainly be a different size than the remainder of the tires. This is a problem due to the fact that the smaller tires now have to work harder to complete the very same distance as the larger tire. Mismatched tires can trigger additional wear on components, especially on All-Wheel Drive vehicles. If there are tires on one axle are rotating faster than the others, your automobile’s computer might believe those tires are losing traction and may add power improperly. This might deceive your car into thinking it’s in slippery mode and keep it in a mode not designed for full-time driving.


Do Dealers Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have specific standards on the optimum tread depth difference between the front and rear tires. While it may be a bummer to acquire 4 brand-new tires it will certainly be less costly than replacing a transmission.


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