How Often Should I Change My Tires?

Proper tire replacement is quite important. Tires are the actual mechanism that links your car, truck, or SUV to the roadway and you want them in the very best shape. Run-down tires can result in reduced stopping and cornering capacity, and in extreme instances can cause an accident. Determining when you need to replace your tires really boils down to 4 major elements:

  • Tread of the Tires
  • Climate
  • Life of the Tires
  • Which Automobile Do You Drive?

Tire Tread Depth

Many states have regulations mentioning that if the tread on your tires is less than 2/32 of an inch, it has to be replaced. Tire tread tools can be purchased for just a couple of dollars, but even without one you can figure out an excellent approximation of your tread depth and all you need is one penny. Turn the cent so Honest Abe’s head is aiming down and position the penny into your tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are typically still usable. If you can see his whole head, it’s time to replace them. There is a caution, even if you have greater than 2/32 of tread-depth you might still need to replace them.

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Weather

You have done the tread depth trick and you have greater than 2/32 depth left, so you are good to go, right? Well … maybe. Depending upon where you live you may wish to replace your tires long before they get down to 2/32. If you live in an exceptionally rainy/snowy part of the country (like the PNW), you need extra tread depth to securely travel snowy roads. Damaged tires raise the risk of hydroplaning, so ensure to examine your tires consistently. Environments with extreme cold or severe warmth will additionally adversely impact your tires. If you reside in one of these environments, examine your tires frequently and if you have any concerns come see us for a professional diagnosis.


Age of Your Tire

How often should you get new tires? This factor could be the hardest one to deal with because it can seem like you are discarding perfectly fine tires. It’s real, you can have tires with lots of tread depth left yet could still need to replace them. Tires will certainly break down gradually and come to be more vulnerable to catastrophic failure which can lead to a collision. It is recommended that tires that are five years of age should be skillfully inspected yearly. If the tire is greater than 10 years old, it should be replaced regardless of the condition. Your classic car may have extremely low miles due to the fact that you just drive it on the weekends, however it still could need new tires. Luckily, there is a simple way to check the age of your tires. There is a four digit number molded right into each tire that tells the week and year it was made. Our photo reveals that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s about midway through its advised lifetime.

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Which Vehicle You Drive

It might appear insane, however, what type of car, truck or SUV you drive may be the difference in changing 1 tire vs. changing all four. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve located the precise brand-new tire to replace it. If the tires on your automobile are brand-new, you can probably get away with changing simply one tire. However, if your tires are older than the brand-new tire will certainly be a various size than the rest of the tires. This is trouble due to the fact that the smaller sized tires now have to work harder to complete the same distance as the larger tire. Mismatched tires can trigger additional wear on parts, particularly on AWD cars. If you have tires on one axle are rotating faster than the others, your car’s electronics may think those tires are losing traction and may reduce power incorrectly. This could deceive your car into thinking it’s in slippery condition and engage a setting not designed for full time driving.


Does the Dealership Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have certain guidelines on the optimum tread depth difference for the front and back tires. While it may be a drag to acquire four brand-new tires it will be less expensive than replacing a transmission.


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