When Should I Replace My Car Tires

Timely tire replacement is quite important. Tires are the actual system that connects your automobile to the roadway and you need them in the best condition feasible. Run-down tires can result in diminished stopping and cornering ability, and in severe cases can result in a car crash. Figuring out when you should change your tires actually boils down to 4 major variables:

  • Tire Tread Depth
  • Weather
  • Tires Age
  • The Specific Automobile You Drive

Tread Depth of the Tires

Numerous states have regulations stating that if the tread on your tires gets below 2/32 of an inch, it has to be replaced. Tire tread gauges can be bought for just a few bucks, but even without one you can get 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 place the penny right into your tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are usually 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 may still need to replace them.

checking tire tread depth with a penny

Meteorologic Conditions

You have done the tread depth trick and you have greater than 2/32 depth left, so you are good, right? Well … maybe. Depending upon where you live you may wish to change your tires long before they get down to 2/32 depth. If you stay in an extremely rainy/snowy location (like the PNW), you need a lot more tread depth to safely traverse snowy roads. Run-down tires increase the danger of hydroplaning, so ensure to inspect your tires on a regular basis. Environments with severe cold or severe warmth will certainly likewise negatively affect the wear on your tires. If you live in one of these climates, check your tires regularly and if you have any questions come see us for a professional diagnosis.


Age of Your Tire

How often should you get new tires? This variable may be the hardest one to acknowledge since it can seem like you are getting rid of perfectly good tires. It’s true, you can have tires with plenty of tread left but could still need to replace them. Tires will certainly break down with time and come to be more vulnerable to disastrous failure which can cause a crash. It is suggested that tires that are five years of age should be properly evaluated once a year. If the tire is greater than ten years old, it needs to be changed no matter the condition. Your classic automobile might have very low miles since you only drive it on the weekends, yet it still may need new tires. Thankfully, there is a very easy way to check the age of your tires. There is a 4-digit number stamped into each tire that tells the week and year it was made. Our image shows that the tire was made in the 44th week of 2016, so it’s about halfway through its advised lifetime.

where is the manufacturing date on a tire

Which Automobile You Drive

It might sound insane, but what sort of automobile you drive may mean the difference in replacing one tire vs. changing all four. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve discovered the exact new tire to change it. If the tires on your car, truck, or SUV are brand-new, you can possibly get away with replacing simply one tire. However, if your tires are significantly older than the new tire will certainly be a various dimension than the rest of the tires. This is a problem due to the fact that the smaller sized tires will have to work harder to complete the exact same distance as the bigger tire. Mismatched tires can trigger added wear and tear on elements, particularly on All-Wheel Drive automobiles. If you have a tire on one axle rotating faster than the others, your car’s computer might believe those tires are losing traction and might transfer power incorrectly. This can trick your vehicle into believing it’s in slippery mode and engage a setting not designed for permanent driving.


Does the Dealership Replace Car Tires?

Your dealership will have particular standards on the maximum tread depth difference for the front and back tires. While it may be a drag to purchase 4 new tires it will be less costly than replacing a transmission.


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