When Should I Change My Tires

Timely tire replacement is very important. Tires are the very system that links your automobile to the road and you need them in the best condition possible. Worn out tires can lead to diminished braking and handling capacity, and in severe instances can cause a car crash. Establishing when you should change your tires actually comes down to 4 significant factors:

  • Tread of the Tires
  • Temp
  • Age of the Tire
  • Which Vehicle You Own

Tire Tread Depth

Many states have laws mentioning that if the tread depth on your tires gets less than 2/32 of an inch, it must be changed. Tire tread depth gauges can be acquired for only a few bucks, however even without one you can get an excellent approximation of your tread depth and all you need is a penny. Rotate the cent so Honest Abe’s head is pointing down and put the cent into your tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are generally still usable. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to change them. There is a caveat, even if you have more than 2/32 of tread-depth you may still need to change them.

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You have done the tread depth test and you have more than 2/32 depth left, so you are good to go, right? Well … maybe. Depending upon where you live you may need to change your tires long before they get down to 2/32. If you stay in an exceptionally rainy/snowy area (like the PNW), you need extra tread depth to safely traverse slushy roadways. Run-down tires raise the threat of hydroplaning, so see to it to check your tires regularly. Climates with severe cold or extreme warmth will certainly additionally negatively influence the wear on your tires. If you live in one of these environments, check your tires on a regular basis and if you have any inquiries come see us for a professional diagnosis.

Age of Your Tire

So how often should you get new tires? This factor may be the hardest one to acknowledge because it can feel like you are discarding perfectly good tires. It’s true, you can have tires with plenty of tread remaining but could still be required to change them. Tires will deteriorate over time and come to be more prone to catastrophic failure which might bring about an accident. It is recommended that tires that are five years of age must be properly examined annually. If the tire is more than ten years old, it should be replaced regardless of the condition. Your vintage car could have very low miles because you only drive it on the weekends, but it still could require brand-new tires. Fortunately, there is an easy method to examine the age of your tires. There is a 4-digit number stamped into each tire that gives the week and year it was made. Our photo shows that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s about midway through its suggested lifetime.

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Which Automobile You Drive

It may appear insane, but what kind of vehicle you drive may be the difference in changing one tire vs. changing all four. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve located the precise brand-new tire to change it. If the tires on your vehicle are brand-new, you can most likely get away with replacing just one tire. However, if your tires are significantly older than the brand-new tire will certainly be a different dimension than the remainder of the tires. This is trouble due to the fact that the smaller tires will have to work harder to travel the same distance as the bigger tire. Dissimilar tires can create extra wear on parts, particularly on All-Wheel Drive cars, trucks and SUVs. If you have a tire on one axle spinning faster than the others, your car’s electronics may believe those tires are slipping and may reduce power inaccurately. This could deceive your vehicle into believing it’s in slippery mode and engage a setting not designed for full-time driving.

Does the Dealership Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have specific standards on the maximum tread depth difference between the front and back tires. While it may be a disappointment to purchase 4 brand-new tires it will be less costly than fixing a transmission.

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