How Often Should I Change My Tires

Timely tire replacement is quite important. Tires are the very mechanism that connects your car to the road and you need them in the very best condition feasible. Run-down tires can result in diminished stopping and handling capacity, and in extreme examples can result in an accident. Identifying when you must change your tires actually comes down to four significant factors:

  • Tread Depth of the Tires
  • Weather
  • Tire Age
  • The Specific Vehicle You Drive

Tire Tread Depth

Many states have regulations stating that if the tread depth on your tires gets less than 2/32 of an inch, it must be changed. Tire tread gauges can be purchased for only a few dollars, 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 place the penny into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are normally still good. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to change them. There is a caution, even if you have more than 2/32 of tread-depth you could still need to replace them.

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You’ve done the tread depth trick and you have greater than 2/32 tread depth left, so you’re good, right? Well … perhaps. Depending on where you live you may need 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 slushy roadways. Run-down tires enhance the threat of hydroplaning, so make sure to check your tires on a regular basis. Environments with extreme cold or severe warmth will certainly also negatively influence your tires. If you stay in one of these climates, check your tires consistently and if you have any concerns come see us for a specialized diagnosis.

Age of Your Tires

So how often should you get new tires? This factor could be the hardest one to acknowledge due to the fact that it can seem like you are throwing away fine tires. It’s real, you can have tires with plenty of tread remaining but could still be required to change them. Tires will certainly deteriorate gradually and end up being more vulnerable to catastrophic failure which could lead to an accident. It is recommended that tires that are 5 years of age must be skillfully evaluated once a year. If the tire is greater than ten years old, it should be replaced no matter the condition. Your vintage car could have incredibly low miles since you just drive it on the weekends, however it still could need new tires. Fortunately, there is a simple method to examine the age of your tires. There is a four digit number molded into every tire that gives 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 recommended lifetime.

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Which Automobile You Drive

It could sound insane, yet what car, truck or SUV you drive might be the difference in replacing one tire vs. replacing all 4. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve located the specific brand-new tire to replace it. If the tires on your automobile are brand-new, you can possibly get away with replacing simply one tire. However, if your tires are significantly older than the brand-new tire will certainly be a various dimension than the remainder of the tires. This is an issue because the smaller sized tires will need to work harder to complete the very same distance as the bigger tire. Mismatched tires can trigger additional wear on components, specifically on All-Wheel Drive vehicles. If there is a tire on one axle spinning faster than the others, your vehicle’s electronics might believe those tires are losing traction and might transfer power incorrectly. This might fool your vehicle into thinking it’s in an unsafe condition and engage a setting not meant for full time driving.

Do Dealers Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have certain guidelines on the maximum tread depth difference for the front and rear tires. While it might be a bummer to acquire 4 new tires it will be less costly than replacing a transmission.

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