When Should I Change My Car Tires

Proper tire replacement is quite important. Tires are the very system that connects your car, truck, or sport utility vehicle to the roadway and you want them in the very best shape. Damaged tires can result in decreased braking and cornering capacity, and in extreme instances can bring about a car crash. Establishing when you should change your tires truly boils down to 4 major variables:

  • Tread of Tires
  • Weather
  • Tires Age
  • The Car, Truck, or SUV You Own

Tire Tread Depth

Many states have laws specifying that if the tread depth on your tires gets below 2/32 of an inch, it must be changed. Tire tread depth tools can be acquired for just a couple of bucks, however even without one you can get a good approximation of your tread depth and all you need is one penny. Rotate the penny so Honest Abe’s head is aiming down and place the cent into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are generally still usable. If you can see his whole head, it’s time to change them. There is a caution, even if you have greater than 2/32 of tread-depth you could still need to replace them.

when should i replace my tires

Climate

You’ve done the tread depth test and you have greater than 2/32 depth left, so you’re 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 tread depth. If you stay in an incredibly rainy/snowy part of the country (like the PNW), you need much more tread depth to safely and securely travel snowy roadways. Worn out tires enhance the threat of hydroplaning, so make certain to examine your tires frequently. Environments with extreme cold or severe heat will likewise negatively affect your tires. If you stay in these climates, check your tires consistently and if you have any questions come see us for a specialized diagnosis.


Life of Your Tire

So how often should you get new tires? This factor may be the hardest one to deal with since it can seem like you are throwing away good tires. It’s true, you can have tires with a lot of tread depth left yet could still need to replace them. Tires will certainly deteriorate over time and become more vulnerable to devastating failure which could result in a collision. It is recommended that tires that are five years of age should be properly evaluated annually. If the tire is more than ten years old, it must be changed despite the condition. Your classic car could have exceptionally low miles because you only drive it on the weekends, yet it still may need new tires. Thankfully, there is an easy way to examine the age of your tires. There is a 4-digit number molded 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 roughly midway through its suggested life span.


Which Automobile You Own

It might seem crazy, but what kind of vehicle you drive may be the difference in replacing one tire vs. changing all 4. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve located the precise new tire to replace it. If the tires on your automobile are new, you can possibly get away with replacing just one tire. However, if your tires are older than the new tire will certainly be a different dimension than the rest of the tires. This is trouble because the smaller sized tires now need to work harder to complete the exact same distance as the larger tire. Dissimilar tires can create extra wear and tear on components, especially on All-Wheel Drive cars, trucks and SUVs. If there is a tire on one axle spinning faster than the others, your vehicle’s computer might believe those tires are slipping and may transfer power improperly. This might deceive your car into thinking it’s in unsafe mode and keep it in a setting not meant for full-time driving.


Do Dealerships Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have specific standards on the optimum tread depth difference between the front and back tires. While it may be a bummer to purchase four brand-new tires it will be less expensive than replacing a transmission.


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