When Should I Change My Tires?

Timely tire replacement is very important. Tires are the very system that attaches your vehicle to the roadway and you need them in the very best condition. Run-down tires can result in reduced stopping and handling ability, and in extreme cases can lead to a car crash. Figuring out when you must replace your tires actually comes down to 4 major factors:

  • Tread of the Tires
  • Meteorologic Conditions
  • Life of the Tire
  • Which Vehicle You Drive

Tread Depth of Tires

Numerous states have laws mentioning that if the tread depth on your tires gets less than 2/32 of an inch, it needs to be changed. Tire tread depth tools can be bought for just a couple of dollars, yet even without one you can get a good estimation of your tread depth and all you need is a penny. Rotate the penny so Honest Abe’s head is aiming down and put the cent right into your tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are typically still usable. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to change them. There is a caution, even if you have greater than 2/32 of tread-depth you may still need to change them.

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You have done the tread depth trick and you have more than 2/32 tread depth left, so you’re good to go, right? Well … maybe. Depending on where you live you may want to replace your tires long before they get down to 2/32 tread depth. If you live in a very rainy/snowy location (like the PNW), you require much more tread depth to securely navigate slushy roads. Damaged tires enhance the threat of hydroplaning, so make sure to inspect your tires routinely. Climates with extreme cold or extreme heat will certainly also negatively affect the wear on your tires. If you reside in one of these climates, check your tires frequently and if you have any inquiries come see us for an expert diagnosis.

Life of Your Tires

How often should you get new tires? This factor may be the hardest one to acknowledge due to the fact that it can feel like you are throwing out good tires. It’s real, you can have tires with a lot of tread depth left however could still be required to change them. Tires will certainly degrade with time and come to be more prone to devastating failure which might result in an accident. It is advised that tires that are 5 years of age must be properly checked once a year. If the tire is greater than ten years old, it ought to be replaced regardless of the condition. Your classic automobile might have very low miles since you only drive it on the weekends, yet it still could require brand-new tires. Luckily, there is a simple 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 reveals that the tire was made in the 44th week of 2016, so it’s roughly midway through its suggested life expectancy.

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The Specific Car, Truck, or SUV You Own

It could seem crazy, but what type of vehicle you drive might mean the difference in replacing one tire vs. changing all 4. Let’s say you have a bald tires, and you’ve found the exact new tire to replace it. If the tires on your car are new, you can probably escape replacing simply one tire. However, if your tires are significantly older than the brand-new tire will be a various dimension than the remainder of the tires. This is a problem due to the fact that the smaller tires will have to work harder to complete the same distance as the bigger tire. Dissimilar tires can cause extra wear and tear on elements, especially on All-Wheel Drive cars. If there are tires on one axle are spinning faster than the others, your car’s computer might believe those tires are losing traction and might add power inaccurately. This can deceive your car into thinking it’s in slippery mode and engage a mode not designed for full-time driving.

Do Dealerships Replace Car Tires?

Your dealership will have specific guidelines on the optimum tread depth difference for the front and back tires. While it may be a disappointment to purchase four brand-new tires it will be less expensive than fixing a transmission.

When Should I Change My Car Tires? | Team Gillman Mazda

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