How Often Should I Replace My Tires

Proper tire replacement is quite important. Tires are the actual mechanism that connects your vehicle to the roadway and you need them in the very best condition. Worn out tires can cause reduced stopping and handling capacity, and in extreme instances can result in an accident. Figuring out when you should replace your tires really boils down to 4 significant elements:

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

Tread Depth of the Tires

Many states have regulations stating that if the tread depth on your tires is less than 2/32 of an inch, it has to be replaced. Tire tread gauges can be bought for just a couple of dollars, however even without one you can get an excellent estimate of your tread depth and all you need is a penny. Rotate the penny so Honest Abe’s head is pointing down and put the cent into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are normally still usable. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to replace them. There is a caution, even if you have more than 2/32 of tread-depth you might still need to change them.

checking tire tread depth with a penny

Meteorologic Conditions

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 … possibly. Depending upon where you live you may wish to change your tires long before they get down to 2/32 tread depth. If you stay in an incredibly rainy/snowy area (like the Pacific Northwest), you need much more tread depth to safely navigate slushy roadways. Run-down tires enhance the risk of hydroplaning, so see to it to examine your tires routinely. Environments with extreme cold or extreme warmth will certainly likewise adversely affect the wear on your tires. If you reside in one of these climates, check your tires routinely and if you have any concerns come see us for a professional diagnosis.


Age of Your Tire

So how often should you get new tires? This variable might be the hardest one to deal with since it can feel like you are discarding perfectly fine tires. It’s true, you can have tires with plenty of tread left however could still be required to replace them. Tires will certainly deteriorate with time and come to be more vulnerable to catastrophic failure which might result in a crash. It is recommended that tires that are 5 years of age ought to be skillfully checked yearly. If the tire is more than 10 years old, it should be replaced no matter the condition. Your classic automobile could have extremely low miles due to the fact that you just drive it on the weekends, but it still could need brand-new tires. The good news is, there is an easy 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 roughly midway through its suggested lifetime.

how to check car tire manufacturing date

The Car, Truck, or SUV You Drive

It might seem insane, however, what type of vehicle you drive might mean the difference in changing 1 tire vs. changing all 4. Let’s say you have a bald tire, and you’ve discovered the exact new tire to change it. If the tires on your vehicle are new, you can most likely escape changing simply one tire. However, if your tires are older than the new tire will be a different dimension than the rest of the tires. This is a problem since the smaller tires will need to work harder to travel the same distance as the larger tire. Mismatched tires can cause additional wear and tear on components, specifically on AWD vehicles. If you have tires on one axle are spinning faster than the others, your car’s electronics may believe those tires are slipping and may transfer power incorrectly. This could fool your car into believing it’s in slippery mode and engage a setting not created for permanent driving.


Do Dealers Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have particular guidelines on the maximum tread depth difference between the front and back tires. While it may be a bummer to get 4 brand-new tires it will certainly be less costly than replacing a transmission.


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