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How Often Should I Replace My Car Tires

Proper tire replacement is pretty important. Tires are the very mechanism that links your vehicle to the roadway and you need them in the best shape feasible. Damaged tires can result in diminished stopping and cornering capacity, and in severe instances can cause a car crash. Figuring out when you ought to replace your tires actually comes down to four major elements:

  • Tread of the Tires
  • Weather
  • Tires Age
  • Which Car You Own

Tire Tread Depth

Several states have regulations mentioning that if the tread depth on your tires gets less than 2/32 of an inch, it has to be changed. Tire tread depth gauges can be purchased for just a few bucks, yet even without one you can get an excellent estimation of your tread depth and all you need is a penny. Rotate the cent so Honest Abe’s head is aiming down and place the cent right 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 caveat, even if you have greater than 2/32 of tread-depth you may still need to change them.

checking tire tread depth with a coin


You’ve done the tread depth trick and you have more than 2/32 tread depth left, so you are good to go, right? Well … maybe. Depending upon where you live you might want to replace your tires long before they wear down to 2/32. If you stay in an exceptionally rainy/snowy area (like the Pacific Northwest), you require more tread depth to safely and securely travel snowy roads. Damaged tires enhance the risk of hydroplaning, so make sure to examine your tires on a regular basis. Climates with extreme cold or extreme warmth will also adversely impact the wear on your tires. If you stay in these environments, examine your tires routinely and if you have any questions come see us for a specialized diagnosis.

Age of Your Tires

So how often should you get new tires? This factor might be the hardest one to deal with since it can seem like you are throwing out good tires. It’s true, you can have tires with a lot of tread remaining yet might still be required to change them. Tires will deteriorate over time and end up being more prone to tragic failure which might bring about a collision. It is suggested that tires that are 5 years old should be skillfully checked annually. If the tire is more than 10 years old, it ought to be changed no matter the condition. Your classic car may have incredibly low miles because you just drive it on the weekends, but it still might require brand-new tires. Fortunately, there is an easy means to figure out the age of your tires. There is a four digit number molded into every tire that tells the week and year it was made. Our example image reveals that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s roughly midway through its recommended life expectancy.

where is the manufacturing date on a car tire

Which Automobile You Own

It could appear insane, however, what kind of automobile you drive might mean the difference in changing one tire vs. replacing all 4. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve discovered the exact new tire to change it. If the tires on your car, truck, or SUV are new, you can probably escape changing simply one tire. However, if your tires are older than the new tire will be a various dimension than the rest of the tires. This is a problem due to the fact that the smaller sized tires now have to work harder to complete the very same distance as the bigger tire. Dissimilar tires can create added wear on components, specifically on AWD cars. If there are tires on one axle are spinning faster than the others, your car’s electronics may think those tires are slipping and could transfer power improperly. This could trick your automobile into believing it’s in slippery condition and engage a setting not designed for permanent driving.

Does the Dealership Replace Car Tires?

Your dealership will have details guidelines on the optimum tread depth difference for the front and back tires. While it may be a downer to acquire 4 new tires it will certainly be less costly than replacing a transmission.

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