How Often Should I Change My Tires

Proper tire replacement is quite important. Tires are the very mechanism that attaches your automobile to the roadway and you want them in the very best condition. Run-down tires can result in diminished stopping and handling capacity, and in extreme examples can cause a car crash. Identifying when you ought to replace your tires really boils down to 4 significant aspects:

  • Tread Depth of Tires
  • Climate
  • Tires Age
  • Which Automobile You Own

Tire Tread Depth

Several states have regulations mentioning that if the tread depth on your tires is below 2/32 of an inch, it has to be changed. Tire tread depth gauges can be purchased for only a few dollars, however, even without one you can get a good estimation of your tread depth and all you need is a penny. Rotate the cent so Honest Abe’s head is pointing down and position the penny right into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are usually still usable. If you can see his whole head, it’s time to change them. There is a caveat, even if you have more than 2/32 of tread-depth you could still need to change them.

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Meteorologic Conditions

You have done the tread depth trick and you have more than 2/32 depth left, so you are good, right? Well … possibly. Depending on where you live you might want to change your tires long before they wear down to 2/32 depth. If you live in a very rainy/snowy location (like the Pacific Northwest), you need much more tread depth to securely navigate snowy roads. Worn out tires enhance the threat of hydroplaning, so make certain to inspect your tires on a regular basis. Environments with severe cold or extreme warmth will likewise adversely affect the wear on your tires. If you reside in one of these climates, inspect your tires consistently and if you have any concerns come to see us for an expert diagnosis.


Life of Your Tires

So how often should you get new tires? This factor may be the hardest one to acknowledge since it can feel like you are throwing out perfectly fine tires. It’s true, you can have tires with plenty of tread depth remaining yet might still need to change them. Tires will certainly break down over time and end up being more prone to tragic failure which could lead to a collision. It is recommended that tires that are five years old should be properly examined annually. If the tire is greater than ten years old, it should be changed regardless of the condition. Your classic automobile may have incredibly low miles since you just drive it on the weekends, yet it still may require brand-new tires. The good news is, there is an easy method to check the age of your tires. There is a four digit number molded into each tire that gives the week and year it was made. Our image shows that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s roughly midway through its suggested life expectancy.

how to check car tire manufacturing date

Which Vehicle You Drive

It might seem insane, but what type of car you drive may mean the difference in replacing one tire vs. changing all four. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve discovered the specific new tire to replace it. If the tires on your car are new, you can most likely escape replacing simply one tire. However, if your tires are significantly older than the new tire will be a different size than the rest of the tires. This is an issue because the smaller sized tires now need to work harder to complete the exact same distance as the bigger tire. Mismatched tires can create extra wear and tear on elements, especially on All-Wheel Drive automobiles. If there are tires on one axle are rotating faster than the others, your car’s computer may think those tires are losing traction and may transfer power incorrectly. This might fool your vehicle into thinking it’s in an unsafe condition and engaging a mode not meant for permanent driving.


Does the Dealer Replace Car Tires?

Your dealership will have specific guidelines on the optimum tread depth difference between the front and rear tires. While it might be a downer to buy 4 new tires it will certainly be less expensive than replacing a transmission.


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