How to Tell if Your Tires Need Replacing

February 6, 2014

How to Know When the Tires may need to be replaced

By keeping the tires properly inflated, you can increase the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. It can also help to improve the handling of your vehicle. Tires that are in the best condition possible can also improve the braking ability, as well as the quality of the ride. Over time, neglecting the tires can lead to premature wear and tear to them. It can also cause the tires to be unsafe for the road. Typically you can see if the tread or sidewall of the tire has damage to it. If you notice anything, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This way we can inspect the tires for you to help ensure they will be in the best condition possible when you drive. Noticing the Tread Depth One of the most important things to check on the tire is the tread. The easiest way to check this is to use a penny. Place the penny in the tread grooves with Lincoln’s head upside down. If the tread covers part of his head, you still have enough tread to drive safely. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too low. You will also want to check how the tread is wearing. If you notice it wearing unevenly, the tires could be misaligned, out of balance, or improperly inflated. Besides checking the depth, make sure to check for any cracks or cuts in the sidewall of the tires. This can be especially common for older tires that do not have a lot of miles on them. Also check for bulges or blisters. This could indicate a weak spot is starting to develop. Caring for the Tires It is beneficial to keep the tires in the best condition possible when you drive. If you notice anything out of the norm, it is always recommended to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. You may also notice if the vehicle vibrates excessively. It could indicate that the tires are unbalanced or out of alignment. If you notice that the handling of your vehicle is unresponsive, the tires could be underinflated. Tires that are properly aligned, balanced, and inflated can improve the handling of the vehicle greatly. It can also help to extend the life of the tires and reduce the chance of a costly repair bill. Also make sure to avoid any potholes when driving. Hitting a pothole can knock the wheels out of alignment. It could also cause damage to the tires themselves. Make Sure to Check the Air Pressure The air pressure should be checked regularly for the tires. This is important because the tires can lose a significant amount of air pressure, especially during the winter. Not only can proper air pressure help to improve mileage, but it can also increase the longevity of the tires. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check the air pressure in the tires for you.