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How Often Should I Change My Car Tires?

Timely tire replacement is very important. Tires are the actual system that connects your car, truck, or SUV to the roadway and you need them in the very best shape. Worn out tires can cause decreased braking and handling ability, and in severe instances can cause an accident. Establishing when you ought to change your tires really boils down to four major variables:

  • Tire Tread Depth
  • Climate
  • Tire Age
  • Which Car, Truck, or SUV You Drive

Tire Tread Depth

Lots of states have regulations mentioning that if the tread on your tires is below 2/32 of an inch, it has to be replaced. Tire tread tools can be bought for only a few dollars, however even without one you can figure out a great estimation of your tread depth and all you need is one penny. Rotate the penny so Honest Abe’s head is aiming down and place the cent right into your tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are usually still good. 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 might still need to replace them.

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Meteorologic Conditions

You’ve done the tread depth test and you have more than 2/32 tread depth left, so you’re good to go, right? Well … perhaps. Depending on where you live you may need to replace your tires long before they get down to 2/32 tread depth. If you reside in an extremely rainy/snowy area (like the Pacific Northwest), you need extra tread depth to safely and securely navigate snowy roads. Run-down tires enhance the risk of hydroplaning, so see to it to check your tires routinely. Environments with extreme cold or extreme warmth will likewise negatively affect your tires. If you live in these climates, examine your tires routinely and if you have any concerns come see us for a professional diagnosis.

Age of Your Tires

How often should you get new tires? This factor may be the hardest one to deal with due to the fact that it can feel like you are throwing away perfectly fine tires. It’s real, you can have tires with a lot of tread depth left yet could still be required to replace them. Tires will break down in time and end up being more susceptible to catastrophic failure which could cause a crash. It is suggested that tires that are five years old ought to be skillfully checked once a year. If the tire is greater than ten years old, it needs to be replaced despite the condition. Your classic automobile may have extremely low miles due to the fact that you only drive it on the weekends, however, it still might need new tires. Luckily, there is a very easy way to figure out the age of your tires. There is a 4-digit number molded into every tire that tells the week and year it was made. Our photo shows that the tire was made in the 44th week of 2016, so it’s roughly midway through its suggested lifetime.

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The Specific Vehicle You Drive

It may sound insane, but what kind of automobile you drive may be the difference in changing 1 tire vs. replacing all 4. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve found the exact new tire to replace it. If the tires on your vehicle are brand-new, you can most likely get away with replacing just one tire. However, if your tires are significantly older than the new tire will certainly be a different dimension than the remainder of the tires. This is an issue due to the fact that the smaller sized tires will have to work harder to complete the exact same distance as the bigger tire. Dissimilar tires can trigger extra wear and tear on components, specifically on All-Wheel Drive cars, trucks and SUVs. If there are tires on one axle are rotating faster than the others, your car’s computer may believe those tires are losing traction and might reduce power inaccurately. This can trick your automobile into thinking it’s in unsafe mode and keep it in a setting not meant for full-time driving.

Do Dealers Replace Car Tires?

Your dealership will have specific standards on the maximum tread depth difference between the front and rear tires. While it might be a disappointment to purchase four brand-new tires it will certainly be less expensive than fixing a transmission.

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