When Should I Change My Car Tires

Timely tire replacement is very important. Tires are the actual mechanism that attaches your car to the road and you need them in the very best shape. Damaged tires can cause diminished braking and handling capacity, and in extreme instances can bring about a car crash. Figuring out when you must change your tires truly comes down to four significant variables:

  • Tire Tread Depth
  • Meteorologic Conditions
  • Tire Age
  • The Specific Vehicle You Own

Tread of the Tires

Numerous states have laws mentioning that if the tread on your tires gets below 2/32 of an inch, it must be replaced. Tire tread depth gauges can be acquired 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 a penny. Turn the cent so Honest Abe’s head is aiming down and put the cent right into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are generally still good. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to change them. There is a caveat, even if you have greater than 2/32 of tread-depth you may still need to replace them.

checking tire tread depth with a penny


You have done the tread depth test and you have more than 2/32 tread depth left, so you’re good, right? Well … maybe. Depending on where you live you may wish to replace your tires long before they get down to 2/32 tread depth. If you stay in a very rainy/snowy part of the country (like the Pacific Northwest), you need much more tread depth to safely navigate snowy roads. Worn out tires increase the threat of hydroplaning, so make certain to inspect your tires frequently. Environments with extreme cold or extreme warmth will certainly likewise adversely affect your tires. If you reside in these climates, examine your tires regularly and if you have any concerns come to see us for a specialized diagnosis.

Life of Your Tire

How often should you get new tires? This factor might be the hardest one to acknowledge because it can seem like you are throwing out fine tires. It’s true, you can have tires with lots of tread remaining however could still be required to replace them. Tires will certainly weaken in time and become more prone to devastating failure which could cause a crash. It is recommended that tires that are five years old need to be professionally checked yearly. If the tire is more than ten years old, it ought to be replaced no matter the condition. Your vintage car may have very low miles since you only drive it on the weekends, yet it still might require new tires. The good news is, there is a very easy way to check the age of your tires. There is a four digit number stamped into each tire that tells the week and year it was made. Our photo shows that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s roughly halfway through its suggested lifetime.

how to check tire manufacturing date

The Automobile You Drive

It could appear crazy, yet what sort of vehicle you drive might mean the difference in changing one tire vs. replacing all four. Let’s say you have a bald tire, and you’ve found the specific brand-new tire to replace it. If the tires on your car, truck, or SUV are brand-new, you can probably escape replacing just one tire. However, if your tires are older than the new tire will certainly be a different size than the rest of the tires. This is an issue due to the fact that the smaller sized tires now have to work harder to complete the very same distance as the larger tire. Dissimilar tires can cause added wear on components, specifically on All-Wheel Drive automobiles. If there are tires on one axle are rotating faster than the others, your vehicle’s electronics might believe those tires are slipping and may reduce power incorrectly. This could trick your vehicle into thinking it’s in an unsafe condition and engage a mode not designed for full time driving.

Do Dealers Replace Car Tires?

Your dealership will have certain guidelines on the maximum tread depth difference for the front and back tires. While it might be a downer to acquire four new tires it will be less expensive than replacing a transmission.

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