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Timely tire replacement is quite important. Tires are the very mechanism that attaches your vehicle to the roadway and you need them in the very best condition. Run-down tires can cause diminished stopping and handling capacity, and in severe examples can result in an accident. Determining when you must replace your tires really boils down to 4 major variables:
Numerous states have laws mentioning that if the tread on your tires is below 2/32 of an inch, it must be replaced. Tire tread tools can be acquired for just a couple of dollars, however even without one you can figure out a great estimate 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 into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are typically still usable. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to change them. There is a caveat, even if you have more than 2/32 of tread-depth you may still need to replace them.
You have done the tread depth trick and you have greater than 2/32 tread depth left, so you are good, right? Well … perhaps. Depending upon where you live you might need to replace your tires long before they get down to 2/32. If you live in an extremely rainy/snowy area (like the Pacific Northwest), you need extra tread depth to safely and securely navigate snowy roads. Worn out tires enhance the risk of hydroplaning, so ensure to examine your tires frequently. Environments with severe cold or extreme warmth will additionally negatively influence your tires. If you stay in these environments, examine your tires frequently and if you have any concerns come see us for a specialized diagnosis.
So how often should you get new tires? This factor may be the hardest one to acknowledge since it can feel like you are discarding perfectly fine tires. It’s true, you can have tires with lots of tread left yet could still need to replace them. Tires will deteriorate with time and become more susceptible to tragic failure which can lead to a collision. It is recommended that tires that are five years of age ought to be professionally evaluated yearly. If the tire is greater than ten years old, it ought to be changed despite the condition. Your vintage car might have very low miles due to the fact that you only drive it on the weekends, but it still could require new tires. The good news is, there is a simple way to check the age of your tires. There is a four digit number molded right into each tire that tells the week and year it was made. Our example photo shows that the tire was made in the 44th week of 2016, so it’s about midway through its recommended lifetime.
It might sound crazy, but what type of car, truck or SUV you drive may be the difference in changing 1 tire vs. replacing all four. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve located the specific new tire to replace it. If the tires on your automobile are new, you can most likely escape changing just one tire. However, if your tires are older than the new tire will be a different size than the remainder of the tires. This is trouble because the smaller sized tires now need to work harder to travel the very same distance as the bigger tire. Mismatched tires can trigger additional wear and tear on elements, specifically on All-Wheel Drive cars. If there is a tire on one axle spinning faster than the others, your automobile’s electronics may believe those tires are losing traction and might add power improperly. This could trick your car into thinking it’s in unsafe mode and keep it in a setting not designed for permanent driving.
Your dealership will have certain guidelines on the optimum tread depth difference between the front and back tires. While it may be a bummer to buy four new tires it will be less costly than replacing a transmission.