How Often Should I Change My Tires

Timely tire replacement is very important. Tires are the actual system that attaches your automobile to the road and you need them in the best condition feasible. Damaged tires can cause decreased stopping and handling ability, and in severe examples can bring about an auto accident. Figuring out when you should replace your tires really boils down to four significant factors:

  • Tire Tread Depth
  • Climate
  • Life of the Tires
  • The Vehicle You Drive

Tire Tread Depth

Many states have laws specifying that if the tread on your tires is less than 2/32 of an inch, it has to be changed. Tire tread depth gauges can be bought for just a few dollars, however even without one you can get a great approximation of your tread depth and all you need is a penny. Turn the cent so Honest Abe’s head is pointing down and put the penny right into your tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are normally still good. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to replace them. There is a caveat, even if you have more than 2/32 of tread-depth you may still need to replace them.

simple ways to check tire tread depth

Meteorologic Conditions

You’ve done the tread depth test and you have greater than 2/32 depth left, so you’re good, right? Well … maybe. Depending on where you live, you may want to change your tires long before they get down to 2/32. If you reside in an extremely rainy/snowy location (like the Pacific Northwest), you require much more tread depth to safely and securely traverse snowy roadways. Worn out tires increase the threat of hydroplaning, so make sure to check your tires frequently. Climates with extreme cold or extreme heat will certainly additionally negatively impact the wear on your tires. If you stay in one of these environments, examine your tires routinely and if you have any concerns come see us for a specialized diagnosis.


Life of Your Tires

So how often should you get new tires? This variable could be the hardest one to deal with since it can seem like you are discarding perfectly good tires. It’s real, you can have tires with a lot of tread remaining yet could still be required to replace them. Tires will break down over time and become more vulnerable to catastrophic failure which can cause a collision. It is advised that tires that are five years of age need to be professionally evaluated once a year. If the tire is more than ten years old, it must be replaced despite the condition. Your vintage car may have exceptionally low miles because you just drive it on the weekends, but it still may need new tires. Luckily, there is an easy way to figure out the age of your tires. There is a four digit number molded into every tire that tells the week and year it was made. Our photo reveals that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s about midway through its suggested life span.

where is the manufacturing date on a tire

The Specific Car, Truck, or SUV You Own

It may appear insane, however what type of vehicle you drive may be the difference in changing one tire vs. replacing all 4. Let’s say you have a bald tire, and you’ve discovered the precise brand-new tire to change it. If the tires on your vehicle are brand-new, you can possibly escape changing just one tire. However, if your tires are significantly older than the new tire will be a various size than the remainder of the tires. This is trouble because the smaller tires now have to work harder to complete the exact same distance as the bigger tire. Mismatched 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 slipping and could add power inaccurately. This could deceive your car into thinking it’s in unsafe mode and keep it in a setting not created for full-time driving.


Do Dealerships Replace Car Tires?

Your dealership will have certain guidelines on the optimum tread depth difference for the front and back tires. While it might be a disappointment to purchase 4 brand-new tires it will be more affordable than replacing a transmission.


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