How Often Should I Replace My Tires

Timely tire replacement is pretty important. Tires are the actual system that attaches your car to the road and you need them in the best shape possible. Run-down tires can cause decreased braking and handling ability, and in extreme instances can result in a car crash. Determining when you must replace your tires actually boils down to four significant factors:

  • Tread Depth of Tires
  • Weather
  • Age of the Tires
  • Which Vehicle You Drive

Tread of the Tires

Several states have regulations specifying that if the tread on your tires gets less than 2/32 of an inch, it needs to be replaced. Tire tread depth gauges can be purchased for only a few dollars, yet even without one you can get a good estimate of your tread depth and all you need is a penny. Rotate the cent so Honest Abe’s head is pointing down and place the penny right into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are generally 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 might still need to change them.

simple ways to check tire tread depth


You’ve done the tread depth trick and you have greater than 2/32 depth left, so you’re good, right? Well … perhaps. Depending on where you live you might want to replace your tires long before they wear down to 2/32 tread. If you stay in an exceptionally rainy/snowy part of the country (like the PNW), you need much more tread depth to safely and securely travel wet roads. Run-down tires enhance the danger of hydroplaning, so make sure to inspect your tires on a regular basis. Environments with severe cold or severe warmth will certainly also adversely influence your tires. If you live in one of these environments, check your tires frequently and if you have any concerns come to see us for a professional diagnosis.

Tire Life

How often should you get new tires? This factor may be the hardest one to deal with due to the fact that it can seem like you are getting rid of good tires. It’s real, you can have tires with plenty of tread remaining but could still be required to change them. Tires will certainly break down in time and end up being more prone to tragic failure which could result in an accident. It is recommended that tires that are 5 years of age must be properly examined annually. If the tire is more than 10 years old, it must be replaced regardless of the condition. Your classic automobile may have extremely low miles due to the fact that you just drive it on the weekends, however, it still might need brand-new tires. Fortunately, there is an easy way to check the age of your tires. There is a four digit number stamped right into each tire that tells the week and year it was made. Our picture reveals that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s about midway through its suggested lifetime.

how to check tire manufacturing date

Which Vehicle You Own

It may seem crazy, yet what car, truck or SUV you drive may be the difference in replacing 1 tire vs. changing all 4. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve discovered the specific new tire to change it. If the tires on your car, truck, or SUV are brand-new, you can most likely escape changing just one tire. However, if your tires are older than the brand-new tire will certainly be a various size than the remainder of the tires. This is a problem because the smaller tires now have to work harder to travel the very same distance as the larger tire. Mismatched tires can create additional wear on components, especially on AWD vehicles. If you have a tire on one axle spinning faster than the others, your automobile’s computer may believe those tires are losing traction and might add power improperly. This can trick your vehicle into thinking it’s in an unsafe condition and engage a mode not meant for permanent driving.

Do Dealerships Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have specific standards on the maximum tread depth difference between the front and rear tires. While it might be a bummer to purchase 4 brand-new tires it will be cheaper than fixing a transmission.

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