How Often Should I Replace My Tires

Proper tire replacement is pretty important. Tires are the very system that links your vehicle to the road and you want them in the best condition. Worn out tires can result in reduced stopping and cornering ability, and in severe instances can result in a car crash. Identifying when you need to replace your tires actually boils down to 4 significant aspects:

  • Tire Tread Depth
  • Weather
  • Age of the Tire
  • Which Car You Drive

Tire Tread Depth

Many states have laws mentioning that if the tread depth on your tires is below 2/32 of an inch, it needs to be changed. Tire tread depth gauges can be bought for only a few dollars, yet even without one you can figure out a great estimate of your tread depth and all you need is one penny. Turn the cent so Honest Abe’s head is aiming down and position the cent right into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are generally still usable. If you can see his whole 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 change them.

checking tire tread depth with a coin


You’ve done the tread depth trick and you have more than 2/32 tread depth left, so you are good to go, right? Well … perhaps. Depending on where you live you may wish to replace your tires long before they wear down to 2/32. If you live in an incredibly rainy/snowy location (like the PNW), you need more tread depth to safely travel snowy roads. Run-down tires raise the danger of hydroplaning, so make sure to check your tires frequently. Environments with severe cold or extreme heat will certainly additionally negatively affect your tires. If you stay in these climates, inspect your tires on a regular basis and if you have any concerns come see us for a professional diagnosis.

Life of Your Tires

So how often should you get new tires? This variable could be the hardest one to acknowledge since it can feel like you are getting rid of perfectly good tires. It’s true, you can have tires with a lot of tread left but might still be required to change them. Tires will deteriorate with time and end up being more vulnerable to devastating failure which might result in a crash. It is advised that tires that are 5 years old ought to be professionally checked yearly. If the tire is more than ten years old, it must be changed regardless of the condition. Your vintage car could have extremely low miles since you just drive it on the weekends, yet it still could require brand-new tires. The good news is, there is a simple way to inspect the age of your tires. There is a four digit number stamped into every tire that gives the week and year it was made. Our example photo shows that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s about halfway through its advised life expectancy.

where is the manufacturing date on a tire

The Vehicle You Own

It could sound insane, but what kind of automobile you drive might mean the difference in replacing 1 tire vs. changing all four. Let’s say you have a bald tire, and you’ve discovered the exact 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 older than the new tire will certainly be a various dimension than the rest of the tires. This is an issue because the smaller tires will have to work harder to complete the exact same distance as the larger tire. Dissimilar tires can trigger added wear on parts, specifically on All-Wheel Drive cars. If you have tires on one axle are rotating faster than the others, your automobile’s electronics may think those tires are slipping and could reduce power incorrectly. This can fool your vehicle into thinking it’s in slippery mode and keep it in a setting not designed for permanent driving.

Do Dealers Replace Car Tires?

Your dealership will have specific guidelines on the optimum tread depth difference between the front and back tires. While it may be a downer to get four new tires it will certainly be more affordable than fixing a transmission.

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