Tires are one of the most forgot about parts of your car, but one of the most important. They face the most wear and tear so it’s important to replace them as needed. As they get worn, traction is reduced, and it can even affect your gas mileage. So how do you know when it’s time for new tires? Here are some tips for examining your tires and their life.
- Check the tread. Tire treat is to improve traction, especially on wet roads. A good rule of thumb is once the treat hits 2/32 of an inch or less, its time to replace. Anything less than that can be a serious safety risk. A quick test can be setting a penny at the thinnest tread, if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head or copper above it – it’s time to replace the tire.
- Check for tire thread. Not to be confused by tread because tire thread is much different. Threading appears on tire thin spots. Once the thread or ware bars can be seen you are at risk of wearing through the tire.
- Check for damages. If you notice large knicks out of your tire or what looks like a puncture mark you should plan to replace the tire as soon as possible. Small things like this can do damage to the tire’s integrity.
- Look for Bubbles. Bubbles often times occur on the outside rim of the tire. Most of them are caused from rubbing the tire against a curb or parking marker but hitting a large pot hole or driving one low tire pressure can make them pop up, too. Bubble bulges can lead to tires blowing out because the inner wall has a breach.
- Vibration while driving. While we know vibration can be caused by a wide range of large issues, unevenly worn tires can lead to a bumpy ride.
- Check your spare tire. Spare tires get forgotten about until needed. Sometimes they can sit for years leading to a dry rotted tire.
- Age. Although most people wear out tires before they get to 6 years, you should never drive on a tire over 6 years old. If you need help figuring out how old your tires are, check out this post.
Classy Chassis can order custom tires for any truck, car, or SUV. While you’re at it, consider checking the condition on your rims. Any products purchased at Classy Chassis can now be installed in shop. To get a quick quote for tires, rims, or both click here. For more information about offered tire brands please visit our accessory page.