Today’s tires are manufactured to last for 50,000 miles or more before they need to be replaced. Unfortunately, they don’t always last as long as advertised, meaning you may need to replace them sooner rather than later. The good news is that knowing it’s time for new ones isn’t a guessing game. These are a few of the top signs that it’s time for new tires:
- Balding: The number one sign that it’s time for new tires is balding. Tires without tread have trouble braking and turning, so they need to be replaced as soon as possible.
- Failed penny test: Even if you have some tread, it may not be enough. To test the tread depth, place a penny heads-down in the treat groove. The traction is too low if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head—you need new tires.
- Expired treadwear warranty: Most tires come with a treadwear warranty that guarantees they’ll last for a certain amount of time. Have your tires inspected and replaced if they’re past that date.
- Exposed cords: You may be able to see metal or polyester cords inside of the tire when the tread is completely gone. These tires aren’t safe to drive on, so bring your car to a tire shop right away.
- Uneven wear: Suspension or alignment problems can cause your tires to wear down unevenly. If some tires have more tread than others, it’s time to have them all replaced and get a full tune-up to correct those issues.
- Sidewall damage: The rubber in tires dries out and cracks over time, leading to potential blowouts. Get a new set of tires if you notice any cracking or other sidewall damage.
- Bulges: Bulges or bubbles in the sidewall weaken the tire’s structural integrity and are another common cause of blowouts. Get a new set as soon as you notice any bulging.
- Tire pressure light: Many newer vehicles have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to alert drivers when tires are underinflated. We recommend always double-checking your tires when this light comes on. If it always seems to be coming on, it could be time for new tires.
- Constant shaking: A shaking vehicle could be the result of a few different problems, but slipping metal belts inside tires is one of the most common culprits of excessive vibration. The only solution is to get a new set of tires.
- Poor traction: The tread is getting low if you slip and slide all over the road when the pavement is wet. Because the road conditions will only get worse in the winter, it’s a good idea to get new tires now to ensure your safety.
Buy your new tires today
It’s clearly time for new tires if you’ve noticed any of the signs above. But don’t just buy yours from anyone—instead, come to Gene’s 112 Auto Service Center. We have a huge selection of tires from the leading brands. Stop by today to get an inspection and see which tires are right for you.
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