When Should I Replace My Tires

Proper tire replacement is very important. Tires are the very mechanism that attaches your vehicle to the road and you want them in the very best condition. Run-down tires can result in diminished stopping and cornering ability, and in extreme cases can result in a car crash. Determining when you must replace your tires really boils down to 4 major variables:

  • Tread Depth of Tires
  • Weather
  • Tire Age
  • The Specific Vehicle You Drive

Tire Tread Depth

Many states have regulations mentioning that if the tread on your tires is less than 2/32 of an inch, it has to be changed. Tire tread depth tools can be bought for just a few dollars, however even without one you can figure out a great approximation of your tread depth and all you need is one penny. Rotate the cent so Honest Abe’s head is pointing down and position the penny into your tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are usually still good. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to replace them. There is a caveat, even if you have greater than 2/32 of tread-depth you might still need to change them.

checking tire tread depth with a penny


You have done the tread depth trick and you have greater than 2/32 depth left, so you are good, right? Well … maybe. Depending on where you live you might wish to replace your tires long before they wear down to 2/32 tread. If you stay in an extremely rainy/snowy area (like the PNW), you need much more tread depth to securely travel slushy roadways. Worn out tires enhance the risk of hydroplaning, so make sure to examine your tires on a regular basis. Environments with severe cold or severe warmth will likewise adversely affect your tires. If you live in these environments, check your tires on a regular basis and if you have any questions come see us for a professional diagnosis.

Life of Your Tires

How often should you get new tires? This factor might be the hardest one to acknowledge because it can seem like you are throwing out perfectly good tires. It’s true, you can have tires with lots of tread left yet might still be required to change them. Tires will certainly deteriorate over time and become more prone to tragic failure which can result in a collision. It is suggested that tires that are 5 years of age ought to be professionally examined annually. If the tire is greater than ten years old, it should be replaced no matter the condition. Your vintage car might have extremely low miles because you just drive it on the weekends, however it still could need new tires. Fortunately, there is a very easy method to examine the age of your tires. There is a four digit number stamped right into each tire that gives the week and year it was made. Our example image reveals that the tire was made in the 44th week of 2016, so it’s roughly halfway through its recommended life span.

how to check tire manufacturing date

Which Car You Own

It might sound crazy, but what sort of car you drive might mean the difference in changing 1 tire vs. replacing all four. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve located the precise brand-new tire to replace it. If the tires on your car are new, you can possibly escape replacing just one tire. However, if your tires are older than the new tire will be a various size than the rest of the tires. This is a problem because the smaller tires now need to work harder to complete the exact same distance as the bigger tire. Mismatched tires can cause added wear on parts, especially on All-Wheel Drive vehicles. If there is a tire on one axle rotating faster than the others, your vehicle’s computer may believe those tires are slipping and may transfer power incorrectly. This can deceive your car into thinking it’s in unsafe mode and engage a setting not created for full-time driving.

Does the Dealer Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have certain standards on the maximum tread depth difference between the front and rear tires. While it may be a drag to buy four new tires it will be cheaper than replacing a transmission.

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