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How to Know When to Replace Tires in a Car

Car tires will wear out over time. There’s no way stopping it. As they take a beating every time you drive, they are supposed to get old and fail at one point. How do you know when to replace tires? It is necessary to know because a failed or ruptured tire in the middle of a road could be catastrophic.

When to Replace Tires: The Warning Signs

You cannot actually predict the lifespan of a tire. It depends on several factors including the car’s mileage, your driving habits, the tire’s model and design, the climate, and the road conditions. Nevertheless, there will be some warning signs that will tell you when to replace tires. Let’s find out some of the symptoms of bad tires.

1. Worn out Tread

The minimum legal depth from the tire tread is 1.5 mm across the width. It’s important to have that much thickness to ensure safety while driving. Tires with worn out tread don’t have a good grip and can skid on the roads in rainy and snowy conditions. Also, a thin tread puts pressure on other car components and damage them.

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Penny testing of the car tire’s tread.

With a penny, you can find out if the tread of the tires has the right depth. You will find several grooves across a tire. Place a penny head into one of them and see if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head. If not, your tires are still good but it’s time to change them if you can see the head.

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2. Age of the Tires

Counting the age is another good way to figure out when to replace tires. The auto manufacturers recommend replacing the tires at every 6 years while the tire makers suggest to do it at 10 years. You should professionally diagnose them at least once per year after five years of use. Replace them when they are ten years or older.

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3. Sidewall Cracks

If the marks of tracks and cuts on the sidewall are visible to the naked eye, it’s time for changing the tires. It could be warning that a leak is growing or the tire is on the verge of blowing out. So, whenever you find grooves on the sidewall, go to a car servicing shop to have the tires repaired or replaced.

4. Bulges on Tire’s Exterior

When the tires are extensively used or become old, some spots on their exterior surface can swell. These bumps protrude outward and they are susceptible to blow out any time. If you see these kinds of lumps on the tire surface, change them immediately.

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Bulges on tires can blow out any time.

6. Severe Vibration

Every car vibrates at the time of driving but if the vibration is more than usual, there must be something wrong. If there is too much tremble, misaligned or unbalanced tires could be the problem. Even if the tires are not the source of the trouble, too much shaking will affect them ultimately. So, if you are ignoring the shaking for quite a long time, that could be the time’s up for the tires.

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Hopefully this articles will be useful for you. If you have any question about car tires, give us a comment on the box below.