These days, tires are built to last for miles and miles. However, they aren’t built to last forever. It’s vital to your car’s overall health and the safety of you and your passengers to get your tires changed when necessary. Any trip to an auto repair shop in Norwalk, OH isn’t complete without new tires, or at least a tire inspection. If you know what to look for, there are some pretty big telltale signs that it’s time to get new tires.
How old are your tires?
Before even stepping out of your car to examine your tires, know that car manufacturers recommend getting new tires every six years. Tire manufacturers like Firestone and Goodyear say you can probably wait 10 years before buying a new set. Of course, this depends on how much you drive. If you have a relatively long daily commute, you may need to replace them before your car manufacturer says so. Check with your dealership to see how often you need them replaced.
Check the tread
The tread on your tires is responsible for keeping the rest of the tire free from dirt and water, thus helping to ensure your car stays on the road. If your tread becomes worn down, you’re running a higher chance of slipping and sliding while driving. According to tire manufacturers, your tires are unsafe if the tread is less than 1/16th of an inch. That’s obviously a little hard to spot by just looking at your tire. Luckily we have the penny test. Take a penny and place Honest Abe’s head into the tread. If you can still see the top of President Lincoln’s head, you’re in trouble and you need to have your tires replaced ASAP.
Check the sidewall
This inspection is even easier than the penny test. If you take a look at the sidewall of the tire and notice any irregularities like bulges or bubbles, you need some new tires. A bulge in the sidewall means that air pressure has pressed through the thick inner wall of the tire and has made its way out to the thinner outer wall. Tire bulges like this can cause blowouts when traveling at high speeds—not good! While checking the sidewall, see if you notice any cracks. A crack in the sidewall is just letting out air and will cause your tires to slowly deflate.
Check the tire pressure
Speaking of slow deflating, check your tire pressure every so often to make sure you don’t have any leaks. Tires tend to lose air at one pound per square inch (PSI) per month. In other words, if your tire is deflating at that rate, it’s nothing to worry about, but if it’s deflating faster than that, you might have a problem on your hands.
Pay attention to any vibration
If you notice vibration in the steering wheel while you’re driving along, it could mean your tires are wearing unevenly. If this is the case, take your car in to an auto repair shop in Norwalk, OH. Regardless of tire status, you clearly have some kind of problem if your ride isn’t smooth.
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