If you’re wondering, “When do I need new tires?”, we have answers to your questions and concerns. Perhaps you’ve had a flat or experienced another specific tire issue, and you’re thinking it may be time for new tires, but you’re not sure. Maybe you ran over a nail. Do you need a tire repair or to replace your tire? What about a wheel alignment? You’ve seen advertisements and heard commercials for wheel alignments, but when is it truly necessary? As a non-mechanic, how do you know? Well, we can point you in the right direction, right now, and give you honest advice for tire care when you come to our shop.
Tell-Tale Signs New Tires Are in Your Future
All modern tires sold in the U.S. have “tread wear bars,” which are small raised rubber bars in the grooves of your tires. When you look at your tire tread, you’ll see these bars running between the tread. If you see these bars are flush with your tire tread, it’s time for new tires. Another easy way to tell if you need new tires is the penny test. Simply take a penny and place Lincoln’s head in one of the grooves of your tire tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, then head to a tire shop for new tires. While you’re inspecting your tires, check a few different spots for any irregular tread wear. This could indicate you need a wheel alignment as well as new tires.
Out of Your Control
Still, there are countless other circumstances that add on to the damage of tires that are usually uncontrollable, including weather cracking and sidewall integrity. When tires begin to age or are vulnerable to harsh weather surroundings, the rubber starts to lose elasticity and cracks form on the exterior. Light cracking may not indicate you need new tires, but if you start to spot a lot of splintering, it would be smart to take your vehicle to a tire shop where a professional can assist you in deciding if you need new tires.
Let’s Talk Tires! We Have Answers to All Your Questions about New Tires, Tire Repair & Wheel Alignment
When it’s time for new tires, call us! We can also help if you need a tire repair, or it’s been a while since your last wheel alignment. Our auto repair shop is honest and upfront when it comes to making tire recommendations. You can trust us to steer you in the right direction when it comes to tires, and we’ll take care of your new tire installation or tire repair as quickly as possible so you can get back on the road and back to your life.