Car tires get worn out after miles on the road. Inspect tires for damage and check tread depth with a coin to make sure car tires are in good shape.
Everybody knows that tires don’t last forever… There are several indications which help you understand that you should replace your tires for optimal safety and drivability.
Most car owners know that tires don’t last forever, and that driving on old tires can be unsafe. When you have a flat or ripped tire, you know that your tire needs to be replaced.
- Don’t drive any farther before having the tire repaired; leaving it in to “seal in the air” probably won’t work for long.
- Avoid using canned flat-sealer products, which can cause long-term problems.
- You can try repairing a small puncture yourself (after removing the object), which is fairly straightforward with kits you can get at your auto parts store. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and be sure to check your air pressure regularly after the repair.
- Mechanics and tire shops can repair some punctures, but some punctures cause structural damage and can’t be repaired. If you can’t repair it, you’ll need to replace the tire.
You will know if the tire needs replacement by these 2 factors: when the tire needs air at least once a week, and when there is a vibration in the ride or the steering wheel.
Checking your tires’ air regularly is important for both safety and fuel economy. If these checks show that one of your tires gets low after a week or less, then your tire may need to be replaced.
Vibration in the ride or on the steering wheel can be caused by worn tires, but the more common reason is wheel balance.
Tire shops can check the balance easily, and having a wheel rebalanced is less expensive than replacing a tire, so pay attention to this before settling on replacement.
While most tires wear out or get damaged, some manage to make it to “old age”. If your tires are ten years old or more, they definitely need replacement, and six years is the maximum safer age. In hotter climates tires may age even faster than that.
In colder or snowy climes, many drivers choose to keep two sets of tires, one for winter and one for the rest of the year. Modern winter tires are far improved, giving vastly better traction in snow and on freezing-cold pavement than summer or even “all season” tires. The cold weather performance comes at a cost, though, in wear (and therefore cost), fuel economy, and sometimes noise, which is why it can be beneficial to have two sets.
Also, remember that driving on worn tires can be dangerous as they don’t provide enough grip on the road.
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