Tires are constantly absorbing wear and tear as they take you over a wide variety of road surfaces every day. Keeping a watchful eye on your tires and providing them with consistent service will ensure you maximize their lifespans while keeping yourself as safe as possible. These tips will help you know when you need new tires:
Trust yourself if you feel more vibrations than usual. It could be a sign that your tires are misaligned or unbalanced, your shock absorbers are declining in quality, or that your tires have an internal problem.
Even if vibrations aren’t caused by the tires, they could easily have a negative effect on them. If you detect vibrations you aren’t used to, take your car in for immediate maintenance.
Worn-down treads won’t grip the road as well, leading to more dangerous driving conditions every time you get behind the wheel. An easy way to check your tread level is by placing a penny into the grooves of your tread with President Lincoln’s head facing down. If the tread hides his head, your tires are fine; if his head is visible, it’s time for new tires.
Blisters and bulges
Bulges and blisters can protrude from a tire’s surface once the outer surface begins to weaken. Check for any of these vulnerabilities, which can lead to a blowout if not accounted for.
Leaks in your tire can be indicated by the presence of cracks in the sidewall. Check the sidewall for distinct grooves, tracks or cuts.
The easiest way to know if you need new tires is by the age of your current tires. Take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations for the lifespan of your tires, and know that many automakers advise changing tires every 6 years and many tire manufacturers recommend changing tires after 10 years.
Concerned about your tires? Visit Sanderson Ford’s service department. Our expert technicians will diagnose your tires and prescribe new ones if needed!