Indications Your Tires Are Tired

July 4th, 2022 by

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With all the miles we drive – getting to and from work or school, shuttling kids around town, and setting out on those long summer road trips – our tires really take a beating. And even though we depend on them daily, it’s easy to forget to check them periodically for signs of wear. Not to mention, we may not even be completely sure what it is we’re looking for. So to help keep you driving safely and with confidence, here are some warning signs that your tires may need servicing or replacement.

Excessive Vibration

Some vibration is normal when you’re driving, particularly on rough or bumpy roads. But if it seems worse than usual, it may be an indication that something is wrong. Vibration could be the result of misalignment or a tire that’s unbalanced. It could also mean there’s a problem with the tire itself. It’s important to have this checked out immediately, as continuing to drive your vehicle in these conditions could cause more serious damage.

Cracks, Bulges, or Blisters

Even if your car is driving fine, it’s important to periodically check your tires for signs of wear. Distinct cracks in the sidewall can indicate that a leak might be forming. Bulges and blisters are spots where the tire’s surface is weakening. All of these can ultimately lead to a flat tire or a blowout. So take your vehicle into a repair shop immediately to avoid ending up stranded somewhere on the side of the road.

Low Tread

As a general rule, the tread on your tires should always be at or above 1/16 of an inch in depth (even higher if you frequently drive on slick, wet surfaces). To measure your tread depth, simply take a penny and insert it upside down in between the treads. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible, your tread is too low. Get to a repair shop soon, because that means it’s time for new tires.

Tread Wear Indicator Bar

Many new tires come equipped with a fail-safe tool for knowing when it’s time to replace your tires. These tires have a tread wear indicator bar built into the tires themselves. As the tire wears down, these bars – strips of flat rubber running perpendicular to the direction of the tread – become visible. If you can see more than one or two of them, it’s time to replace them.

Your safety is our primary concern, so keep an eye on those tires as you’re out running the roads this summer. And let us know if we can help!

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