August 17, 2010 @ 6:00 am

Tire maintenance is something that many drivers overlook. Unless air pressure is drastically reducing, you can’t tell that it’s time to change your tires from behind the wheel of your car. But, neglecting to do so can cause damage to the suspension system of your vehicle, and it can increase your gas consumption if the car needs more power to run because of low air pressure or poor traction. There are also safety concerns, of course. Neglecting to change your tires when it’s needed can increase the odds of a collision, especially when the roads are slick with water and ice.

Here are a few things you should know about replacing your tires:

  1. Check tires for wear regularly – the wear on your tires depends on how much you drive on a weekly basis. It’s important to inspect the wear on your tire treads on a regular basis and determine if the tires are wearing down consistently all over.  If so,, it could be an indication you need new tires. If only certain spots are wearing out, you may not need new tires, just a wheel alignment, a change in air pressure or a tire rotation. For Dummies has some great diagrams depicting the different types of tire wear. Most manufacturers recommend rotating tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, but there are easy ways to check your tires yourself as well. (For more detail on tire rotation, check Edmunds.com )
  2. Look for tread wear indicators – did you know that allowing your tires to wear down too much can land you a large ticket? The law in most states requires that you replace your tires when the tread falls below 1/16th of an inch. To gauge this, you don’t necessarily need to get out your tape measure. Most tires have rubber bands that are only visible when it’s time to replace your tires.
  3. Check your mileage – it’s usually necessary to change your tires every 50,000 to 75,000 miles. This can vary depending upon the type of driving you do. When your odometer falls into this range, pay close attention to the tread depth of your tires. If you’re not certain whether or not you need to replace your tires, ask your Carhelp mechanic to take a look at them during your next oil change.

The buzz in the car servicing industry is that drivers who have purchased new vehicles with tires from the dealer are more likely to need a tire change sooner. When you replace your tires, look for manufacturers that guarantee a certain amount of mileage before they should require replacing to save money in the long run!

One Response to “Checked your tires lately?”

  1. bmx ramp says:

    Great posts, especially this one – thank you! :-)


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