Do You Need to Replace Your Tires?

When your tires start to go, you really shouldn't. Account for tread wear exposure to the elements and tire age, and you'll know when it's time to replace your tires.

Tread wear

To test your tread depth, Abraham Lincoln’s the best man for the job. Put a penny head first into a few tread grooves. If you can see his whole head, it’s probably time to tell those tires to hit the road.

What's up with tread depth?

Tire treads, like people, shouldn’t be shallow. It’s not safe. Good treads give tires a good grip on the road. Worn treads don’t respond well in rain and snow, and cause other car parts to wear before they should.

Exposure to the elements

Honestly, your tires can’t handle the heat. High temperatures and ultraviolet rays could make your tires go a little early. And if you’ve ever been in the Bay Area in the summer time, you know we have plenty of both.

Tire age

Tires don’t exactly get better with age. Vehicle manufacturers recommend that you replace your tires after six years. Tire manufacturers usually say ten. You should check your specific manufacturer’s recommendation as aged tires can cause a loss of control in steering and braking, creating a hazard to both the driver and other vehicles on the road. It’s important to always check your tire’s tread depth. You should also look for unusual wear on your tires, including sidewall damage. If you’re unsure whether or not you need new tires, go to your local Wheel Works for a free inspection.

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