How to Know When Car Tires Need Replacing

5 Quick & Easy Steps on How to Tell When Tires Need to Be Replaced



Tires are just like any other part of a motor vehicle, after using it for a while, you’re going to develop some wear and tear and eventually they are going to get worn out and need to be replaced.

Driving worn out tires can be very dangerous.  It can cause your car to drag to one side, make your rides feel rough, cause your alignment to get thrown off and cause other parts of your car to become worn out quicker, which could cause you a lot of money in the long run and worst of all your tire(s) can get blown out, which could cause you to lose control of the car and get into a car accident.  So before any major problems occur here are some quick and easy ways to tell when your tires need replacing.


  1. Keep an eye out for any cuts, bubbling or cracking in the sidewall of the tire. If you find any of these, take your tires to a local tire retailer immediately for a professional inspection. Because of the delicate nature of the tire sidewall, you should consider installing your spare tire before driving.
  2. Checking the depth of the tire tread. Checking the depth of the tire tread will enable you to see how many you’ve got left before you need a new tire(s). One way of doing this is by inserting a penny in one of the grooves with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it is time to replace your tire.
  3. Make sure you tires are inflated properly. Proper inflation is crucial if you want your tires to last a long time.  If your tires are underinflated, the sidewall will sag, causing excessive wear on the outside areas of the tread. Under inflation also results in excessive heat, which accelerates wear and may cause a blowout.
  4. Check for any abnormal wear-n-tear. If the tire tread depth is uneven, observe where the wear-n-tear is occurring. You should be able to determine what’s causing it and if it’s not too late, correct the problem before you ruin the rest of the tire’s life expediency. The four most common reasons for premature tire wear are improper inflation, misalignment, lack of rotation and front-end wear.  These are things you may want to have inspected at a reliable service center.
  5. Keep your wheels aligned. Wheels that are out of alignment can cause severe damage to your tires.  This can also cause decrease traction due to reduced contact with the road. Over time, a slight misalignment can cause a lot of uneven or premature tire wear. If your tires are not aligned properly your tires will wear down a lot faster. If the alignment is off you’ll notice something’s wrong while you’re driving; your vehicle will not drive as well as it did in the beginning and, in the most extreme cases, you could have a pretty difficult time maintaining control of the car.  It is recommended that an alignment check should be done with every other oil change.

Now that you know how to tell when your tires are worn out and need to replaced, make sure to check your tires on a regular basis. By keeping your tire’s wear-n-tear to a minimum, you and your passengers will be safer on the road and you’ll save a lot of money down the road. Ignoring wear-tear on your tires can quickly lead to more serious and more expensive problems, so always keep your tires on top of the priority list.

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