You probably don’t inspect your tires very often, but at some point, you’re going to notice the tread and think about new tires. We all want to get the most mileage out of our tires (because let’s get real, tires are expensive) which causes most people to continue to drive on older tires even when they need to be replaced. How long should tires last? And at what point do they become unsafe? There are several signs that show you need new tires. Let us help you recognize when it’s time to buy new ones.
4 Warning Signs You Need New Tires
Maybe your car is vibrating, or you start to notice cracks in the sidewall of your tires. Those are warning signs that you need new tires. Here are signs you should look for:
- Tire Tread: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your tire tread is worn too much, but other times it’s very apparent. If you have newer tires, they come with built-in tire tread indicator bars that appear when your tread is too low. No matter what tires you have, the “penny test” always comes in handy. Grab a penny and stand it up in your tire tread. If part of the president’s head is always covered than your tire tread is ok, but if you can see all of Lincoln’s head than it’s time to replace those tires. Don’t forget to test across the tread in different areas!
- Cracks in the Sidewall: Cracks or cuts in the sidewall of your tire can be serious. Keep an eye out for any cracks because this could mean you are developing a leak, or your tire might be ready to blow.
- Tire Bulges: Weak spots in your tires can cause bulges. If you notice a spot that is bulging from the surface of your tire, then you need to get it replaced. This can cause a blow out as well.
- Vibrations: We’re not talking about the vibrations you feel going down a bumpy road. If you feel your vehicle vibrating more than usual, it could be your tires. This could mean something is going on inside your tire that you can’t see.
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Other Factors to Consider
Even if you don’t see any of the warning signs, you’ll need to consider weather conditions and aging. Your vehicle spends a lot of time out in the sun and on the road. If you park your car outside, your tires may get more ultraviolet rays that can cause warping or other damage. Most vehicle manufactures recommend you get your tires replaced every 6 years, while tire manufacturers have different recommendations depending on the tire. Make sure to check and see what those recommendations are for your brand of tires.
Godwin Motors Can Help You with All Your Tire Needs
We want our customers to be safe out on the road. Whether you need us to rotate and balance your tires, or check your tread, our mechanics are ready to help. Let us know if you see any warning signs and Godwin Motors’ service center, in Columbia, S.C., can take care of putting on new tires for you when the time is right.