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  • Mon - Sun12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    (Always Open for Online Shopping)
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  • Mon - Sat9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • SunClosed
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  • Mon - Sat7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • SunClosed
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  • Mon - Sat7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • SunClosed

When Should I Change My Car Tires?

Timely tire replacement is very important. Tires are the actual mechanism that attaches your car to the roadway and you want them in the best shape possible. Damaged tires can cause reduced stopping and cornering capacity, and in extreme cases can bring about an accident. Determining when you should replace your tires actually comes down to 4 major factors:

  • Tread Depth of Tires
  • Weather
  • Age of Tire
  • The Automobile You Drive

Tire Tread Depth

Numerous states have laws specifying that if the tread on your tires gets less than 2/32 of an inch, it needs to be changed. Tire tread depth gauges can be purchased for just a few dollars, but even without one you can get a great estimate of your tread depth and all you need is a penny. Rotate the cent so Honest Abe’s head is aiming down and position the penny right into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are usually still usable. If you can see his whole head, it’s time to replace them. There is a caution, even if you have more than 2/32 of tread-depth you may still need to change them.

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You have done the tread depth test and you have greater than 2/32 depth left, so you are good to go, right? Well … maybe. Depending on where you live you may wish to change your tires long before they get down to 2/32 tread. If you stay in an exceptionally rainy/snowy area (like the Pacific Northwest), you need more tread depth to safely navigate wet roadways. Worn out tires enhance the threat of hydroplaning, so ensure to examine your tires consistently. Climates with severe cold or severe warmth will likewise adversely affect your tires. If you reside in these environments, inspect your tires on a regular basis and if you have any inquiries come see us for a specialized diagnosis.

Age of Your Tire

How often should you get new tires? This variable could be the hardest one to deal with due to the fact that it can feel like you are throwing out fine tires. It’s true, you can have tires with lots of tread remaining however could still need to replace them. Tires will certainly weaken gradually and end up being more susceptible to disastrous failure which could bring about a collision. It is recommended that tires that are five years of age need to be skillfully inspected yearly. If the tire is greater than 10 years old, it ought to be changed despite the condition. Your classic car may have extremely low miles because you just drive it on the weekends, but it still could require brand-new tires. Luckily, there is a very easy means to figure out the age of your tires. There is a 4-digit number molded into each tire that gives the week and year it was made. Our photo shows that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s about midway through its advised life span.

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The Specific Car You Own

It could seem insane, however, what type of vehicle you drive might be the difference in changing 1 tire vs. changing all four. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve discovered the precise new tire to replace it. If the tires on your automobile are brand-new, you can possibly get away with changing just one tire. However, if your tires are older than the brand-new tire will certainly be a different dimension than the remainder of the tires. This is trouble due to the fact that the smaller tires now have to work harder to travel the same distance as the bigger tire. Dissimilar tires can cause extra wear on elements, particularly on All-Wheel Drive cars, trucks and SUVs. If you have a tire on one axle rotating faster than the others, your car’s computer might think those tires are slipping and might add power improperly. This can deceive your car into believing it’s in slippery condition and engage a mode not meant for full-time driving.

Does the Dealer Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have certain standards on the optimum tread depth difference between the front and rear tires. While it may be a drag to acquire four new tires it will be less expensive than fixing a transmission.

When Should I Replace My Tires? | Kia of South Austin

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5306 South I H 35 • Austin, TX 78745

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