5 Signs You Need New Tires

Learn how to tell if you need to invest in new tires

5 Signs You Need New Tires

And how to quickly spot them


When you walk around for hours at a time, how do your feet feel? For most of us, they get sore after a while.

Think of a set of tires as your automobile's feet. The wear and tear they go through on a daily basis can be absolutely brutal. Unfortunately, they don't last as long as your feet do, so it's important to know when you need new tires. To make things easier for you, we've compiled 5 signs that your tires need to be replaced:

Sign #1: A noticeable increase in vibration.

When you get out on the road, you can expect a certain degree of vibration due to road wear and various other conditions. Roads that are in disrepair, for example, will cause your tires to vibrate more than a newly paved street. However, if you've been noticing an increase in vibration while driving on roads that you're accustomed to, this may indicate that you need new tires.

Sign #2: Your tire's tread depth is running low.

A tire's tread depth should never fall below 1/16th of an inch. Anything less indicates that you need immediate replacement of your tires. Some repair shops won't rotate your tires if you've reached below this point because of necessary replacement. To check the depth yourself, use the "penny test." Simply grab a penny and stick Lincoln's head into the tread (neck first). If his head is entirely in view, you need new tires.

Sign #3: The tread wear indicator bar says it's time.

The tread wear indicator bar is new for some drivers, because it's a feature that older tires don't have. These indicator bars are built into the tires and remain hidden from view until such time that they need to alert you to worn tread. When you can see these indicator bars, this means that the tread is getting low.

Sign #4: There are cracks in the sidewall.

This is something easy for you to check because you can see problem areas with the naked eye. If you can see cracks in the sidewall, this is an indication that your tire could blow at any minute. In this situation, it's important that you take your vehicle to a repair shop right away in order to replace your tires.

Sign #5: You can see bulges and blisters on the tire.

This is another sign that you need new tires that's easy to spot. As the outer surface of a tire begins to weaken, a bulge or blister can form. This type of situation can be even more dangerous than a crack in your sidewall, because it creates a more serious weak spot that could cause a blowout at any time.

Tires are your cars feet. You wouldn't want to walk anywhere without the proper protection on your feet, just as you don't want to subject your car to any unnecessary wear and tear. Ensuring your tires are in top condition and replaced as needed will help with gas mileage, comfort, and the overall function of your vehicle. 


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