How To Know When To Buy New Tires



Should I replace all four tires?

How do I know when to replace my tires?

What are the signs I should be looking out for?

These are probably the questions streaming through your mind right now.

But search no more. Right here, I will explain the hidden signs that your tire gives when it needs a replacement. But by the way, you may be interested in these good-shape used cars Houston.


The age of your tire is the first deciding factor for whether a replacement is needed or not. According to experts, the best time to stop using a tire is when the 6-10years mark is reached. Rubber tires especially expire before their 10th year anniversary. And this is regardless of how many treadlife you’ve bounced off of them. They may not show an obvious sign of damage but once the 10years Mark is reached, rubber tires would have developed structural damages that can lead to costly mishaps if put back on the road. To know the age of your tires, call your manufacturer or your seller.

Penny Test

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tires should be replaced once their tread has reached 2/23inches. And the penny test is an easy, surefire way to confirm this without spending a penny. Though you need a penny, you’re not losing it. Just hold an Abraham Lincoln penny between the tread of your tire, while keeping the head side of the coin toward the tire. Look horizontally from the “head” side of the coin, if a part of Abraham Lincoln’s head is visible, that tire needs a replacement.

Tire Tread Wear Indicator

Most tires come with wear indicators which are the embedded deep lines close to the edge of the tire on all sides. Whenever your tire is due for a change, you will notice an unusual noise from your wear indicator. If otherwise you don’t, check your tire regularly to see if these indicators are wearing out. They are the first to wear out and when they do, you should be shopping for new tires.



Irregular Tread Wear

Did you notice that the tread patterns on a tire are wearing out unevenly? That’s undoubtedly a good sign that your tire is petering out. You may soon begin to experience driving difficulty, skidding unreasonably, or even hearing an unusual sound from your car’s chassis. However, some uneven tread wears do not essentially mean that a replacement is must. Most times, your vulcanizer will be able to get your tire back in shape.

Clear Damages

Most times, you can easily know when a tire is damaged. Suppose you were driving on a sunny afternoon past the subway and your tire grinds over a nail which unfortunately penetrates it. In this case, though you may be considering a repair especially if the tire is still new, a replacement will be most ideal. Side note: check your tires every day to check for damages before getting on the road. It saves life.