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When is it time to buy new tires?

When should you replace your tires? Some manufactures suggest that tires be replaced every six years regardless of use, while other manufactures give a maximum of 10 years or service.  Aging tires, whether from common use or damage can be prone to tire failure causing inconveniences such as lengthy time the shop, costly repairs or even worse, a crash.

Tire tread is the easiest way to determine if you need to replace your tires.  The tire tread does all of the grunt work.  Tires are not safe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch.  Tires have a built-in tread wear indicators that are raised sections in the bottom of the tread grooves.  You can check the depth of the tread using a penny.  Place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down facing you.  If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to buy new tires.

You have read in past blog posting that you should check your tires regularly.  Among the things you should be mindful of when checking you tires are uneven tread wear.  Uneven tread wear can cause tire failure and blow outs, which we all want to avoid.  Also look for the built-in tread wear bars in the pattern. So be mindful to your tires and know when to say goodbye.

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