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How Do You Know When to Buy New Tires?

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How Do You Know When to Buy New Tires?

man and woman look at new tires

Tires last long enough that it becomes easy to forget that they too require maintenance or replacement at some point during a vehicle’s life. The question is, at what point should you start looking for new tires? 

Obviously, everyone knows that when tire treads wear down too much, it’s time to look at getting a set of new tires. How far those treads can wear is more unclear. On top of that, tread depth is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more factors to consider when it comes to the health of your vehicle’s tires. 

Signs That Your Tires Need Replacing 

Tread Depth 

The tread depth on the tires is usually the one thing most drivers know to look for when it comes to determining the condition of a vehicle’s tires. In fact, you’ve probably heard of the old trick where you place a penny upside down in the tread, and if the tread doesn’t cover any part of Abraham Lincoln’s head, the treads have worn too thin. If you don’t have a penny, the depth you’re looking for is 2/32 inch or more. 

Tire Age 

Tread depth isn’t everything, though. Your tires could be older than they should be but still have decent tread wear. Even if the tires don’t have the miles on them, wear can still take place throughout the tire from road conditions and extreme temperatures. It’s best to consult with the manufacturer of your tires to determine how long they should go before being replaced, but usually 10 years is as long as you should be willing to drive on them. Better yet, have them inspected at 5 years and then get regular inspections in following years to ensure they are safe to drive on. 

Other Structural Concerns 

Lastly, just because your tread depth seems fine it doesn’t mean that no wear or damage has taken place on your tires. Think about potholes, those times you hit the curb, etc. All of that can do damage to your tire, particularly on the sidewall. So, if you notice any wear, gouges or cuts in the sidewall, get your tires inspected and consider replacing them. 

Find new Honda tires here 

Now that you know when the right time to buy new tires is, contact us at Wheaton Honda with any questions you might have. You can also schedule a service appointment with us online so we can take care of that inspection for you. 

checking tire tread depth with a penny

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