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Dec 6, 2016

Is It Time To Change My Car’s Tires?

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Keeping your car’s tires shipshape has important implications for the rest of your car. The performance of your tires impacts your gas mileage, your suspension, and can mean the difference between an accident averted and tragedy. While most good tires are designed to last for quite some time, it is important that you know when it is time to say goodbye to your current tires and get some new ones. Below are good ways to keep yourself informed of your tires’ health.

How To Tell When You Need New Tires

Regular Inspections

Inspecting your tires regularly for uneven tread wear, shallow treads, rocks, nails and other debris, obvious damage, and damaged valve caps is a good way to keep on top of the structural integrity of your tires. If you notice any of the above, it is a good sign that your tires, at the very least, should be inspected by a professional to determine if they need replacing.

Consider How Your Tires “Feel” as You Drive

If you are experiencing an abnormally rough ride, and there are no obvious engine or suspension problems, it’s a good sign that your tires are to blame. Erratic vibrations and other disturbances while driving are indicators that something is up with your tires. It is also advisable that, if you do start to feel inexplicable vibrations while driving, you immediately pull over, and if need be, replace the problem tire with a spare.

See Professionals

If you notice something, or even have an inclination that something is not right, either while driving or when inspecting your tires, and you don’t have the experience to diagnose what’s wrong, take it to your mechanic or tire professional. This will ensure that the right action is be taken, and your safety won’t be compromised.

Out of Warranty

Most tires come with a warranty when you buy them which guarantees that they will last you for a specified amount of time or kilometres. Like anything out of warranty, especially something related to the safe performance of your vehicle, it is wise to respect the letter of the warranty, and get the tires replaced as soon after it expires as you possibly can.

Keeping your tires in full working order is important. You should constantly be checking that the structural integrity of your tires is intact and take your car in for inspection if you feel that your tires are not up to par. Good, functional tires are important not just for the performance of your car, but for your safety. If you notice any of the above problems, it might be time to change your tires.


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