Time for New Tires?
August 21st, 2016
Tires wear very slowly.
Even a cheap set of tires can now last 40-50,000 miles with the right maintenance and driving habits. As a result, it can be hard to notice when tires are wearing to a point where they need replacement.
--Worn tires will become noisier and ride rougher as their rubber wears down and there’s less material to insulate the driver and passengers against road irregularities.
--Worn tires will lose traction as well, with shallower tread grooves to channel water away from the tire footprint. In extreme cases, you’ll notice poorer traction on dry pavement as well.
-- Check the tires’ sidewalls. Cracking, gouges, bulges or other irregularities can be signs it’s time to replace your tires.
--The biggest thing to check for, however, is your tread depth. In every state, 2/32” is the minimum tread depth that’s acceptable, so here’s a handy way to check. Stick a penny down in the tread grooves with Lincoln’s head pointed down. If the tread grooves touch Lincoln’s head, the tread depth is at 2/32”. Try again with a quarter. Does the tread reach the top of Washington’s head? That’s a 4/32” tread depth. One more time with the penny … if the tread reaches the Lincoln Memorial, your tread depth is at 6/32”.
Tires are also designed with “wear bars” that are at the base of the tread and perpendicular to the tread grooves. When your tires wear to a point where the wear bars are at the same level with the tread face, it’s definitely time for new tires. How are your tires looking? Make an appointment with us at JBC Tire Complete Auto Care in Springfield, MO and let us make you a great price on tires from the Goodyear/Dunlop/Kelly family!