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3 Tips about Tire Replacement

June 26, 2012

3 Tips about Tire Replacement

Tire replacement is something that every car owner should take very seriously. This is because it has a direct correlation on how much money is spent on fuel, repair and maintenance. It is also a matter of life and death because driving on worn out tires can cause road accidents. That being said, the following is how to know when to replace tires.

1.   Inspect the tread pattern

This is one of the best ways to know when to replace the tires. Most tires have tread wear bars designed into the tire during manufacture. You should start thinking about getting replacement tires when these wear bars become more visible. In that same vein, you should look at whether or not the tires are wearing away evenly. If you find that tread bars are visible in some of the tires, it means that in addition to spare tire replacement, you also have to take your car to an auto repair shop for wheel alignment.

A good car repair shop will provide replacement tires, fix suspensions, axles and everything else that is causing the increased wear and tear at an affordable price.

2.   Look at the lifespan

Tires tend to have a lifespan meaning that they should be replaced after a certain period of time. Most manufacturers say that complete tire replacements should be done after around 5 to 10 years. This is because prolonged use compromises the makeup of the tire. This therefore means that to prevent accidents, invest in complete spare tire replacement after around 6 years after buying the car.

If you have a used car, find out the age of the tires from previous owners and get replacement tires if necessary. You should also research on how and when to replace tires from different manufacturers.

3.   Penny test

This is another way to finding out whether or not spare tire replacement is necessary. It should be used in tandem with other procedures because it does not account for many other things like lifespan, type of tire, frequency of use etc.

In this test, you should take a penny and insert it into the tread with the portrait of Lincoln facing you. If the top of the head of Lincoln in covered by the tread, then there is no need to buy replacement tires. On the other hand, start thinking about tire comparison and purchase if the above is not the case. The depth of the tread will give you a rough time frame for replacement.

4.   Tread depth gauge

This is one of the most accurate ways to find out when to replace tires and in the event that you cannot get a penny. This device consists of a calibrated aluminum indicator bar that allows you to find out the tread depth in terms of inches and centimeters. You can then think about getting replacement tires if the tread is below a certain depth.

This small and light device is equipped with a pocket clip meaning that anyone can conveniently carry it around.

In a nutshell, every driver should know how to inspect tires in order to prevent unnecessary repairs, replacements and accidents.

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