Tires are an essential component of a vehicle and need to be maintained properly in order to provide a safe ride. Check out our list of five signs that you should get new tires for your vehicle.
Shallow tread depth
The standard minimum depth for tire tread should be at 2/32 of an inch, but some experts claim that 4/32 of an inch is even better for traction and control. To test your tires, take a quarter (upside-down) and place it in the tire tread. If you can see the entirety of Washington’s head, it’s time for new tires.
You can see the indicator bar
Some tires, especially newer ones, have a built-in way to measure tread depth. Once the tread has worn down to a certain point, an indicator bar that is embedded in the tire will start to show. When you see the bars, the tires have to go.
Your tires are cracked
Cracks in your tires could cause a leak and an eventual flat tire. Fortunately, cracks in the sidewalls of your tires are easy to spot with the naked eye; simply look for little cuts or grooves.
You can see bulges or blisters
Sometimes, the edges of your tires will start to bulge or develop blisters, which is a point of pressure in the tire that could eventually blow if left alone. Definitely replace your tires if they are bulging.
Your car is vibrating
If your tires seem fine, but you feel a disproportionate amount of vibration while driving, this could be a sign that your tires are misaligned, imbalanced, or just plain need to be changed.
Stop by our service department at Stoneham Ford and we’ll be sure to check your tires and ensure you’re safe behind the wheel.