Tire Maintenance

How Often Should You Replace Tires


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You must replace tires on your vehicle at certain intervals in order to remain safe and keep your vehicle in top condition. Over time, the tread on tires will wear considerably and could result in very hazardous driving conditions. Tire replacement is necessary at regular mileage intervals, and also when visible problems arise.

Replacing Tires Per Mileage

As a general rule, it's a good idea to replace tires when they are no longer safe to drive on. The average mileage varies with many factors, such as original tire quality, surfaces driven on, driver habits and weather conditions. A good rule to follow is to replace tires about every 40,000 miles, unless you are using tires that were specifically designed to last longer.

Replacing Damaged Tires

It's necessary to periodically check all your tires for wear. It's time to replace tires if the tread wear indicators are visible (ie: a line that runs perpendicular to the tread), or you can use the old school method of inserting a penny into the tread to check remaining life. If Lincoln's head is visible, tires should be replaced. Also, if your tires are wearing unevenly due to vehicle misalignment or other mechanical problems, you may need to inspect both the inner and outer walls for damage. If any metal is visible, you should avoid driving the vehicle until that tire is replaced.

Tips for Avoiding Premature Tire Replacement

There are many things that can damage a tire, and there are a few things you can do to avoid having to prematurely replace tires. One of the most important is regular tire rotation. It's recommended to have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Also, avoid driving in areas that may contain debris that could puncture a tire, and have your vehicle regularly inspected for mechanical problems that may contribute to uneven tire wear.

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