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How  often should I REPLACE my car's TIRES?


The following are the common factors to determine when you should replace your tires:

  • Tire’s Tread Depth


When the Tread is worn down, tires Lose traction during Braking and Won’t grip the road well in Turns, and on Wet surface, which means the vehicle is more likely to Slide or Hydroplane in a Rain, and the Braking distance Increases too.


In all-wheel drive and vehicle stability control system become Less effective when tires are bald.


The tire Tread Depth is measured in 32nds of an inch. New tires have from 9/32" to 11/32" of the Tread material.


A tire is considered unsafe when the Tread is worn down to 2/32" (1.5 mm).

Tire Tread can be measured with a Tread Depth Gauge, or by simply measuring the Tread Depth by using a Penny, Insert a penny, head-down, into the center of your tire’s Tread, if it’s even with the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head or completely expose it, the tires are becoming unsafe. You should replace your tires right away.



  • Tire’s Age Manufacture Date.


Even if your tires have plenty of Tread left, it is recommended that you replace tires that are 6 years old or older, that’s because over time, the rubber will Dry and Crack, possibly leading to a Blowout or flat tire.


Determining the Age of your tires

To see how old your tires are, check the four-digit Department of Transportation code DOT on your tire wall to find out when the tire was manufactured. It should be a 4 digit number, the first two numbers stand for the week in the year it was made, and the other two are for the year. For example, if your tire has “1213” printed on it, then it was manufactured in the 12th week of 2013.




         Other Factors to determine when you should Replace your tires:

  • The tire becomes damaged after being driven flat.

  • Sidewall bulge.

  • Tread completely worn out.

  • Cut in the sidewall.

  • Puncture in the sidewall (sidewall puncture cannot be repaired).

  • Tire that has sidewall damage after being driven flat.

  • Rubber shavings inside.

  • Damage to the sidewall.

  • Metal cord showing.

  • Deep cracks.

  • Tire worn on one side.


Any visible perforation, cut or deformation or uneven tread must be checked thoroughly by your Trusted Auto Repair Shop


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