INFINITI Tires and Tire Services in Redwood City CA
People think about getting gas for their car, changing the oil, and even getting air filters regularly replaced, but they often forget about tires. You ride on that rubber day in and day out. Its grip keeps you safely on the road, even in the rain. When that rubber starts getting thin you may not even notice it, but you’ll definitely want to replace that rubber before you do, as it often becomes noticeable in a rather abrupt fashion. That’s where Redwood City INFINITI comes in with our INFINITI tires and tire services in Redwood City, CA.
How to Tell When Your INFINITI Tires Need to be Replaced?
Without being extraordinarily in tune with your car, you aren’t going to be able to feel tire wear in the way it handles, though if you have another similar vehicle it may feel different on more slick surfaces. However, a slick surface is the last place you want to find out you need new rubber.
The better way to tell is by checking your tread depth. At Redwood City INFINITI, we can use our advanced equipment to check your tread depth with extreme precision to tell you how healthy your tires are. If they are healthy, we can provide greater longevity to them by rotating them and making sure everything is in proper alignment. You can also check your tread depth at home with a penny. It’s not the most precise measurement, but it will give you a baseline. Stick a normal penny in the gaps between your tread with Lincoln’s head upsidedown. If the tread doesn’t obscure his head, then your tread depth is too low.
Why is Tread Depth a Good Indicator of Tire Wear?
Tires are killed in three ways. Puncture, age, and wear. If you drive your vehicle regularly, age isn’t going to be your first issue. It takes several years for tire rubber to become brittle and crack. However, high temperatures or improper inflation can speed up the aging process. Punctures, you are likely familiar with. Large ones can cause a blowout, small ones can cause a flat, and even smaller ones can mean many trips to get your tires refilled. If you are refilling often, you should think about replacement tires before a small problem turns into a big one.
Wear brings your tread depth down slowly over time. When that tread depth is deep, it allows your tread to flex and contour to the road. As it shrinks and wears, your tires will provide less grip, especially on wet surfaces as that depth gives water a place to go so that your rubber still maintains contact with the road. Once you have bald tires, you’ll have very little grip, be risking a blowout, and even a little rain will make the roads feel like ice.