Like any other part on your vehicle, tires need to be replaced eventually. But how can you tell when it's time for new tires? These are some of the signs to look out for to stay safe on the road and avoid flat tires.
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Signs You Need New Tires
These are some of the most common signs that it's time to replace your tires. However, if you ever have any questions, it's best to consult an experienced technician who can explain more.
Low Tread Depth
Tread is the most valuable component on a tire to give you traction and control. Your tires need enough tread to grip the road, allowing you to brake and accelerate safely and smoothly. Low tread depth is dangerous because it can affect your ability to brake, increasing the likelihood of a collision. On top of the danger, driving with low tread reduces your fuel economy, costing you more over time.
Signs of Damage
Road debris like nails and rocks can easily pierce your tires. Although it's not always evident immediately, an imbedded nail or stone will eventually cause the tire to fail. Other types of damage can include bubbles or bulges, usually caused by rough road conditions like potholes or ruts. Any visible damage should always be addressed as soon as possible.
Misalignment is the main cause of irregular tread wear. If your tread is wearing abnormally fast or unevenly, an alignment is usually a necessary step to correct the problem. Unfortunately, if the wear is bad enough, you might have to replace your tires altogether on top of getting an alignment.
How long have you had your tires? Depending on how often you use your vehicle and for what purpose, you might have had your tires for over five years. If that's the case, it's probably time for a replacement. Even if they still look decent, age can play a role in the integrity of your tires. Small cracks, tears, and dry rot are inevitable over time, so it's a good idea to replace the tires before they cause a blowout.
Different tires aren't only necessary for snowy conditions. Extreme heat causes excess wear and tear on your tires, and different types of tires can have different ratings for temperature. Even those rated highly can take a beating from hot pavement, so try to check your tires more often during heatwaves.
Find New Tires at Redwood City INFINITI
If it's time for all new tires, the service team at Redwood City INFINITI is here to help. Whether you are performing the replacement yourself or need a personal touch, you can choose from a wide selection of tires to find your best fit. Our experienced technicians are happy to mount and balance your tires, ensuring a long life ahead. Check out our tire selection online, or contact our service department for fast and friendly service today!