Your tires need to be in good shape so your car can maintain performance and safety standards. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t realize it’s time to replace their tires until they have a blowout or massive leak that leaves them on the side of the road. You can avoid a dangerous situation by inspecting your tires to check for problems. Then, you’ll need to get new ones if you notice any of these signs that your tires should be replaced.
Losing Air Pressure
Your tires might get low from time to time, meaning you need to add air. However, if you’re constantly adding air, you have a leak. If it’s a small leak, you might be able to patch your tire and keep driving. However, replace your tires if it’s a big leak or it can’t be patched.
If your tread is too low, your tires will have problems maintaining traction on the road. Also, bald tires can blow out at any time, putting you at risk of an accident.
Fortunately, the penny test is a simple way to check the tread at home. First, place an upside-down penny between the grooves and look at Lincoln’s head. If the tires are still covering the top of his head, you can keep driving on your tires. However, if you can see the top of his head, your tread is too low, and you need new tires.
Bubbles and Cracking
If you notice any bubbles or cracks on your tires, it’s time to switch them out for new ones. Cracks and bubbles can cause significant performance and safety issues, so don’t delay when getting new tires.
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Tires can develop uneven wear patterns for various reasons, ranging from lack of pressure to suspension problems. Unfortunately, uneven wear patterns reduce the lifespan of your tires, meaning you need to get them replaced sooner rather than later. If you keep driving on tires with uneven tread, the worn areas could burst when you’re on the road, causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
Thus, inspect your tires to see if the tread patterns look uneven. If you catch it quickly, you might be able to get your tires rotated to fix it. However, you’ll need new tires if the uneven wear is significant.
Did you notice any of these signs when inspecting your tires? If so, schedule service at Cavender CJDR in Columbus, Texas. We can evaluate and replace your tires, so your car will be ready for your next commute or road trip.
On the other hand, you might not want to replace your tires because your car is reaching the end of its lifespan. We can help with that, too. You can search our inventory, value your trade, and apply for financing online. You can also over to see our new and used vehicles in person. Our team will help you find a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, or RAM with all the features you want. Then, you’ll be ready to hit the open road.