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Do I Need New Tires?

If you are like most drivers, you seldom think about your tires until something goes wrong with them. The fact that tires are so often overlooked is unfortunate, considering how important they are to our vehicles. Over time, tires will wear out, and you will need to replace them. However, there are instances when tires need to be replaced prematurely. No matter where your tires are in their lifecycle, here are some telltale signs that you need to have them replaced. 

Low Tire Tread

One of the easiest ways to tell if you need new tires is by looking at the tread depth. New tires typically come with 10/32” to 11/32” tread depth. The US Department of Transportation recommends tires that have a tread depth of 2/32” or lower be replaced as soon as possible. You can conduct a penny test to determine if your tires’ tread depth is too low. If you insert a US penny into your tire’s tread with Lincoln’s head pointing down and you can still see his head, it means that the tread is too shallow, and you should have your tires replaced very soon. 

Falling Air Pressure

Over time, tires will naturally lose air pressure. But if your tires need to be refilled with air often, it can be an indication of a leak somewhere in the tire. If you can locate the hole in the tire, you may be able to patch it up. However, if it’s a large enough hole, you may need to have the entire tire replaced. 

Your Tires Are Over Ten Years Old

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing your tires every ten years. If you’ve had your tires for over ten years, it’s time to have them replaced. No matter the condition of your 10+ year-old tires, continuing to drive on them is unsafe, and they can go out at any moment. By replacing your old tires with new ones, you ensure that your car remains driveable and there isn’t a chance of you getting stuck on the side of the road. 

Odd Vibrations or Noises

Weird or excessive noise and vibrations from your tires, even on smooth roads, can indicate a problem with your tires. It can mean anything from a deflated tire to uneven tire wear. Regardless of what’s causing the odd vibrations or noises, it’s a good idea to bring your vehicle to a full-service auto repair shop. If they find that your tires are to blame for the odd noises, they’ll replace your tires and get your vehicle back on the road quickly. 

Bring Your Car to Thunderbird Automotive Specialists

When you have questions about your tires, bring your vehicle to Thunderbird Automotive Specialists. We offer comprehensive diagnostics, so we find the root cause of your tire problems. If you need tire replacement in Phoenix, AZ, we’ll gladly assist you. 
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Thunderbird Automotive Specialists will be closed on Friday, October 20th.

During this time, our team will be attending the memorial service for our late General Manager, Brock Lohman.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we gather as a Thunderbird Automotive Specialist family to honor Brock’s life and legacy.

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