You want your tires to last as long as possible, but eventually they will wear out. At Thunderbird Auto, we’ve replaced many worn tires over the years, and plan to do so for many more. We wanted to take some time today to talk about a few signs that your tires need to be replaced, as well as some general tire guidance.
How Old Are Your Tires?
How long have you had your tires? If it’s been a while, then you may need to think about replacing them. Different tire brands will last different lengths of time, but we recommend you consider replacing your tires after about six years. Some tire manufacturers recommend you replace them every ten years, but we’ve found this number to be a little optimistic.
How Worn Is Your Tread?
The tread on your car’s tires are what help them grip the road, but over time this tread can get worn down. How can you know when this tread has worn down too much? We recommend the penny test. Take a penny and place it head first into a groove, if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then your tire treads are likely too shallow and worn, and will need to be replaced.
Exposure To the Elements Can Damage Your Tires
Whether they’re exposed to extreme heat or extreme cold, weather extremes can negatively impact your tires. In some cases, we recommend drivers have two sets of tires that they switch out as the seasons change, meaning you have a winter and a summer set of tires. When not in use, you should store your tires in a dry and secure location.
Consult With a Professional Automotive Professional in Arizona
Need a hand changing your tires? At Thunderbird Auto, we’ve been providing the good people of Arizona with our auto-maintenance services for years, and plan on doing so for many more. If you need help changing your tires, bring your car or truck into our auto shop, we’d be more than happy to help!