There are many factors that can affect how often tires need to be changed. Read on to learn how to know when to change your tires.
How Often Should I Inspect My Tires?
Tires should be inspected at least monthly. It’s also just common sense to check them before a long trip. Otherwise, you should check each tire after driving on damaged roads, hitting potholes, or after driving anywhere with road hazards such as nails.
How to Check Tire Treads
Firstly, you should check the pressure. Always check tire pressure cold because the outside temperature and the temperature inside your tire will affect your air pressure reading.
Next up, check the tread wear. You can use a tread depth gauge, or a penny. Stick the penny in the lowest areas of tread head first. If the treads still touch Lincoln’s head, the treads are good.
How Often Should I Change My Tires?
Obviously you should change your tires if you have a leak or low treads, but there are other things to watch out for too. Damaged areas, a damaged valve cap, or uneven tread wear could require a change of tire.
Age is another factor. Most auto manufacturers recommend new tires every 5 years, and most tire makers suggest every 10 years. The sun’s UV rays and hot weather can degrade your tires over time, even if the treads still look good.
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