Top five Signs it is Time for New Tires

Are you driving on dangerous tires? Would you even begin to know how to tell? There comes a time in every cars life, when you will have to replace your old and worn tires. Green Subaru in Springfield wants to make sure you are safe on the road from Decatur to Jacksonville. When you come in for regular maintenance, we will take a look as part of our multi-point vehicle inspection.

A tire uses tread to connect to the road and provide traction. The more you drive, the tread will become worn and limit your car's contact with the road. Your tread should never fall below 1/16 of an inch. But how do you measure that?

In between service center visits, you can keep an eye on your tire's tread using very easy steps. Following any of these steps will give you a heads up when the time comes to replace your tires.

  1. Penny Test: This is the considered the most accurate way to test your tire's tread. Simply take a penny and put it in between your treads. Make sure Abraham Lincoln is upside down. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, it is time for new tires. If you can not see the top, then you still have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread left.
  2. Check for Cracks on Sidewall: When you look at your tire, do you see cuts or cracks along the side? If you see these, you likely have a leak or low tire pressure. When your tire deflates you'll find these tell-tale signs.
  3. Your Car is Vibrating: Does your car seem to rattle when your driving down the road? Any road? Time to check the tires. They might be out of alignment or unbalanced. Even if that is not the case, the vibration can cause your tires to deteriorate and contribute to further tire issues. Properly balanced tires will make your car much safer.
  4. Noticing Tread Wear: Newer tires have indicator bars built into the tire. As the tire wears down, you'll start to notice the bar. Once you see it its time to get new tires.
  5. Bulges and Blisters: Once the outer surface of you tire starts to get weak, bulges and blisters will start to form on the tire. If you notice anything like this forming on your tire, its time to make an appointment.

You can prevent a blowout or accident by keeping a vigilant eye on your tires and tread. Check out our FAQ section if you have any more questions about your tires. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call Green Subaru and schedule an appointment for your tire rotation or replacement. We help drivers from Taylorville and Chatham stay safe on the roads.

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