Five Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced
In celebration of National Tire Safety Week (May 24th – 30th), we thought we would go over some important warning signs that may indicate that your tires need to be replaced. Recognizing these signs and replacing over-worn tires before they become a safety hazard is an important part of your car’s overall care.
- Tread Depth. This may be the most obvious sign that it’s time for new tires, but unless you actually check, your tire’s tread depth (or lack thereof) can go unnoticed. Make it a priority to check your tire’s tread every month, and ensure there is at least 1/16th of an inch of depth. When your tires are over-worn, they become a hazard, especially in rainy conditions, where you’ll be far more likely to hydroplane.
- Tread Wear Indicator Bar. Some newer tires come with a fool-proof tread wear indicator, which gradually begin to appear as tread wears down. These appear as flat rubber bars perpendicular to the direction of the tread.
- Cracks or Bulges in the Sidewall. If you begin to notice any deformations in the sidewall of any of your tires, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible. These bulges, cracks, and gouges can be a sign of weakness within the tire structure, and could lead to the tire eventually blowing out.
- Unusual Vibration. Though unusual vibration could be the result of any number of issues in your car, it can occasionally be caused by misaligned or unbalanced tires. At a minimum, this could damage your tires over the long haul, so you should always have it checked out.
- Tire Pressure. If your tire(s) don’t seem to hold air, it’s probably time to replace them. You can expect your tires to deflate at a rate of about one pound per square inch (PSI) per month, but anything more than that could mean there’s a problem.
For more information about these and other signs your tires need to be replaced, check out Geico.com.
Stop by Carriage Kia’s service department today to have your tires checked by a skilled technician!