How Often Should You Replace Your Tires?

By Product Expert | Posted in Car Care, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 5:43 pm
Muscular arm holding tire in service bay

Tire Maintenance Tips and Tricks 

Because they’re the only four points of contact that your vehicle has with the road, your tires are an essential component of every drive. For a smooth, efficient and well-handled ride, you need to constantly keep tabs on your rubber and make sure that everything is running as it should. So, you’re invited to join Autos of Dallas as we show you some helpful tire maintenance tips and tricks today! 

How to know when your tire treads are too low 

Keeping your tires inflated correctly (with optimal pounds per square inch) is pretty easy when you get down to it – it’s just a matter of pumping some compressed air through your nozzle until your tires are back where they should be. Over time and with enough usage, however, your treads will degrade, giving you diminished performance and handling. So, here’s how to check them at home.  

Using penny to determine tire tread depth

Take a penny out of your pocket and place it in the grooves between two of your tire’s treads; if you can see the top of Abe Lincoln’s head, your tire treads are probably too low and need to be replaced as soon as possible. In technical terms, this happens when your tread depth reaches a height of 4/32 inches or lower.  

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Recommended tire replacement and rotation intervals 

Tire propped up against side of vehicle

The majority of tires will have an average lifespan of anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on factors such as usage, weather conditions and age. If your tire treads are getting thinner, it might just be time to swap them out for a new set.  

Mechanic holding up tire inside service bay

Of course, rotating your tires is another crucial component of ownership, and required to keep all your treads wearing evenly. It’s recommended that every 5,000-6,000 miles you should aim to get your tires rotated and re-aligned – this way, you’ll get more life out of them! 

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