A simple task that goes a long way towards ensuring your vehicle’s performance and safety standards is to rotate your tires every 3,000-5,000 miles. Doing so will allow them to wear down evenly, maximizing their usage and decreasing the burden they place on your vehicle’s braking system.
At Faulkner Nissan Jenkintown, our team of highly skilled technicians are dedicated to helping drivers throughout Jenkintown, Abington, and Glenside get the best performance from their vehicles. To learn some key signs that you’re due for a rotation or full tire replacement, continue reading below!
SIGNS THAT YOU NEED NEW TIRES
Driving on worn tires pose a number of risks to both your safety and the overall health of your vehicle. Worn out bald tires lack the proper power needed to safely steer and brake, increasing your risk of an accident. They also place undue burden on your vehicle’s internal system which can cause further damage.
The good news is that it’s pretty simple to identify when one or more of your tires is need of care. Three of most common signs include:
• Cracks or Abnormal Bulging. When a tire wears down it sometimes will develop dangerous blisters or bulges in its sidewalls. If you notice any starting to develop you should immediately have the tire inspected and replaced to avoid a potential blowout.
• Tire Pressure Warning Light. This light appears on your vehicle’s dashboard and indicates when your tires aren’t properly inflated. If you notice this light continues to appear, it’s a good sign that at least one of your tires has a leak.
• Vibrating Brake Pedal. If you notice that your brake pedal or steering column shakes whenever you’re coming to a stop, it’s most likely the result of a defect in one of your tires.
Another obvious sign that you need your tires inspected is if their treads are worn down or bald. Bald tires lack the ability to grip the road and are extremely hazardous. You should try to check your tires at least once per month to note any signs of damage or wear.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR TIRES’ TREAD DEPTH
The tread on a typical tire should measure between 3/32 and 10/32 of an inch (about 1/3 of an inch). Special tires designed for winter or off-road use will often have deeper treads to compensate for slick or uneven terrain. If your vehicle is outfitted with these types of tires, its best to consult the manufacturer’s specifications or speak with a licensed technician on best practices.
A simple way to determine the health and safety of your tires is by following this simple guideline:
– 4/32 of an inch or deeper = healthy
– 3/32 of an inch = replace soon
– 2/32 of an inch or less = need to replace
THE PENNY TEST
Another way to determine tire depth is by performing the penny test. Insert a penny into the tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head pointed into the tread well. If all or most of Lincoln’s head is obscured, you’re tire depths are in good working condition. If his head is fully visible, you should immediately work on having them replaced.
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