Vehicle tire maintenance

Car tyres

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Car tires need to be periodically replaced, but how can a vehicle owner know when to buy a new one, and if there are instances when it wears out prior to the usual standard time that it has to be replaced.

Consumer Reports gave vehicle owners pointers on when to replace their tires. “So it’s important to inspect your tires every month for wear. To gauge tread depth, all you need is a quarter. Put George Washington’s head into one of the big grooves. If the top of his head is flush with the tread, you have about 4/32 inch of tread left, meaning you have some grip remaining for rainy or snowy conditions. That’s the time when you should start shopping for new tires. If you can see space above Washington’s head, you may need to replace your tires immediately.”

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Tread indicator

The website meanwhile mentioned about the tread indicators as a marker that tells vehicle owners when to have their tires replaced.

“Tread wear indicator bars are moulded into the tread grooves at regular intervals around the tyre to indicate when a tyre is worn to its limit of safety. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.5 mm across the width of the tread. When the tyre is worn to the legal limit the bars will be flush with the surface of the tread. While that is the legal requirement some car manufacturers recommend you replace your tyres before they wear to that extent.”

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Your Mechanic for its part enumerated all the instances when an immediate tire replacement is needed. In their article, they emphasized that safety should always be the priority when it comes to deciding when to replace vehicle tires.

“While most tires wear out or get damaged, some manage to make it to “old age.” If your tires are ten years old or more, they definitely need replacement, and six years is a safer maximum age. In very hot climates tires may age even faster than that. One age-related issue you can check for: If the sidewalls show a network of cracks like a spider web, the tire is experiencing “dry rot” and needs to be replaced.”

Check out the rest of the tire replacement guide here.

Keeping tires in check, and regularly maintained helps ensure the safety of all of its passengers.

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