6 Signs You Need to Replace Your Tires….Yesterday!

August 24th, 2022 by

When to replace your tires

Your tires — they are the only part of your vehicle that makes physical contact with the road. As such, it makes dollars and sense to have well-functioning, safe, properly inflated tires. Even so, tires are nothing more than an afterthought for many drivers — until there is a problem. Fortunately, you don’t have to be stuck on the side of the road with a blowout to know it’s time to replace your tires. In fact, several indicators and signs can alert you that it’s time to replace your tires. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top questions you should ask to determine if it’s time to replace your tires. And if you answer “Yes” to any of the following questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Federico Kia Tire Center for fast and affordable solutions.

A Penny for Your Thoughts & Your Tires

Did you know one of the easiest ways to determine if you need new tires is by using a penny? As crazy as it sounds, you can use a penny to quickly and easily perform a test to gauge the usefulness of your tire treads. Simply take a penny — head down— and place it into several grooves across the treads of your tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are too worn and shallow. This means you should go ahead and replace your tires.

On the other hand, if Lincoln’s head is covered by the treads, you probably don’t need new tires. When Lincoln’s head is covered, you have over 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining. While the method can be relatively effective, it’s not scientific. And in the event it’s close, you should bring your vehicle to Federico Kia for a professional tread inspection.

Do You See Cracks in Your Tires?

While the penny test can measure tread depth, there is a simpler test to measure the fitness of your tires. Quickly look at your tires, especially the sides. If you notice any holes or cracks in the tire, you have sustained irreparable damage. Anytime you notice these cracked tire indicators, it can be a dangerous precursor to a blowout. As a result, you must have your tires inspected and/or replaced as soon as possible. It could also indicate your tires are leaking steadily. In either case, you should have your tires inspected promptly.

Are Your Tires Bulging?

When you look at your tires, you should see surfaces that are consistent and without bulging. If you do notice any bulges or bubbles in the sidewalls, you should have your tires inspected immediately. Simply put, bulges in tires can lead to a blowout. A bulging sidewall typically means there is a weak spot on the surface of the tire. This phenomenon is almost identical to hernias humans can have in their abdomens. Because it can make your tire subject to blow at any time, a bulge shouldn’t be taken lightly. You should have the tire replaced as quickly as possible.

Are Your Tires Long in the Tooth?

Even if you have no bulges, good tread depth, and no cracks, you may need to replace your tires based solely on their age. Most vehicle manufacturers suggest you replace your tires at least every six years. On the other hand, some tire manufacturers recommend your tires be replaced at 10 years. Because each manufacturer’s suggestions can vary, it’s best to check the recommendations. However, if your tires are more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace them.

Do You See the Cords on Your Tire?

Tire tread wear is one thing, but if you can see the cords, your tires are well past their expiration date. Underneath the tread of your tire are polyester or metal cords. The cords are designed to provide support for the overall structure of your tire. And if you do see cords, it means that you have no traction in that specific part of the tire. It also means that your tires are not road safe and should be replaced yesterday.

Have You Racked Up the Mileage?

Similar to the age of the tires, there are no hard and fast rules as to the exact number of miles before you should replace your tires. While some manufacturers will offer a 30,000-mile warranty, others may offer up to 80,000 miles of warranty coverage. However, most tire manufacturers tend to warranty their tires for around 60,000 miles.

Comparing the warranty coverage to the actual number of miles you have on your vehicle can indicate whether they should be replaced. For example, if your tires are covered for 30,000 miles but you have driven 80,000 miles on them, you most likely need new tires.

Contact Federico Kia for New Tire Sales

At Federico Kia Service Center, we are home to one of the largest and most expansive inventories of tires for virtually all makes and models. In addition to new tire sales, we offer a full array of tire services, including tire inspection, tire repair, tire patching, tire alignment, tire rotation, and more.

Contact Federico Kia today for new tire sales and tire services.

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