When to Replace Your Tires
When it comes to tire safety, remember to inspect your four primary tires and spare tire once a month.
It's pretty simple. Do you have a penny in your pocket? Take it out and put it upside down in your tires' tread grooves. Do this in several locations on the tires because sometimes your tires may display unusual wear patterns leading to premature wear. If Lincoln's hair is visible, the tread has worn to less than 2/32 of an inch. If you have a tire depth gauge in your toolbox, that will give you a better indicator of how much tread you have left. If you have a ruler, you can also use that to measure your remaining tread.
It is strongly recommended that you replace your tires when the tread has worn to between 2/32 of an inch and 4/32 (using a quarter instead of a penny with Washington's scalp visible). Of course, punctures, cuts or snags in your tire tread or sidewall could signal that it's time to replace your tires as well.
The more tread on your tires, the more control you have – especially in wet road conditions – and the shorter the distance required to stop your vehicle when braking.
Maintaining the correct recommended pressure in your tires is not only important for safety reasons, it can also help you get more miles out of your tires. Underinflated tires wear prematurely. You also will not go as far on a tank of gas because of the increased tire resistance. Making sure your tire pressure isn't too low or too high can improve your gas mileage by approximately three percent.
To determine how much air your tires need, see your owner's guide or placard, which is often located in the glove compartment, the driver's doorjamb or the inside fuel cap door on 2002 and newer model-year vehicles. Don't try to "eyeball" your tire pressure. They can appear fully inflated even though they are not at the recommended inflation levels.
We suggest using the pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) recommendation in your owner's guide instead of the numbers outlined on the tire sidewalls since these apply to maximum pressure for that tire.
You should check your tire pressure once every month. It's simple to do. First, make sure the tires are cold and were not just driven. If you don't have a tire gauge, you will need one. Unscrew the valve cap on the tire and press the gauge into the valve stem. Read the number on the gauge, compare it to the recommended level and add air if needed. And check the pressure on your spare tire as well since your spare should have air too.
If you are uncertain about whether it is time to replace your tires, the factory-trained auto service technicians at our Western Hills Quick Lane location can help you make the best decision for you and your passengers.
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Rotating Your Tires
In addition to making sure your tires are properly inflated at the recommended levels, rotating your tires can help you get the most miles out of them by distributing wear more evenly. Additionally, while rotating the tires, any unusual tire wear patterns can be exposed, indicating premature tire wear and external factors. On top of that, related components such as brakes, suspension and steering parts can be examined for needed maintenance or repair.
Consult your owner's guide for frequency and tire rotation patterns. To make sure you are rotating your tires at the right time in their life cycles, have a factory-trained technician at our Quick Lane Cincinnati location in Western Hills inspect your tires and adjust them accordingly. 513-347-4958
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With use, tires inevitably wear out. However, some types of wear are premature and the result of improper tire inflation and external factors. A factory-trained technician at our Western Hills Quick Lane location can inspect your tires, point out any unusual wear patterns and advise you on how to remedy the problem.
Out of alignment - thin inner or outer edge
Out of alignment - exaggerated inner or outer edge wear
Overinflation - thin tread wear in center of tire
Under-inflation - thin tread wear along tire edges
Out of balance - patchy tread wear or flat spots
Bent or worn-out suspension component - diagonal "scalloped" tread wear
Your Spare Tire
If you've never had a flat tire, consider yourself fortunate. Today's tires include features designed to help prevent a flat tire, even when driving over glass and other objects that could pierce the tire. However, you're still not guaranteed of not getting a flat (to change a flat tire, consult your owner's guide for instructions).
If you have a spare tire (or inflation device), it should be suitable to your vehicle. To determine the correct spare tire for your vehicle, consult the owner's guide or talk to your Quick Lane tire specialist.
It's equally important to inspect the spare when you get replacement tires as well as when performing monthly air pressure inspections.
There are several types of spare tires:
- Full-size spare - requires the greatest amount of storage space, but they are the most versatile
- Temporary full-size spare - lighter-weight construction and a shallower tread depth to reduce vehicle weight to make the spare easier to install
- Temporary mini-spare (doughnut) - smaller than other full-size tires with low-speed rating; limited-distance tire; not intended for highway use
- Inflation kit - fills the tire with substance to temporarily allow the "flat" tire to be used
Our Western Hills Quick Lane provides tire repair services if you do get a flat. And if the tire is damaged beyond repair or worn out, we can provide you with the right tire at the right price. 513-347-4958