Sometimes, it's pretty obvious that you need new tires on your car or truck. Still, there are warning signs you can look for to let you know that one or more of the tires is ready to be replaced. Here are X signs, according to the auto repair and tire experts at Fox Run Auto in Bear, DE:
1. The Penny Test
If the tires are really bald and almost devoid of tread, then you can plainly see that it's time for new ones. However, if you are not certain, you can always try the penny test. Take a penny and place it upside-down between the treads of each tire. If there is any space between the top of the tread and the top of Mr. Lincoln's head, then that means the treads are dangerously low. Ideally, you want at least some of Honest Abe's face covered up.
2. Not Holding Air Pressure
Another sign that the tires are getting too old and worn out is if they aren't holding air pressure very well. If it's only happening in one tire, then you might have a slow leak that needs to be repaired. However, if you find yourself refilling the air in all the tires regularly or the air pressure warning light keeps coming on, then there's a good chance it's time for them to go.
3. Uneven Tire Tread
You can do the penny test on each tire or just look at all of them individually to see if the tread wear is even. Due to variables in the suspension, brakes, wheel alignment, vehicle weight distribution and even personal driving habits, not all four tires will ever wear perfectly evenly as you drive. That's why it's important to get them rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles. This will help them wear out more evenly and last longer as a set. If the tire tread on one or two tires is particularly uneven, then you will want to get your wheel alignment checked along with a brake and suspension inspection.
4. No Traction
We understand that not everyone is going out into their garage and looking at each tire every single day. Still, you can often feel that they are going bald when you are driving. If you are not getting good traction on the road or when you accelerate the vehicle from a full stop, then it may be worth getting your tires looked at by a professional tire expert.
5. Squeaky Rubber Sounds
One interesting thing about tires is that they are usually kind of squeaky when they are brand new, but also can get squeaky again as they get really old and worn out. If you hear a squeaky rubber sound when you make turns, hit the brakes or accelerate from a stop (and if you haven't just installed new tires), then it may be a sign your tires are getting weak. The rubbery squeak sound should be very different than a screeching or squealing noise that might indicate brake problems, a loose fan belt or something else. Any time you hear a strange noise from your car, it's a good idea to get it inspected by someone who can properly diagnose and repair the problem at hand.
If you notice any of these signs that you need new tires, bring your vehicle into Fox Run Auto for all your tire services. From performing tire rotations and flat repairs to installing an all-new set of tires from a leading tire manufacturer, we've got you covered. Call us today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.
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