The lifespan and mileage of a tire depends on a variety of factors ranging from tire design, drivers habits, climate, and road conditions.
Here is what to look for:
1. Bulges, gouges or cracks
When a tire deflates, it bulges at the sides. This is a sign of low tire pressure or a slow air leak. If you see cracks in the sidewall, gouges or anything that looks odd, bring it in and have us look at it.
2. Tread wear
The old-school penny test is one way to check for when you need to get new tires: Place a penny into the tread, with Lincoln's head pointing down. If you can still see the top of his noggin, the tread is dangerously low. Most modern tires, however, have wear bars: bits of rubber woven into the pattern at a specific depth.
3. Tire pressure
Tires deflate at a rate of about one pound per square inch (PSI) per month. You are not going to wear your tires down in a month, but you should check that you have the right inflation pressure.
Tire pressure drops in extreme cold. The challenge in summer, is excessive heat buildup in the tire. If you're heading out on a road trip with an under-inflated tire, it will generate more heat and wear out faster.
Watch out for vibration or thumping when you're driving. If it feels like it's coming from under the seats, the rear tires may be out of balance. Vibration from the steering wheel could indicate suspension issues. Remember, anything less than a smooth ride means you should bring it in to us to have a look.
When it's time to replace your tires, it is recommended to replace in pairs or all four at a time for better performance and traction. Remember our certified technicians are here to help you with all your tire needs.