Since they are the only thing actually touching the road, it can be argued that your vehicle’s tire are one of the most important parts you have on your car or truck. This is why they need to be made from a reliable and sturdy material such as natural or synthetic, rubber to ensure that your tires resist exposure to road wear, violent sudden movements, and the inevitable extreme weather conditions and temperatures.
However no matter how well they’re constructed, there is always an expiration date on tires even if you run on the smoothest ground possible. Bald tires are extremely dangerous in any condition, but especially on rain, snow or ice. Things can get dangerous very quickly because if your tires are not able to get a solid grip of the ground, you can easily lose control over your vehicle. So, here are some signs that your tires are about to fail.
All you need to check the grip of a tire is a penny. This is to ensure that the depth of every tread is consistent, you can put the penny on the tread and see how far down it gets, if you can barely see the head, then that means your tires are still good to go. But if only a small portion of the penny is covered, then that’s a good sign you need replacements. The penny trick is also a great way to ensure that every tread side on every wheel is consistent. If a tread on one side is covering most of the penny and other tire is not, then that’s also a good indication you need a replacement.
Cracks on tires are a good indication that your tire is not in an optimal condition, however, those cracks can often be hidden on a certain side. A good way to reveal all the cracks is to use a white or yellow gel or any colored substance that is going to wear off quickly. This will reveal all the cracks on your tires and it might even show you some rips or cuts.
It’s a good idea to take out the tires every 6 months or so to check if they are still good to go. One of the benefits of doing this is that you get to see the tires from the other side, this will show you if your tires have uneven wear where one side is smoother than the other. This is not just an indication that you need new tires, it’s also an indication that you have a misalignment or a broken suspension component. Another thing you need to be looking out for is the high and low spots in your tire where one side has more grip than the other. This is an indication that your tires need to be replaced as well as your shock absorption mechanism.
Most high-quality tires have indicators that tell you when you need replacement. The tread wear bar is one of those signs, you can measure this by looking at the length of the grooves on the main tread. If your main tread is 6/32”, you don’t need to replace it. However, if the tread has 3/32” or less, then you definitely need replacement. It should be worth noting that the tread of every tire is going to be different, performance tires that are made for speed, or weather conditions such as snow or sand are going to have different grooves.
Old tires usually have subtle cracks that can leak air which can cause a blowout. You can also see this if the color of the tire is inconsistent on certain loops or circles. This means that there is an imbalance of the pressure that the tire can handle. If a tire is having dry rotting, then the tire is probably going to experience a crack or a cut which can be very dangerous if you do not change it.
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