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One of the most essential parts of a car are the tires. Without tires, your car can’t move. Since car tires are the only parts that touch the ground, they determine how well you travel on the road. Sure, you may be a skilled driver, but you cannot see every small rock, road bump, or even the cracks that might make your car lose its balance. Which is why you need to know when to change your car tires. Here are 5 basic tips:
1. First things first: when?
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We recommend you to check your car tires regularly, at least once every 2 to 4 weeks. The older your tires are, the more often you should check on them. Also, as a rule of thumb, you should replace tires that are more than 5 years old. They should only be used in emergency situations. Never risk driving by using tires that are more than a decade old. If you often drive in high speed, then you should change them earlier.
2. Check the tread: how much have you used?
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One of the best indicators that your car tires need changing is the condition of the tread. The tread helps your car tires grip the road and stay on track. If your treads become too shallow, it means the contract patches are too old and unable to grip the road when it’s wet.
To help you look out for any signs of a too shallow tread, you can pay attention to a couple of things. First, you can take a look at the little bumps on each tread known as the tread wear indicator. If the contract patches are on the same level, then you should change your tires.
Another rule of thumb is the 1.5 mm-depth-rule: if your contract patches are only 1.5 mm deep, you should replace your tire. The best way is to change your tires before they even reach those levels.
3. Next: check the pressure!
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Sometimes unobservable to the naked eye, tire pressure cannot simply be felt by pushing the surface sometimes. To do this properly, be sure to check the recommended pounds per square inch (PSI) of the tire.
You will need to insert a pressure gauge to measure the current pressure. If it is above the recommended pressure, lose some air. If otherwise, you will need to pump more air until it reaches the recommended level. It is important not to do this based on a ‘feeling.’
4. Checking for (potential) damages
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Another thing you can look out for to know when you should change your car tires are the damages. For example, are there little rocks or twigs stuck between the tires? Remove them immediately before they cause a serious problem. Is there a leakage, hole, puncture, or an uneven wearing pattern? It is crucial to never drive in these conditions.
5. What about the spares?
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Although it never touches the road, the spares can be worn out too. You can apply the same rules above to the spare tires just to be sure. If you feel like you need to change your car tires, see to it that both sides are changed so they can wear out evenly. At times, changing your front and back tires also help even out the weariness.
These 5 basic tips ought to help you determine when you should change your car tires. If you are still unsure, you can always consult an expert on the matter. Or, you can use some help from Carmen. Carmen gathers your car’s data in real-time to help you understand and make predictive measures to prevent future problems.
By analyzing your data, Carmen can help you gain insights and identify issues that need fixing, from fuel efficiency, car battery life, and even your tires. Ready to drive better with Carmen?