5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Tires
Need to replace your tires? Adequate tire tread is crucial for safe driving in wet or snowy weather. Good treads will grip the road better, while poor treads are an accident waiting to happen with hydroplaning, punctures and reduced traction.
Most vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing your tires every 6 years. Meanwhile, some tire manufacturers suggest every 10 years. But instead of waiting for your tire anniversary, watch for the following warning signs:
The legal limit of wear for tire tread in Ontario is 1.6 mm or 2/32nds of an inch. If you regularly drive on wet or slick surfaces, you’ll probably want your tread to be double that. You can check your tread using a professional tire gauge or a toonie.
Stick the toonie right side up between the tire tread. If the tread reaches…
- The bears paws, you’re tires are practically new.
- The silver section of the coin, your tires are half worn.
- As far as the word “DOLLARS”, you need to replace your tires.
2. Tread Wear Indicator Bars
Newer tires include tread wear indicator bars that are built into the tires themselves. These bars are barely visible when tires are new, but as they wear down, they appear as flat rubber bars that run perpendicular to the direction of your tire tread. These bars are especially obvious in wet tire tracks. If more than one or two of these bars as visible, your tread is getting too low and you should replace your tires.
3. Cracked Sidewalls
Exposure to the elements can impact your tires’ condition. While the tread is usually the first focus when considering whether you need to replace your tires, it’s important not to overlook cuts or tracks in the sidewalls.
Just like wrinkles and cracks in an aging face, cracks in your tire indicate that they have been around the block more than a few times. Cuts are clues that your tire may develop a leak in the near future — or worse yet, blow out! If those cracks are starting to look serious, definitely get your car in to see a mechanic.
4. Blisters, Bubbles and Bulges
As the outer surface of your tire begins to weaken, blisters and bulges can begin to surface. Imagine a blister on your heel. The more you walk, the more it rubs and weakens until it eventually pops, leaving you in pain. Most people will remedy a blister before it gets to that point. However, a blister on your tire is even more worrisome. When it weakens and pops on the road, it could actually put your life in danger.
If you notice any areas of your tire blistering or bulging, book an appointment with your mechanic a.s.a.p.
5. Strange Vibrations
If you’ve been driving your car for a while, you’ve got a feel for how it rides. Concerns naturally arise when unexpected vibrations occur — and you’re not on a bumpy road. Strange vibrations can mean any number of things, but it’s usually always a sign that something is wrong. Even if the vibration isn’t tire-related, the end result can have a direct impact on your wheels anyway. Get some peace of mind, and have a mechanic check it out before your bad vibrations turn into a really bad day.
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If you find yourself facing any of the issues outlined above, remember the Honda Tire Source lowest price guarantee. If you find any qualifying tires advertised at a lower price within 30 days of your purchase, bring in proof of the advertised price and Waterloo Honda will match it. Contact Waterloo Honda for further details.