Healthy tires are crucial for safe driving, but eventually, even the toughest of treads will wear down to unmanageable levels. Tire replacement is as much a fact of life as tuneups and all the other essential aspects of auto care, and it's not something you can safely ignore. You should keep an eye out for various warning signs, so you'll know when to take your vehicle to expert auto technicians.
Next time you hop in your car or truck, make a note of the most common tire replacement warning signs:
1. Excessive Vibration
Unbalanced or misaligned tires don't always cause excessive vibration on the road, but if your vehicle shakes more than normal, you should inspect the tires. Even if your tires aren't the main culprit, these vibrations could eventually lead to further tire damage, so you should have your vehicle inspected by a professional as soon as possible.
2. Low Tread Depth
To gain traction on the road, you need to maintain a certain tread depth on your tires. The general rule of thumb dictates that tire tread depth shouldn't fall below 1/16 of an inch, and more is always better. There's an easy way to test your tread depth at home too. Simply pop a penny into the tread with Abraham Lincoln's head closest to your finger. If you can still see his entire head once it’s inserted, your tread is too low.
3. Blistered & Bulging Tires
Now we're getting closer to the point of no return. If your tires have visible stress and damage, like bulges, blisters, and cracks on the outer surface, you need to get to your local auto shop right away. Ignoring these and similarly extreme examples of wear and tear could lead to a full-on tire blowout on the freeway.
Don't wait until it's too late to safely replace your tires. Choose Rabbit Row Repair for the best in tire replacement, as well as any necessary alignment and suspension work. Call them at (307) 773-4331 to make an appointment, head to their website for more on their services, or if you’re in the Jackson Hole, WY, area, visit the shop in person.