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How Often Should You Replace Your Tires? September 13, 2017

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How Often Should You Replace Your Tires?, Anchorage, Alaska

Knowing when to replace your tires is one of the numerous keys to staying safe on the road. Worn-down or “bald” tires cannot grip the road properly and dramatically increase your risk of an accident. When to replace them depends on several factors, including where and how often you drive. Keep the following information in mind to determine when replacement is necessary.

Years in Use

Get your tires inspected annually after they hit the five-year mark. Replacing them after 10 years is strongly recommended, even if they have no visible signs of damage. They may be weaker than you think due to age-related deterioration.

Mileage Recommendation

tiresYour car manual will provide a more specific suggestion, but it’s often recommended to replace your tires about every 40,000 miles to maintain a safe vehicle. You may need to replace them prior to the 40,000 mark if you frequently drive on rough terrain or drive your vehicle a lot.

Uneven Wear Signs

Familiarize yourself with the signs of uneven tire wear, such as a vibrating steering wheel. These vibrations indicate the tires need a rotation and realignment. If the vibrating does not stop following the rebalancing process, you’ll need to replace the wheel.

Penny Test

Use the penny test if you are still unsure whether you need to replace your tires. Place a penny upside down with President Lincoln’s head facing you in the center of the tread (the thickest section). If you can see Lincoln’s head, get replacements immediately. 

Prolong the life of your tires with regular rotation to ensure even wear — every 5,000 to 10,000 miles is best. Maintain their air pressure, too, as both over- and under-inflation result in damage. Avoid driving on rough terrain whenever possible, and get your vehicle inspected regularly.

 

If you believe you need new tires, discuss it with the friendly team at Meyer Bros. Muffler City & Brake in Anchorage, AK. The auto repair team will carefully inspect each wheel to determine if a replacement is necessary. Call (907) 279-0408 to schedule service today, or visit their website to view their inventory. Like them Facebook for more great tips.

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