Warning Signs You Might Need New Tires

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Your tires bear the weight of your car, and they endure all of the forces that come into play when you speed up, brake, and turn. Considering that, tires are remarkably durable. Still, with enough use they will wear down. There are several signs you should look for when you inspect your tires. If you do notice one of these symptoms, be sure to let the experts at Advanced Computer Automotive diagnose and fix your problem.

One easy thing to check is the tread depth on your tires. Tire treads should be longer than 1/16 of an inch. Newer models of tires have a tread wear indicator bar that runs between the treads at several points on the tire, and that bar is exactly 1/16 of an inch above the tire. When the treads are are worn to the same length as the bar, you know it’s time to replace your tires. If you don’t have (or can’t find) the indicator bars, you can also use a penny to inspect the tread depth. Place a penny (with Lincoln’s head facing you but upside down) into the tread. If you can see all of Honest Abe’s head, your treads are worn down below 1/16 of an inch.

While you’re inspecting the tire, be sure to look for unevenly worn treads. If your treads are worn more in the middle than on the sides, you may be overinflating your tires. Similarly, if there’s more wear along the sides than the middle, your tires may be underinflated. If you check the tire pressure and it’s correct, then these issues could be caused by misaligned wheels or even a problem with the suspension parts.

Another sign to look for is damage on the sidewalls. Cracks or cuts that are easily visible can be an indication that your tire is leaking or even that it could be close to a blow out. So if you notice significant cracks, it’s definitely a good idea to let the pros at Advanced Computer Automotive take a look at your tires.

Bulges or blisters in the tire are a very serious issue. The tire’s outer surface should be smooth, so a visible bulge or blister is an indication that the tire is weakened. These weak spots can quickly lead to a blow out, so be sure to have the tire inspected and replaced promptly.

One final thing to pay attention to is a change in the way your car vibrates. All vehicles vibrate to different degrees when they’re being used (especially on poorly paved roads), but you know your car best. If it starts vibrating more than normal (or shaking at all), there’s definitely something that needs to be looked at. Vibration can be caused by a wheel that is damaged, bent, or misaligned, and it can also be caused by a damaged tire. Don’t ignore significant vibrations, be sure to call Advanced Computer Automotive at 562-421-1905 to schedule an appointment.