While a lot of vehicle maintenance focuses on components like the engine, tires are critical to keeping your vehicle running safely and efficiently. Even so, it can be hard to tell when it’s time for new tires. If you use these simple tips, you’ll know when you’re due for a new set.
Check the Tread
The tread on your tires is the angled lines that help direct water and other debris away so your car can keep its traction. Over time, the tread wears down. One of the simplest ways to measure tread depth is with a penny. Insert a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head pointing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too shallow, and you need new tires. Do this in multiple places on all four tires.
Look for Irregular Wear
In perfect conditions, your tires should wear out evenly. However, if one or more tires are wearing out faster than the others, this could mean your tires are out of alignment. If this goes ignored for too long, you may notice the tread wearing down irregularly. When this happens, you may need to replace your tires earlier than usual.
Unlike some issues that can arise with your car, worn tire tread is easily diagnosable with nothing but a penny and the naked eye. If your tires are due to be changed, set up a service appointment with Ginn Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram and let our certified technicians get your car road-ready in no time.