When To Replace Tires on My Automobile?

Automobile tires! You need to check them regularly and replace them when the tread on the tire is less than 2/32nds of an inch.

 

 

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In situations of normal wear and tear on car tires, replace the tires when there is about 2/32 of an inch of tire tread remaining, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Replacing tires at that time in their lifecycle could keep you from getting involved in one of the 11,000 tire-related automobile crashes that occur each year in the U.S.

How do you know when the tire has only  2/32 of an inch of tread left? Take it to a qualified auto mechanic to look at and measure the tread or take it to a qualified tire retail store that changes tires as well as sells them.

A tip from the NHTSA is to use a common Lincoln Head Penny to test the tread. Hold the penny with Lincoln’s head upside down and insert it in the space between the treads, but close to the tread. If any part of Lincoln’s head is obscured by this test, you probably have enough tread left. If Lincoln’s entire head is show, head to a tire retailer to have the tires replaced.

But that’s for normal wear and tear, but speaking about tire replacements, if you ever hit a pot hole on the highway, you know, one of those real bone crushers, you need to have your tire and your car checked for damage. Oftentimes, the tire that crashes into a deep pot hole could be torn and at some point when you are on the highway, you could have a blow out, which is a major, life threatening thing to have happen.

 

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