5 Reasons You Need to Get Your Car’s Tires Replaced
Just like it is important to rest after walking for a long time, it is just as important to know that the car tires get used up after every drive.
And this has nothing to do with how a person drives(although, drifting makes the tires bald quite early), but rather the effect of tires getting old and finally wear down with usage.
Tire failure can be catastrophic and can cause serious damage if left unchecked, causing the car to be out of control or leave a person stranded in a remote place without any means to find the way home.
While a mechanic might be able to tell beforehand about the tire health and help the person in knowing when it is time to change; a person can check by themselves easily whether their tires are in good shape or not.
These are the five warning signs that can indicate that a person needs a new set of tires:
The tire’s tread should always be more than 1/16 of an inch(1.6 millimeters) when it comes to the tread’s depth.
A person who regularly has to drive on wet, slick surface should definitely have about twice the tread as mentioned above.
While a person can always buy a proper gauge to find the depth of the tread just like professionals, there is an old trick that can be used to get a rough idea of just how much depth is left and, the best part, the technique won’t cost more than a penny.
Rather, the technique requires the use of a coin. Take a coin and the amount of coin that remains visible will tell a person about how much tread is visible. If the dip seems significant, visit a mechanic to get the tires replaced.
The Tread Wear Indicator Bar
Nowadays, newer tires have some built in features that are convenient as compared to older tires.
Most of the newer tires are now equipped with tread wear indicator bars that are built into the tires itself. These bars are barely visible or invisible when the tires are new, and gradually start appearing as the tread wears starts.
These indicator bars appear as flat rubber bars which run perpendicular to the tread’s direction. The indication of tread decreasing is the fact that more than one or more of these indicators being visible on the car’s tires.
To make things even more clear, these tread wear indicator bars are more obvious on the wet tracks that the tires leave after the car has just gone through a puddle. These can be corroborated with the test provided above, but if the bars starts appearing on one or more of the tires, then it is essential to visit a mechanic or a local tire dealer about getting the current tires changed.
Cracks on the Sidewall
In a tire, not every problem is related to the tread, and sidewalls can be a problematic area too.
However, it’s easier to check visually for any problems pertaining to the tires’ sidewall. This can be done by looking for any cuts or tracks in the sidewall(grooves, which are distinctly visible to the eye).
This can be a sign of the tire developing a leak or in rare cases, blowout. And these situation is definitely to be avoided.
If the cracks on the tire’s sidewall start looking serious, then the car should be taken to the repair shop for getting the tires replaced.
Blisters and Bulges on the Tire
Quite a few times, the tire’s outer surface begins to weaken. The result of this can be in the form of a blister or a bulge that can extend outwards from the rest of the tire’s surface.
This is just as similar to an aneurysm in a person’s blood vessels, and just like the person needs to be treated immediately by taking them to the hospital, the same way, the tire should be shown to a mechanic. The weak spot may cause a sudden blow out and can cause significant damage to the person and the car if it happens when the car is moving at a high speed.
Too Much Vibration
Even though a basic amount of vibration is inevitable when the car is being driven, especially when the road has been paved poorly, but if this has been happening for quite some time and still there is vibration that does point towards something being wrong.
There are a lot of reasons for the car tires to cause vibration, misaligned or unbalanced tires, and shock absorbers about to fail and so on. But it can also point towards an internal problem in the car’s tires.
No matter if the tires aren’t the reason for the vibration, the vibration can cause damage to the tires and create a long term issue. So if the car has been vibrating quite a lot in past some time even on well paved roads, then the car should be taken to a mechanic for getting it checked. A lot of unnecessary vibration is a sign of something being wrong.