- Car Owners Tips
How to tell if your tires are worn out:
Fine cracks in the sidewall and in between the tread blocks, your tires should be replaced immediately to prevent any damage or issues with your vehicle.
Bulge: A bulge is caused by air getting between the inner liner of the tire and the outer material layers (fabric, metal or rubber), resulting in an air pocket to form at the weakened area. This usually occurs in a tire after a substantial impact with a pothole or a curb. Manufacturer defects can also cause this issue.
Vibrations: are an indicator of various tire problems from tire balancing to out-of-round issues. One major tire problem that can cause a vibration is when the ‘belts’ or inner cords of the tire separate or shift. While driving at low speeds, the separated tires give off a lumpy feel while driving at highway speeds they give off a very high frequency vibration. A tire with these issues needs to be replaced.
Measurements: The actual measurement of a tire that has exceeded its usable life is 2/3rds of an inch. If you have a tread depth gauge great, just check your tires; If not, you can use the coin method to determine if they need replacement.
Date of Manufacture: Tire age can be affected by the date they were manufactured. Typically, it’s recommended to replace your tire at 5 or 6 years. The tires have a timeline 10 years regardless of tire condition or tread depth. You can assess the age and timeline for replacement of your tires using the date stamp on the sidewall that indicates the manufacturing week and year.