Your tires are your car’s main point of contact with the road, so they need to be in good shape to allow you to steer, accelerate, and brake safely. If you notice these signs of wear or damage, it’s time to replace your old tires with new ones.
1) Worn tread
The more worn a tire’s tread is, the worse its traction, which means it won’t perform as well in the rain and other slick conditions. Worn tread also means your tires aren’t driving as efficiently on the road, which can make your engine and other parts work harder, leading to damage or premature wear.
Some tires have wear bars that are uncovered when the tread is sufficiently worn, so keep an eye out for those. You can also check the wear by inserting a penny into the tread upside down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too worn.
2) Cracks, bulging, and leaks
Tires with cracks in the rubber, bulging spots, or bubbles in the sidewall indicate leaks, and usually need to be replaced as soon as possible. Low tire pressure can also be a sign of a leak — check the pressure regularly, and if a tire is losing air quickly, you may want to replace it.
3) Steering wheel vibration
Vibrations in the steering wheel might just mean you need to balance the tires so they wear more evenly. But if the tires are balanced and you can still feel vibration, the tires are probably damaged and need to be replaced.
If your vehicle’s tires show any of these warning signs, contact us at Atzenhoffer Mitsubishi to schedule a maintenance appointment. We’ll gladly patch your leaky tire, or swap out your old tires with new ones if need be.