How to Know When You Need New Tires

 

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Your tires are arguably the most important component of your vehicle’s safety. Tires are what connect your vehicle to the road and give you the confidence to keep driving. They form four patches of rubber on the asphalt that allow you to get to your destination. At Steve Landers Toyota of Northwest Arkansas, we know you carry precious cargo and want to do everything in your power to keep them safe. Making sure your tires are in good condition and aren’t overused is the perfect way to keep your vehicle safely grounded to the road. Click here to shop our tire selection

 

Tread Depth -- Tread depth should never fall below 1/16th of an inch. If you regularly drive on slick or wet surfaces, you'd be even better off with twice that much. You can measure the depth with a tool from the auto parts store or do it the old-fashioned way with a penny. If you stick the coin into the tread (Lincoln head-down) and if the entire head remains visible, you need to come see Steve Landers Toyota NWA for a new set of tires!

Tread Wear Indicator Bar -- Newer tires have a feature not found on older tires. They have tread wear indicator bars built into the tires themselves. The bars are barely visible when the tires are new, but begin to appear as the tread wears down. They appear as flat rubber bars running perpendicular to the direction of the tread itself. If more than one or two of these are visible on a tire, the tread is getting low. This should be particularly obvious in the wet tracks that your tires leave after you drive through a puddle. Use the penny method to double-check the depth, but if the bars are starting to appear on any or all of your tires, it's a sign that new tires are needed!


Cracks in the Sidewall -- Cracks in the sidewalls are caused by age, changes in temperature cycles, or even hard driving habits from having the tires roll over on themselves. These cracks can start to develop leaks and reduce the strength in your tires so if these start to form, it’s time to start looking for a new set of tires!


Bulges and Blisters on the Tire -- As tires age, the outer surface begins to weaken. This can lead to bludges and blisters in the tires which can cause a blowout if not taken care of in time. Make sure to get any tire imperfections looked at as soon as possible so you’re not left stranded on your journey. 


Vibrations -- There are many causes of vibrations during your drive but a heavy or rhythmic vibration can be caused by internal problems with your tires. Too much vibration needs to be checked out immediately. Click here to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle seen by our service department

 

Even if your tires are in good working order, it’s of sound mind to have them checked by our certified technicians. At Steve Landers Toyota of Northwest Arkansas, we have several exciting deals available for your new tire purchase. Click here to be redirected to our Toyota tire center page!

 
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