Keeping an eye on your car’s tire pressure as well as replacing your tires as needed is not only essential to maintaining the high standard of performance you’re used to while driving your Honda, but also to its safety. Driving on tires that need to be replaced can be incredibly dangerous, which is why you should inspect your tires regularly.
The following are some of the signs that your tires need to be replaced:
You Experience Excessive Vibration
Odds are your car vibrates just slightly while you are driving, especially on roads in poor shape. This slight vibration is normal and is something that you’ve probably become accustomed to – to the point of not even noticing. However, if your car begins vibrating more than normal, then you should know that something is wrong. Excessive vibration in your car could be as a result of misaligned or unbalanced tires. It could also be due to an internal problem in your tires. Even if it’s not an issue with the tire, the excessive vibrations can actually cause damage to the tires.
There Are Cracks in the Sidewall
It’s pretty easy to check the sidewall of your tires. Look for any tracks or cuts in the tires’ sidewall. If you spot them, there’s a good chance that the tire is either developing a leak or possibly ready to blow out. Cracks that look especially bad should not be ignored as they are a serious safety concern – have the tire replaced right away.
You Don’t Have Enough Tread Depth
Your tires’ tread depth should not be below 1/16th of an inch, and if you tend to drive on slicker surfaces, such as wet roads, then the tread depth should really be twice that much. Whenever you are having your vehicle inspected, you should have a professional check the tread depth using a gauge. You can also check yourself by using a penny. Simply take a penny and insert it into the tread, making sure that Lincoln’s head is pointed down. If his head remains visible above the tread, then you don’t have enough tread and you’ll need to replace the tire.
The Tread Wear Indicator Bar Is Visible
One of the newer technologies that new tires implement is the tread wear indicator bar. This indicator bar can barely be seen on new tires. However, as the treads begin to wear down, the indicator bar will become more visible – appearing as flat rubber bars that run perpendicular to the actual tread. If you notice the indicator bar, then use the penny test to see if you need to replace the tire.
There Are Bulges or Blisters on the Outer Surface
If the outer surface of your tires are beginning to weaken, they’ll often develop bulges or blisters. These areas are weak spots that can lead to blow outs. The last thing you want to experience is a blow out while driving, so be sure to bring your car in right away if you notice any bulges or blisters on your tires.
These are the signs that you should keep your eye out for when inspecting your tires. Make sure to have your tires checked whenever you take your car in for regular maintenance, and remember to check them yourself regularly as well.
If your vehicle is giving you any of these warning signs, see a mechanic or schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Your tires are likely on the decline and the longer you wait, the more problems will accrue and your wallet will pay the price in the end. If you having any further questions on tire service come down Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego service center where one of our experienced technicians can assist you.