When is the right time to change your car tires?

07/16/2018

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Form a habit of changing tires and you'll see plenty of merits for your four-wheel friend.

Why do you need to change tires regularly?

This makes sure your tires share the same amount of tread wear, resulting in longer tires' lives, higher fuel efficiency, and a consistently comfortable driving experience. Frequent tires rotation also maintains the endurance of your car’s suspension system by diminishing the fluctuation.

The process of changing tires includes removing them, so you can have a chance to inspect hidden components that can't be identified from outside, acknowledging some problems before they get serious and save yourself more maintenance cost in a long run. Furthermore, a lot of tires producers ask customers to rotate their tires frequently as a condition for maintaining the validity of the warranty.

When is the right time to change tires?

A rule of thumb that should be kept at heart is to rotate your car tires anytime you change the oil, regardless of the wear level on each tire is even or not. This rule, while being universally good, isn’t always the best option for your car. It is advisable to always follow owner manual because the car manufacturer is the one who knows it best.

Follow these tips to know if you need an immediate tires rotation:

a man trying to detach a car's tire

Tires rotation can also help you identify other problems underneath

Uneven tires wear

Uneven wear in your tires is the most obvious indication that you need to rotate your tires. The inspection for tires wear is pretty straightforward: check the tread depth in several positions on each tire. If the numbers vary significantly, then your tires wear are uneven. Tread prominence is one of the most recognizable patterns that suggest your tires aren’t rotated regularly. You can feel the pattern by your bare hand. The tread blocks will have a curved edge and an acute edge on each side. It is crucial to remember that tires rotation doesn’t solve the problems resulting from mechanical reasons, improper inflation, and arrangement.

a tire with perfect treads

Tire treads are typical indicators for a tires rotation

Uneven wear distribution in front and rear wheels

Front wheels' tires can wear distinctively from tires in the rear. Frequently rotating tires between front and rear axles will solve this problem since they are receiving the same amount of workload. While regular front-rear swapping can be helpful in evening out the wear, tread wear can help you identify other problems arising during the tires’ life.

Tire noise and fluctuation

If the tires wear unevenly, it makes loud noise and fluctuation while driving. It is quite easy to feel the fluctuations because it is most recognizable in the steering wheel.

If your car has abovementioned signals, get its tires changed timely to save more budget in the long run!
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