Tire maintenance is important for overall safety and performance of your vehicle. But even with the best care and intentions, car and truck tires eventually need to be replaced. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a trained mechanic to know when it’s time to replace your vehicle’s tires. Continue below to learn what you need to know about car tire inspection and replacement, plus a bonus tip on where to find top-quality, slightly used tires for cheap!
When tire tread wears down below 2/23 of an inch, they are no longer considered safe for driving. But how do you know where your tire tread is at in terms of measurement? Just perform the Tire Tread Penny Test! All you need is a penny. With a single penny, you can tell of you need to replace your car tires as a result of low tire tread. Of course, there are other factors aside from tread that can bring cause for tire replacement, but we will get to that next.
For now, here is how to measure your tire tread using nothing but a penny: Position the penny in your fingers so that Lincoln’s head is upside down and facing out. Now, just insert the penny into the groove of your tire. Do you see Lincoln’s head? If you do see his head, it means that your tire tread has worn down to the 2/23 inch recommendation. In this case, you would need to replace your bald tires with some tires that have nominal tread.
Another reason why you might need to replace the tires on your vehicle is if one or more are damaged. Running over a nail can often be repaired with a store-bought or mechanic tire patching kit. But if more than one tire has damage to the wall or outer lane, replacement might be your best option. You don’t have to replace all tires; you can just replace the ones that are damaged.
Where to Get Cheap Tires
When you need to replace your car tires, consider buying used. That’s right; used tires are still perfectly good. Slightly used tires still retain a good amount of tire tread, plus with routine maintenance, they can last you until you are ready to buy a whole new set. Where can you get cheap used tires in Indianapolis? Start with a reputable and licensed used auto parts store. Not only can you purchase gently used car tires at a fraction of the cost, but you can also make a buck or two by selling your old tires and auto parts!
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