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  • Writer's pictureAleko Kavouras

How Do I Know I Need New Tires

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

Did you have a look at your tires today and wonder if they need to be changed out? Tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, so knowing when you should change them out is an important piece of knowledge. The following are some of the best ways for you to figure out when to perform this crucial task.

Tread Depth

The best tell-tale sign of a tire in need of changing will be tread depth. Your tire’s treads help it whisk away moisture from the road so the tire can grip the road’s surface. Without tread, your vehicle cannot grip the road effectively. To check the tread depth of your tires, take a penny and insert the penny with Abe Lincoln’s head first into the tire tread. If you can see all of Abe’s head, you don’t have enough tread on your tire.

Cracking Sidewall

If the sides of your tire look like they are starting to crack or split, this is a sign your tires need to be changed. It will almost look like your tire has dry skin. These cracks are a sign your tire is developing a leak or is starting to become weathered. Bring your vehicle into your local Maryland tire center now before this issue leads to something much more serious.

Bulges or Bubbles

If you’re seeing a bulging area on your tire, almost resembling a bubble, you need a new tire ASAP. In fact, don’t even drive on this tire to the shop. Either drive your tire in with your spare or take the tire off and have it replaced. A bulge in your tire can lead to a blow-out at any point. So have your vehicle serviced immediately at your closest Maryland tire service.

Vibrations in Motion

If your vehicle vibrates when driving, it could be an issue with your tires. While vibrations are fairly normal when driving, too much vibration can point to a deeper issue. Most drivers know what feels normal in our vehicles. If you feel like the vibration is more than normal, it’s a good idea to bring your vehicle into a local Maryland auto mechanic ASAP.

Preventative Maintenance

We talk about preventative maintenance a lot; the main reason being it can help you avoid major issues with your vehicle. Preventative maintenance can prevent tire blow-outs which could lead to an accident and physical harm to you and your loved ones. For this reason, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a Maryland car maintenance expert now, before the issues become too serious.

If you’re looking for help with inspecting, repairing, or replacing your vehicle’s tires, bring them into your local Hillmuth Auto Care center today. Hillmuth Auto Care has the Maryland auto repair experts with the experience and skill to help you keep your vehicle running at its peak condition for many years.

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