How to Know if You Need New Tires

Nothing lasts forever—not even your tires. Knowing when you need new tires can equal a difference in safety and gas mileage. Use these tricks to know when it’s time to get your tires replaced.


Check the Tread


If your tread is too worn down, your tires aren’t gripping the road very well. That can be dangerous, especially in rainy or otherwise inclement weather. Luckily, checking your tread is easy with the penny test. Take a penny and place it upside down or head first in the tire tread. If all of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, then your tread is still deep enough. Otherwise, it’s too shallow and time for new tires.


Check the Age


Even if your tires seem to have good tread, they may still be past their expiration date. The recommended replacement period could vary from 6-10 years. Check your tire’s manufacturer for a time frame specific to your tires.


Take Note of the Weather


Really cold weather can cause a variation in your tire pressure, as can really hot weather. Any elemental extreme can take its toll on the condition of a tire, potentially causing cracking or just making the rubber more fragile in general. If you notice that your tires seem to be leaking air or appear to be in poor condition, bring your vehicle into Jansen Chevrolet and we’ll be happy to take a look for you and help you assess whether or not you need new tires.

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