How to Tell If You Need New Tires


If it’s been a while since you last replaced your tires, you might want to consider when you should change your current set of wheels. No matter how quality the tires, you’ll eventually need to replace them if you hope to continue adventuring on and off roads. Our Woodland area Dodge dealer has years of experience handling tire maintenance, so they’ve broken down how to help keep your vehicle rolling smoothly with a few tips. Making sure your tires are in good shape is a must when taking care of your vehicle, and there are a variety of ways to check.

Find A Penny, Pick It Up…

A classic method of checking the wear on your tires is by using a penny to measure tire tread depth. Take a penny and place it between the tire tread blocks with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If Lincoln's head is buried, your tires still have more than 2/32" of tread. Your tires need to be replaced if the head is visible.

Look For Treadwear Patterns

There are a variety of different causes of unevenly worn tires, including underinflated or overinflated tires, misalignment, and more. Since it’s difficult to determine the cause without a proper service inspection at our Woodland area Dodge service center, it’s always a good idea to bring in your vehicle for a quick check. If you prefer to check yourself, the most common patterns are center wear and shoulder wear.

Check For Vibration

If you feel vibration in the car as you increase your speed, this could be a sign that there’s an out-of-balance wheel or that there’s a problem with the tire itself. 

Cracks on the Sidewall

Tire damage can also appear on the sidewall of the tires, so check for distinct grooves. Cracks mean your tires are developing a leak, so it’s important to have this fixed as soon as possible.

If you have questions about any abnormalities you see in your tires, be sure to contact us at Hoblit Dodge or schedule a service visit!

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