When Should I Replace My Tires?

Tires are put on your vehicle to get you from point a to point b, but they also play an essential role in the safety of your car. Unfortunately, they are most often neglected by car owners. Over time, tires wear out and need replacing. If you don't replace tires on time, then it can lead to catastrophic tire failure. To avoid dangerous mishaps, you should familiarize yourself with reading your tires' condition. As soon as you detect the first couple of signs, then you should have them replaced immediately. Here are the warning signs of old tires that need replacement:


Low Tread Depth

The tread on your vehicle tires is legally required to not go below 1.6 millimeters or 2/32 of an inch in depth. But, you may face dangerous signs before approaching this number. If you don't have the right equipment to measure the tread depth like pros, you can try the penny test as it is a timeless method. All you need is a Lincoln penny. To do the test, place a penny between the treads with Lincoln's head facing downwards. If the top of Lincoln's head is exposed on placement, the tread is too low, and you need new wheels ASAP.

Uneven Tire Wear

If you have uneven wear on your tire tread, you'll notice it. Uneven wear can be a result of many things: misaligned wheels, damaged suspension parts, or improperly inflated tires. When you see certain sections of your tire looking perfectly fine while other parts are worn down, please consult with your trusted technician. Odds are, you may need new tires.

Tires Vibrate and/or Make Noises

Unusual noises and random vibrations coming from your tires, especially when running on smooth roads, can be signs of trouble. Whatever the issue may be, you should have a professional diagnose the problem. He/she may tell you that you need new tires.

Cracked Rubber

You should never overlook any cracks you see on the rubber in your tires; it's a clear indication that they need replacing. The rubber on your tires may deteriorate due to inappropriate or prolonged usage. A common result is cracking. We highly advise that you regularly inspect your wheels to ensure they are free of cracks or holes.


Newer tires will offer you the efficiency and performance that you may have been lacking. Do not put off your much-needed visit to the auto repair shop. We invite you to bring your vehicle to Willow Bend Automotive today and replace your worn vehicle tires. We proudly serve the Lutz, FL area and work on a variety of vehicle makes.