Be Alert to Signs of Worn Tires

March 29th, 2015

Tires in Baton Rouge, LAAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we sell a lot of tires...and we know that when you start off with a brand-new set of tires, it’s easy to forget about them for months at a time. Tires wear very gradually, and it can be hard to know when it’s time to  consider  a new set of tires for your vehicle. Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA values you, the customer, and is always happy to share tips and information, so here are some specific things to look for, though:

  • Wear Bars-- All new tires are designed with “wear bars” at the base of the tread; the wear bars are perpendicular to the tread grooves. Wear bars are designed to show when the tread wears down past a certain depth. If you can see these wear bars easily, it’s definitely time to get new tires.
  • Check Tread Depth -- In most states, the law dictates a minimum tread depth of 2/32”. Here’s a surefire way to measure that 2/32”. For years, drivers have used the “penny test,” taking a penny and inserting it into the tread grooves with Lincoln’s head pointing down. If the rubber touches the top of Abe’s head, your tires are at 2/32” tread depth. Here’s the catch, though -- tires at 2/32” are already quite worn, enough to compromise safety, so here are a couple of other easy measurements we learned at Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton rouge, LA. Insert a quarter into the tread, Washington head down. Does the rubber touch his head? That’s 4/32”. Try with the penny again -- if the tread touches the Lincoln Memorial, your tread depth is at 6/32”. The best part about these checks is that the gauges you need are right in your car’s change tray!
  • Look for Uneven Wear -- Take a look at your tires -- do you see more wear along an inside or outside edge? Run your hand along the tread -- does it feel uneven, rough or worn in a serrated pattern? These aren’t just indications of worn tires, they’re signs of problems with your car’s wheel alignment or suspension.
  • Handling and Ride Quality-- Worn tires will gradually become noisier, offer a harsher ride and poorer handling and steering response. In extreme cases, your worn tires will mean poor traction, especially on wet surfaces...and this is downright dangerous. If you’re noticing these changes, check your tires’ tread depth because there’s a good chance you’re going to need new tires soon.

Everything is riding on your tires. If you suspect it’s time for new tires for your vehicle, contact us for an appointment at Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA. Improve steering and suspension for more better driving and travel. 

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