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Purchasing new tires for our cars is something that, although we know it’s necessary, is often overlooked or postponed as long as possible. Often we experience problems with our car that can be eliminated with new tires. How do youknow when it’ time to replace your tires? Here are some things to look for and keep in mind.

Tires Age

Just like everything in life, tires age whether they’re being driven or not. In fact, tires that are not being driven often develop tire rot with age, which can be just as harmful as if the car were being driven every day. Tire and auto manufacturers recommend not driving on tires that are more than six years old regardless of how good you think the tires are.

Tire Needs Repeated Patching

Many of us have, at some time, taken a good tire in to have a small hole patched. In most cases, the tire will last for many more miles, particularly if it was a small hole. However, if the patch isn’t holding and you need to keep having it fixed, it’s probably time to replace the tire.

Poor Tread Wear

Remember the old penny test? Growing up, I remember my father testing tires that way. For those unfamiliar with the penny test, here’s how it works. You put a penny head first into the tread grooves of the tire. Try it in several different areas. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tire probably needs to be replaced. If the tread covers up most of his head, the tires are probably still good. If it shows up differently in different spots of the tire, you’re getting uneven wear on the tires and should have the car checked out.

Car is Pulling to One Direction

While this may be a sign of a car that’s in need of an alignment or new ball joints or bearings, this can also mean your tires need replacing. If the car has been pulling from a mechanical issue, chances are the tires got ruined and will need replacing.

Uneven Wear

If your tires are showing signs of uneven wear, regardless of the reason, they need to be replaced. Continuing to driven them like this can cause a bumpy ride, poor mileage and possible damage to other parts.

Failure to Hold Air

Tires that no longer hold air and frequently need to aired up should be replaced to avoid getting a flat tire when traveling or having a blowout.

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