When to Replace Tires
Do you know how often your tires should be replaced? Our team here at Land Rover Albuquerque has compiled the following information so our fellow Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley drivers can gain a better understanding of when to replace tires.
If you have any question about general tire maintenance as you’re following along, feel free to contact us today to speak with one of our experienced service technicians. Until then, continue reading to find out more about your tires.
How Long Do Tires Last?
A lot of factors go into determining a particular tire’s lifespan. These include the quality of the tire, frequency of maintenance, climate, driving habits, and road conditions. With all of these elements in consideration, a tire can last anywhere between five and ten years.
Damaging Driving Behavior
Here are a few things that impact a tire’s longevity:
- Hasty starts
- Sudden stops
- Driving on bumpy terrain
Whether it’s before getting started or after you’re finished driving for the day, a pretty good habit to get into is to take a moment to look over your tires to make sure they’re still in good condition. Here are the things you should be looking for and taking into consideration during these periodic checks:
- Unevenly worn tires. If, during your walk-throughs, you notice some definite signs of uneven wear, it could simply be that it’s time to have your tires rotated. It could also mean that there’s too little or too much air pressure.
- Air pressure. Air pressure plays a vital role in determining how long your tires last. Consequently, it should be checked on a monthly basis. Take a look at your owner’s manual so you know the right amount of air to keep in your tires.
There are some signs to watch out for that would indicate that air pressure is probably an issue and should be checked. For instance, if you’re noticing wear mainly in the middle of the tire, it probably has too much air. When there’s not enough air in your tires, you’ll start to notice more wear on the outer edges. Remember, the wear that accumulates on properly inflated tires is more consistently spread out.
- Swelling, cracking, or separating. If you see swelling or cracking anywhere on your tires, you should have them replaced right away. They should also be replaced if the tread is starting to separate from the rest of the tire.
Consequences of Excessively Worn Tires
Below are a few of the hazards that can occur if tire wear is not caught in time:
- Weaker tires. Worn, thin tires are prone to perforations and blowouts.
- Diminished Control. When you start to lose tire tread due to wear, you also lose traction. This can result in slipping and hydroplaning.
- Overheating. Apart from traction, another purpose of tire tread is to store cool air to keep the rest of the tire from getting too hot. When tread wears down too low, the tire can overheat and start to break down.
Keep an Eye on Your Tires
If you’re in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, or South Valley and you’re witnessing some of these signs, be sure to contact our service team at Land Rover Albuquerque to receive an experienced opinion. If you decide it’s time to replace your tires, schedule a service appointment today to be sure your vehicle is in proper working condition.