How Do I Know If I Need New Tires?

When contemplating purchasing and replacing your tires, you should consider three things: treadwear, external environment, and tire age.



To test the tread wear on your tires, all you need is a penny. With the spare change, a penny can give you peace of mind regarding your tires and safety. To do the simple test, all you have to do is place the penny headfirst into the tread grooves on your tire. 

  • If you always see the top of Lincoln's head, your treads are dull and worn. If this is the case, your tires need to be replaced. 
  • If the tread covers Lincoln's head, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth left. This is an indication that you probably don't need new tires quite yet.

Treadwear not only tells you when to get your tires replaced, but it is crucial to your safety. When your tire treads have declined, your vehicle may react poorly in unfavorable weather conditions. With good tracks, your car will make proper contact with the road. Having inadequate tread is also illegal in most states, including Michigan. 

External Environment

Another factor you should consider regarding tires is the climate and environment you live and drive. If you are constantly exposed to heat and the sun, it may alter and cause your tires to wear quicker. Whereas if you live in moderate climates, your tires could stretch longer wear.

Tire Age

Here are some questions you should ask yourself: When was the last time you had your tires replaced? How old are your tires? Regardless of how deep your tire wear is, manufacturers generally suggest replacing your tires anywhere between 5-10 years. To be sure, you can refer to your owner's manual for specifications on tires.


Tire Selection & Replacement in Ira Township, MI

When it's time to change your tires, you can trust our expert team at Auto DR to do the job. We want to make the purchasing and exchanging process as simple as possible from start to finish. At Auto DR, we have a range of quality tires to fit various vehicle makes/models, your budget and your lifestyle. If you need help picking out a new set of wheels, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (586) 684-4706 or visit today!

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