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8015 IH 35 S., San Antonio, TX, 78224

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  • Mon - Sun12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    (Always Open for Online Shopping)
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  • Mon - Sat9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • SunClosed
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  • Mon - Sat7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • SunClosed
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  • Mon - Sat7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • SunClosed

How Often Should I Replace My Tires?

Timely tire replacement is quite important. Tires are the very mechanism that attaches your automobile to the road and you want them in the very best shape possible. Run-down tires can lead to decreased braking and cornering ability, and in extreme cases can lead to a car crash. Figuring out when you should replace your tires truly comes down to 4 major variables:

  • Tire Tread Depth
  • Weather
  • Tires Age
  • Which Vehicle Do You Drive?

Tread of the Tires

Many states have regulations mentioning that if the tread on your tires gets less than 2/32 of an inch, it needs to be changed. Tire tread depth tools can be purchased for just a few bucks, but even without one you can get an excellent estimation of your tread depth and all you need is one penny. Rotate the cent so Honest Abe’s head is pointing down and place the cent right into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are normally still usable. If you can see his whole head, it’s time to change them. There is a caution, even if you have more than 2/32 of tread-depth you might still need to change them.

how to check tire tread life yourself? | Fernandez Honda


You have done the tread depth trick and you have more than 2/32 tread depth left, so you are good, right? Well … maybe. Depending on where you live, you may want to change your tires long before they wear down to 2/32 tread. If you live in an extremely rainy/snowy area (like the PNW), you require extra tread depth to securely travel wet roads. Worn out tires increase the risk of hydroplaning, so ensure to check your tires frequently. Climates with severe cold or extreme warmth will also adversely influence your tires. If you stay in these climates, inspect your tires frequently and if you have any concerns come see us for a specialized diagnosis.

Life of Your Tire

How often should you get new tires? This factor might be the hardest one to deal with due to the fact that it can seem like you are discarding fine tires. It’s true, you can have tires with plenty of tread depth remaining but might still need to replace them. Tires will break down in time and end up being more prone to catastrophic failure which could bring about a crash. It is suggested that tires that are 5 years old need to be expertly inspected annually. If the tire is greater than ten years old, it should be changed regardless of the condition. Your vintage car may have exceptionally low miles since you just drive it on the weekends, however, it still may require brand-new tires. The good news is, there is an easy means to figure out the age of your tires. There is a 4-digit number molded into each tire that tells the week and year it was made. Our image reveals that the tire was made in the 44th week of 2016, so it’s roughly midway through its suggested life expectancy.

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The Car You Drive

It might seem crazy, however, what sort of vehicle you drive may mean the difference in replacing 1 tire vs. replacing all four. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve located the exact new tire to change it. If the tires on your car, truck, or SUV are brand-new, you can possibly get away with replacing just one tire. However, if your tires are older than the brand-new tire will be a various size than the remainder of the tires. This is a problem due to the fact that the smaller sized tires will have to work harder to complete the very same distance as the bigger tire. Mismatched tires can cause additional wear and tear on elements, specifically on AWD cars, trucks and SUVs. If you have tires on one axle are spinning faster than the others, your vehicle’s computer may think those tires are slipping and could transfer power incorrectly. This could deceive your vehicle into believing it’s in unsafe mode and keep it in a mode not created for permanent driving.

Do Dealers Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have certain guidelines on the optimum tread depth difference between the front and back tires. While it may be a downer to buy four brand-new tires it will certainly be cheaper than fixing a transmission.

When Should You Replace Your Tires? | Fernandez Honda

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8015 IH 35 S. • San Antonio, TX 78224

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