New car tires can be one of the priciest aspects of car maintenance, but worn, cracked or damaged tires are a recipe for disaster. To ensure that your car is road-worthy and safe to operate, you’ll need to check your tires periodically and replace them when they display these following signs:
When should I get new car tires?
The tread depth is what gives your car grip on the road, giving the tires traction to avoid slipping in wet conditions. The tread effectively moves water away from the part of your tires that need to grip on the road, so there is better contact, which keeps you safe in wet and slippery conditions. In Canada, the legal limit of wear for tread depth is 1.6 mm. At CRS Automotive, we recommend that you get your tires replaced before it reaches the legal limit to ensure the safety of yourself and your passengers.
1. Cracks, Bulges and other signs of damage
Take a look at your tires. If you can spot any cracks (hairline or deeper ones), bulges (they may appear as bubbles or blisters), or you can spot holes, cuts or metal coming out of the tires, you need to replace them as soon as possible. If you were involved in an accident or if your tire burst or got damaged in any way, you need to replace the affected tires immediately. Common causes of tire damage include objects such as rocks, nails, screws, broken glass or other sharp bits of metal and wood.
1. Vibration and noise
Vibrations and noises in a running vehicle are normal, but if there is a sudden increase in vibration or noise, or your car is driving shakily, your tires might be the cause. The wheel alignment might be out, the tires might be wearing down unevenly, or you might have damage in the suspension- all these issues may cause your car to make a noise, vibrate and shake during your drive.
Even if you drive carefully and avoid damage to your tires, they will need to be replaced at a certain age. At CRS Automotive, we recommend that you get your tires replaced before they reach the ten-year mark. Driving on tires that are older can seriously endanger yourself and your passengers.
If it’s time for new car tires or if your vehicle needs a service in Hamilton and Stoney Creek, Canada, contact CRS Automotive to book an appointment.