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October 11, 2017 @ 12:00am

As Autumn sets in and Winter approaches in the next couple of months, it’s time to analyze your tires. Although tires are rated for a certain amount of miles, a variety of factors impact the length of their life. Things such as driving habits, road conditions, the tread, and the climate are a handful of the factors that can add wear and tear to your tires. How is the common driver supposed to know when they are due for a tire rotation or tire replacement? The Car-X Man is here to provide you with some insight so you can avoid being stuck on the side of the road with a blown tire.

Tire Tread Depth

One of the most noticeable ways to know if your tires are worn out is checking the tread of the tire. When you buy a new set of automotive tires, the average tread depth of a new tire is 8/32”. These tread patterns, which are created for so that the tires can grip the surface of the road, wear down with age and mileage. A fairly practical test of understanding if your tire tread is too low is the “Penny Test”. Take a penny (as in the 1 cent coin), turn it upside down so Abe Lincoln’s head is facing downwards, and hold it in between the tread of each of your tires. If you can see the top of his head, then your tires tread depth is roughly at 2/32” and in need of a change. Having bald tires is dangerous, especially when it starts to rain or snow and your tread marks cannot grip the asphalt.

Tire Damage

Unfortunately, tire damage can occur to anybody. The most common tire damage that occurs is from punctures to the tire’s outer wall that leaves the tire unable to hold pressure, creating a flat tire. However, there are other ways that tires receive damage that should not be overlooked. If you have seen a bulge extending out on your tire, that means that the cords on the inside lining of your tire wall have busted, leaving high chances that the outer wall on the tire will give out and rupture. This usually occurs as a result from an impact to the tire or even having the tire presses up on a curb for an extended period of time. Irregular tire tread wear down can come as a result of unbalanced axles and peeling out. If you notice irregular wear patterns or bulges on one or more of your tires, schedule an appointment with us.

Car-X Des Moines - Your Tire Service Experts

If you are in need of a tire rotation service, tire damage repair, or any other automotive service, contact any one of our locations or schedule an appointment through our website. Our certified technicians are more than capable of getting your car out on the road and keeping you safe!

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