Signs It’s Time for New Tires

October 21st, 2014 by

When you shop at McCluskey Chevrolet, you get access to some of the highest quality used cars in Cincinnati. We inspect each of our vehicles and certify them for quality. That means that everything from the tires to the transmission will be in good condition.

After you drive off our lot, you’ll be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of your car. The tires are among the most important components of your vehicle. If your tires aren’t healthy, you put yourself and your vehicle at risk.

Getting regular maintenance can help you catch problems before they pose a risk. Performing your own regular inspections can help you catch potential problems even earlier. Here are a few of the top signs that it’s time to get new tires:

Low Tread

The tire tread must be a certain depth in order to give the tire the right traction while driving. Tires that

have low tread are more likely to slide around the road, especially in wet conditions.

Measure the tread using the tool specifically designed for it. If the tread has fallen to 1/16th of an inch of lower, it’s time to get new tires.

Presence of Bulges and Cracks

When a tire starts to deteriorate, the rubber may crack or bulge. Cracks typically appear on the side well of the tire, not on the area with the tread. Bulges or blisters can appear anywhere on the tire, and they will be quite easy to identify.

Any of these problems can lead to leaks or blowouts, causing a nuisance at best or a serious accident at worst.

Hearing Vibration or Flapping

If you hear any vibration or flapping while you are driving, that’s a sure sign that you need new tires. Vibration could be caused by a loss of pressure or by bulges. Flapping is usually caused by a piece of tire hitting the wheel well or the road as you drive.

Check your car regularly for these and other signs that you need to replace your tires, such as the tread wear indicator bar showing. By changing tires before they go flat or blowout, you can protect your safety and reduce the risk of damages to other parts of your car.

When you’re ready to buy your next vehicle, stop by McCluskey Chevrolet for some of the best selection on used cars in Cincinnati. We’re ready to help you find the car of your dreams on a budget.