There are some simple steps to follow to determine if your vehicle is ready for a change of tires. If your tire tread has been worn to the point where the groove lines up precisely with the top of the tire, it is time to replace your tires. However, when you have been using the same type of tire on a vehicle for some time, you may find that the vehicle simply does not need new tires. In such cases, there are other factors that you should consider when choosing to change your tires.
There are several different ways in which the industry defines the condition of tires. Generally, conventional advice indicates that if your tire tread is less than a quarter of an inch thick and if the tire wear indicator bars show that you are over-torqueing the tire by at least 100 rpm, it is time to replace your tires. The reason for this rule of thumb is that the more wear there is to the tire, the more expensive the replacement will be. However, there is a second rule that can be used when evaluating your vehicle. It is also very important to consider both of these rules when deciding whether or not to replace your tires.
If your vehicle’s tread is still quite small, it is possible that you are not under-torquing the tire. Under-torqueing can cause the tire to pull away from the rim and it can damage the inner workings of the wheel. This may not necessarily mean that you need new wheels, but it will certainly make changing your vehicle tires somewhat harder. Therefore, it is best to wait until your tire has a groove that is as close to the edge of the rim as possible.
On the other hand, you can determine if you need a new tire by checking your vehicle’s tread. If you find that there is a large gap between the width of the tire’s groove and the outer edge of the rim, you may need to replace your tires before your vehicle starts to show signs of wear and tear. You can check this by carefully watching for the tire’s height while you are driving.
A tire’s height should be equal to or less than the outer edge of the tire rims. When this is true, you should be able to easily push the tire out of the groove by pushing the tire rim against the tire with your finger.
The time to replace your tires also takes into consideration the type of surface where you will be driving the vehicle. If your vehicle wears its tread on the inside of the rim, it will be necessary to replace your tires when you notice that the rim is worn away and the tread starts to “bite” on the surface underneath.