With good maintenance, care and proper care, the life of quality tires is around 5 years, or between 40,000 and 50,000 kilometres. However, this general calculation can vary depending on factors such as the state of the terrain for which we drive daily, the use we make of the car or our type of driving, and the more efficient the less wear the wheels will have.
The first step to know how often to change the tires is to be clear about the age of the tires. After the 5 years or 50,000 kilometres have elapsed without changing the tires, it is important to check them to ensure they are not worn and that they can continue to be efficient. Remember that the front wheels suffer more wear than the rear, so it is important to rotate them every 6 months if you use the vehicle frequently.
Of course, the tread does not always wear evenly, especially if your tires are misaligned, poorly inflated or otherwise out of balance. Therefore, be sure to test the depth of the drawing in several places, check for expense patches, and inspect the centre and the outer edges of each of the tires to ensure that the tread is worn out so uniform.
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How to know if the tires are worn
All tires have a wear band that allows us to measure the degree of use of the tires, indicating when it is time to change them. The depth of the wear line can never be less than 1.6 millimetres, if so, it is important to immediately change the wheels, as they are not suitable for driving. In fact, the ideal is to make the change before the wheels reach maximum wear, that way we guarantee our safety.
Reasons to change your tires immediately
Although your tires have not reached 5 years old or 50,000 km travelled, there are some reasons to change them immediately:
- When the wheels have a depth of less than 1.6 mm in the wear line, indicating that the life of the tire has been exceeded.
- When a puncture or break in the tire occurs.
- If when comparing two wheels that are mounted on the same axle there is a difference of 5 millimetres or more in the grooves. This can put your safety at risk, so in that case it is important to replace the most worn tire.
- If the tires show any obvious breakage damage that affects their operation.
7 tips to take care of your tires
To drive safely on the road, it is essential to properly maintain your car in your trusted workshop. One of the fundamental parts of the vehicle is the tires, but like any part, it is necessary to take care of it in the best way.
He thinks that the tires are the point of union of the car to the road, and that this adhesion is basic for a safe circulation. If your tire needs to be changed, you will surely notice this in the vibration of your vehicle or in that it does not spin as it should.
How should you take care of your car tires?
- Measure the pressure frequently and, above all, before starting a long trip. The pressure must be that recommended by the vehicle manufacturer indicated in the maintenance manual of your vehicle, at the driver’s door or on the fuel tank cap. Remember that it is as negative to inflate the wheels too much as to carry them with little pressure. When you do this check, do not forget to do it with cold tires. You can check the pressure at a gas station, or at a tire specialist workshop.
- Drive properly and with common sense! The worst thing you can do is to brake sharply, take the corners at high speed or accelerate strongly. These three actions hurt the tires remarkably. So … control yourself!
- Make sure the wheels are aligned. If they are not, it decreases its performance and causes greater wear on them and a higher fuel consumption. If they are aligned, you will get better driving, longer life and save gas.
- If you are going to have your car long stopped, it is advisable to move it at least every 15 days, in this way, the contact surface will vary and you will not get used to one.
- New tires always on the rear axle. The rear wheels are not connected to the steering wheel, making it difficult to control their grip. For greater safety, try new or less worn tires to go on the rear axle, this way you will achieve greater control in braking, a lower risk of losing control of the car and an efficient improvement of driving (especially in situations complicated).
- Look at the drawing of the wheels. You must pay special attention. The tires have a wear identifier that helps us and indicates when we have to think about changing them. This indicator and wear indicator have a height of 1.6 mm, which is the legal minimum.
- Look at the flanks of your tires. These should not have damage, cuts, deformations that leave the canvas exposed. If you have any of the above-mentioned damages you should go to a specialist to examine them and proceed to replace them if necessary.
You just have to follow these tips to condition with adequate safety and confidence on the road. Check your tires regularly, change them whenever they show signs of wear and drive with a head so as not to damage them more than they should.
Here at JB Prestige SAAB we take pride in providing the best services for European cars in our area. If you think your brakes are not working well or you need assistance with any other kind of vehicle repair, do not hesitate to visit us and we will be happy to give you timely assistance at the best prices in the market.