When, Why And How To Replace Your Car Tires

No more questions: know when, why and how to replace your tires armed with this information.

Vehicle maintenance is the most important task that a car owner has. When any vehicle is maintained regularly it will not only perform normally but will ensure a longer life for your vehicle. Regular maintenance includes changing the oil and oil filter, transmission fluid, filter and gasket, flushing the radiator, checking all belts and hoses, changing the fuel filter and regular tune-ups. Though this covers most of the basic maintenance, the one thing that most people forget about are the tires.

Tires are a lot like our feet; without them we wouldn't get very far very fast. They are very important but, unfortunately, they are also the last thing we think about. However quite often it is just these parts that can cause severe problems when not taken care of properly. Worn tires can cause a flat tire, a blown tire, decreased traction and increase the chances of hydroplaning. The best way to avoid these situations is to replace your tires when necessary.

When you purchase new tires they will be under warranty for a specified period of time; different tires and different tire companies carry different warranties. Some people will replace their tires once the warranty has expired. Though this in an option it is not necessary. Doing this simply insures against having to purchase a replacement tire should something happen to one of your tires.

If you do not replace your tires when the warranty on them expires you simply have to

check them regularly. When checking them always inspect the tread (the part of the tire that touches the road). If the ridges and grooves are still well defined the tread is still good. If the tread seems worn down, look for cracks, or thin breaks, where you can see the steel threads, you need to replace that tire. If not then your tire, or tires, will be alright for a short while but you will want to replace them soon. If there is little to no tread on the tires you need to replace them. Little to no tread can lead to hydroplaning, skidding and a blown tire.

When you are ready to purchase tires, whether new or used, you will need to know what size tire your vehicle needs. This information can be found either on the manufacturer's specification plate (a piece of aluminum usually on the inside edge of the door or on the body where the door closes) or on the tires themselves. If this is the first time you have replaced tires on your vehicle you want to look on the specification plate as the tires on the car may not always be the right size. The tire size is a combination of numbers and letters, such as 275/R15, which tell the width and height of the tire.

If new tires are not an option due to budget or other circumstances you can often find decent used tires for a fraction of the price of new ones. Though used tires do not carry a warranty they will still make your vehicle safer than bad tires. New tires do have a warranty and will last a little longer however can be expensive depending on the type of vehicle you have.

Once you have decided on new or used tires, simply take your car to your local tire shop

and let them replace your tires. They will remove the tires from your car, mount the tires

on the rims, balance them and put them back on for you. With new tires, the only other thing you will have left to do is write down the mileage showing on the odometer of your car and the date on your purchase receipt. You will need this information for your warranty.

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