Knowing when you need new tires is one of the most important parts of owning a car, and luckily it’s easy to tell. Here are some tips you can use to tell when your tires are worn out.

First of all, age is a big factor in your tires. If you’ve had them for five years or more, have them inspected once a year or so to make sure the tread isn’t too worn and is wearing evenly. Ten years is the absolutely maximum—if your tires are approaching ten years old, get them replaced!

You should also check your tread depth every once in a while. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended tread depth levels; once your car is past this limit, it becomes dangerous to drive and you need to replace your tires as soon as possible.

Holes and leaks in tires are obviously indicators of damage, but you should also keep an eye out for other signs. Uneven tread wear makes tires go bad more quickly, so get your tires aligned, rotated, and balanced. Look for bulges in the tire wall as well—any of these signs could indicate a serious problem with your tire.

Need help with your tire maintenance? Come to Carl Hogan Automotive’s service department; we’re happy to assist!

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