Two big deciding factors in determining when you need to replace your Tires is Tread Depth and Tire's Age. Tires that are 6 year old or older are past their Service Life. The Rubber can come apart or the Tire may Blow out. To check the age of your tire, find the DOT number on the side of the tire and find the last 4 digits of the Number. The first two represent the week the tire was built. The last two digits represent the year the Tire was Manufactured. So for example a (DOT AF WD9E 0517) this tire would have been manufactured in the 5 week of 2017. Even though the Tread Depth is above 3/32 a tire may need to be replaced just because of Age. The other Factor is Tread Depth. Every tire has a wear bar that designates 3/32. If the Tread is getting close to the Wear Bar it is time to be looking for New Tires. If you are having problems finding the wear bar you can use a Penny to check your Tread Depth. Put a penny in the Tread with Lincoln's dead down into the Tread. If you can se ... read more
What happens when your Tire Pressure Light Blinks? The Tire Pressure Sensors use a Battery to communicate with the Car. If the TPMS Light is Flashing, it could mean that the Battery in the Sensor is Dead. A TPMS Warning Light that illuminates solid means that one or more of the Tires has low Air Pressure. If the light flashes for 60-90 seconds and then illuminates solid. This is a signaling that there is a problem with the TPMS system. It is very likely that one or more of the sensors are not communicating with the vehicle. Sometimes the Spare Tire can the Problem. On some Manufacturer's the Spare Tire has a TPMS sensor.
Do I Need New Tires? Check both sides of the Tire for Damage. This could be in the form of chunks of missing Rubber, deep abrasions from hitting curbs, or a bulge in the Sidewall. A Bulge in the Sidewall is likely related to a Broken Cord inside the Tire. This is a serious condition. This can lead to a Tire Failing. Any chunking larger than a dime is bad. Larger Cracks or divots may be a sign of hitting a curb or an impact with a Road Hazard. No Tire Safety Check is complete without measuring the Tread. All Tires have a bar in the grooves that indicates 2/32nds of an inch. If this bridge in the groove is level with the top of the Tread, then you know it is time to change your Tires. You can also measure the Depth of the tread using a penny. If you can see all Lincoln’s head, then the Tire needs replaced. Also check the Tread for areas of Uneven Wear. This could be a sign of Mechanical issues such as Worn Suspension Parts or a Wheel Misalignment. Irregular Wear is more com ... read more