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7951 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, KS, 66202

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Phone Numbers:Online Showroom Hours:
  • Mon - Sun12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    (Always Open for Online Shopping)
Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Thu9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SunClosed

How Often Should I Change My Car Tires?

Proper tire replacement is very important. Tires are the actual system that links your car to the road and you want them in the best condition possible. Run-down tires can lead to diminished stopping and handling ability, and in severe instances can result in an accident. Figuring out when you should replace your tires really boils down to four major aspects:

  • Tread Depth of Tires
  • Climate
  • Tires Age
  • The Specific Vehicle You Drive

Tire Tread Depth

Several states have regulations mentioning that if the tread depth on your tires gets less than 2/32 of an inch, it has to be replaced. Tire tread depth tools can be purchased for only a few bucks, but even without one you can get a great approximation of your tread depth and all you need is one penny. Rotate the penny so Honest Abe’s head is pointing down and put the cent right into your tire tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are usually still good. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to change them. There is a caveat, even if you have greater than 2/32 of tread-depth you could still need to change them.

checking tire tread depth with a penny | Shawnee Mission Kia

Meteorologic Conditions

You’ve done the tread depth test and you have more than 2/32 tread depth left, so you are good to go, right? Well … maybe. Depending on where you live you might wish to change your tires long before they wear down to 2/32 tread. If you stay in an exceptionally rainy/snowy part of the country (like the PNW), you need more tread depth to securely traverse snowy roadways. Run-down tires raise the danger of hydroplaning, so see to it to check your tires frequently. Climates with extreme cold or severe warmth will certainly additionally negatively affect the wear on your tires. If you reside in one of these environments, examine your tires regularly and if you have any concerns come see us for a professional diagnosis.

Life of Your Tires

How often should you get new tires? This factor might be the hardest one to deal with because it can feel like you are throwing away perfectly fine tires. It’s real, you can have tires with a lot of tread depth remaining yet could still be required to change them. Tires will certainly degrade gradually and end up being more susceptible to tragic failure which can bring about a collision. It is recommended that tires that are 5 years old need to be professionally checked yearly. If the tire is more than 10 years old, it must be replaced despite the condition. Your classic car might have exceptionally low miles because you just drive it on the weekends, yet it still may need brand-new tires. Luckily, there is a simple way to figure out the age of your tires. There is a 4-digit number molded right into every tire that gives the week and year it was made. Our image reveals that the tire was made in the 44th week of ’16, so it’s about midway through its advised lifetime.

how to check car tire manufacturing date? | Shawnee Mission Kia

Which Car You Own

It could seem insane, yet what sort of car, truck or SUV you drive might be the difference in changing one tire vs. changing all four. Let’s say you have a damaged tire, and you’ve found the precise new tire to replace it. If the tires on your automobile are brand-new, you can possibly get away with replacing just one tire. However, if your tires are older than the new tire will certainly be a different size than the rest of the tires. This is a problem due to the fact that the smaller tires now need to work harder to travel the exact same distance as the bigger tire. Mismatched tires can cause extra wear and tear on parts, specifically on AWD vehicles. If you have tires on one axle are spinning faster than the others, your automobile’s computer may believe those tires are losing traction and might reduce power incorrectly. This can fool your vehicle into believing it’s in unsafe mode and engage a setting not designed for full time driving.

Do Dealers Replace Car Tires?

Your dealership will have specific guidelines on the optimum tread depth difference for the front and rear tires. While it may be a disappointment to purchase 4 brand-new tires it will be less costly than fixing a transmission.

How Often Should I Change My Tires? | Shawnee Mission Kia

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7951 Shawnee Mission Parkway • Merriam, KS 66202

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