Frequently Asked Questions about Tires

1. How often should I rotate my tires?

Typically, you should rotate your tires every six months or 6,000 miles. Some vehicles, such as Four-wheel drive may require rotation every 4,000 miles. You should check your vehicle owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s rotation recommendations. A common, good rule of thumb is to rotate your tires every-other oil change.

2. Why are the edges worn off my tires?

Worn edges are usually an indication of improper wheel alignment, but it could also mean loose or worn steering or suspension parts. If you do happen to notice uneven tread wear, it is highly recommended that you have your tires inspected as soon as possible.

3. What is TPMS?

TPMS a.k.a. Tire Pressure Monitoring System, is an electronic system that alerts you via your dashboard indicator light when your car’s tire pressure falls to the point of needing inflation.

4. Should I check my tires for anything other than correct tire pressure?

It’s also important to visually inspect your tires. Look for and remove any foreign objects or debris that might have become wedged between the treads. Always check for irregular wear patterns. Irregular wear patterns may mean your tires need rotating and/or your wheels need to be realigned.

5. How much wear should I allow on my tires before I replace them?

You should replace your tires when the tread wears down to 2/32 (or 1/16) of an inch. The tire’s built-in tread wear indicators, or “wear bars,” can tell you when it’s time to replace your tires. When the tire tread becomes level with the “wear bars,” your tires only have 2/32 (or 1/16) of an inch of tread left and therefore should be replaced.

**Tip: You can use a penny to determine when it’s time to replace your tires. Turn the penny so that Lincoln’s head is pointing down and insert it into the tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.