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Caring for your tires

Getting advice from your tire dealer – learn the signs that indicate your tires need replacing

When to buy new tires

No set of tires lasts forever. When they’ve become worn, damaged or old, it’s time to replace them. We help you determine if it’s time for a new set.

Excessive tread wear: Most tires have bars of hard rubber that appear on your tire once your treads have become worn beyond safe limits. You’ll normally see these tread wear bars if your tread depth is less than 1.6mm. It’s also important that your treads wear evenly. If you notice that your tires are wearing very differently across individual tires or the tire footprint, it can be an indicator of other problems with your tires or vehicle.

Damage to treads or sidewalls: Even if your tires aren’t worn through use or age, it’s not a good idea to drive on damaged tires. Small cracks in the sidewalls are known as “crazing”. Sidewalls are not particularly thick, which means that a crazed sidewall can mean eventual tire failure. If you notice these cracks, you should replace the tires. It’s also smart to inspect your tire for cuts, cracks, bubbles, and blisters on the sidewalls, shoulders, and treads. If you see these, it’s time for a new set.

If you’re buying new tires, you should replace the whole set at once. If it’s not possible for you to buy four new ones, then ensure the new ones are mounted on the rear axle of the car, to enhance traction and stability. It’s also important that your new tires match the partly worn ones.