Well-maintained tires are crucial for quality vehicle performance. When your tires are worn or aged, it might be time to consider purchasing new tires. Depending on how much you drive, it may have been awhile since the last time you had to buy new tires, and maybe you have questions about what to look for, or where to start. These are the some common questions people have when researching buying new tires, with helpful information to assist you in making the best choice.
Tread wear is a strong indicator that your tires need to be replaced. An easy way to check your tires for wear is known as the “penny test”.
Place a penny in a major tread groove of a tire with Lincoln’s head facing down. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible at any point in any major tread groove, it’s a good sign that the tire needs to be replaced.
Drivers should also perform a visual inspection of the tread and sidewall. If there is any exposed steel or fabric and if any material is visible, have the tire(s) replaced immediately.
It’s also important to check for any irregular tread wear, bulges or anomalies and have the tires inspected by a professional if anything seems abnormal or out of place.
It is not recommended to replace only one tire. It can have negative effects on treadwear, suspension and drivetrain. If you must replace only one tire, it is recommended that the new tire be paired with the deepest tread tire on the vehicle.
Deeper tread tires on the rear axle provide better handing and wet grip. Deeper tread tires on the front axle improve wet straight line braking. If you are going to replace only two tires, it's recommended to replace the rear tires.
A common challenge when shopping for new tires is understanding the different types of tires, and knowing which one will work best for your vehicle.
The easiest way to find the right tires is to start with the type of your vehicle. After determining which tire types are the best choice for your vehicle, you can then determine which type is best for you based on your driving needs.
To learn more about different types of tires, click here.
When shopping for new tires for your vehicle, one of the first things to identify is your tire size. The tire size for your vehicle can be easily found on the sidewall of your tires. It can also be found on your vehicle's door placard.
Your tire sidewall displays a series of numbers that identify your specific tire size.
To learn more about identifying your tire size, click here.