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Here’s how to determine if you need to replace your tires:
• If you look at your tread pattern and notice the beginnings of the tread wear bars starting to form between the treads or running across the tires, and then become flush with the tires’ tread, you should replace your tires.
• Conduct the penny test by placing the coin upside down with Lincoln facing you in the center of the tread.
a. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, replace tires immediately.
b. If Lincoln’s hair is partially visible, start comparing tire prices, as you will need new ones soon.
Use the following tips to help keep your tires in the best shape possible:
• Rotate your tires from the front to the rear in pairs.
• If you drive a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle, replace all four tires when it is recommended in your service manual.
• Since tires do not wear evenly, perform the penny test at several points from the outside to the inside of the tires.
• Test and replace tires at the same time.
• Always keep your tires properly inflated.
If you notice that your tire wear is extremely uneven or that your tires have worn out much faster than you expected, visit a competent auto shop. They will check your suspension and make any necessary corrections before replacing your tires.
Remember your car’s tire performance is essential to both its safety and its efficiency. Tires eventually lose traction and braking ability, and you should replace tires when necessary. When your tires are in tip-top shape, they ensure that you stay safe behind the wheel.