How Do I Know It's Time to Replace My Tires?

driving on bald tires can be treacherous

in the best of conditions add some rain

or even worse snow or ice and the

results can be tragic will show you how

to determine if your tires need to be

replaced one way to know you have enough

tread is to insert a penny upside down

into the groove and see if you can see

the top of Honest Abe's head if you

can't you have enough tread if it's more

like this then it's time to replace the

tire another is to look for tread wear

indicators which are ribs inside the

grooves that run across the entire

surface if the tread is worn down to

that level then you know it's time for a

replacement but bear in mind the deeper

the grooves the better the tires going

to be in snow and on rainy roads also be

on the lookout for uneven wear for

example if there's more where on one

side of the tire than the other it can

mean there's a misalignment or a broken

suspension component this tire shows

cupping which is a dishing out kind of

high and low spot which means that your

shock absorbers are dead and your tire

has literally been bouncing down the

road finally always take sidewall damage

very seriously

it can lead to a blowout like we had

here which can be extremely dangerous

sidewall damage cannot be repaired