How Long Should the Tires Last on Your Car?

How Long Should the Tires Last on Your Car?

By Dick Scott Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Plymouth, MI

Buying a new set of tires is a big investment and, naturally, you want to make sure you're getting the most out of your hard-earned money. And, since tires are such a critically important part of your vehicle, it goes without saying that you want tires on your vehicle that are in excellent shape for both safety and comfort reasons. The question is: how long should one expect a set of tires to last? In this post, we will look at that question from a few different angles.

What things affect tire wear?

There are several factors that affect tire wear. The main one is simply the amount of mileage you put on the tires. The more miles that they travel, the more rubber that gets worn off. 

Another issue condition of your car's suspension. The suspension on your car, or truck, is comprised of dozens of metal parts that are all aligned to each other. The problem is that rough roads and potholes can throw things out of alignment and this can affect the way your tires wear.  

Lastly, the second issue is if your tires are over or underinflated, in particular, underinflated tires tend to quickly wear on the edges.

Am I protected by tire mileage guarantees?

The mileage guarantee on tires is based on the average that most vehicles should reach. For example, most all-season tires come with a mileage guarantee that ranges from 40,000 to 75,000 miles. You will find that these guarantees represent the mileage that tires last when the suspension on the vehicle is aligned properly and the tires are inflated correctly. Be sure and keep both of those maintenance items up to date.

When is it time for new tires?

There is a simple way to check and see if your tire tread is low. What you do is take a penny and stick Lincoln's head in between your tire tread. If you can see the top of his head, you have just enough tread. If the tip of his head has a gap between it and tread, you should consider replacing your tires soon. If you are having trouble visualizing how this test works, just Google it and you will see plenty of images of the test being performed. By the way, make sure to perform the test on all four of your tires!

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