How Do I Know If I Need New Tires? Posted on May 28 2019

1) Tread Depth

This is the obvious one. Bridgestone Tire has a good article on how to check your tire’s tread with just a penny that can walk you through determining how soon you’ll be in need of new tires.
Tread Wear Indicator Bar

2) Tread Wear Indicator Bar

Although a little less obvious, this is a built-in feature that comes on new tires. If you see these little rubber bars starting to run perpendicularly flat to the tire tread, give us a call or schedule an appointment with us ASAP so we can get you set up with a safe set of new tires.

Cracks in the Tire Sidewall

3) Cracks in the Tire Sidewall

The easiest way to tell if it’s time for a new set of tires is to inspect the sidewalls for signs of cracks and weathering. If you find that you have cuts, grooves, or cracks in the sidewall bring your car by the shop and let us take care of the issue for you.

Bubbles or Blisters on the Tire

4) Bubbles or Blisters on the Tire

At times the integrity of a tire’s outer layer will begin to break down or weaken, which may cause bubbles or blister-like bulges to develop and create a weak area. If you see anything like this on any of your tires it poses a huge risk of the tire blowing out and causing damage to the wheels/rims, so be sure to utilize our tire services to get safely back on the road as quickly as possible.

5) Excessive Noise or Vibration

If you’re experiencing an abnormal amount of vibration, it may be a sign that your tires are coming to the end of their life or that they’ve become misaligned or unbalanced over time. Bring your vehicle to the experienced professionals at Bill’s Quality Auto Care and we’ll help you determine the cause of the problem and recommend a plan of action to get your vehicle driving the way it should again.

When Do I Need To Change Tires?

If you’re seeing any of the above signs in your tires then you should plan to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible in order to avoid a blowout or other complications that may require costly repairs.

Additionally, Michelin recommends that after every five years of use you should have your tires inspected by a professional at least once per year, if not more. They also recommend switching over to winter tires when the temperature outside consistently approaches 44ºF, as this is the temperature that rubber on standard non-winter tires starts to harden and lose its grip.

Reliable Tire Services In Simi Valley

If you’re in the market for new tires, let the friendly staff at Bill’s Quality Auto Care take care of you. We’ll work with you to select a set of tires that fit your individual wants and needs. Looking for high-performance tires to give you that little bit of extra grip? Maybe you’re interested in upgrading to a set that is more eco-friendly and helps you get better gas mileage? Whatever the situation, Bill’s Quality Auto Care has you covered. Schedule an appointment with us or give us a call at (805) 520-7818 today to discuss your options!

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