How Often To Replace Tires
New tires are a big investment, so how can New Orleans drivers make sure that they last as long as they should? Tires last about four to five years on average, but proper tire care can help you get most out of your investment. In the guide below from the service center at Ray Brandt Nissan, we’ll touch on the importance of tire rotation, how to check tire tread, and patching vs. replacing a punctured tire.
When Is It Time for New Tires?
Your tires need to be replaced before the tire treads have worn down too far to be able to grip the road surface safely. Most tires are marked with an indicator bar that shows you how far your tire treads can wear before you need to schedule service near Marrero to replace the tire.
If your tires aren’t marked, you can check the tread depth with a tread depth gauge. New tires have a tread depth of 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch, and tires should be replaced when the tread depth reaches 2/32 of an inch.
Or, insert a penny into the tread groove, Lincoln’s head first. If your treads are deep enough, you should see none or part of Lincoln’s head. If you can see all of his head, your treads are worn and your tires should be replaced.
How To Make Your Tires Last Longer
When it comes to getting the most out of your tires, proper maintenance can go a long way. Be sure to follow your vehicle’s manufacturer-recommended service schedule, which will include regular tire rotation as well as inspections to ensure that your tire treads are wearing evenly. Missed service appointments may result in issues that can shorten tire life, including:
- Low tire pressure
- Unbalanced wheels
- Uneven tread wear
- Misaligned wheels
Tire Patch vs. Replacement
Car care is costly, and most drivers want to be sure that a major repair or replacement is worth it. So, when can you patch your tire rather than replace it altogether? The size, location, and the number of punctures all factor into whether or not your tire can be repaired at a Gretna-area service center.
Typically, a punctured tire will need to be replaced if:
- There are two or more punctures.
- The puncture diameter is more than a ¼ inch.
- The puncture is located in the sidewall or shoulder of the tire.
- There are multiple punctures in the same area of the tire.
In some cases, it’s possible to repair a tire with two punctures. This could be an option if both punctures are small (under 1 ¼ -inch diameter) and spaced more than 16 inches apart.
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Questions about when to replace your tires or other car-care topics? Our dedicated Nissan technicians are happy to help. Contact us online, call our service center directly at 504-676-6143, or stop by our dealership today! Be sure to browse our current service specials to save on your next tire rotation, oil change, and more.