How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?
A simple task that drivers throughout Gulfport, Biloxi, and Long Beach that can do to extend the lifespan of their vehicle’s tires is rotating them every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Not only will this help them wear down evenly, but it also decreases the likelihood of costly repairs or worse: an accident.
At Pat Peck Honda, our state-of-the-art service center is here to provide honest and dependable care to keep your vehicle running at peak performance. Continue reading our helpful guide to learn more about the importance of regular tire rotations and steps to take to keep you safe on the road.
How to Measure Tread Depth
The treads on your tires are what grip your vehicle to the road and make things like steering and braking easier to manage. The tread on a typical tire should measure between 3/32 and 10/32nds of an inch (about 1/3 of an inch). An easy way to determine the health and safety of your tires is by measuring each tire’s depth:
- 4/32 of an inch or deeper = Good
- 3/32 of an inch = Fair
- 2/32 of an inch or less = Poor
Special tires designed for off-road use will have deeper treads to compensate for slick and uneven terrain. If your vehicle is outfitted with off-road tires, it’s best to consult the manufacturer’s specifications or speak with a licensed technician.
The Penny Test
Another simple way to determine the health of your vehicle’s tires is by inserting a penny into the tire’s tread with Lincoln’s head pointed into the tread well. If all or most of Lincoln’s head is hidden, your tire depths are in good condition. If Lincoln’s head is almost or fully visible, you should immediately schedule a service appointment.
3 Signs You Need a Tire Replacement
Even by keeping up with regular tire rotations, eventually you’ll need to have a partial or full tire replacement. Driving on worn-out tires pose a risk to both your safety and the safety of your passengers. Some of the most common signs include:
- Cracks or Abnormal Bulging. When a tire wears down, dangerous blisters or bulges will begin to form in its sidewalls. If you notice any bulging starting to develop, immediately have the tire replaced to avoid a potential blowout.
- Vibrating Brake Pedal. If you notice when pressing down on the brake pedal that a strange vibration occurs when coming to a stop, it’s most likely the result of a defect in one of your tires.
- Low Tire Pressure. The Tire Pressure Warning Light appears on your dashboard when at least one of your tires isn’t properly inflated. If you notice this light continue to appear, it’s a sign that at least one of your tires has a dangerous leak.
Schedule a Routine Tire Rotation Today!
At Pat Peck Honda, our team of licensed service professionals is available to provide thorough care that’ll have you back on the roads of Gulfport, Biloxi, and Long Beach in no time.
To have your vehicle’s tires rotated or replaced, simply stop by our convenient location or go online to schedule a tire rotation appointment today!