How to Tell If You Need New Tires – Elmhurst BMW Dealer
Now that spring has sprung, it’s a great time to check your car’s tires. The tires are an essential component of every vehicle. They carry the weight of the car, absorb road shocks, and transmit brake force and traction to the road. To ensure your BMW rides properly and safely, it’s a good idea to check the tires regularly. A rule of thumb is to check your tires every 3,000 miles. You can check the tires yourself or bring your car to Elmhurst BMW for a tire inspection. If you need new tires, we’re happy to help you.
You’ll want to check the tires for proper air pressure, the depth of the tread, and signs of wear, damage and deterioration. Some tire problems can be repaired, but others will require new tires.
One way to tell if your car needs new tires is to check the tread. Tires with worn tread are dangerous. When the road is wet, the tire tread provides traction to keep your car driving safely. The tread in the tire pushes water into the grooves, keeping it away from the surface of the tire. When the tread is worn, the water has no place to go. As a result, the car will begin hydroplaning, which means it’s now driving on water instead of the road. The loss of traction makes it easy for the driver to lose control of the car.
There’s an easy way to test your tire’s tread. Insert a penny into the groove with Lincoln’s head facing down. If some of Lincoln’s head is covered, the tread depth is good. If not, it’s time for new tires.
Check the tires periodically to make sure they’re not overinflated or underinflated. Changes in air temperature affect tire pressure. A good estimate is the tire pressure will increase by about 1-2 psi for every 10 degrees of increased temperature.
When buying new tires, keep in mind there are many different brands and types of tires, and they aren’t all the same quality. If you’re happy with the way your car has been driving, your best bet is to replace the tires with the same ones that came with the vehicle.