Need New Tires For the School Year?

It’s that time of the year again – the back-to-school season has seemed to make its way around. Whether you’re a college/high school student driver, a parent with kids, or any driver commuting during rush hour, you’re going to experience an influx in road traffic. With everybody heading back to school, the team at Eurasian Auto Repair has your interest at best. We want to make sure your tires are in good shape to properly grip the roads. So, how can you tell when it is time for new tires?

Tread Wear Is Low 

Tread depth is the most important aspect of tires to check for when you’re unsure if whether it is time to replace your tires. Legally, your tires should be 2/32 of an inch to be on the roads. However, traction is no longer sufficient when it reaches 3/32 or 4/32 of an inch. You can check your tread depth by using a penny or quarter at home. You can also check the wear indicator bars if your tires have those. If you need assistance measuring your tread depth, we have the right tools at Eurasian Auto Repair to help. 

Uneven Tread Pattern

There are many things that can cause uneven tire wear, which can shorten the lifespan of your tires. Poor alignment, lack of rotation, and/or worn steering and suspension components can all contribute to this problem. To ensure your tires wear evenly, make sure you have your tire maintenance done on time and have your steering and suspension regularly inspected.

Pressure Problems

Speaking of tire pressure, have you noticed any unusual changes to your tire pressure? If you’re having to top them off with air more often than before, there’s a good chance you have a tire leak. Typically, these are caused by minor punctures, like a nail, or something larger. Depending on the damage, your tire may need to be repaired or replaced.

Tire Bulges

Tire bulges aren’t a common problem, but they can occur from bumping into curbs, potholes, and other bumps. They develop on the tire sidewall when there is a breakage in the inner liner. These bulges can lead to tire blowouts, so it is important that you have your tire replaced immediately.

Cracked Rubber

Even if your tires have survived beyond 5 years, they can naturally break down over time. The sun’s UV rays, excess heat, and other chemicals can break down the rubber, causing tires to crack and eventually fail. If your tires are 10 years old or more, it is time to toss them.

 

Tires, on average, can last anywhere from 3-5 years. Depending on how well you take care of your tires (tire rotations, tire pressure checks, general tire inspections, etc.), they can last even longer! 

 

If you’re due for a new set of tires, please do not hesitate to call or visit the tire experts at Eurasian Auto Repair in San Antonio, TX. We can keep you safe on the road year-round!

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