Just like anything else that has been overused, tires take a beating after a while on the roads. This isn’t a sign of bad driving just something that is unavoidable for any vehicle. West Valley City, Utah Ford dealers will tell you how to know when your tires get worn out and old. Because it can be very dangerous for both you and other people on the road if your tires are bad, it’s important to know how to recognize when they need to be replaced.
Of course, if you have a mechanic look at it regularly they will most likely tell you they need to be replaced but there are a couple things you can do yourself before you take your Ford Focus in to your local car dealer.
Use a Penny to Gauge the Depth
The tread on your tires should never fall below 1/16 of an inch in depth. You can buy a gauge to measure the tread depth the way the professionals do at any close by Ford dealers. A good way to measure this is by taking a penny and inserting Abe’s head into the tread. If Lincoln’s entire head remains visible, you don’t have enough tread. Take your car into the mechanic and ask about getting a new set of tires.
Check the Tread Indicator
Newer tires also have a convenience that old tires lack. They have tread wire indicator bars built into the tires themselves. These bars, invisible or barley visible when the tires are new, gradually begin to appear as the tread wears down. Therefore if more than one or two of these are visible on a tire, the tread is low.
Cracks in the Sidewall
Not all red flags for replacing your tires are going to be in the tread. Be sure to check out the sidewall of your tires for cuts or grooves. If you find any, this could be a sign that your tire is developing a leak or worse. If the cracks in the sidewall are starting to look serious, take your vehicle to a repair shop right away.