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Tread Depth: When Do I Need to Replace My Tires?

replace tire tread depthIs your tread depth deep, meaning your tires don’t need to be replaced? Or should you replace your tires soon?

Figuring Out Tread Depth and Whether to Replace Your Tires

You should regularly check the tread on your tires. Check the tread once a month, each time you change your oil, or before heading out on a long road trip. The easiest way to decide if your tire tread is ok or needs replacing is to use a penny. Place it with Lincoln’s head facing down in to the tread. If you can’t see the top of his head, then your tread is likely good. Watch this video to see this tip demonstrated, and stop into either of our metro locations to have a tire technician take a look if you’re not sure. We’ll be happy to help.

If your tire tread is fine, but you’ve had a flat you need to know when to repair your tire. Sometimes tires can be repaired and other times it’s advisable to replace the damaged tire. Read: When to Repair a Tire

For more tips on inspecting your tires, visit Goodyear Tires and Tips.

Replace Tires on AWD Vehicle

What do you do when you need to replace tires on AWD vehicle?

Can you buy just one tire or do you have to replace all four tires at the same time?

Are four wheel, front wheel, and AWD vehicles the same as far as tires go?

These are frequent questions we answer for customers, and they bring up some really good points. Many people assume a tire is a tire. However, there are very careful considerations you need to make based on the vehicle you have and the tire(s) that need replacing. Vehicles with all time 4 wheel drive are different than select 4 wheel drive (4×2). Additionally, vehicles that have 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive options are different too.

If you have All Wheel Drive (AWD) or all time 4 wheel drive (4×4), it important to make sure not only that all four tires match Brand-wise, but that they also match tread depth-wise. The TireZoo is very experienced with helping people replace only 1, 2, or 3 tires at a time. We have a very large inventory of new and used tires that we can almost always find replacement tires that match your remaining tires’ brand and tread.


Ever Feel Like Naming Your Tires?

carl the tire, name your tires you use them so muchDo you spend so much time in your car that you feel like giving it a name? Whether you commute to work, drive for a living, or shuttle kids in carpool, your tires have a very important job. Many people like to put tires on their vehicles and hope that all is well. However, you should know when to check and replace your tires.

So, how many miles can I expect to get on a new set of tires?

The answer really depends on the type of tires you purchase, the speed rating of your tires, and the kind of use you intend for your vehicle.

A rule of thumb: If you haven’t had your tires checked by 40,000 miles, you should. If all is well, then you are good to go for a while longer.

When do I have to plan on replacing my tires?

For most touring tires with a speed rating of S or T, the average mileage expectancy is about 45,000-60,000. Touring tires are tires used for a comfort ride; a soft and quiet ride.

For most performance tires with a speed rating of W, Y,or Z, the average mileage expectancy is about 30,000 to 40,000.

Stop by the TireZoo in Bloomington or Anoka, and we’ll help you find new or used tires. I suppose we can also help you come up with names for your tires too, if you want.