Tires are the only part of your vehicle that makes direct contact with the road, and as such they need monitored and maintained regularly. If you're not sure when to replace your car's tires, read up on the warning signs that suggest when it's time to get a new set.

Tread Condition

The tread of a tire is what helps it grip the road and create good, solid traction. A tire's tread depth should never be below 1/16th of an inch. To check whether your tire's tread is deep enough, you can place a penny upside down into the tread. If most of Lincoln's upside-down head shows, it's time to replace the tire.

Tread Wear Indicator Bar

Newer tires might be equipped with a tread wear indicator bar, which becomes visible when the tread is too worn down. The bar can be seen running perpendicular in between the tread.

Sidewall Cracks

Sometimes tire wear manifests outside of a worn out tread. Cracks in the sidewall of your car's tires might be a sign of a developing leak, or could be the early stages of a potential blowout. Take a look at your car's tires to see whether there are any visible cracks or cuts. If so, you likely need to replace this tire.

Bulges and Blisters

A bulge or blister in a tire could also lead to a blowout. As you examine your vehicle's tires for cracks, keep an eye out for any part of the surface that sticks out away from the rest of the tire. This weak spot indicates that the tire is ready to be replaced.


Sometimes you can feel that it's time to replace your vehicle's tires while you're driving. If your car has been vibrating excessively, or pulling in one direction, it may have something to do with a damaged tire. If not, it could be related to alignment or balance, which might damage the tires in time. If you notice a lot of vibration when you're driving, bring your car into Mike Raisor Auto Group to have it checked by our expert team.

If your tires are in need of replacement, Mike Raisor Auto Group in Lafayette, IN is ready to help you.


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