Knowing When to Change Your Car Tires

man changing car tire

While purchasing a reliable vehicle is a pretty big deal, so is maintaining your car. Aside from the car’s engine, the tires on your car are probably the most utilized part of the vehicle, which is why it’s important for you to get them checked, rotated and/or changed regularly.

According to an article in U.S. News & World Report, a tire rotation, which involves moving the tires from one position on the vehicle to another, is recommended every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. This is done to ensure the tires wear evenly, which can extend tire life and ultimately save you money. The owner’s manual of your car will outline what should be done for your vehicle.

Tire rotations can either be done at home or professionally, so if you’re the handy, do-it-yourself type, here’s what you’ll need for the job:

  • A level work area
  • A jack and jack stands (to support the vehicle)
  • Wheel chocks (to keep the car from rolling)
  • A torque wrench
  • A standard set of hand tools

If the tread depth on your tires is low or you have a tire leak, it may be time to replace your tires. Taking your car up to your local auto or tire shop to get your tires checked is an effective way to determine if you need new tires.

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