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Five Signs That You May Need to Replace Your Tires

Cracked Sidewall
If you notice cracks in a tire's sidewall, it means that there is air leaking from it. They may appear as cuts along the sidewall. The marks are usually quite noticeable and you can see them from a quick glance. If these cracks appear, it’s time to have them inspected!

Vibration While Driving
Some vibration is normal while driving, especially when driving on rural or bumpy roads. If you have been driving for years in your car, you know what the right amount of vibration is. However, if a wheel is unbalanced, it can cause a noticeable shake as you travel. The faster you go, the worse the vibration gets. There can be a few causes for shaking, from worn shock absorbers to misaligned tires. Either way, too much vibration can damage the tires further so it’s best to have a mechanic take a look.

Fails the Penny Test
The penny test is a quick way to check the tread in your tires. Tread helps the car keep moving safely on slippery roads. If the tread is too low, the car can slip and slide. To do the test, grab a penny. Turn the penny so Lincoln's head is upside down, placing it in the gap between the treads. If you can’t see Lincoln's head, you still have enough tread. If you can see the top of his head, you will need to start shopping for new tires.

Bulges on the Surface
Bulges can appear on tires when the surface begins to weaken. If there is too much pressure on the area, it can pop suddenly, causing a dangerous blowout. Look for any obvious blisters or bulges on your tires. If anything looks concerning, bring the car to a mechanic to get it checked out.

Unusual Treadwear Patterns
The tread on your tires can help you identify different issues with your tires or your car. For example, if a tire is overinflated, there will be more wear in the center of the tire instead of evenly through the surface. If you have brake issues, your tires may have small patches of wear throughout the tire. If your tire tread is not evenly worn all the way around, you should get it checked for potential issues.

Proper tires keep your car moving more comfortably and keep you and your passengers safe. Make a point to check your tires on a regular basis and note any changes. If something seems off, take it to a professional to diagnose. Once your tires are determined to be safe, don’t hesitate to stop by Fast Freddy’s Car Wash for a wash!