How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Tire StackRegularly rotating your tires is a simple task that can go a long way toward maintaining your vehicle’s performance and safety. Tire rotations allow your wheels to wear down evenly, maximizing their total usage. The lifespan of your tires will depend heavily on factors like: driving style, mileage, and local road conditions. As a general rule, you should rotate your vehicle’s tires every 3,000-5,000 miles.

At Honda of Bay County, our service center is staffed by a team of highly-skilled technicians who are committed to helping drivers throughout Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway, FL, keep their vehicles running at peak performance. Continue reading to learn a few ways to check whether your vehicle is due for a tire rotation or replacement!

How to Measure Tire Treads

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A healthy tire tread on a typical vehicle should measure between 3/32 and 10/32 of an inch, or about 1/3 of an inch deep. Off-road tires and special truck tires will often be deeper. In this case, it’s best to consult the manufacturer’s specifications or speak with a licensed technician on best practices.

To determine the current state of your vehicle’s tires, follow this simple guideline:

  • 4/32 inch or deeper = Healthy
  • 3/32 inch = Need to replace soon
  • 2/32 inch or less = Replace immediately

The Penny Test

An even simpler way to determine whether your tire treads are worn is by performing the penny test. Insert a penny into the tire’s tread groove with Lincoln facing toward you while his head points into the tread well. If you’re able to see all of Lincoln’s profile, then your tires are worn out and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Three Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Tires

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Worn out tires are dangerous and if ignored can cause serious damage to your vehicle’s internal system. Worn tires also lack proper steering and braking power, which greatly increases the likelihood of an accident.

Some commons signs that you’re due for a partial or full tire replacementinclude:

  • Shallow Treads: If you notice any of the signs previously listed or if the indicator bar located inside the tire’s tread well becomes visible, the tire needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Sidewall Cracks or Bulges: Weak spots on the tire’s sidewall will begin to deteriorate with age and cause dangerous blistering. If ignored for too long, it can result in a blowout.
  • Strange Vibration: If while driving you notice a strong vibration in the steering column or brake pedal, it might be the result of a defect inside the tire.

Another obvious sign is if your tire pressure warning lights appears on your vehicle’s dashboard. If this starts to become a regular occurrence, you probably have a leak in at least one of your tires.

Schedule a Tire Rotation Today!

At Honda of Bay County, our experienced team of service professionals provide thorough care to have you back on the roads of Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway in no time. Stop by our convenient location or go online to schedule an appointment today!