When to replace your Chevrolet Tires
Sometimes the waters can get muddy while trying to determine when to replace the tires on your Chevy. The following information will help you determine when to start considering new tires for your car.
How do I know if the tires on my Chevy have enough tread left?
There are several ways to check this. Tires have what are known as “wear bars” placed in the grooves of the tire treads. (There are several of these in each groove) If you were to place a finger in the tire groove and slide it along the groove, you will eventually feel a rubber “bump”. This bump is a wear indicator. If the top of the wear indicator is even with the tire rubber outside of the grove, it is time to replace the tires. Tread depth gauges are inexpensive and another way to determine tread depth. You simply place the gauge over the tread, press down on the scale from the top until it bottoms out in the groove, then remove the gauge and read the tread depth (measured in 32nds). In many states, 2/32 of tread depth or less is legally worn and the tire needs to be replaced. Tread depths and rain:
Tread depths over 2/32 may also need replacement. For example; in many cases, a tire with 3/32 of tread left won’t properly disperse rain water at highway speeds, and could lead to a hydroplaning conditions, which is essentially a loss of steering control because the tires are no longer in full contact with the road. If you are not sure if you tires can safely handle those mid afternoon Ft. Pierce, FL thunder storm rain conditions, have your tires inspected by a qualified Dyer Chevy technician. Tire Repair:
While tires that have worn poorly due to alignment problems will need to be replaced, tires that have a puncture in the tread area might not need replacement. Often a tire with a puncture (small hole) in the tread area can be patched from the inside, and continue its normal service life while a sidewall puncture cannot be repaired. To find out if your tire can be repaired, make a service appointment
at Dyer Chevrolet service in Ft. Pierce, FL.