How Often Should You Replace Car Tires?

Taylormade Automotive proudly offers tire sales and installation services in San Francisco, CA. Many of our customers are confused about when to replace their vehicle’s tires. The frequency of tire replacements varies from car to car. It depends on various factors, including:

  • Type of vehicle
  • The amount of driving 
  • The terrain the vehicle operates on
  • Weather
  • Quality of tire

On average, most drivers replace their tires within 4-6 years of wear. Tires should definitely be replaced after ten years, no matter what condition they are in. Consider 10 years the expiration date, if you will.

A good rule of thumb is to have your tires frequently inspected. When you bring your car to our auto service shop, we can check its tread depth. It is a good indicator of how your tires are doing. If they are more than 2/32 of an inch, they are still considered safe to drive. However, you should replace your tires as they approach 2/32 of an inch or lower. Aside from inspections, we can perform tire rotations, tire pressure checks, wheel alignment, and other maintenance to ensure your tires last as long as possible. 

Aside from tread depth, you should replace your tires when they are damaged or no longer performing as they should. While some tire repairs are possible, others aren’t. Here are some other symptoms that indicate you are due for new tires:

  • Constant loss of air pressure
  • Uneven tread wear
  • Tire bubbles or tire bulges
  • Cracked rubber

If you have any questions about our tire offerings, please call or visit the auto experts at Taylormade Automotive today.

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