Chattanooga, TN
Tires looking rough and lacking tread depth? Have they started to dry rot and crack or split? It may be time for a new set of tires.
There are many factors that lead to the necessity of tire replacement, ranging from climate, road conditions, age and wear, driving behaviors, and more. Ignoring tire maintenance can cause more significant tire damage down the road. Just as a car needs regular maintenance to properly operate, tires are no exception.

Fortunately, it’s not always necessary to have your vehicle inspected to know whether it’s time for new tires. There are ways you can check your tires at home that may save time. The most obvious method of self-inspection is to check the air pressure of each tire. This takes little time and is an effective way to determine whether your tires are safe for the road. If your vehicle is a model year 2007 or newer it will have a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) safety system. There are two different styles, direct and indirect.
  • Direct TPMS systems have sensors built into the wheel and measure how much air pressure is in each tire.
  • Indirect TPMS Systems are a little more complicated. It works with the ABS system on your vehicle by reading the wheel speed sensors. If one wheel is spinning faster or slower than the others it is either low or has too much air. The sensor will  relay the low tire message to your information center and display a malfunction light on the dashboard.

Assessing the tread wear of your tires is another important step to determining overall condition. Worn tire tread can lead to significant danger for you and others on the road. It is common for new tires to come with 10/32” or 11/32” tread depth. Some trucks, SUVs, and other vehicles may have tires with deeper tread depths. A simple trick to check that your tire tread is safe for the road is the penny test method:
  • Place a penny so that Lincoln’s head is facedown between the tire grooves.
  • If only a part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, then your tires are above 2/32” and your tires have a safe amount of tread life remaining.
  • If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, then your treads are worn and it may be time to replace your tires.

There are also other ways in checking your tire tread, such as a tread depth gauge and with tread wear indicators. If you’re unsure that your tires are safe for the road, please stop by Forester’s Tire & Auto Repair and we’ll gladly check for you.

Once you’ve determined that new tires are necessary, it is important to consider the variety of tire brands that exist on the market today. Forester’s Tire & Auto has a vast inventory from nearly every leading tire manufacturer, including Michelin, Kumho, Hankook, Goodyear, Nexen and more. We are proud to be your local Cooper Tire Dealer, offering a variety of Cooper Tires and products. If you’re looking for an All-Terrain Tire for some off-highway use, we can help you there as well with brands from Mickey Thompson to Nitto. If you prefer a brand that we do not carry in stock, we will order it for you.  We are committed to helping you!