What are the signs of Bald Tires?

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Signs of Bald Tires:

Recognizing the signs can help drivers know when their tires are going bald and make them attentive to when replacement is required.


Visible Wear Bars:

Once the tread is worn, tire wear bars (“Treadwear Indicators” in engineering-speak) become more noticeable. They’re about the width of a pencil, and that they encounter the bottom of the tread from side to side. They’re most evident once the tread depth reaches 2/32”.

If the tread is worn right down to the treadwear indicators the tire is not any longer safe or legal to be used and must get replaced.


Seeing Low Tread:

If it appears the tread is heavily worn, you’ll check it with this easy and effective tread check at home:
1. Take a penny and insert its edge into a groove within the tire’s tread so it touches the underside.
2. The penny should be placed so that Lincoln’s head is inserted into the tread
3. If the highest of Lincoln’s head is fully visible, the tire’s tread depth is at or below 2/32” (the legal minimum), and therefore the tire should get replaced.


Cracks and Bulges:

You should perform an overall visual inspection of your tires periodically, especially if you’re feeling or hear anything unusual from them when driving. Rummage around for cracks or cuts deep enough to reveal the steel belts or body cords. Also, check for unusual bulges within the tread or sidewalls. They may be an indication of internal damage. If you notice something that you’re undecided about, don’t hesitate to require it to an expert to possess it checked.

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