How & When To Replace Your Car's Tires

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Your on-road safety is essential, and your car's tires play a significant role in that safety. Your wheels are your connection to the road. With a proper set of tires, you're able to navigate over difficult, slick, or unsteady terrain safely. However, smooth rides only occur if your Cadillac tires are performing at their optimum level. As wear and tear start to take effect, the grip your car has on the road lessens over time. To enjoy safe traction, learn about the signs to look when determining the health of your tires. If and when you have questions about your tire sales or service, come to our trusted auto center in Los Angeles, CA.

Learn How To Replace Your Tires Today

If you're a driver in the Los Angeles, California area that takes winter snowboarding trips up to Big Bear, you'll want to consider replacing your tires when they reach 5/32" of remaining tread depth. Snow is harder to compress, and your tires need to be able to not only maintain traction but release the snow through the groves as your car rolls. The more worn your treads, the harder it is for your vehicle to grip the road.

How Often Should You Replace Tires on a Car?

Many motorists are familiar with the penny test when it comes to checking the tread on your tires, and while it's not the be-all and end-all, it can help drivers keep on eye on their tread levels at home. Treadwear is a slow process and is not visible in day-to-day use, but instead, over a more extended period. When you place a penny upside between the tread's of your tire - so that Lincoln is upside down - people used to believe that if the tire obscures the top of Lincoln's head, then you're in good shape. If you can see the penny above his head, then it's time for a new set. However, it's not quite as simple as that anymore, as we have learned more about on-road safety and have implemented requirements when it comes to tire treads.

Wondering When to Replace Tires on New Car? We Have Answers!

The answer to this question depends on where you live, how much you drive, and if you're often driving. If you keep up with your alignments and don't have to deal with harsh winters or harsh terrain, you may not have to change your tires as often. However, it's crucial to use tricks like the Penny Test to check once and a while. If you frequently find yourself traveling on rainy days, we recommend that you replace your vehicle's tires when they reach 4/32" of their remaining tread depth. Replacing your tires will ensure that rain droplets escape through the grooves, which lessens the likelihood of hydroplaning.

How To Replace Tires on Your New Vehicle in Santa Monica, CA

If you're ready for a crash-course on tire changing tactics, we're your guys. We have some quick tips that will make changing your tire easier than ever. Before getting started, be sure that you have the essentials in your trunk, such as a jack, lug nuts, and a spare tire. Follow these steps and get back on the road in no time:

  1. This is essential: Find a Safe Location. If you realize that you have a flat tire, do not brake or turn. Pull over ASAP.
  2. Switch Your Hazard Lights On.
  3. Apply the Parking Brake.
  4. Use Wheel Wedges.
  5. Eliminate the Hubcap or Wheel Cover.
  6. Loosen your tire's lug nuts.
  7. Set the Jack Under the Vehicle.
  8. Lift the Vehicle With the Jack.
  9. Remove the lug nuts entirely.
  10. Remove your flat tire.
  11. Mount your space tires on your lug bolts.
  12. By hand, tighten the lug nuts.
  13. Lower your vehicle with the jack.
  14. Tighten the lugnuts once more.
  15. Completely lower your vehicle.
  16. (If applicable) Put the hubcap on your spare tire if it fits, or stow it with the damaged tire.
  17. Stow your equipment.
  18. Check the tire pressure before you take off.
  19. Bring your vehicle to 26th Auto Street!

Contact Us With Any Tire-Related Questions

Worn treads also increase stopping distances, so before the rainy season sets in, be sure to check your tire's treads! However, when you notice 5/32" of remaining tread Depth and live near snow-covered roads, you should think about replacing your tires as well. If you're a driver in the Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades or Brentwood, California area that has any tire concerns, get in touch with 26th Street Auto Center! We'll use state-of-the-art equipment to measure your treads, and have new options in stock should it be time for a replacement! We're experts at mounting and balancing tires in the Los Angeles, CA area. Visit our team today.

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