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How to find out if you need new tires?

An Easy Way to Find Out if you Need New Tires 

Most people have no idea when a tire is due for replacement, but there are several uncomplicated ways to find out if you need new tires. The right set of tires helps improve acceleration, brake performance, and cornering. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on your tires so that you can quickly rectify the situation before it hampers your vehicle’s performance. Join us at Mark Motors in Boerne, TX, for an easy way to find out if you need new tires. Continue reading for more information.  

The Penny Test 

The easiest way to find out if you need new tires is to check the tire tread. Insert a penny into the grooves of the tire tread with President Abraham Lincoln’s head facing down and turned towards you. If you can see the President’s head in its entirety, it means that it is time to change your tire. The recommended tire tread depth is 1.6 mm (about 0.06 inches), so if the head is visible, it means the tread depth has decreased and you should replace your tires at the earliest possible.  

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Alternatively, you can check for bulges, blisters, or cracks on the surface of the tire. Although these would be visible to you only towards the end span of the tire life, the penny test appears to be the easiest and most straightforward test for tires.  

Image of a worn out tire
Image of a penny test being done on a tire

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Check out the service center at Mark Motors in Boerne, TX, for the service needs of your car. Also, check out our finance options if you are looking to purchase a new car. Contact us for more information.