When the construction, tread design, tread depth, and tire type of all four tires on your vehicle match, your tires’ reaction to road conditions and driving stress will be completely uniform. Additionally, your vehicle’s safety, balance, stability, and overall handling will be improved.
How to tell if your tires are worn
Inspect your tires regularly and look for:
What damages tires?
Neglecting basic tire maintenance:
What if I only need to replace 1 or 2 tires?
Ideally, with proper tire rotation and routine maintenance, done by professional technicians at A-Z Auto Repair in Winchester, VA, all four tires should wear evenly on your vehicle. If you do not rotate your tires at regular intervals on a front wheel drive vehicle, it is likely that the front two tires will wear out faster than the rear. It is best to replace all four at the same time, there are times where this may not be an option, in these cases, ensure that:
New tires have deeper tread grooves, this provides more traction and hydroplaning resistance. By installing new tires on the rear axle, you gain better control of your vehicle even if your front tires are worn. Conversely, if you mount your new tires on the front axle, your vehicle is prone to lose its grip on wet roads, which could lead to the rear end of your vehicle swinging around, out of control.
If you have any visible perforation, cut, or deformation, your tires must be checked thoroughly by a tire professional. A-Z Auto Repair’s trained tire professional can tell you if your tire can be repaired or has to be changed.
In some cases, the vehicle manufacturer may specifically advise against replacing less than all four tires. Always check and follow the recommendations in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. For all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles, even small differences in outside diameter may cause drivetrain damage or mechanical malfunction.