Indications Your Tires Need to be Changed

For drivers throughout the Lawrence, KS area, the risk of tire failure isn't always something that is on the mind. But the NHTSA info suggests that tire failure causes approximately eleven-thousand car crashes each year, making it a very real risk on the roads of Lawrence, Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee, Kansas City, and beyond. The team of auto service experts here at Briggs Subaru of Lawrence has compiled a list of key factors to keep an eye on, to ensure the health and longevity of your tires.

  1. Bulges or Gouges: One of the sure signs of low air pressure or a slow leak is a slight bulge at the side of the tire, where it contacts the ground. If there are bulges, cracks, or gouges in the sidewall, bring it to our tire experts and we'll let you know what can be done to ensure continued satisfaction and safety.
  2. Worn Treads: While many may suggest utilizing the tried-and-true penny test to determine the tread wear, most modern tires have wear bars woven into the tread pattern at a specific depth. So rather than rifle through your change, simply look for the wear bars across the groove, and if it is worn down to the bar then it is time to replace the tire.
  3. Tire Pressure: Tires not only lose air pressure over time, but in cold temperatures the air pressure will naturally fall.
  4. Temperature: Not only does tire pressure drop in the extreme cold, but in summer there is a similar challenge. If you take on a trip with an underinflated tire, it will generate more heat, and naturally wear itself out faster.
  5. Vibrations or Thumping: A general rule to follow is that anything less than a smooth ride may warrant being examined by service experts. Specifically, if you feel a vibration from under the seats or through the steering wheel, the issue may be out of balance tires, or a more significant issue with your suspension, so come and get your tires and vehicle examined by a team of experts.

Here at Briggs Subaru of Lawrence, we're immensely proud to offer a huge selection of new tires for drivers to choose from. Ready for each and every season and challenge you'll face, our selection of new Subaru tires will deliver the confidence and satisfaction that you seek, while also extending the value and longevity of your vehicle.

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