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Is It Time to Change Your Tires?

A vehicle is a thing of beauty and, as with most things of beauty, it requires tender love and care to continue functioning at maximum capacity. When it comes to your car, one act of care you really do not want to skip is the changing of tires. But, how can you tell when it’s time to change your tires?

Here are two basic “tests” you can give your tires to ensure they are road-worthy:

The Quarter Test

Stick a quarter head-first into the tread of your tire at a couple different locations. If you can see the top of Washington’s head more often than not, it’s most likely time to get some new tires, because that set is over-worn.

Age is Just a Number You Definitely Need to Pay Attention to

Even if your tires aren’t displaying evident wear, if they are six years or older, it’s definitely time for a new set. Rubber ages just like we do, folks.

So, you’ve followed those easy steps and have determined it is in fact time to change your tires; now what? That is the easy part! Just give our service experts at Southtowne Hyundai a ring and make an appointment to get a new set of wheels on your beloved car. We are always happy to keep your Hyundai running smoothly and safely!

Why Should You Get Your Tires Rotated?

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Getting your tires rotated may sound silly if you’re not too technical when it comes to cars. But the phrase “rotating your tires” isn’t the same as what your tires do on the road when you drive. Rotating your tires actually means moving the positions of your tires on your car.

So why should you get your tires rotated, and how often? To answer the first, it allows your tires to wear evenly. When you drive, it is your front tires that wear down more quickly, as they undergo the forces of steering. That means, given a couple years, your front tires would have much less tread than your back tires. So what do you do? You rotate them, bringing front to back and back to front. This allows them to wear evenly.

We recommend rotating your tires every six months, that way you can just pack the chore into your oil change here with us at SouthTowne Hyundai. Have more maintenance questions? Our expert staff will be happy to assist you—just give us a call or bring your questions to your next service visit.

You can also study up with our “Let’s Talk About Your Car” service page. And, while you’re there, see what you can do to improve your fuel economy every day.