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Tires make motion possible for your car. It’s also the only component that makes contact with the road. Like all other parts, tires do have a finite lifespan. It’s up to you to recognize the signs of worn tires and when it’s time for a replacement.

Tire quality comes down to the treads. Think about the treads in your shoes. Eventually, they wear out. Worn treads affect your gait and increase feet soreness and injury. The same concept applies to car tires.

A time-honored DIY test is the good old penny test. If you’re not familiar with this, here’s how it goes: take a penny and insert it upside down between the treads of the tire. If you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the treads are worn enough to warrant replacement. The penny test is applicable for all vehicles. It works whether you drive an older car or a recent model like the 2019 Toyota RAV4.

We recommend performing the penny test throughout various points of the tire. The areas of worn treads indicate the nature of the problem. Excessive wear in the center, for example, indicates tire over-inflation. Tread wear in the side or shoulder of the tire indicates under-inflation. If the tread wear is uneven, then the wheels may be out of alignment. In any case, we recommend an inspection if the test reveals tread wear at any point of the tire. Aside from a tire replacement, the technician may also suggest an alignment, balance, or camber angle check.

Do you need new tires? Shop for new Toyota tires near Catonsville, MD. Worn tires are at an increased risk of a blowout or falling out of alignment, not to mention they also have far less traction and gripping ability.

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