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Tire Focus Feb, 8 2018

When to Buy Tires


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TIRE FOCUS

 Lexus mechanic using a  tread depth gauge to measure tire tread

Having your Lexus technician regularly inspect your tires will help determine when they should be replaced. Here is a list of warning signs that your tires may need replacement. Speak to your Lexus Assistant Service Manager if any irregularities are noticed.

  • Tire has any abnormal wear patterns which can affect the safe handling of the vehicle
  • Tire is cracked and is porous due to age or manufacturer defect
  • Tire bead or sidewall is damaged
  • Tire tread is damaged and the tire cord is exposed
  • Tire tread is punctured and cannot be patched from the inside
  • Tire belts have shifted and created an “out-of-round” tire
  • Tire has abnormal bulge on its sidewall.

 

Tread

  • Tire is worn to “ wear indicator” or to minimum allowable limit as per tire manufacturer (1.6mm or 2/32” for all-season and 4mm or 5/32” for winter tires).
  • Tire is worn to “ wear indicator” or to minimum allowable limit as per tire manufacturer (1.6mm or 2/32” for all-season and 4mm or 5/32” for winter tires).
  • Measure it — and inspect it. Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of the tread to grip the road in adverse conditions. Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage.

When inspecting your tires, look for built-in “ wear bars” — small, raised strips of smooth rubber which appear when the tire is worn out.

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