Have you ever had the frustrating experience of going to your riding lawn mower to get your chores done and find that tires won’t hold air in them? Maybe those same tires have signs of dry rot, and they are not able to be used anymore? No matter the case, this is a very frustrating experience.
When it comes to your tires, do you know what is safe and what isn’t? Whether it be for your riding lawn mower, motorhome, personal car or even a wagon, you need to make sure the tires are good to go.
Here are a few helpful things you should look for:
The Life of a Tire
The truth of the matter is, there is no real way to tell exactly how long a tire will last. A tire’s lifespan is dependent on many factors including the design, driver habits, climate, road conditions and the care the tire receives.
To ensure that your tires last a little bit longer, here are a few helpful maintenance tips:
Keep Five Years in Mind
When it has been five years or more of tire use, professional to make sure the tires are in good working order should inspect them at least once a year.
Ten Years is the Maximum
If it has been at least 10 years (or more!) since the tires were manufactured, it’s probably a good idea to get them replaced. Even if the tires look good to you, it would be better to be safe than sorry.
Proper Care Extends Tire Lifespan
You can increase your tire’s longevity by maintaining the correct air pressure, performing regular tire rotations and vehicle maintenance.
What Damages a Tire?
There are many things that can damage or affect your tires. This is a pretty comprehensive list of things that you should be aware of so that you can keep your tires in great shape:
• Wear and damage
• Potholes, obstacles, curbs, sharp objects, speed bumps
• Extreme temperatures
• Rain, snow, and ice
• Oil, grease and other chemicals
• Strong sunlight and ozone
• Quick starts and emergency braking
• Driving on damaged roads
• Failure to notice a change in handling, noise or vibration
• Failure to consult a professional when something changes
Neglecting basic tire maintenance:
• Air pressure
• Not routinely checking for wear or damage
• Alignment and rotation
• Ignoring to get a professional tire inspection in the event a tire has been impacted or sustained damage
• Not balancing tires after they are installed
• Improper tire storage
• Use of sealants that have not been approved
• Using summer tires on snow and ice
• Mixing tire types
• Using tires on damaged wheels
• Using wheel and rim sizes that are not compatible
• Fitting tires that do not have a speed capability and load index at least equal to or higher than those originally specified by the vehicle manufacturer
• Reinflating a tire that has been run flat or severely underinflated
• Using a spare tire of a different size at speeds over 50 mph
Is My Tire Worn Out?
Inspect your tire regularly and look for:
• Uneven tread wear
• Shallow tread
• Troublemakers (rocks, nails, etc.)
• Damaged areas
• Damaged valve caps
Pay attention to the feel of your tires as you drive. A rough ride may indicate tire damage or excessive wear. If you notice vibrations or other disturbances while driving, immediately reduce speed, drive with caution until you can safely pull off the road and stop, and inspect your tires.
How do I Inspect my Tire?
1- Check your air pressure once a month.
2- Check the tread wear with a depth gauge or tread wear indicators.
3- Inspect your tires for wear and damage problems
Hopefully this helps and you keep your tires properly maintained and working for years to come!