Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. Signs You Need New Car Tires

Signs You Need New Car Tires

car tire showing cupping

Tires are one of the most important parts of any vehicle. Without them, your car turns into a lawn ornament, so it’s critical that you maintain the condition of your car tires all year long. Bad tires can have a number of ill side effects, from annoying noises to a dangerous disintegration. So, if you’re not sure if you need a change, here are signs your car needs new tires.

The car tires make excessive road noise

Worn out tires are often loud tires, so if you can hear the “wha-wha-wha” of yours rolling down the road, chances are you’ll need a new set. Loud tires are usually caused by poor pressure distribution from a broken belt, or a “feathered” tread pattern from a bad alignment. Whenever you’re dealing with bad tires, you’ll always want to have your steering angles inspected as well.

The car tires perform poorly in the rain

As tires wear down, the tread pattern will get smoother and smoother. This will typically lead to less than adequate water displacement that can cause hydroplaning. If your car feels less secure or simply skittish in the wet, you should have them inspected to see how worn the grooves in your tires are.

The car tires make the ride feel rough

As tires age, they break down and can often become stiffer than normal. This leads to a rougher ride that will tend to get rougher as speeds increase. If it feels like you’re suddenly riding on a covered wagon instead of a modern car, you might need a new set of tires.

The car tires leak constantly

This should be pretty obvious as a bad tire will often leak, leaving you to find a flat each and every morning. However, you shouldn’t jump to conclusions and replace the tire without also inspecting the rim. Damaged wheels can cause leaks even if the tire is new.

Visually inspect car tires for imperfections

Tires take a beating, so it’s wise to visually inspect yours as often as you can. If you see any wear bars on the side, protruding metal bands, or bumps in the sidewall, you’ll need a new set as quickly as possible.

If you have questions about your tires or aren't sure which set to buy, contact a professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to rotate your tires and help you pick the right new set for your vehicle.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...
The Traveler’s Guide to Driving in Malaysia
CraigBurrows / Shutterstock.com Malaysia is a popular destination for many tourists today. The country has amazing sights and attractions that you will want to explore....
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...


Related questions

Q: How do I release the foot-operated parking brake?

The release for the foot-operated parking brake is right above the parking brake pedal. The parking brake release is a large handle with a “P” on it. To release the parking brake, pull on the handle until you hear the...

Q: How do I open the hood?

The hood can be opened very easily by following these steps: 1. Pull the Hood Release lever, which is located on the lower left side of the dash. This will unlatch the hood partially. 2. Run your hands under the...

Q: What tips should I follow when using the jack?

Your car has a jack and several tools that should be used when you have a flat tire. The jack has a compact, scissor-style that easily stores away in the cargo compartment, and it’s also easy to use. However, there...