16 May When Does Your Honda Need New Tires?
Learn when to replace the tires in your Honda, and you will be well on your way to staying safe on your daily drives around Florida. Unfortunately, tires won’t last forever, and since Hondas can last for well over 10 years when properly cared for, this means you will have to get new tires at some point. Consider these factors to give you an idea of whether you can keep using the same tires on your Honda without sacrificing safety.
Low Tread on Your Tires
One of the easiest ways to tell if your Honda is ready for new tires is if the tread has worn too low. If the tread is 1/16 of an inch or less, then you are ready for replacements. This is the point at which your tires can’t handle snow, slush, rain, and other conditions as easily. You can check whether your tread has reached this point with the penny test. Place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down; if you can still see his head, you need new tires. Today, checking is even easier, as many newer tires have tread wear indicators right on them. Keep in mind, however, that while 1/16 of an inch is the legal limit and the lowest tread you can safely use, you will be safer with more tread. In fact, tires with a 1/16-inch tread take 100 feet more to stop than those with a 1/8-inch tread left.
Tire Cracks and Bulges
You should be checking your Honda’s tires for the correct pressure around once a month. You can also use this as an opportunity to check for bulges and cracks. Issues like this should be checked out by the mechanic. You will also want to talk to your technician if you tend to lose more than a PSI of tire pressure each month.
If you are even in doubt as to whether you need new tires, you can always ask your mechanic for advice. The technicians at the Honda of Aventura Service Center in North Miami Beach, Florida, can check your tires for you and recommend an appropriate replacement if they need to be changed.