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Should You Change Your Tires This Fall?

Fall season presents an excellent opportunity to look at your tires’ conditions.

You may need to change them if the tire tread is low, a tire doesn’t have enough pressure, or if you are still sporting summer tires. This way, you can ensure you continue to drive safely and comfortably even in the cold.

Let’s look at what is demanded of your tire tread, pressure, and other aspects of preparing your vehicle for the coming cold months.

Check Tire Tread and Pressure.

You should check your vehicle’s tires in fall not just for wear and tear but also for tire tread and pressure. Tire safety is important year-round, but it’s even more critical when the cold sets in.

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The standard minimum tread depth is 2/32-inch. But at Little Wolf Automotive, we recommend no less than 4/32-inch tire tread for safety. That’s because the lower the tread, the less control you’ll have over the vehicle on slippery roads.

You should also look for tire pressure. Too much air means less tread is in contact with the road. While this causes the tires to wear only in the middle, it also means that it’s harder to control the vehicle, especially on slippery roads.

Always ensure that your vehicle’s tires have enough tread and the correct tire pressure. If you are unsure about these things, the tire mechanics at Little Wolf Automotive in Plover, WI can help.

Does Your Tire Still Have Enough Tread?

If your tires still have enough tread, you should still check them for defects. Like a loose valve stem (which can lead to loss of tire pressure over time), a separated tire, or uneven wear.

A separated tire sometimes has a bulge on the tread or sidewall. You might also feel a shimmy in the steering wheel when traveling at speeds of 5 to 10 mph.

At Little Wolf Automotive in Plover, WI, we can check, balance, and rotate tires to prevent uneven wearing. We can perform these tire services as part of fall maintenance of your car.

Check this post to learn more about warning signs that you need new tires.

All-Season or Winter Tires?

Depending on where you live, consider choosing winter tires instead of all-season tires for the cold season. Winter tires have a more aggressive tread to help push snow and ice away from the tires.

If you are unsure whether you need to switch to winter tires, our tire mechanics can help you decide and choose the best tire for your vehicle.

Contact Little Wolf Automotive for Your Tire Needs in Plover, WI

Your tires must have sufficient tread and correct pressure. You should still check for other defects even though the tread is still enough. If you’re unsure about what you exactly need to do, don’t worry. The mechanics at Little Wolf Automotive in Plover, WI can help.

Visit our tire shop at 2550 Plover Road, Plover, WI 54467. You can call us at (715) 883-5111 or fill out this form to schedule an appointment.