The Tireless Debate: When should you change the tires on your Volvo?

30,000 miles? 50,000 miles? 100,000 miles?

3 years? 5 years? 10 years?

This debate goes round and round (pardon the pun) as to the total mileage and years of wear and tear that it takes to finally end the life of a typical tire. We hear these numbers thrown around all the time when it comes to changing the tires on our Volvos.  We don't want to change them too early, however, due to the costs of quality tires but we don't want to turn them in too early, either.

Volvo owners, especially, tend to drive their cars hundreds of thousands of miles and may go through several dozen tires during the life of their vehicle.  The cost of tire realignment and replacement is just a fact of life for the typical Volvo owner. 

Speaking of costs, not changing your Volvo's tires could also cost you, dearly. Several consequences may occur if you fail to change them when they need to be replaced:

  1. Hydroplaning, especially on wet roads
  2. Blow-outs
  3. An accident which may result in injury or death

So, what standards should we use in order to know when to purchase new tires? There are several signs that you need new tires: 

  1. 1/16th of the tire tread is worn down.
  2. Cracks in the rubber. These cause the steel belts in the tread to separate from the rest of the tire.
  3. The "tread wear bars" pattern is forming in between the tire treads. These bars may look like small bridges between the treads and may even run across the tires. 
  4. Irregular tread wear. This is a sign that the tires may be misaligned and need realignment or need replacing.
  5. The "penny test." Run a penny, with Lincoln's head facing you, along the inside of the tire treads.   If you see the very top of Lincoln's head or the copper above the head as you run it along the treads then replace the tire(s) right away. They are dangerous and unfit for road use. 

Once you've seen these signs, take your Volvo to the nearest Volvo dealership and have them replace (or realign) your tires. Don't ever take them for granted as everything, including your safety) is riding on them.

Feel free to contact our Service Center for information on replacement tires for you vehicle.
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