Tire Buying Guide

When Should I Replace my Tires?

When Should I Replace my Tires?

Your current tread wear, tread depth and other external indicators should all factor into your decision. To keep your vehicle as safe as possible for you and your precious cargo, this is something you simply can’t neglect. Here’s what you need to know.

Your tread wear, tread depth and other external indicators are all factors in your decision. Here’s what you need to know.

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Do I need new tires?Do I need new tires?

Knowing when to replace your tires boils down to two simple words: safety first. Keeping track of your tread depth and the age of the tire are two important factors in determining if they’re still safe and road-ready.

The best way to stay on top of it is to have your tires inspected regularly. Swing by Belle Tire and one of our trained technicians can look for any physical warning signs, low pressure, or signs of aging.

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What tires does my vehicle need?

Your vehicle’s owners manual and placard on the driver’s side door will have the relevant info you need to find the recommended tire specs: width, aspect ratio, rim size, speed rating and load index. Other factors to consider are your driving style and climate conditions.

What tires are best for my driving style?

First, let’s determine the type of driving you do. The following questions will help you figure out which tire best meets your needs. Are you a daily commuter on the highway or just running local errands in town? Do you want to feel the handling through every corner or do you prefer to use cruise control? What type of road surfaces are you traveling on: smooth pavement, gravel or dirt?

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What weather conditions do I drive in?

The type of climate you live and drive in will help determine the type of tires you need. In warmer, drier climates, you may not need to worry about winter traction. But in colder climates where the temperature often drops below 45 degrees, you may want to consider two sets of tires. Having a set of winter tires will provide noticeable advantages in these conditions, even when compared to the best all-season tires.

Should I replace 2 or 4 tires?

As a general rule, we usually recommend replacing all four tires at the same time. However, sometimes you may only need to replace two of your tires. If this is the case, we recommend mounting the new tires on the rear axle. This will add traction and increase the overall safety of your vehicle.

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How can I make my money go farther?

A first glance, it might seem like the best value tire is the one that costs less. But instead of looking at up-front costs, it might be worth looking at the cost over time. When we break down the cost-per-mile, a higher quality tire might end up being the better value. Not to mention improved ride quality, superior handling and enhanced safety. Depending on your driving habits, spending a bit more now could save you money down the road.

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We know buying tires and servicing your vehicle can be overwhelming and darn right confusing. That's why we've assembled all the information to help simplify tire selection, vehicle maintenance and repair.

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    Tire Buying Guide

    Choosing the right tire can be challenging. There’s a lot to consider before you buy, so let's make sure you are getting the right tire for your vehicle and your budget.

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    Get more out of your gas tank

    With gas prices being high, a little bit of vehicle maintenance can go a long way in improving your gas mileage.

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    Spring maintenance

    Extreme weather can take a severe toll on your vehicle. After this past winter, it’s wise to check out these essential services to make sure your car is safe and ready for spring.

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    Roadtrip tips

    The open road is calling. Before you answer, check out these helpful hints to make the journey more enjoyable.

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    Protecting Your Tire Investment

    You want to get every possible mile out of your tires. We want to help you do it. 


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    Replacing Tires

    Knowing when to replace your tires boils down to two simple words: safety first. Keeping track of your tread depth and the age of the tire are two important factors in determining if they’re still safe and road-ready.


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    Tire Maintenance

    Regular tire maintenance is essential for getting the most out of your tire investment.


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    Tire Types

    Understanding all the different tire types can be overwhelming. Lets take a closer look to find the right tire for you.


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    Tire Sizes

    Before purchasing any tire, you need to be sure you’re getting the right size and type for your specific vehicle. Knowing how to find this important info and what it means will help you make the right call.


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    Tread Patterns & Components

     Learning more about the various features of a tire’s construction can help you determine the perfect fit for your specific vehicle, driving style and surroundings.


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    Inspecting Your Tires

    A good rule of thumb is to inspect your tires once a month. When you bring out the gauge to check your tire pressures, it’s a good time to give the actual tires a checkup too.


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    Alignment

    Aligning your tires regularly helps reduce premature tread wear and improves gas mileage.


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    Tire Pressure

    Having your tires properly inflated is the fastest, simplest and cheapest way to make sure your vehicle is getting better gas mileage.


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    Brakes

    We offer free safety brake checks for everyone. Because keeping up with proper brake maintenance will save you money and keep you safer on the road.

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    Suspension

    Everyone wants a vehicle that drives smoothly and safely. Let’s explore the basics of your suspension system.

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    Battery services

    Our friendly battery experts not only offer replacements and installments, but also free inspections.

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    Tire Pressure Monitor Sysytem TPMS

     If you see the TPMS icon illuminated, check the pressure in all four tires as soon as possible.


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    Wheel Care

    Tires aren’t the only thing that keeps your vehicle rolling smoothly. Proper care for your wheels helps them last longer while making every trip safer.

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    Winter/Snow Tires

    If you’re considering winter tires, also known as snow tires, there are several things you should take into consideration. Here’s everything you need to know about winter tires and how to find a set that’s right for you.


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    Winter Maintenance Tips

    To truly enjoy this holiday season, keep your motorized sleigh running smoothly. Being stranded on an icy roadside is no one’s idea of a winter wonderland. Let’s take a look at some simple steps you can take right now.

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    A plan to protect your alignment

    Potholes, curbs and other road hazards are just waiting to mess with your wheels. After your next alignment at Belle Tire, an additional $35 gets you unlimited wheel alignments for the next 12 months. This helps protect your investment by getting every possible mile out of your tires (and saving you up to $144 during the year).

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    Industry-Leading Tire Protection Plan

    Belle Tire is ready to repair or replace your tire if it fails due to faulty workmanship or materials, or a non-repairable road hazard. This plan is good until the tire has 3/32 inch tread depth remaining, or 3 years from the date you bought it, whichever comes first. Just pay for it when you purchase the tire.

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    Tire Installation Package

    Our experts don’t just install your tires, we send you on your way with access to more free lifetime services than any of the so-called competition. Free lifetime alignment checks, tire rotations, spin balancing, flat repairs and more will help you get the maximum mileage out of your tires. 

Don’t keep your new tires waiting.

Don’t keep your new tires waiting.

We’ll help you find the perfect tires in a few steps.

We’ll help you find the perfect tires in a few steps.

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