4 Signs Your Mercedes-Benz Needs New Tires
A lot of your driving experience and safety depends on the integrity of your tires. If you haven’t noticed, they’re the only part of your car that touches the road, meaning they’re one of the most important things to monitor for proper care and maintenance. The next time you think your Mercedes-Benz needs new tires, watch out for these subtle, and not so subtle, hints that’s it’s time to head to the tire shop.
Loss of Tire Pressure
Generally, tire pressure — measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) — decreases at a rate of one PSI per month. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to check your tire pressure monthly. Consult your manual to see the proper PSI, but if you don’t have one available, remember that the average PSI for tires is between 32 and 35.
If you fill your tires and find the next month that the pressure has gone down by more than one PSI, consider this a red flag. Another great tip is to check your tire pressure before you drive the car, as friction from driving sometimes alters the reading. If you don’t know how to check your tire pressure, learn how. It’s simple, helpful, and doesn’t require much time or effort.
Another sign you need new tires is when the treads are going thin. You’ll typically notice this when you make turns and the tires squeal. To test this, first find a penny. Turn it upside-down and insert it in the treads of your tire. If Lincoln’s head is easily visible, that means the treads are worn, and it’s time for new tires. If Lincoln’s head disappears, your tires are usually just fine. Before you apply the Penny Test, ensure that your tires are properly inflated.
Cracks in the Rubber
If you see cracks in the rubber of your tires, it’s a telltale sign that you’re ready for some new tires. This is the result of the tire constantly stretching as you drive. After a while, cracks begin to form. Make sure to inspect the tires for cracks after about 30,000 miles to ensure your tires remain in top condition. You may also want to consult a mechanic for a second opinion.
Most tires on a new Mercedes-Benz are ready to roll for at least 50,000 miles. However, if you bought a used Mercedes-Benz, you may not know exactly how old the tires are. Once you hit the 50,000 mile-mark, check the treads and sidewalls of the tires to make certain they’re still good. In addition, Mercedes-Benz recommends that you replace your tires every six years, regardless of the number of miles.
You should never leave your safety at risk simply because you didn’t check your tires. It only takes a few minutes, and it’s the difference between a smooth drive and causing an accident. If you notice your tires acting strangely or your steering seems odd, it’s in your best interest to get them checked out as soon as possible.