The tyres for your 4WD are among the biggest investments on your vehicle. And since they bear the responsibility of keeping in constant touch with the road, they must always be in tiptop shape to ensure braking, performance, and handling stability, safety, as well as fuel economy.
There are easy indications you can spot when trying to determine when your 4WD tyres require replacements. These will be discussed below.
Is It Time to Replace your 4WD Tyres?
To begin, you should know by now that tyres, regardless of their specific type, don’t wear out evenly, but receive a massive amount of significant wear and tear. That said, your tyres will require replacement if you notice the following signs on your 4WD tyres:
- All tyres have wear markers, which are small rubber blocks located in the tread and indicated by arrows found on the tyre’s upper sidewall. Ideally, you should replace your tyres before the tread becomes even with wear markers. If this happens, only around 1.6mm of tread remains, meaning that your tyres are already unsafe on the road. Replace your tyres when the tread is at 2mm.
- Uneven wear should likewise be monitored. This is typically a result of specific driving styles, certain driving terrains, as well as various vehicle issues including improper wheel alignment or a malfunctioning suspension.
- If your tyres are five years old and above, regardless if they still have ample tread or not, replacement is recommended because the chemical transfer that happens in your tyres’ rubber can easily reduce your vehicle’s overall performance, not to mention compromise your safety.
Other Things to Know
The total weight of your vehicle isn’t distributed evenly on each of your tyres. This means that your tyres must be regularly rotated to encourage regular tread wear on all tyres. Check your manual for your vehicle’s rotation recommendation. In addition, replacing only one tyre isn’t ideal for 4WD vehicles—if driving your vehicle part-time, you can maybe get away with replacing two tyres as needed, but when driving it fulltime, all four tyres must be replaced in one go.
So make it a point to inspect your 4WD tyres regularly and have them replaced when they show issues.