How To Tell If You Need New Tires On Your Vehicle

May 24th, 2019 by

Tires are an important part of driving a vehicle. Your whole entire driving experience and your safety while operating a motor vehicle relies heavily on the tires. If you are unsure if your tires are due to be replaced, there are many ways to determine whether your tires are still good or if they should be changed.


Thinning Treads

If the tread on your tires is starting to get thing, it might be due to start shopping for new tires from our Tire Center through our Parts Department. One hint that your tread is thin is if the tires squeal when you make a turn. You can also measure your tread by doing the “Penny Test”. 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. You can also drive through our TreadSpec Machine in our Service Drive, where you will get a printed report of your current tread wear and alignment status on your vehicle. Your Service Advisor will be able to answer any of your questions you may have about your report.

Loss of Tire Pressure

It is important to make sure that your tire pressure is up to the required PSI in all of your tires. It has been found that tire pressure or pounds per square inch (PSI) decreases at an average of 1 PSI per month. For your convenience, we have our state of the art Service Drive in Huntington, NY, where our friendly Service Drive Attendants will set your tire pressures for you and have you on your way. If you fill your tires and find the next month that the pressure has gone down by more than one PSI, consider this a warning that you may need new tires.

Cracks in the Rubber

If you see any cracks in the rubber of the tires, this is a pretty clear sign that you should get your tires replaced.  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 can also have our Service Department check the tires for you to determine if a replacement is necessary.


Mercedes-Benz estimates that the tires on new Mercedes-Benz vehicles will be able to last around 50,000 miles. If you bought a pre-owned Mercedes-Benz however, it may not be clear how many miles are on the current tires of the vehicle. With a Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz, the tires are checked as part of the rigorous Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and must meet certain criteria in order to be deemed Certified. With a Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz, you buy peace of mind. Once you hit 50,000 miles on your vehicle, check the condition of the treads and sidewall to determine if your tires should be replaced. Mercedes-Benz also recommends drivers replace their tires after six years, regardless of mileage.


Mercedes-Benz has always held a high regard to safety with innovation of new technologies and being safe vehicles. It is important to keep your vehicle functioning as it should, and to always check important components of your vehicle such as the tires. Here at Mercedes-Benz of Huntington our Service Department and Parts Department work hand-in-hand to ensure you receive the best quality of tires, along with the best quality of service. Our friendly staff want what is best for you, and will help guide you every step of the way to your next tire purchase. There are also many changing tire specials through our Service and Parts Departments that will ensure you get the most value for your money. Contact us today to make your next service appointment to get your tires checked, or feel free to just drive to our showroom with any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to assisting you soon!


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