RICK GEISSLER: Hi, I’m Rick Geissler, expertvillage.com,
coming to you from A & R Tire, talking about how to buy tires. Some of the signs that you
can see when looking at a customer’s tire and telling them they need a replacement is
tread wear indicator. All-passenger and light-truck tires, there’s a tread wear indicator. That’s
a bar going through the tire. It’s a visual strip of rubber going through. You can see
that at 2/32. At 2/32, those tires will quickly [SOUNDS LIKE] devolve and it’s due for a replacement.
General cracking, that means in the side wall, the tire is cracking, and that is not a safe
condition. Too many fiber repairs, what’s happening is that the moisture will get into
those holes, rust that steal-belted core and that will separate the tire. Side wall cracking
is another indication. And we also see a lot of people that have tires on their car for
four, five, six months and they’ve got such a poor alignment condition, there is excessive
wear on one side more than the other, and that’s time to replace that tire also.