Ace Auto Parts offers quality used tires for car owners with all makes and models of vehicles. Before we sell you a tire, we thoroughly inspect the tread, sidewall, and inside to make sure that the tire is sellable. How can we tell if a tire is in excellent condition? We look for the following:
The Depth of the Tread
We assess every tire that comes into our salvage yard to see how much life the tire has left. The most critical area of the tire we observe is the depth of the tread. A new tired typically has a tread that ranges from “10/32” to “12/32”. Once the tire wears to “4/32”, it’s no longer safe to drive. It’s also a money waster because it will bald soon.
How Old the Tire Is
How old is the tire? When was it purchased initially? By looking at both the tread and the writing on the side of the casing, we can pinpoint its manufacturing date. We recommend that you purchase a tire that is less than five years old no matter how much tread it has on it. Older tires are no longer reliable enough to be used on the highway.
Defects in the Tread
In addition, to tread depth and the age of the tire, we also look for defects along the inside and outside of the surface. We reject any tires that have bubbles in the side walls. They’re ready to blow out at any moment. We scour the tire for any patchwork. Tires with patches may not maintain full air capacity. Remember, buying used tire is always a risk. We reduce that risk, however, by making the sure that the tires are still drivable.
The UTQG Rating
All tires fall under the scrutiny of the Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) standards. Also known as the Treadwear Rating, this standard measures how hard or soft a tire is. The softer the tire, the faster it will wear out. We use this to determine if the tire is sellable. We recommend that you purchase a tire with a grade of more than 200. If you find a used tire in our junkyard with a grade of 450-600, buy it right away. It’s a steal at a used price.
Uneven Wear in the Tread
Although the right amount of tread on the tire is necessary, equally as important is the how even the tread is across the surface. If the tread is uneven, the tire will not last. Uneven tread usually develops on a tire as a result of a previous car with a bad alignment. Under this condition, the whole tire has been operating under extreme stress. The most noticeable sign of the stress is the uneven tread.
Tire Replacement in Minneapolis, MN
Ace Auto Parts specializes in selling used auto parts such as used batteries and used tires. No matter what vehicle component you’re looking for, you can find it at our junkyard. Our technicians are ready to help you locate the part you need as well as provide automotive service for your car. We have parts for both personal and commercial vehicles in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Call our salvage yard today and 651-717-4299 and let us know what you want.