Set of new tires


A flat shouldn't be an indicator that it's time for new tires.
If your odometer has reached 40,000 to 50,000 miles on a new car or if you've purchased a used vehicle, you should probably consider buying new tires. Stopping can take longer on balding tires and water cannot escape through the treads when they are shallow. In general, tires are not safe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch.



Different vehicles require different tires. Lakewood Tire & Service offers everything from economy to high-performance in the size you need from national brands that you have come to know and trust.

The links below will direct you to each manufacturer's website where you will be able to learn more.


Just ask us and we will gladly get them for you.



Tires have built-in treadwear indicators that let you know when it is time to replace your tires. These indicators are raised sections spaced intermittently in the bottom of the tread grooves. When they appear "even" with the outside of the tread, it is time to replace your tires.

A quick and easy method for checking tread depth is to place a penny in the tread with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, you are ready for new tires.

How often should I check my tire pressure?

All tires naturally lose some air over time. Under inflation is a leading cause of tire failure. It is advisable to check the pressure in all tires, including the spare, at least once per month. Circumstances may call for more frequent checks, such as before leaving for a long road trip, or after driving on poor road surfaces. Use a tire gauge to check your pressure; you cannot tell if a tire is under inflated simply by looking at, kicking, or pressing on a tire.

I've heard that the best time to get an accurate reading of tire pressure is when tires are "cold." What is a "cold" tire?

While some people think that the term "cold" tire relates to the outside temperature, it really has nothing to do with the weather. It can be 90 degrees outside and your tires can still be considered cold. A cold tire is one that hasn't been driven on for at least 3 hours, which is the optimal time to get an accurate pressure reading. A tire that has been driven on for short distances — even just 1 mile — is no longer considered "cold."

Should I fill my tires to the PSI number listed on my tires?

Tires are manufactured for many different vehicle makes and models. The psi number on the side of a tire only reflects the "maximum permissible" inflation pressure for that tire — not necessarily the correct psi for your vehicle. When filling your tires, always follow your vehicle manufacturer's psi recommendations. You'll find this psi number on your vehicle's tire information label, as well as in your vehicle owner's manual.

Should I check my tires for anything other than pressure?

When you perform your monthly tire pressure check with a gauge, it is also important to visually inspect your tires. Look for and remove any foreign objects or debris that might have become wedged between the tire treads. Check for irregular wear patterns. Irregular wear patterns may mean your tires need rotating and/or your wheels need to be realigned.

How frequently should I rotate my tires? What happens if I don't?

Check your vehicle owner's manual for specific recommendations on rotation timelines and patterns. In general, most vehicle manufacturers recommend rotating your vehicle's tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. If you don't rotate your vehicle's tires, the difference is tread wear between the front and rear tires could eventually lead to adverse vehicle handling.

When I get replacement tires, do I still follow the pressure and loading guidance on my vehicle's tire information label or owner's manual?

Yes. No matter which manufacturer makes your replacement tires, you should always follow the tire pressure and loading guidelines of your vehicle manufacturer.

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