Replacement Tire Facts
What You Should Know
New tires provide your Acura with better safety, increased performance, better gas mileage, and an overall better driving experience.
Here’s two things to keep in mind:
- Check Your Tread Depth
Tread depth is an important indicator of tire wear. Check your tread depth to determine if you need to replace your current tires. An easy way to do this is with a penny. Insert the penny into the tire tread with Lincoln’s head down. If you can see the top of his head your tread depth is 2/32 or less and your tire (s) need to be replaced immediately. Or if you prefer, insert a quarter into the tire tread with Washington’s head down. If the tread is at or above Washington’s head you have at least 4/32 or more of tread life remaining.*
- Check Your Tires for Damage and Wear
Be sure to check your tires for any signs of wear, such as discoloration or cracks. If you notice any signs of damage or wear on your tires, come in to Sunnyside Acura for a complimentary inspection by our tire experts.
Original Equipment (OE) Tires
During the development of your vehicle, Acura engineers worked closely with the original equipment tire manufacturer to develop a tire that optimizes all the performance attributes of your vehicle. Extensive testing was done in the lab, on the track, and on the road to ensure that the tires developed for your Acura provide the right balance of performance, comfort, wear, and fuel economy.
No other tire goes through that same Acura development process or testing to ensure the same level of performance. When you replace your tires with tires that were originally specified with your vehicle, you’ll maintain the same performance and enjoyment with your Acura that you’ve had since day one. For these reasons, the original equipment tire is the only tire Acura recommends for your vehicle.
Non-OE Tire Options
Sunnyside Acura may have other tire options available that vary in certain specifications from your vehicle’s original tires. These tires may share some characteristics of the original tires, but because of the number of variable design characteristics of the original tires, they may perform differently, potentially altering the ride comfort, interior noise, wear rate, fuel economy, steering feel, snow traction, and wet and dry handling and braking performance you may be accustomed to.
Although we recommend that you maintain your vehicle’s original performance by choosing OE specified tires, you may have other needs that could be met with another tire that was not tested by or developed in conjunction with Acura. Sunnyside Acura can help you choose the tires that are best suited to your needs. Call Phil Plante in the Sunnyside Acura Tire Center with any questions at (603) 880-6550.
*The “penny test” and quarter test” are for approximate values of tread depth. For measurement of actual tread depth, please visit Sunnyside Acura for a complimentary tire inspection.