When Do Car Tyres Need Replacing - at The Wear Point (Nub) or as The Wear Point Approaches?
Last edited 14/03/2018 - 09:55 by 1 other user
Here is the story in short form:
Wife books car in for service at a manufacturer branded dealership which we have not been to before, during the booking it is suggested she may need a wheel alignment. Wife calls me, I tell her it is strange they have diagnosed this requirement without ever having seen the car before - she declines the wheel alignment.
Wife drops car at dealership and asks they call me if any issues arise. Within 1 hour I receive a call advising I need 4 new tyres as they are at 0% "completely bald". I tell the technician I think he has my car mixed up with someone else's as I wash the car every week and am pretty sure the tyres are not bald.
Tech calls me back and says, yep 2 are at 0% and another 2 have about 5% (under 1mm of tread.)
I politely tell him I don't really want to buy new tyres.
Pick the car up and unfortunately they forgot to wash it, didn't attend to the maintenance item we requested and charge $450 for an oil change and fluid top up minor type service. But the walk me out to insist I need new tyres.
I am skeptical about the dealers motives based on my experiences with them, but am now concerned my tyres are dangerous ??
The wear nub is close to the top of the tread, but the tread looks to have 4mm or so of depth.
Is the nub the point at which one considers replacement or should one change tyres as the nub approaches?
Sorry not the best pics - but they may assist.