While the concept may seem simple, tires are a critical part of your Porsche's performance, efficiency, safety, and comfort. They're the only point of contact between the vehicle and the road, which makes tire care vital to proper Porsche maintenance.

Why are tires important? When should they be changed?

Tires allow your Porsche to roll smoothly and turn quickly, and they provide a cushion between you and the road. The tread of a tire provides traction and enables athletic handling by flexing to grip the asphalt. And the tread's voids and grooves channel water away from the contact point to maintain traction and prevent hydroplaning. Good daily tires are durable and last upwards of 30,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on factors like age, operating conditions, and driving style. Track-focused tires are designed to wear for optimum performance and may degrade at a faster rate than all-purpose tires.

The front tires usually experience the fastest wear because they're responsible for turning the vehicle. This effect is even more pronounced in front-engine designs due to the extra weight. So, regular tire rotations ensure all tires spend equal time up front and in back, allowing them to wear more evenly and last as long as possible. Additionally, wheel balancing and alignment are also essential components of tire maintenance, as they ensure the tires roll at optimal angles.

Modern tires have wear bars that are hidden by the tread. These bars become more visible as the tire sheds rubber to friction. When the bars are even with the tread, the tires are considered unsafe and should be changed as soon as possible. Another method to check tread depth is to insert a standard American penny headfirst into the tread at various points around the tire. If the tread doesn't cover the top of Lincoln's head, the tire is no longer safe.

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Please reach out to Porsche Westwood for more information about tire care and the recommended tires for your specific Porsche model. And if it's time for a tire change or rotation, we invite you to schedule a Porsche service appointment here on our website. We're looking forward to serving you.

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