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My 2008 BMW 1 series has 56,000 miles. Should I change my tires?

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Colleen McGee, Driving Instructor at Americas Driving School Hi Cheri, you should check the tread depth of your tires and have them rotated about every 5000 miles for even wear. They should have at least 2/32 of an inch of tread any less they should be replaced. Also, look for side wall damage that could affect tire safety. If the tread looks good and no damage there's no need to replace them.

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Per the type of tires and your wear pattern should determine when you need new tires. Great rule of thumb is to rotate every other oil change to help your tread wear evenly and last longer.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd HI Cherie, You should rotate your tires every other oil change. You should get new tires when the tread on your existing tires wears out. Here is a simple way to see if your tires need to be replaced with new tires: take a Quarter and put Washington's head down into the tread of the tire. If his head is not covered by the tread then you need to replace the tires. You could also swing into any tire store or independent service center and asked them to take a look at your tires to make sure they are safe for driving.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube Visit your local tire store and have them check how much tire tread depth you have left. They can give you a recommendation.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive If they are the original tires and have never been changed, they are probably due, but it depends on the condition of the tires. If they are still in good shape, you don't have to change them. If they are low on tread or the sidewalls are dry rotted (cracking), then it is time to replace them.

Julie Scroggins, Vice President, CFO at Waukegan Tire and Supply Company Inc. Hi Cherie, The tires should be inspected and tread measured to confirm that you need replacement tires. The average life of the OE tires on a BMW is around 40,000 to 50,000 miles so based on mileage I would recommend you have them checked at your local independent tire dealer and replace as needed. Thank you! Julie

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