When Should You Replace Tires on a Jeep Wrangler?

April 19th, 2024 by

A Jeep Wrangler is a workhorse vehicle capable of taking any terrain in stride and handling any challenge you throw at it. However, any car eventually needs new tires so that it can continue to operate at its best. If you’re a Jeep Wrangler owner, you must know what signs to look out for that indicate it’s time to change the tires. In this article, we at Meadowland of Carmel discuss when you should replace the tires on a Jeep Wrangler-based on our knowledge and experience.

Jeep Wrangler Tires

How Do I Know When To Replace My Jeep Wrangler’s Tires?

If you suspect it might be time to change your tires, get a tread depth tool from your local auto hardware store and check if you have at least 2/32 of an inch of tread left. Any lower than that will cause your tires to fail an inspection. Realistically, it would be best if you never allowed the tread to get that low in the first place. An easier way to tell is that almost all tires have a wear bar running sideways along the tire. If this wear bar crosses two tread blocks, it’s time to get some new tires for your Wrangler.

How Often Should I Replace the Tires?

You should replace the tires when they get too damaged or the tread is too worn down. Most tires don’t last long enough to wear out from age unless the vehicle is left unused for a long time. For regular commuting, your front tires should be replaced every 30,000 miles and your rear tires every 60,000 miles, as their tread will have worn down significantly over this mileage. Check your tires’ sidewalls every four to five years, and never use tires over 10 years old, as the rubber will have degraded regardless of the tires’ storage conditions.

If you regularly use your Wrangler on trails, mountains, and rough terrain, you may wear your tread more than usual. Wranglers can handle rough terrain just fine, and being able to take on terrain challenges is half the fun of owning a Jeep, but this will lead to a need for more regular maintenance. Regularly check your tires for damage on their treads and sidewalls, and replace them immediately if you find any holes or missing material.

What Happens If I Don’t Replace My Tires?

If you don’t replace your tires, this can lead to serious safety concerns for your vehicle. A lack of tire tread has significantly increased stopping distance for vehicles, especially in wet conditions. This increases the risk of collisions with other cars and the possibility of running off the road while making turns. Ensuring you have sufficient tread on your Wrangler’s tires keeps your ride safe and maintains your vehicle’s stopping distance and handling.

Why Should I Keep My Tire Wear Even?

If you don’t rotate your tires, your tread blocks can wear at different rates and cause your Wrangler to shake while driving. Uneven tire wear can be frustrating, as it may mean that you need to replace individual tires more often than the others. This is because the car’s front end generally takes more of the car’s weight, so the tread wears more heavily in this area. This uneven tire replacement can be costly in the long run. It can also lead to uneasy handling and skidding if the tread wear is bad.

What Model Years Should Look For a Tire Replacement?

The model of your Wrangler can significantly influence what stock tires come with your vehicle out of the factory and what sort of replacements you should look for. If you’re considering upgrading the tires on a Jeep Wrangler you bought from Meadowland of Carmel with stock 17-inch terrain tires, consider how you will use the vehicle. If you travel on off-road terrain regularly, your stock tires will handle off-road well but will not be optimized for that kind of activity. Consider upgrading to at least 30- to 32-inch tires for off-road terrain.

Tire Options for Jeep Wranglers

At Meadowland of Carmel, our Jeep Wranglers come with stock tires that differ depending on the model. For example, the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Sport has 17-inch 245/75R17 stock all-terrain tires that suit commuting, general travel, and occasionally taking on rough terrain. By comparison, the 2024 Jeep Wrangler Sahara has 20-inch 255/60R20 all-season tires from the factory that have better grip in wet and dry conditions off-road.

If you don’t travel off-road often, stick with your stock tires since they’re better at enduring ordinary terrain without changing. If you regularly travel off-road, you may want to upgrade to at least 30- to 33-inch tires, necessitating a change in your Jeep’s lift height. If you are a severe off-road traveler, you may want to upgrade to 40-inch Jeep Wrangler mud tires to give you the best ground clearance and ability to handle even the most challenging terrain. Contact our parts department to further discuss your Jeep Wrangler tire options.

Ready for a Tire Change?

If your Jeep Wrangler’s tires need replacing, or you’re in the market for a new Jeep Wrangler, we’re happy to help. Our expert technicians can offer advice based on their knowledge and experience to find the tire solution that fits your needs and how you will use your Wrangler. We provide services for tire rotations and tire replacements, and we can help you buy new tires for your Wrangler. Contact our services department using our Contact Us form or 845-842-7355 to schedule an appointment with us.

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