Signs That You Need to Change Your Tires

Mechanic changing tire in shop.

Your tires are one of the main components keeping you safe when you’re behind the wheel. Keep them in top shape to ensure an efficient, comfortable, and safe drive.


Tires wear over time and depending on where they show signs of wear will give you insight on the cause. When a tire is overinflated, wear localizes in the center; when it is underinflated, wear is noticeable on the shoulder or outside of the tire.


Tread is what lets the tires grip the road. An easy way to check the tread on your tires is to take the penny test. By inserting a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head down, you can determine if the tread has worn down too low if you see the top of Lincoln’s head poking out. If you can’t see the top of his head, you’re good to go for a while longer.

Cracks and blisters

Cracks running along the sidewall and bulges in the rubber are signs of tire degradation. It’s best to replace the tire as soon as possible to avoid a dangerous blowout.


All vehicles have a little vibration while moving, but excessive vibration could be a sign of problems. More often than not, out-of-balance wheels can vibrate the vehicle. Ignoring an issue like that can lead to damage to the wheel, brakes, or axle.

The experts at the Mike Raisor Buick GMC Cadillac service department are able to assist in any of your tire maintenance or replacement needs.

Benefits of Having Hands-Free Liftgate

The hands-free power liftgate on the new 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a favorite benefit

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference. When shopping around for your next vehicle, you should keep an eye on its convenience features, as you’ll definitely notice and be thankful for them when using the vehicle to meet your everyday driving needs. One such feature you’ll be glad to have is a hands-free power liftgate.

What is a hands-free liftgate?

A hands-free liftgate is a feature that lets you open and close your vehicle’s rear liftgate with a wave of your foot. With a simple forward-back motion under the center of the rear bumper, the liftgate automatically opens, letting you easily load your luggage, groceries, or whatever else you’re carrying.

What are the benefits of a hands-free liftgate?

Put simply, a hands-free liftgate makes it easier to load cargo into your vehicle.

Additionally, this smart liftgate allows you to adjust the height it opens to, accommodating whatever height your garage is. The power liftgate has three settings: MAX, 3/4, and OFF. The MAX setting allows the liftgate to open fully, while the 3/4 setting only allows it to open three-quarters of the way – which is handy if you have a limited amount of space in your garage. The OFF setting turns off the liftgate’s automatic features, making it so you can only open the gate manually.

Learn more about this convenient feature and find your next vehicle at Mike Raisor Buick GMC Cadillac.