Tires are something many vehicle owners don’t think about until one blows out. But tires are an expensive repair, especially when the ideal situation is to replace them all at once. So, here is a quick series of checks to help you stay ahead of any problem that indicates upcoming tire problems.
Whenever you’ve run out of TV shows to watch, go take a look at your tires for unusual things going on out there. By catching something early, you can save yourself a major hassle or even the tire.
Measure your inflation with a tire pressure gauge. If you don’t have one, buy one. Overinflated tires will bulge, causing missing tread down the middle of the tire.
When there isn’t enough pressure in the tire the outsides of the tread have excessive wear and look bald. Always inflate to the number for tire pressure that listed on the sticker in the driver’s door jamb.
One Edge Tread Wear
If the wheels are out of alignment, only one side of the tire will have excessive tread wear.
Cupping is an erratic tire tread wear problem and it could mean the tire is out of balance or there are issues with shocks or suspension.
When the tire’s tread is raised in spots or the sidewall is raised, there is a problem with the belts in the tire. It is going to need to be replaced right away.
General Tire Maintenance
To extend the life of your tires, have them rotated every other oil change, or every 7,000 miles or so. Always keep your tires in good balance, promptly getting them balanced when there is any sign of trouble. Anytime you notice your car pulling to one side, get the wheel alignment checked and repaired if necessary.
Anytime you need help with your tires, let us know. A1 Performance Auto Repair can check them and do the necessary alignment and balancing maintenance.