One of the main ways your tires can tell you what's going on is through wear. If you look at your tire, you can figure out quite a few things just by taking notice of the wear patterns on your tires. If you notice the patterns early enough, you have a chance to correct the situation.
Here are some of the most common examples.
- One side of tire has more wear than the other
- Tread block feathering (worn low and smooth on one side, high and sharp on the other)
Both of these can indicate you need an alignment. It can also mean that your suspension needs an inspection. This type of wear can also occur if you frequently put a lot of weight on just one side of the car.
- Tire has more wear on the edges then in the center
This is a sign of underinflation, which is a dangerous situation that you should always avoid. Make sure your tires are always properly inflated. Other ways your tires can tell you they're underinflated is if your car pulls slightly in one direction or the other.
- Tire has wear down the center but not the edges
This is a sign of overinflation. Once again, make sure your tire pressure is within the car manufacturer's specifications. Many people think overinflation is okay, but it's not.
When your tire is overinflated, the entire tire is not in contact with the road, which decreases your traction. Also, the tire cannot spread out impacts properly which will lead to a rough ride.
- Tire has deep dips or cupping patterns of wear
- Tire has irregular, pattern-less wear
Cupping can occur from several things. Occasionally it happens from bad suspension components. This can have the wheel hitting some bumps in the road harder on some parts of the tire, which creates the cup-like grooves.
If the wheel becomes unbalanced you can see individual patches of wear that don't form a pattern. This can also indicate that you're driving far too aggressively.
Have Your Wear Diagnosed by a Professional Immediately
There are various other types of wear as well. The point is that if you pay attention to your tires you can correct the issue before it escalates and requires you to pick up new tires. Remember that tires should wear smoothly and evenly.
Often a rotation, balance, and alignment can allow you to continue to use those tires without you needing to purchase a new set. In addition, you should have your suspension checked as well while you're there. You can correct the problem without waiting for your tread to run out. If you notice any pattern of wear that's not even, then you should have a professional auto repair service like Road-Mart Tire take a look.