Your vehicles tires are obviously the only parts on the entire vehicle that are constantly in contact with the road surface. Because of this, it is always very important to invest in quality tires and to constantly maintain them to ensure that they perform effectively for a long time so that you can always drive comfortably and safely. Tires are expensive but if you maintain your tires, you will get a lot of life out of them and you will get to save money on expensive premature tire replacement costs.
Your tire patterns can tell you about the condition of your car’s tires as well as indicate other common car issues. It is important to learn common tire patterns and to visually inspect your tires regularly for signs of wear and any other anomalies that could indicate tire wear or other problems. Below are some common tire patters and what they could mean.
This refers to wavy dents or erratic wear on your car’s front tires. Such dents usually indicate that your car is using low quality tires and that you need to make replacements. Sometimes however, tire cupping may be a sign suspension or wheel alignment problems. You should visit an auto mechanic to check whether your car is properly aligned. Your wheels may be imbalanced and this could put you and other motorists at risk. If there is a problem with wheel balance, make sure that the issue is fixed to avoid other serious issues that may result out of driving a car in such conditions.
Thread Wear at the Center
This is usually a sign of over inflation. When your cars are over inflated, the center of the tires will usually have more contact with the road and hence they will wear out faster than the tires’ edges. It will lead to premature wear and even make the tires more prone to damage such as punctures. If your car is over inflated, deflate them to the right psi to even out the wear and tear and to lengthen tire life.
Wear at the Shoulders/Edges
When the ties edges are more worn out that the center area, this usually means that the tires are under-inflated; forcing the weight of the car to fall more on the sides of the tires instead of resting evenly on the whole tire. This will also accelerate premature tire damage, reduce the cars fuel economy and more importantly, it can contribute to other serious safety issues. Inflate the tires to the correct psi.
Maintaining correct psi levels prolongs tire life and enables you to avoid other safety issues that are usually associated with under-inflated and over-inflated tires. Checking tires regularly enables you to recognize car and tire problems early enough and correct them before they escalate to serious issues.
If your tires are too worn out, go to your local tire replacement center and replace them with new ones and take care of them in order to maximize their capacities, enhance safe driving, and keep them in top-notch condition for many years. You will also avoid having to spend a lot of money on premature tire replacement costs.