Uneven wear on your tires is a serious problem that can quickly add up. Make your tires last and avoid pricey repairs by regularly checking your tires for these common tire problems.
If you notice that the tread on your tires is more worn down on one side than the other, you may have a more serious problem. Single-side tire wear can indicate a problem with your alignment or suspension system. It’s best to take your car to a mechanic for a thorough inspection. Similar tire problems include heel-toe and center wear, which can also be a warning sign of a larger problem.
The tread on your tires is what holds your vehicle to the road, giving you control and maneuverability. Once that treat wears down, though, your tires lose their ability to grip the road’s surface. This is especially dangerous in rain and snow, and with winter approaching, checking your tire’s should be high on your list. Even half worn tires can increase your chances of hydroplaning on a wet or snowy road.
To check the tread on your tires, conduct a quick visual inspection. New tires have grooves about 10/32 of an inch deep, with a horizontal wear indicator at the bottom. If your tires have become flush with the wear indicator, you need to get some new tires immediately. Don’t risk the danger to yourself and others by driving with bald tires!
Damage and Tire Pressure
It’s wise to check your tires frequently, especially if you put a lot of miles on them. Keep an air pressure gauge in your car and watch for the tire pressure indicator light on your dash. Some people check their tires every time they fill up with gas, and others do so when they check their oil. Each car and driver is unique, but you should find a method that works best for you. Don’t wait for a flat or you start losing traction in the rain to check your tires.
If it’s time for a tire rotation, come to Express Auto Repair & Emissions today! Our expert technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your tires for signs of damage and rotate them to maximize their lifespan. Call us at (847) 895-9131 for questions or to book an appointment if you’re having tire problems.