Keeping your vehicle balanced will allow for your tires to wear evenly. Learn 5 reasons why your tires wear on the inside, middle, & outside.
Do you know as your tires wear out, they can be talking to you and telling you a story.
Properly inflated tires and maintaining tire rotation, as recommended by the manufacturer, well that’s key to having long life for tires. Purchasing tires can be costly, so you certainly don’t want the tires to wear out prematurely.
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
As tires wear out they develop a pattern that can be noticeable and fixed.
But before I explain to you about the tire wear pattern, be sure to check out my many other tire videos, such as understanding tires and tire sizes. To review all our other videos, subscribe, like, and follow us on our newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Choose your preference of choice for viewing.
Tires wear out in five different ways:
- Lack of tire rotation
- Your suspension is worn out
You can stand on either the back or the front of the vehicle and look at your tires to see if they are wearing out unevenly. Because here are 5 potential reasons your tires are wearing out, even with tire rotations being done, which is recommended by the manufacturer.
- You can have inner or outer tire wear, this is seen when the outer or inner part of the tire is worn more than the center of the tire. In some cases, it can be very noticeable. Schedule an appointment with your auto technician to have your vehicle checked for alignment. Because a misaligned vehicle, that will cause the underwear, and suggesting your toe or your camber needs adjusting.
- If the center of the tire is worn out more so than those sides, this could be an indication that your tires are overinflated. And if the tires are worn out on both sides and the center has better tread, well, this can be an indication of under-inflated tires.
- Cupped tires are represented by diagonal wear or diagonal scalloping on the tire. This can be caused by the need for suspension work or shocks or struts, and the reason why is because your vehicle could be bouncing down the road because your shocks are stretched or worn out, thus causing your tires to develop this wear pattern.
- If your tires are wearing in a patchy pattern, this can be indicative of the tires being out of balance, so have your audit technician verify the wear pattern on your tires. And getting your tire balance could be that easy to fix the problem.
- Understand your tire wear pattern could also help you remedy the problem, so you’re not buying tires prematurely. The answer may be as simple as checking the tire air pressure or getting an alignment, or possibly having your shocks or struts replaced, or even suspension work.
Whether your tire wear pattern just something as simple as an overinflated or underinflated tire, or to a point where it’s more serious problems with the car’s suspension or alignment, by understanding what the tire wear patterns and the molded markings mean, you are better able to determine the overall health of your car and tires. Because after all your tires have the only thing lying between your vehicle and the road.