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Things That Cause Tire Wear

things that cause tire wearCar tires are an investment in your safety! You cannot afford let them deteriorate or compromise their condition. There are some things that wear on your tires, causing them to age prematurely.

Improper Inflation

As the leading cause of tire-related crashes, under inflation is also a major cause of premature tire wear. When your car tires are under-inflated they begin to wear unevenly, mostly around the outer edge and extra pressure is put on the actual framework of the tire which can cause splitting in the treads. Not only is this dangerous and wears your tires quickly, but it also causes extra fuel consumption. With the winter temps, PSI (tire pressure) can drop, causing your tires to be under-inflated, so watch carefully and add air.

Much like under inflation, over inflating your tires also causes premature wear and is the second leading cause of tire-related crashes. Over inflation will cause wear mostly down the center of your tread pattern and can cause cracking in the sidewalls. Check your tire pressures regularly and keep them at the proper inflation level for your vehicle.

Suspension and Brake Systems

Poorly maintained suspension and brake systems will drastically reduce the lifespan of your car tires. Brakes that lock up or drag under aggressive driving conditions, or are worn will cause your tires to wear unevenly. Loose or worn suspension parts will cause your tires to rub against the road surfaces rather than smoothly roll; this can also quickly wear tread.

Failure to Rotate Tires

Not rotating tires at the proper intervals can mean unnecessary wear on tires. Since your front tires wear faster than your back tires, not rotating them means uneven wear between the tires.

Pot Holes

Living in Northern conditions, pot holes are a common occurrence and it is likely that even when trying to be careful you have run into your share of them. These can cause rapid tire wear for several reasons, the main being knocking your tire out of balance. Even what may seem like a small pot hole can cause damage to your tire (sometimes not visible damage) which can cause damage to the cords, and/or your tire to become unbalanced and wear unevenly. Car tires are also susceptible to premature wear if your vehicle’s alignment is affected by a particularly rough pot hole, sliding on ice into a curb, or a suspension component like a strut is broken or loosened by the jarring motion.

Your tires are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle and should be replaced when necessary. Following some of these simple tips will help extend the life of your tires.

Not sure about the condition of your tires or worried about something? Stop in and let us take a look. We’ll give you honest help and get you on your way fast.