Your tires are like the foundation of your vehicle. The quality of your
tires affects everything from handling and performance to fuel economy and
overall safety. Proper tire maintenance, including inflation, rotation and alignment,
will help your tires last longer and perform better. Did you know that tire wear can tell you a lot about the state of your
tires and the condition of your vehicle? Check your tires regularly to prevent
expensive, long-term problems. If you notice unusual tire wear, speak with one of
our tire experts at Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centre (book an appointment). There are seven main types of tire wear. Below is a breakdown of those
types and what each kind of wear indicates. Also, what you can do to lessen or
eliminate further wear.
Centre Wear: If one or more of your tires is wearing in the centre, but
not on the sides, the issue is likely an over-inflated tire. Tires bulge in the
centre due to excessive pressure. To avoid centre wear, keep your tires
inflated to the pressure levels in your owner’s manual. Side Wear: If one or more of your tires is wearing on the sides, but not
in the centre, the likely culprit is under-inflation. If you inflate your tires
to manufacturer’s suggested levels, yet still experience side wear, you may
require a wheel alignment or might have a bent rim. Cupping Wear: If your tires look as though scoops have been worn in the
tread, this is the result of up-and-down movement. If you see or feel tire
bounce as you drive, this will produce the cupping effect – common on trailer
tires. Cupping is caused by worn shocks or struts or a tired suspension system.
Ask your Quick Lane Tech to perform a front-end inspection. Feathering Wear: If individual treads appear worn on one side and sharp
on the other, your vehicle is likely suffering from excessive toe-in or toe-out
which can (generally) be corrected with a proper wheel alignment. Feathering can
also be caused by aggressive driving – specifically, taking corners at high
speeds. Your Quick Lane tech can help make that determination. Flat Spot Wear: Sections of treads nearly “scrubbed” off the tire are generally
the result of sudden or hard stops. Perhaps you’ve had to brake hard recently,
but if not, worn brake components could be causing your brakes to grab or lock
up when applied. Have your brakes checked immediately and be advised, you will
likely need to replace the tire with flat spot wear.
One Side Wear: Tires that are worn on one side – either inner or outer –
are likely suffering from misalignment. If so, a new alignment will likely
resolve the issue. Your Quick Lane Tech will be able to tell you if the problem
is more severe, as in worn ball joints, struts or CV joints.
Sidewall Wear: Tires with sidewall damage cannot be repaired and must be
replaced. Sidewall damage generally happens when a driver parks too close to
the curb or “rubs” a curb while pulling in or backing out of a parking spot.
This often happens in urban areas when drivers are required to parallel park.
Sidewall wear can weaken your tires structure and result in tire failure. If
you notice sidewall wear, see your Quick Lane Tech immediately for qualified
advice. To ensure you get the best performance from your tires, watch for wear
indicators and visit your Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centre for qualified
advice and affordable prices on tires, brakes, front-end and suspension
components along with fast, expert repair. You’ll find us conveniently located
next to Lacombe Ford. Life really is better in the Quick Lane.