Early Warning Signs of Poor Tires

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Early Warning Signs of Poor Tires

To help keep your vehicle operating on the road properly, you will want to have regular maintenance inspections done for it. This is beneficial because the vehicle will then perform like it was designed to do. It can also help prolong the life of the tires. The tires on the vehicle play a crucial role for the overall safety of the vehicle. These are the only parts of the vehicle that contact it to the surface of the road. They also help to improve the handling and stability of the vehicle when you drive. The tires will help with the steering and braking. The best way to help ensure they are in the best condition is to perform a quick check. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in. This way we can inspect the tires for any issues that might be starting to form. We can then advise you on the best options you have to repair them.


Maintenance Tips for the Tires

The easiest way to inspect the tires is to give it a visual inspection. This is a quick and efficient way to notice if something is different with the tires. Modern radial tires bulge slightly, which makes them look a little under inflated, even though they are not. At least once a month, make sure to use a tire gauge and check the pressure in all four tires. Also remember to check the spare tire. This is important because you will have to rely on the spare tire if something happens to one of the regular ones. If you are not sure of how much air the tires should have, make sure to check the vehicle owner’s manual. You can also check the inside of the driver doorjamb to see the amount.

Signs of Poor Tires

By visually inspecting the tires, you may start to notice some early warning signs of the tires needing attention. Also check to see if there are cracks or cuts in the sidewalls of the tire. Along with this, make sure to notice if the tires have any cracks or cuts in the sidewalls. The tread will also need to be inspected. This can be as easy as using a coin. Place a penny upside down in the tread of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it means the tread is low. Poor tread wear could mean that the inflation is bad, the wheels are poorly aligned, or the tires are damaged. You may also start to notice if the tires are developing bulges or blisters. If you notice these on the sidewall, make sure to have the tire replaced as soon as possible. This could indicate where a weak spot is on the tire and where it might be starting to fail.

Under Inflated Tires can Have an Issue

Tires that are under inflated might start to cause issues as well. As tires lose air through the rubber or valve, it can lead to poor tread wear. If you notice that the tires are lower, make sure to test the air pressure. Air pressure loss as much as four pounds per square inch can affect the handling of the vehicle when you drive. It can also lead to poor fuel efficiency. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tires for you.

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