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4 Signs that May Indicate an Issue with Your Tires

by | Feb 6, 2014 | Auto Repair, Car Care Tips, General Car Maintenance, Safe Driving Tips, Tire Repair

The tires can be one of the most important parts of your vehicle to inspect. With time, the tires will get old and worn down. Making sure the tires are well maintained and in top condition can help to prevent tire failure when you are driving. If the tires wear out when you are driving, it could cause your vehicle to lose control or leave you stranded somewhere. It is also important to go to regularly scheduled maintenances. We can examine the tires and look to see what condition they are in. We can also inspect the air pressure in them for you. If the tires are starting to look worn out, we can help to advise you on the options you have. We can also recommend when new tires may be needed for your vehicle. 

Depth of the Tread of the Tires

The tread on the tires should never become lower than 1/16 of an inch in depth. This amount should be doubled if you drive on slick roads or wet surfaces regularly. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tread on the tires for you. You can also check the tread at home. Just take a penny and place it with Lincoln’s head down, into the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, there is not enough tread on the tire. If this is the case, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can help to advise you on the options you have.

The Tread Wear Indicator bar should be inspected

Newer tires are manufactured with a tread wear indicator bar built into them. These bars are invisible or barely visible when the tires are new. They will gradually begin to appear as the tread starts to wear down. They will appear as flat rubber bars running perpendicular to the direction of the tread itself. If more than one or two of these are visible on the tire, it is an indication that the tread is getting low. This is obvious in the wet tracks that your tires can leave behind after you drive through slush or water. If the tread bars are showing, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. We can inspect the tires to help ensure they are in the best possible condition for when you drive.

Check the Sidewalls of the Tire for damage

Besides inspecting the tread, it is also important to make a visual inspection of the sidewall of the tires. Look for any cuts or cracks that are in the sidewall. These can be distinct grooves that are easily visible. If you notice anything, it could be a sign that the tire is starting to develop a leak. If you notice an issue with the sidewall, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so the tire can be repaired or replaced.

Inspect the Tires for any Bulges or Blisters

As the tires start to wear and become weak, bulges or blisters may start to form. This weak spot could cause the tire to blow out suddenly if it is ignored. If you are unsure of the condition, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the tires for what condition they are in. We can also check the air pressure so the tires are in the best working condition possible.