Your vehicle’s tires are the only part of your car making contact with the road, so it’s vital that you take proactive and consistent care of them. These tips will help you easily find signs of wear and tear on tires so you can drive with a renewed peace of mind.
Overinflation leads to higher pressure exerted in the center of the tires while underinflation places more stress and pressure onto the edges of the tire. A quick visual inspection and checking each tire’s pressure with a gauge indicator will help prolong their lifespans. Be sure to fill your car’s tires to the manufacturer-suggested PSI, which is typically included in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s side door jamb.
Visual inspections will also help you notice if some parts of the vehicle’s tires appear to be more worn out than others. Uneven tread levels can indicate misaligned tires.
Erratic Tread Wear
Erratic, seemingly random wear on your car’s tire tread is called “cupping” and it might be a sign that the tires are imbalanced. It can also signal that shock absorbers or other parts might need to be replaced as well.
Vibrations and Noises
If you notice unusual vibrations or other out-of-place noises while driving, it could be a sign that you have an imbalanced tire, a tire with a flat tread spot, or that the tire’s belt has separated.
Your car pulling to one side could mean that you may have underinflated or damaged tires, or that the vehicle needs an alignment done.
If you see or experience any of these issues with your vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact us at Greenbrier Motor Company. Our highly trained staff is prepared to tackle a variety of tire-related issues and will get you safely back on the road in no time.