Check your Tires wear and tear for vehicle’s safety

October 20, 2015 in Car Maintenance by admin

To maintain and prolong tire life, it takes a penny to examine if tires are worn or losing tread. It becomes necessary to check tire pressure and alignment at least once a month to ensure your vehicle is safe on the road and help in improving gas mileage. According to car care aware, tires are critical to handle, but vital to maintain for vehicle’s safety. Routine checking will reduce tire wear, increase fuel economy and improve handling. Tires to be inspected in 3 ways, they are: i) examine all four tires; ii) feel the tread by hand to detect wear and iii) check tires using pocket type pressure gauge. Generally there are six warning to look out for, if tires require inspection or need to be replaced.

6 signs your tire need inspection

1. Over Inflation

The tire riding in the center of the tread and excessive wear indicates that tire pressure is too high. The reason behind enormous air pressure is pumping the tire unless there is no bulge at the bottom. To avoid or cure this problem, you should always check the pressure with a reliable tire gauge after pumping.

2. Under Inflation

Opposite of over inflation, when a tire is under inflated and wear occurs prematurely, because outer tread has too much contact with the road. This type of wear can be solved by regular tire inspection and replace if required.

3. Feathering

Feathering is a condition where, rounded edge on one side and sharp on the other is developed by each tread rib and you can feel that by running the hand over the tire. This wear occurs because of incorrect toe-setting, so we can solve by placing it correctly. There may be a case where even after placing the toe correctly this wear occurs. It could be due to deteriorated bushings in front of the suspension.

4. One side wear

When rib wears faster than a tire, the need for wheel alignment is indicated. Make sure that the car is loaded in a proper way, this is more important for rear suspension car. Sometimes, misalignment can also occur due to worn ball joints or control arm bushing.

Tires wear and tear

5. Cupping

Scalloped dips or cups started appearing around the edge of the tread on either side, which may lead to wearing of suspension parts. This condition can occur, if any worn components connect to the wheel of the car. The easiest way to cure cupping problem is, to adjust wheel alignment.

6. Second-rib wear

The cause of second rib wear can be, a steel belts end in relation to the treads. This problem can be solved by paying minimum attention to tire pressure and frequently rotating the tires. Most importantly, to be careful when oversize tires are installed on narrow wheels.

The car care council recommends vehicle owners, to check tires and other spares on a monthly basis and more often during winter. The tires should be inflated according to the recommended level, so that the life of the tire is increased and tire or tread wear is reduced.