Tire Patterns Can Indicate Problematic Parts
Car problems can be a very daunting and intimidating situation if you don’t know a lot about cars. Not only can some repairs be costly, but when it comes to problems that can’t be seen, it’s hard for some people to understand the problem or trust that mechanic has properly diagnosed and fixed the issue if they cannot see it.
However, when it comes to issues with tires, owners can feel a little bit more assured with a mechanic’s diagnosis. Often times, problems that are related to a car’s tires or suspension, have created particular wearings on the car’s tires. Even before needing to go to a mechanic, owners can look for certain patterns on their tires and get an idea if there is a need for DIY maintenance or mechanical repairs.
If your tire is worn down only in the middle of the tire more than likely,
your tires were overinflated. When tires are overinflated only the center of the tire touches the road. Consequently, tread wears down much faster because the wear and pressure is not evenly distributed.
On the other hand, if the outside of the tread is worn,
you probably have tires that are underinflated. Not only are underinflated tires at a higher risk for blowouts from heat building up, but underinflated tires don’t absorb bumps as well and can damage the suspension or lead to misalignment.
Tires that have signs of cracking or bulging, also commonly referred
to as dry rot,
usually are the result of being damaged by hitting something, heat or under inflation. Large cracks located on the tire’s sidewall and run along the rim are either impact-related or caused by chronic underinflation. Numerous small cracks in the sidewall or tread come from age and outside conditions. Whether a tire has cracks or bulging, the tire will need to be replaced.
If a tire has hills and valleys,
you may need to bring it to a mechanic. This issue, known as cupping or scalloping, often occurs when a car’s suspension is worn or damaged. As a result, the tire to bounce as it travels, coming down harder on some spots of the tire than others and overtime creates these hills and valleys. There are a couple parts related to the tire that could cause this. Tires with this issue can make the car ride feel bumpy or shaky.