Tire care is one of the most important aspects of owning a vehicle, but it is one of the more commonly overlooked aspects of maintaining a vehicle. More specifically, vehicle owners need to have a basic understanding of the following types of problems and issues that their tires will experience in order to keep their car in working order.
Excessive Or Uneven Tread Wear
The treads of the tires help the tire to provide traction. Not surprisingly, the treads will be the primary part of the tire to suffer wear from driving. Once the treads have suffered extensive wear, they can fail to provide enough traction for the vehicle. Unfortunately, there can be instances where the treads are not suffering wear in an even manner. This is often due to the tires being unbalanced or out of alignment. Making sure to have them rotated and balanced with each oil change will help to avoid this issue so that they wear as evenly as possible. Furthermore, this will allow for the tread depth of the tires to be professionally checked so that you will know whether they need to be replaced or not.
Bulging in the side of the tires can be an indicator that they have suffered serious structural damage. Often, this damage can be the result of the tires impacting curbs, potholes or large rocks. Eventually, the bulging section of the tire will rupture, and this can lead to an accident or cause you to be stranded. Sadly, there is no way to effectively repair this type of damage to the tire, and replacing it will be the only viable option for repairing this issue. Keeping the tires properly inflated can help to reduce the risk of them suffering this type of damage. This is due to the fact that the tires will be able to more evenly distribute the force of these impacts if they are inflated within the correct standards.
Deep cracks forming in the exterior of the tires is a result of extensive exposure to the weather and elements. Unfortunately, car owners often assume that these cracks are not a significant problem. In reality, they represent critical weak points in the tires. Eventually, the tire may suffer a structural failure as a result of this type of damage. This threat is particularly acute during the fall and winter as the drastic temperature changes can lead to the cracks rapidly deepening and further weakening the tires. Keeping the tires cleaned and coated with tire sealants can help to extend the life of the tires so that this damage can be delayed.
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