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Examining Common Tire Problems

Last updated 4 years ago

As the primary point of contact between your vehicle and the road, your tires are one of your car’s most important systems. When your tires exhibit the signs and symptoms of tire problems, this can be an indication of a number of automotive issues that should be serviced by your mechanic right away. Let’s take a look at some of the most common tire problems and what causes them.

Center Tread Wear

When your tire treads show wear primarily in the center of the tire, this is an indication that your tires have been overinflated. Overinflated tires can be a particular problem in the summer, when the hot weather causes tire pressure to increase on its own. To ensure that your tires are inflated to the proper level, you should consult the owner’s manual for your vehicle.

Scalloped Tread Wear

When your tires are properly adjusted and aligned, the treads will wear down smoothly and evenly. If your tire treads have worn down in a cupped or scalloped pattern, this is an indication that you have suspension system problems. A damaged suspension system can cause your tires to bounce as the car moves forward, resulting in an uneven, scalloped wear pattern. When you suspect a problem with your suspension system, you should make an appointment with your mechanic immediately.

Feathered Tread Wear

A feathered wear pattern on your tire treads can be another sign that you have suspension system problems. Feathering on the tire treads can also signal improper tire and wheel alignment. If you notice unusual tire tread wear on your vehicle, you should bring your vehicle to the service station for a wheel alignment and suspension system diagnosis.

The expert technicians at Greulich’s Automotive Service will provide you with a full range of top quality tire services. We can balance and rotate your tires, and we will provide you with a top quality new set of tires when your vehicle is due for a tire replacement. To make an appointment at any of our 11 Valley-wide auto repair locations, call us at (480) 389-2358 or contact us online.


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