Despite being the only vehicle component to come in contact with the road, tires are one of the most frequently neglected car parts. It’s important to check the tire pressure and tread depth regularly, and you should also look for uneven wear and bulges. Keeping an eye on your tires can not only extend their life, but it can also improve performance and efficiency. Here’s some more information on tire wear.
Tire tread can be measured using a tread-depth indicator, a small gauge that can be found at most gas stations and auto parts stores. The tread is measured in 32nds of an inch, and the minimum depth in almost all US states is 2/32-inch. If your tires have less than this, it is highly recommended that you get replacements.
Don’t have a tread-depth indicator? Try the penny test. Simply invert a penny and place it in the middle of the tread. If you can see the space above Abe’s head, you probably need to get some new tires.
Tire Wear and Tear
Wear and tear can be caused by a range of conditions and factors. One of the most common issues is improper tire inflation. When tires are inflated to appropriate levels, they ride on the road evenly. However, underinflated tires can cause unnecessary friction, reducing fuel economy and adding wear. Overinflated tires can cause bulging, and they can also force wear on one particular part of the tire. Check tire pressure every month, including the spare.
Tire alignment is also a major cause of tire wear and tear. If your wheels do not meet the proper parameters for camber, toe, and caster—the angle of the tire in different directions—this can cause wear. Basically, if your tires are angled too much in one direction, it will necessarily cause them to develop uneven wear patterns.
Think you may need new tires? Stop by Olathe Ford. Our trained and certified technicians can handle all repairs and maintenance, working fast to get you back on the road again. Stop by our Service Department for all your tire needs.