How To Read Your Vehicle's Tire Treads To Determine Alignment And Tire Inflation Problems

If you just had a new set of tires installed on your car, then it is important you monitor their tread wear for the tell-tale signs of a problem. Irregular wear patterns will tell you everything you need to know about a problem before you can feel it while driving down the road.

By inspecting the treads on your new tires every month, you can determine if there is a problem that needs to be rectified before your tires become permanently damaged. 

Below is information about irregular tire wear patterns to help you protect your investment and keep your new set of tires safely on the road as long as possible:

The Tire Treads are Excessively Worn on the Outer Edge

If you stand at the front of your car and can see excessive wear on the outer edges of the front tires or a sawtooth wear pattern, then the front axle needs to be professionally aligned. When the front end of your car is not in perfect alignment, the tires will wear on the outer edges and you will feel pulling to one side or the other as you drive down the highway. In fact, one of the front tires may show more wear than the other from the pulling motion.

To keep your new tires healthy, you should have them rotated and balanced when the car is aligned. You can have the front tires moved to the back to prevent future damage and help them wear evenly in the future.

The Tire Treads are Excessively Worn on Both Edges

If you notice your tires are wearing excessively on each edge, then it is likely that you are driving with underinflated tires. Using a tire gauge, check each tire and make sure they are properly inflated based on the inflation rating on the side of each tire. 

The Tire Treads are Excessively Worn in the Centers of the Tires

If you keep too much air in your car's new tires, then the tires will bulge in the center and wear excessively along the center of each tire. You can test for this type of tire tread wear by checking the sides and center of the tread with a coin. Drop the coin into the slots between the treads and make sure the depth is the same everywhere. 

There are Dips in the Tire Treads or Strange Patterns of Wear Along the Treads

In conclusion, if you happen to see dips in the tire treads or any other odd patterns along the treads, then your vehicle may have a problem with its suspension system. For this type of wear, you should take your car to a mechanic's shop like Foster's Auto Service Inc to have it checked out.