Sooner or later, even high-quality tyres start showing signs of wear and need to be changed. Nothing lasts forever. But what if your tyres ‘die’ faster than they should or you notice signs of irregular wear on them? It means that, when you drive, something goes wrong and systematically impedes the correct performance of your tyres. The online tyre shop eiretyres.com will help to find out the reason.
As the factors that can cause excessive tyre wear are many, it’s easier to classify them by the type of damage they generate.
A tyre is worn on one side more than on another
This can be caused by a misalignment. It is a condition when the wheel components aren’t set straight causing the tyres’ tops to incline from or toward the car (camber) or making tyres point away from or toward the road (toe). Such condition causes one side of the tyre to rub against the road more aggressively. If unsolved, this issue can not only decrease the tyre tread life, but also worsen steering response. One-sided wear can also be caused by damaged front-end mechanical parts (a ball joint or a tie rod).
A tyre is worn on shoulders more than in the centre
This condition is usually caused by a consistent under-inflation: the tyre is flabby and its edges excessively contact with the road. This issue not only shortens the tyre tread life, but also makes the engine take more fuel than it should. Regularly check the pressure in the tyres and pump them up to the level recommended by the car manufacturer.
A tyre is worn in the centre
This is a sign that you over-inflate tyres systematically. In such condition, your tyres not only wear out faster, but also worsen traction with the road and braking exposing you to a risk of a blowout. Again, keep your tyres inflated to the PSI recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
A tyre is worn unevenly
Cupping, feathering, and spotting appear because the tyre doesn’t track straight. Look for the reason in damaged or improperly set mechanical parts such as wheel bearings or suspension components. An aggressive style of braking is another culprit.