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What Are Your Tires Telling You About Your Car?

Last updated 3 years ago

Although you may rely on your dashboard and your senses to understand how your car is running, you can also learn about the shape of your car by looking at your tires. The tread of your tires can often give you insight to your car’s working life that you cannot receive elsewhere. Here are a few things your tires might be telling you about your car.

Worn Inner and Outer Edges

If the middle of your tire looks fine but there is obvious wear on both the inner and outer edges, your tires may be underinflated. When your tires are not properly inflated, they lack in pressure, which makes it harder for them to keep their shape. Instead, underinflated tires build up heat, flex their shape, and fail to absorb bumps in the road. Check your tire pressure at least once per month, because underinflated tires are more likely to blow out.

Single Flat Spots

If you leave your vehicle parked for a long period of time, your wheels are not moving, so the same part of your tire continues to bear the weight of your car. This can cause tires to become misshapen and develop flat spots where the most weight is taken on. Additionally, if you slam on your breaks and your car skids, the part of your tire that is in contact with the road may develop a flat spot as well. Anti-lock brakes can help you avoid this.

Wear on One Side

If each side of your tire wears down at different rates, it could be because your car is leaning to one side. This could also be caused by a variety of other reasons, including damaged ball joints, worn springs, or frequently traveling with your car full of added weight.

Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair is a tire store and automotive repair service that serves the Sandy Springs, Cumming, Smyrna, Buckhead, and Tucker areas. We are happy to handle your wheel alignment, break repair, and engine light problems. You can call us at (404) 252-9895 or visit our website for more information, or stop by and see us if you live in the area.


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