Signs You Need New Tires
What are the signs I need new tires for my vehicle?
Some tire problems are easy to identify, while other ones hide for a while. Yet, all of them can cause major tire failure, so it is important to know what signs to look out for.
So, how do you know when you need to change your tires?
Low Tread Depth
Tires have a lifespan, which ends when their tread depth wears out. Driving on a worn-out tire puts you at risk of tire failure or a blowout. Additionally, state laws regulate the needed tread depth remaining on the tire for it to be legally used. If the tread is low, consider getting a new tire set.
Dry Rot on Tread
Dry rot appears on the tires when it literally dries out. This means it lost its moisture due to incorrect storing, direct sunlight, natural aging, or other environmental issues. Dry rot is visible on the tread area when small cracks appear on the tread area, much like in the photo on the left.
Tire separation happens when the tread area detaches from the belt structure. This usually happens in chunks and not the entire footprint separates. Early signs of this issue are a wavy tread pattern, which indicates the tread is separating from the belt structure. It is the most common tire failure type.
While vibrations felt in the vehicle’s cabin can be caused by various issues, it can be a tire-related problem. If road vibrations reach you during the drive, have your car checked out. Balancing or alignment issues can lead to accelerated and irregular tread wear, shortening the tire’s service life.
Punctures and Cuts
Punctures and cuts, if they are small enough, can be fixed. However, that is not always the case. The tire’s center tread area is fixable, but if the issue is located on the shoulder tread or sidewalls, there is no safe way to plug the hole. The best course of action is to take your vehicle to a nearby tire garage.
Slow leaks cause tires to lose air pressure over a longer timeframe. A slow leak on your tire is a bit harder to find, but one thing is certain: the tire will leak faster if it stays in use. Check with your mechanic if the tire can be fixed or if it needs to be changed. This issue needs to be dealt with quickly.
Tire Bubbles and Blisters
Tire bubbles, blisters, and bulges should be addressed as soon as possible. They can quickly lead to bigger issues. They are caused by internal or structural problems, as well as the natural degradation of the rubber compound. Not only will they cause a bumpy ride, but they also put your tire at risk of a blowout.