Tires getting worn? They’ll tell you why. The tire specialists at Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers can help.
Between snow flurries and icy cold temperatures, the last thing you want to do is deal with tire problems. But that seems to be where you’re at. When you got out of your car yesterday, you noticed that your tires looked worn.
It’s really frustrating because your tires aren’t that old and you haven’t been driving a lot in the winter weather.You don’t feel the tires should be showing wear yet.
It could be something else that is causing the wear. Take a look at your tires and the wear pattern might tell you, according to tirereview.com:
“First, overinflation. How do you spot it? Usually, there are clues in the center of the tread pattern. Too much air pressure can cause the contact patch to shrink and the center of the tire to carry all of the load. On the tire, its sipes and grooves will be worn in the center.
“What about underinflation? Tire wear on the edges of a tire will typically indicate that inflation pressures are lower than specified. When a tire is underinflated, the contact patch grows and the load is carried by the outside edges of the patch. In this case, the center is less worn.
“Another common tread wear pattern is inner edge wear. In fact, this is probably the most common problem technicians see. The angles causing this type of wear are typically negative toe and camber. On the parts side, three component sources could cause this type of wear: bushings, springs and loads.
“Although it’s rare, another type of irregular tread wear is outer edge wear. Positive camber, caster and toe can lead to wear on the outer edge. If you see edge wear on one side, check the thrust and setback.”
If that’s too much to remember or you don’t feel as if you’ll know what you’re looking at, consult the Madison tire technicians at one of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers for help and repairs - Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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