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6 Signs You Need New Tires

Replace Your Worn Tires - Just Our Two Cents

Spot Cracked Sidewalls

Get New Tires Before Your Old Ones Fall Apart

We all know a penny is useful when performing a budget tire inspection, but Honest Abe isn’t telling the whole truth about your tires. There are indicators you can see, and indicators you can feel when gauging the life of your tires. Tires do not wear evenly, and bald tread isn’t the only sign of wear. Diagnosing the cause of a worn tire can even help identify larger problems. There are six easy to spot signs you need new tires, including:

  1. Increased Stopping Distance
  2. Excessive Vibration
  3. Visible Wear Bars
  4. Cracked Sidewalls
  5. Leaks
  6. Steering Listing to One Side

Replacing worn or bald tires doesn’t have to break the bank! Buy used tires at Sturtevant Auto today! We have a selection of barely worn tires with plenty of tread.

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1. Increased Stopping Distance

Your tires are the only thing keeping your car on the road. Tire tread is essential to the grip that keeps your car from going where you don’t want it to go. As your tread begins to wear your stopping distance will increase. This is especially dangerous in Wisconsin as snow and ice already threaten stopping distances.

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2. Excessive Vibration

There are a number of reasons your tire might have uneven wear. Poor alignment or a failed strut could leave your tires with scattered bald spots. The uneven wear pattern of your tires might shake and vibrate while driving.

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3. Visible Wear Bars

Many modern tires have built in “wear bars.” These bars are under the tread, and are only visible past a certain point of wear. If wear bars are visible your tire is unsafe.

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4. Cracked Sidewalls

Tread isn’t the only important part of your tire. The sidewall is essential to the health of your tires, and can cause a blow out if not treated. Many older tires have small cracks in their surface and are still perfectly safe. If you notice large cracks, more than an inch or two, it’s time to replace your tires.

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5. Leaks

If you find yourself topping off your tires it means there’s a leak somewhere. A leak can be caused by a cracked sidewall, damaged rim or any number of issues. Odds are a leaking tire is old. Odds are an old tire is worn. Odds are a worn tire is dangerous.

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6. Steering Listing to One Side

If you notice yourself listing to one side as your drive it might be caused by uneven wear on your tires. One side of your tires lack grip, causing the car to drift.

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Diagnosing Wear Spots

Uneven wear patterns on your tires can be dangerous. The tire isn’t bald, but parts of it are. Much like a bad comb over, a partially bald tire is no better than a spear bald one. Fortunately, uneven wear patterns can be easy to diagnose, and can help you find other problems with your vehicle.

1. Wear Along the Edges of the Tire

If both edges of the tire are worn, but the middle of the tread pattern is not, your tires are under inflated. Insufficient air pressure causes the outside of the tire to bear more weight than the middle, leading to uneven wear.

2. Wear Along the Center of the Tire

If the center of your tire’s tread pattern is bald while the outsides are not, your tire is likely over inflated. Excessive pressure bulges the center of the tire, making it bear more weight than the outside.

3. Wear on One Side of the Tire

This wear pattern is caused by misaligned wheels. The tire is rolling at an angle, causing the uneven wear pattern. While this is bad for your tire, it’s good for your car as you’ve identified a larger problem.

4. Patchy Wear

If there are numerous, seemingly random bald patches all across your tire it is likely caused by a failed strut. A failed strut will bounce the tire against the road like a basketball, causing patchy wear.

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Contact Sturtevant Auto’s Wisconsin offices at (262) 835-2914 for more information about buying used tires!
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