If you've ever taken a close look at your tires, you may have noticed different tread wear patterns. But what do these various tire tread wear patterns mean? There are a few things that can cause various tire tread wear patterns. For example, if your tires are misaligned, they will tend to wear unevenly.Keep reading to learn what various tire tread wear patterns mean.
Center Tread Wear
The center tread wear is a condition where the tread in the center of the tire wears down more quickly than the tread on the sides of the tire. This can be caused by tire over-inflation. If you notice that your tires are beginning to show signs of wear at the center, it's important to have them checked out by a professional. In some cases, the condition can be corrected by simply adjusting the tire pressure. However, in other cases, it may be necessary to replace the tires.
Edge Tread Wear
Edge wear is when the edge of the tire wears down faster than the rest of the tire. This can cause problems as it can lead to a loss of traction and control. This pattern of wear can occur as a result of tire under-inflation. If you're noticing edge wear on your tires, it's important to have your tires checked out by a qualified mechanic or a tire specialist.
Patchy Tread Wear
Instead of the even wear pattern that's typically seen on tires, patchy wear is characterized by uneven, patchy areas of wear. Regular wheel rotation can help prevent patchy wear from worsening. Whatever the cause, patchy tire wear can be a problem as it can lead to premature tire wear. If you notice patchy wear on your tires, it's important to have them checked out by a professional.
Cupping Tread Wear
If you notice that your tire wear looks to be diagonal and scalloped, it's a good indication that your suspension system is compromised. This can lead to rumbling sounds or unusual vibrations, which is a clear signal. If you notice any of these, it's important to take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible to get it checked out.
Inner/Outer Tread Wear
Inner/outer tire tread wear is a condition where the inner or outer edge of a tire wears more quickly than the rest of the tire. This can be caused by improper wheel alignment. If you notice your tires beginning to show signs of inner or outer tread wear, it's important to have them checked out by a professional as soon as possible.
If you do notice one of the wear patterns discussed above or you need new tires, we invite you to bring your vehicle to The Auto Doc today!