Signs of Wear and When to Replace Your Tyres

The point of contact your vehicle has with the road is through the tyres and this affects performance, safety and fuel efficiency of the vehicle. You need to consider the condition of your tyres and know when they need to be replaced.

The tread depth is

A great way to determine the grip and traction of tyres on the road. This is because, the tread will wear down with time when you drive and the ability of the tyre to channel water away from the contact patch will reduce. This will reduce the ability of the tyre to maintain grip on the road during wet conditions. There is a legal minimum tread depth in many countries to ensure the safety of your vehicle. You can use a tread depth gauge to check the tread depth. If you believe the tread has worn down significantly, you can visit Tyres Chirnside Park to get a professional opinion and have them replaced. You also have to inspect your tyres from time to time to check if there are uneven wear patterns. This can indicate an issue with the suspension or alignment of your vehicle. This can also be due to tyre inflation. If you notice scalloping or cupping in your tyre tread,  this can be due to worn or damaged suspension components. This is usually seen as repetitive irregular wear patterns around the circumference of the vehicle tyre.

If there is uneven wear

That resembled the serrated edge of a knife on the edges of the tread blocks, this is called feathering. And this can be due to improper rotation of tyres or misalignment. You may notice that the inner or outer edges of the tyre are worn out excessively. This can also be due to improper alignment. This can also be caused by under inflation of tyres. If you notice any of these things, it is best to have your tyres seen by a qualified mechanic so that the underlying cause can be identified. You also need to inspect the tyres for damage such as blisters, cracks and bulges on the sidewalls or the surface of the tread. There are many factors that can cause this such as impact with debris on the road, curbs or potholes.

When there is damage to the sidewall of tyres,

The structural integrity of the tyres is compromised and this will increase the chance of a blowout. If there is visible damage to tyres, it is very important to have it inspected by a professional. If there is significant damage, you may need to replace the tyres. The age of the tyres is another factor. Even if the tyres appear to be in good condition, if they are over the age recommended for tyres, you may need to consider replacing them. There can be degradation as a result of the tyres being exposed to heat, sunlight and other environmental factors even though you may not detect much of a change in tread wear or mileage. The rubber compound will harden with age and this can reduce traction.  


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