Tires and Wheels for Country Living: Jesse's Blog of TIps
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Tires and Wheels for Country Living: Jesse's Blog of TIps

Hi, my name is Jesse. I recently moved to the country, and with the extra space on my new property, I have bought a lot of new "toys". Now, I have everything, from a ute, to recreational vehicles, to all-terrain vehicles, to a small jeep. Each of them, I have learned, need different qualities from their tires and wheels. I love thinking about tires and wheels, repairing them, buying them and maintaining them, but I also know the issue isn't always as simple as it seems. If you have questions or just want to learn something new about tires, I invite you to explore my blog. Thanks for reading.

Tires and Wheels for Country Living: Jesse's Blog of TIps

How to Detect Tyre Problems During a Visual Inspection

Herbert Morrison

It is important to know the condition of the tyres on your car since any undetected problem can cause an accident (such as a crash caused by a tyre blow-out) when you are driving. This article discusses some indicators of tyre problems that you should look out for when you inspect them visually.

Over Inflation

Over inflation can be detected by looking at the way your car tyres are wearing out. One sign of over inflation is when you observe that the tyre shows more wear in the middle of its tread. Over inflation can make the tyre more susceptible to damage by debris (such as stones) on the road, so you should release the excess pressure until only the recommended pressure remains.

Under Inflation

Under inflation reduces the surface of the tyre that is in contact with the road. Only the outer edges make contact and that is why you will notice that your car tyres are showing more signs of wear on those outer edges. Check the car manual and inflate the tyres to the recommended level so that you avoid the problems created by under inflation of tyres. Such problems include slow response to driving actions like braking or cornering.

Excessive Wear on One Edge

Alignment problems can be detected during a visual inspection of car tyres. For instance, a tyre that is out of alignment will show excessive tread wear on one edge (such as the outer edge). This is because the tyre is put under excessive strain on that side that is out of alignment and that is why that edge shows more wear.

Erratic Wear

You can tell that that your car tyres are wearing unevenly if you see no pattern in the signs of wear. For instance, you may see a worn patch on one part of the middle section of the tyre then another patch on one edge. Such erratic wear may point to suspension problems such as malfunctioning shock absorbers.

Always act on any abnormality that you observe when you perform a visual inspection of your tyres. For instance, contact your mechanic as soon as you notice uneven wear on the tyres. This will prevent your tyres from having their lifespan cut short by that anomaly. You will enjoy monetary savings (due to the prolonged useful life of the tyres) and greater safety (no blown tyres that cause you to lose control and slam into other motorists, for example) when you implement the tips above.