While we don’t think about our tires often, they are one of the most important components of your vehicle’s safety, according to Jay Allen, owner of Jay’s Roadside Assistance and Mobile Tire Shop serving Broward and surrounding areas in South Florida. When your tires are properly inflated, they help you avoid skidding and reduce wear on other parts of the vehicle. Unfortunately, even with regular maintenance and inspection, tire failure can still occur. That’s why it’s important to know when to be concerned about potential problems with your tires – before they become an emergency! The following are some common signs that your car may be in need of new tires:
Bulges or blisters
You may not notice it right away, but if you see bulges or blisters on the sidewall of your tire, it can be a sign that the air pressure inside is too high and lead to tire failure. When this happens, your tire tread is being pushed outwards and may eventually become damaged. If you see bulges or blisters on your tires—or if one of these has been noticed by a mechanic—schedule an appointment with Jay’s Mobile Tire Shop immediately.
Excessively worn tread
Excessively worn tread is one of the most obvious signs that a tire has reached the end of its useful life. The tread depth should be at least 1/16 inch, and you can check it by looking at the grooves in your tires. If any tread wear indicators appear at all, then it’s time to replace your tires. Tread wear indicators are small bumps that will appear when your tires have worn down to 1/16 inch. They’ll look like little pieces of rubber protruding from each groove in the surface of your rubber, so make sure to look carefully as you drive around town to avoid unexpected tire failure!
Cracking or cuts in the sidewalls
- Safety is your top priority when driving. Tire failure can occur without warning and lead to serious accident or injury.
- If you notice any sidewall damage, such as cracking or cuts in the sidewalls of one or more of your tires, take them to be repaired immediately by a professional mechanic.
- You should also call an auto repair shop for advice if you suspect that one of your tires is cracked or otherwise damaged but have not visually seen any injuries yet.
Uneven tread wear
Tires are a crucial part of your vehicle, so it’s important to keep an eye on their condition. Tire wear can be caused by a variety of factors, including improper alignment and rotation. In fact, tires should be rotated and aligned every 5,000 miles or so. If you notice uneven tread wear on one side of your tire, it’s probably time to get them replaced—and quickly!
If you’re not sure if it’s time to replace your tires (or if they’ve been misaligned), check out these signs that they need replacing to avoid tire failure:
- Uneven tread wear
- Worn-out sidewalls
- Cracked rims
Excessive tire vibration
In addition to checking your tire’s tread depth, you should also look for signs of excessive tire vibration. You’ll know something is wrong if you notice that your tires are vibrating even when you aren’t moving or when they make a humming or grinding sound.
- Uneven wear on the tread. If your tires have excessive and unusual wear patterns, this may indicate an alignment issue or worn suspension components.
- Bulges and blisters in the sidewall or tread area
- Cracks in the sidewall that extend all around the circumference of each tire (not just at one point)
- Cuts that occur across more than one tread block
Look for these signs before your tire fails, it could save you from trouble down the road.
The following are some warning signs that you may be on your way to a flat tire:
- Tire pressure drops suddenly. The air pressure in your tires is an important factor in the overall health of your tires, so if you notice a significant drop in pressure over time (such as from 30/32 PSI to 25/26 PSI), you could have an issue with one or more of them.
- You hear noises coming from the treads of your tires when driving. If it sounds like something has gotten stuck inside one or more of them, then it’s likely due to damage caused by road debris such as nails and screws sticking out through the treads where they shouldn’t be. A loud thumping sound could indicate a crack forming somewhere within the tire itself which will eventually cause tire failure if left untreated for too long – so make sure everything checks out before taking off again!
- You see bulges along the sidewalls of any given tire when looking at its profile from behind it while mounted onto its rim can lead to tire failure. These bulges often indicate damaged plies inside which must be replaced to avoid tire failure.
There are a few things you can do to prevent a tire failure. Be sure to check your tires regularly for signs of wear and tear. And of course, schedule Jay’s Mobile Tire to rotate them as often as possible to keep them balanced and aligned for better performance.
When you’re ready for a new set of tires or need tire service, never waste your time waiting in a tire shop waiting room again… call Jay’s Roadside Assistance and Mobile Tire to schedule service or delivery and installation of tires at your home or office