Three Signs Your Tires Need Repair or Replacement

1 February 2022
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Even well-maintained tires will eventually need replacement. You don't have to wait for your tires to be completely damaged before you replace them. Ignoring damaged tires can lead to accidents or unnecessary costs in suspension repair. To verify the state of your tires, you can physically examine them for tears, cuts, nicks, or bulges in the sidewall.

Here are other red flags that indicate when your tires need repair or replacement.

Low Tread

Tire treads are the grooves on the surface of your tire. The grooves provide the necessary grip that you need on the road surface. You can tell when your tires are worn out by looking at their tread depth.

Simply put, tires are considered worn out if the tread depth is less than 2/32". As tires begin to smoothen and lose their tread depth, their grip on the road surface will be less than ideal. As a result, your car will be prone to accidents, especially when you brake. 

Driving on snowy roads or rainy weather will further increase your risk of an accident. These bald tires will have less traction with the road surface in such wet conditions. As a result, your car will likely skid even at moderate speeds.

Bumpy Ride

While it's normal to experience a bumpy ride on a bad road, you should be wary if you experience the same on a perfectly smooth road. In such a case, tires are likely the most obvious culprit. A bumpy ride could be due to bad tire alignment, incorrect air pressure in the tires, or improperly mounted tires.

If you unexpectedly have to change a flat tire, be careful when replacing it with a spare one. Ensure the tire is firmly set against the back disk. Otherwise, the car will be unstable when you drive. This mistake will further wear out your tires and you'd need a tire repair shop to fix the issue.

Also, watch out for a bad alignment. If you feel the car pulling to one side whenever you accelerate, you should call a tire repair expert to check the wheel alignment.

Cracked Tires

You should regularly examine your tires to check whether they have cracks. If you see small lines that look like spider webs, your tires probably have sidewall cracks. The cracks are due to long-term exposure to UV rays and the chemicals in the tire drying out. The cracks can also signify the tire is aging. Therefore, the rubber will become stiffer, and the tires will not absorb shock properly. The tires may even burst during high speed.

The need for tire repair shouldn't be ignored. They could be a disaster waiting to happen. Be sure to speak with a reputable tire repair expert to understand what your options are.