Types Of Car Tire Wear Explained

How to spot irregular car tire wear

Do you know how to spot excessive wear and tear on your car tires? As a vehicle owner, it’s critical that you can spot trouble on your ride and know when you’re due for an appointment at our Charlotte Toyota service center. Today we’re talking car tires – specifically, the different types of wear and tear that can mean problems in your near future.

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Six types of car tire wear to look out for

Type #1: Cupping

Cupping is when you can see small cup-shaped divots in your car tires. You’ll often see this marking on trailer tires but it’s not uncommon to see it on vehicle tires as well. This usually means your tires are bouncing on the road, which could indicate issues with your car’s suspension or shocks. Bring it to Toyota of N Charlotte to let our experts have a look.

Type #2: Feathering

Feathering wear is tricky to spot visually, but you can definitely feel it if you run your hand along the tire. It feels like sharp pieces sticking up out of the tire, usually on just one side, and can be the result of uneven wear or aggressive driving (so ease off).

Type #3: Center wear

Center wear is when the middle of your tires seems over-worn while the rest of the tire isn’t. Usually this is the result of overinflation – if your tires are too high in terms of PSI, the center will actually bulge out and wear faster than the rest of the tire. Make sure you check your tire PSI or have our Charlotte auto service techs do it for you.

Type #4: Side wear

Side wear, on the other hand, is when the sides of your tires are wearing out faster than the center. This is typically caused by underinflation, or when your tires aren’t inflated enough. It could also indicate issues with your alignment, so have our pros at Toyota of N Charlotte take a look.

Type #5: Sidewall wear

Sidewall wear is actually on the sides of the tires – believe it or not, on the part that doesn’t actually touch the road. This can be caused by bumping curbs or other structures while you’re parking and can damage the integrity of the tire, leaving you prone to a blowout.

Type #6: Flat spots

If you notice flat spots in your tires, it means you’re driving – specifically braking – too harshly and need to lay off. Flat spots are visible and also noticeable when you’re driving and are bad for your car tires, so if you spot one change your driving habits and come to Toyota of N Charlotte for a new tire ASAP.

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Bring your car to Toyota of N Charlotte for car tire service

Have questions? Call us! Toyota of N Charlotte’s service center is open seven days a week at (704) 659-2025 and we’re ready to help you with any and all odd car tire wear problems. You can also stop by and see us at 13429 Statesville Road, just off I-77 at exit 23.