In the United States alone, there are over 69 million breakdowns each year. Some could even be due to poor maintenance on your tires. We’ve listed just a few problems to watch out for, that will help in the maintenance of your automobile.
- Tire Tread
Low tire treads are an issue, so you’ll need to check them semi-frequently. We try to remember to check them when the seasons change. One way to check this is to take a penny and stick it down in the tread, if you can see Abraham Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires. If you can’t see the top of his head, you are good for at least another season.
- Sidewall Cracking
Another sign your tires need to be replaced is if you can visibly see any cracking on your sidewalls. Cracks and cuts in the sidewall grooves can indicate that your tires are leaking ever so slightly. It is also possible that these cracks could lead to a blowout.
- Blisters & Bulges
Tires aren’t meant to last forever, and while we’d like them to, they sometimes fail, and having a blister or a bulge is a good sign that your tire may decide to give you a flat on your way around town. Tire bulges and blisters occur when the outside surface of the tire becomes weak, which could mean that your car tires are in bad condition.
- Low Inflation
Each season or each even fluctuation of temperature you should check your tires. Each vehicle is different in its requirements for the air pressure needed. If you don’t have enough pressure in your tires – or too much – this can end up being a bad thing for your car. It also affects how your vehicle rides, so your passengers may notice extra bumps. Overinflating your tires can make them more vulnerable to damage, and cause them to weaken.
- Vehicle Vibrations
We don’t want to diminish any signs of ‘good vibrations’ in your vehicle, but this can’t always be a good thing. If the extra vibrations are in your seat it’s generally in the rear of your vehicle. If the vibrations are coming from the steering wheel then it’s from the front of your automobile. This is something you’ll want to get checked out by a mechanic because it could be more than your tires.
Keep an eye out for the signs of tire problems listed above if you want to prevent breakdowns and blowouts on your car. Avoid major tire problems by being proactive and observant. If you have a flat or need a tow, call Limitless Towing at 847-851-4400 for all your roadside assistance needs.