Are your car tires bald and cracked? Do they make an odd noise when you drive on them? If so, it might be time to replace them.
Tires are a sensitive part of your vehicle, and if they're not properly taken care of, they can cause a lot of problems. So, keep an eye out for these signs to avoid tire issues while driving.
Bald or Cracked Tires
The first and most obvious sign that your tires are in bad shape is when they're bald or cracked. In fact, if you can see the tire's steel cord, it's probably time for a new tire.
Baldness or cracks also weaken the tire, making it more susceptible to punctures and blowouts. For example, when your tires are improperly inflated, the treads wear down unevenly, causing the sides of the tread to rub against the road. This can lead to the formation of bald spots and cracks in the tread. This eventually causes the tread to separate from the tire, leading to a blowout.
Bulges and Blisters
Tire bulges are caused by an object puncturing the tire and causing it to swell from the inside. On the other hand, blisters form when there's an air leak in the tire. Over time, this causes the tire to develop a raised area on the tire's surface.
When the tire is inflated, the air pressure inside pushes against the tire's surface. If there's a leak, then the tire won't be able to hold the air pressure, causing the tire to swell and form a blister.
Like bald spots and cracks, bulges and blisters weaken the tire's structure and make it more susceptible to punctures. If you see a bulge or blister, take your car to a tire shop so they can inspect your tires and repair or replace them if necessary. A sudden blowout can be dangerous because it can cause you to lose control of your car. You might even crash into another vehicle or object unexpectedly.
Black Rubber Residue
If you see black rubber residue on your tire, it's a sign that the tire is failing. The rubber will start to break down and flake off the tire in small pieces.
This usually happens when the tire is old and has been used for a long time. It can also happen if the tire was improperly manufactured.
The black rubber residue is not only unsightly, but it can also be dangerous. The tire could completely fall apart while you're driving. This would obviously be very dangerous and could lead to an accident.
Tire replacement is a big expense, but it's definitely cheaper than what might come after an accident. Stay safe on the road by keeping your car tires in good condition.
For more information about tire services, contact a local mehanic.
7 July 2022
After my car died and I was stranded on the freeway a few years back, I knew that I had to do what I could to avoid similar issues in the future. I began working hard to identify different issues with my car, so that I could prevent problems. I began working with a mechanic to get help, and he taught me a lot about going through my car and being able to evaluate different things that were problems. It was really interesting to explore the possibilities of different car failures, and before I knew it, I could tell when my car was struggling. Read more about the early signs of car trouble on my blog.