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Tire Wear Problems: Causes and Symptoms

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Tread wear patterns indicate over or under inflation and alignment issues. Below are the causes and symptoms of tire wear problems.

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Low Pressure

Tires that are under-inflated will show more wear on both shoulders, as under-inflated tires typically lift in the center of the tread.

Excess Pressure

Over-inflated tires will have more wear in the center of the tire, as over-inflated tires are typically rounder and the outer ends of the tires do not touch the road.

Correct tire pressure will allow wear to occur evenly over the entire tire.


Uneven tire wear – wear on one edge or the other – is usually caused by a wheel alignment problem, not incorrect tire pressure.

Camber Wear

One side wear, when an inner or outer rib wears quicker than the rest of the tire, is indicative of wheel misalignment. It could be a simple wheel alignment, or it could be due to sagging springs, worn ball joints, or worn control arm bushings.

When getting your car aligned, it’s important to have the car loaded as it is normally driven, especially with independent rear suspension cars.


When the edge of each tread rib has a slightly rounded edge on one side and a sharp edge on the other, feathering is occurring. Feathering is usually caused by incorrect toe-in setting. Having it set correctly will solve this issue.

If you notice unusual wear on your tires and are unsure of the causes, Discount Tire Centers can help. For all your tire-related questions or to  buy tires in Whittier or anywhere in the southern California, call Discount Tire Centers at (800) 808-4737.

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What do your tires say about you and your car? Quite a bit, actually

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Your tires are the only part of your car that comes into contact with the road, so it makes sense you should know what they tell you about your vehicle. Because tires are attenna. What do we mean by “tires are antenna?” Simple: tires very often provide the first indication that something’s not right with your car. Remember to check your tires’ pressure at least once a month, and do a regular spot check each day. If a daily spot check is too much to remember, start a habit of checking whenever you fill gas.

Read on to learn what your tires can reveal about the health of your car.

6. Your Tires Have a Worn Center

It could mean: Your tires are overinflated 

If the center of your tire is worn down, it might mean the tire was overinflated such that the center-portion of the tire was taking most of the contact with the road. This is a tire pressure issue. If you have the tires set to the proper pressure and still experience center wear, it might mean the wheel and tire are not correctly matched.

5. Your Tires Have Cracks & Bulges

It could mean: Your tires need to be replaced

Over and underinflated tires are more likely to receive damage from potholes and debris than properly inflated tires, leading to the “crack and bulge” phenomena. If you see a bulge, it means you have to replace the tire, as it will inevitably fail.

4.Your Tires are ‘Scalloping’

It could mean: A problem with your suspension

No, not seafood – scalloped tires will have a series of rises and dips, the result of damaged suspension that cause the tires to bounce. Get your car to a mechanic and ask that they check the suspension.

3. Your Tires Have Diagonal-Patterned Scuff Marks

It could mean: Improper toe setting 

See diagonal-patterned cupping or scuffing on your tire? This is typically seen on the rear tires of front-wheel drive vehicles that have an improper toe setting. Improper rotation might also cause this, as could frequent heavy loads that mess with the suspension. 

2. Your Tires’ Outer Edges are Worn

It could mean: Your tires are under-inflated

The opposite of a worn center, if the inside and outside edges of your tire are worn down but not the center, it almost certainly means your tire is underinflated. Keep your eye on the PSI.

1. Your Tires Have Feathered Tread

It could mean: Improper toe setting

Feathered tread will look like ramps patterned sideways across the tire. The lower edges will be round, while the higher edges will be sharp, which you should be able to feel with your hand. This is often a consequence of improper toe setting.


If you’re experiencing one of these problems, it might be time to buy tires in Los Angeles. And leave us a comment: how often do you check your tires? Do you have any tricks to keep track of your tires’ condition?

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Help! My tires are vibrating. What should I do?!

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It’s hard to imagine a car without tires, and when your tires aren’t performing as well as they could, you know your car’s suffering. If nothing else, it’s costing you in gas mileage, but if your tires are vibrating (often in the steering wheel or front of the car), then gas mileage might be the least of your worries. Here’s what to do when your tires start an unexpected shimmy:


Check Your Lug Nuts
The first thing to check when your tires have begun shaking is the nuts on all four tires. Are they securely fastened? It’s possible they aren’t tightened to the proper torque, in which case you’ve got a quick fix. Just tighten them, and if the shaking stops, you’re set.

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Check Your Tire Pressure
You should also check your tire pressure. It’s possible one or more of your tires has depressurized, and this might cause a problem.


See if Your Tires are Out of Balance

Vibrating tires could also mean that your tires need to be balanced. Your tire balance can get out of whack with normal tire wear and tear, so if you feel a vibration while in your steering wheel (front tires) or in your seat (back tires) or both, then it’s probably time to get your tires balanced and rotated by a mechanic. Watch this video for an explanation:

If your tires are in need of a balance job, don’t wait too long to get them checked because that could lead to excessive wear on your tire, shocks, struts, steering and suspension. You could also end up having to get your wheels replaced.

Get Thee to an Expert

Tires still wiggling? Bring your vehicle to a garage and describe the problem.

It also might be time to buy some new tires! Here’s a link to tires for sale in Tujunga, and be sure to visit Discount Tire Centers online for great deal. And leave us a comment: how often do you check your tires?

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