Tires – and keeping them aligned and balanced – play a huge safety role, especially in inclement weather. While we check your vehicle’s tires any time you come into the shop, you should also keep an eye on them. You can catch problems before they get too serious if you know what to look for.
If you need tires or you notice uneven wear patterns, contact Mevert Automotive & Tire Center for an appointment. We’ll check the tires and replace those that need to be replaced, repair the suspension or align the vehicle if that is what you need.
Normal tire wear means that the tires wear evenly, from one side to the other. If the tires on your vehicle are wearing unevenly, you might have a tire pressure issue, an alignment problem or a suspension issue.
Our Steeleville Il. tire mechanic will look for incorrect wear to help determine the problem. If the tires are wearing only in the center of the tread, they have too much air pressure. If the tires are wearing evenly on the edges of the tread but not in the middle, they don’t have enough air pressure. Both issues cause faster tire degradation and give you less control over the vehicle.
If the tires have too much air pressure, only the center of the tire is making contact with the road, which means less traction. If the tires have too little air pressure, the center of the tread does not have good contact with the road, and that causes less traction.
To check for camber, look at the tires from the front of the vehicle. If the tires point inward, the vehicle has too much negative camber. If the tires point outward, the vehicle has too much positive camber. Worn ball joints and bearings could cause this issue. This is where you’ll see one side or the other of the tire worn more than the rest of the tire.
If you look at your vehicle’s tires from above, and they are turned in or out, the toe is out. Toe-in is when the tires are angled in, and toe out is when your tires are angled out – much like your feet if you were to look down at them and angle your toes in or out. This shows up as one side of the tread block wearing. It looks like the edge of each tread has saw teeth.
The angle of the steering axis is caster. When looking at the vehicle’s tires from the side, if they look pushed toward the front of the vehicle, they have negative caster. If the tires look as though they are pushed back toward the cab of the vehicle, they have positive caster.
If you notice an issue with your vehicle’s tires, including uneven wear, shaking in the steering wheel, which can signify an unbalanced tire, or normal wear, contact Mevert Automotive & Tire Center for an appointment.