Are Your Tires Getting Worn Out? Here's What You Need to Know.

Having good tires with ample tread is important. They will grip the road and help keep you safe behind the wheel. Obviously, your tires will wear out naturally over time, but there are additional factors that can cause them to deteriorate quicker than you want. Other vehicle components and various factors can lead to uneven or increased tire wear.

At Simard Automotive, we want you to be safe on the road (especially with Alaska's unpredictable weather). Here are some of the factors to keep in mind when it comes to your tire tread wear:

1. Air Pressure

It's a good idea to check your tire air pressure regularly. If they are overinflated or underinflated, it will lead to more rapid tire wear. Likewise, if one tire has a different air pressure than the rest, it will lead to uneven tread wear.

2. Wheel Alignment

Properly aligned wheels will help keep the tread wear on your tires even and consistent. If the camber, caster or toe are misaligned, the tires simply won't last as long.

3. Tire Rotation

Getting your tires rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles is just smart vehicle ownership. Because of all these factors affecting tire wear on each tire individually, rotating them regularly helps balance things out over time and will keep your tires lasting longer.

4. Brakes

If your brakes aren't working properly, it will impact the tires and their tread wear.

5. Suspension

Like the brakes, if your suspension is damaged or out of alignment, it will lead to more significant and inconsistent tire tread wear.

6. Drivetrain and Transmission

The transmission and drivetrain system convert and transfer power from the engine to the wheels. If something isn't working properly in this complex system, the tires will pay the ultimate price. Differentials, axles, wheel bearing, fluids, etc. can all impact your tires.

7. Tire Damage

Obviously, if you've punctured a tire, damaged the sidewall or had a flat repair, it may not perform at the same level as the other tires and there's a good chance it will wear out more quickly than the others. Make sure any repair work is properly done and check the air pressure regularly to prevent further damage. 

8. Driving Habits

Last but not least, your own driving habits will affect the health and overall lifespan of your tires. If you drive like a maniac, ride the brakes, burn out upon acceleration and so on, you are putting more strain on your tires and they simply won't last as long.

These are just a few things to consider when it comes to proper tire care. For help with your tire repairs, replacements and maintenance of all key vehicle systems affecting your wheels/tires, turn to Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK. Call us today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Avenue shop) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Road shop). Or, schedule your service appointment online.

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