02-13-17

What Are Your Tires Telling You?

When it comes to your tires, you probably don’t think a lot about communication. But, it might be time for you to consider what your tires are trying to tell you with their wear patterns.

As you drive your car, the tread on your tires wears down from use. While this is normal, certain wear patterns can tell you a lot about the state of your car. If that surprises you, you might be asking yourself the following question, “Is there a car dealership near me that can tell me what the wear patterns on my tires are trying to tell me?” If you live or work near our Los Angeles, CA Audi service center, the answer to your question is yes and we encourage you to make a service appointment with us.

Here is a list of some of the most common kinds of wear you’ll see on your tires and the usual culprits responsible for these wear patterns:

  • Center Wear: Center wear is what its name implies – a strip of tread located at the center of your tire that’s worn more than the rest of the tread. In general, center wear is normally caused by tires that are over-inflated. You can prevent this kind of wear from occurring by keeping the air pressure in your tires at the appropriate level.
  • Shoulder Wear: Like center wear, shoulder wear is normally caused by tires that are inflated improperly. When a tire suffers shoulder wear, however, it’s typically caused by under-inflation. Consult your owner’s manual to see how much air pressure your tires should have and adjust the air pressure in your tires accordingly to prevent shoulder wear.
  • Camber Wear: This kind of wear happens when a tire has a positive or negative camber. With positive camber, a tire will have a smooth, worn strip on its outer shoulder while negative camber will produce a similar strip on the tire’s inner shoulder. Improperly inflated tires, misaligned wheels, and worn suspension parts are often responsible for camber wear. If you have the right amount of air pressure and you still see this kind of wear, you should contact Keyes Audi to make a service appointment.
  • Cupped Wear: If you notice cupping or scalloping on your tires, you should make an appointment with our Audi service department as well. This kind of wear is often caused by unbalanced tires or wheels or worn out shocks or struts.

If you’re concerned by what your tires are trying to tell you, visit Keyes Audi to let our factory-trained technicians interpret what your tires are communicating. Once we identify the underlying cause of your tires’ wear pattern, we’ll fix it for you. Contact Keyes Audi to schedule an appointment to have your tires checked today.