Tread wear can signify vehicle issues : Types of tyre tread wear signs to warn motorists of vehicle issues
Tyres can tell you a lot about a vehicle. This is why it is so important to get regular tyre-checks done. Chris Lett, founder of Branigans Tyres in the Gold Coast, shares some tips to look out for when doing a tyre inspection by yourself.
“Tyres that are worn out mostly in the centre, indicate that the tyres are over-inflated,” Says Lett. “It could also signal that the wheels and tyres aren’t the right match. This why tyres need to be inflated correctly according to the recommended tyre pressure as stated the vehicle handbook/manual. Tyres worn out on the outside of a tyre are an indication of low tyre pressure and a problem with the vehicle’s suspension system,” Lett said. Ensuring that tyres have the correct tyre pressure, can increase a tyre’s lifespan.
When a tread block smoothens on one side, it is said to be feathered. One can only tell if a tyre is feathered by feeling the tyre for tread blocks that are sharp on one side. Lett says, “signs of feathering could mean that a vehicle’s ball joints, struts, or bushings have failed, causing changes to the toe or tracking to change while driving.” Uneven tyre wear caused by feathering may be gradually reversed by means of correct alignments and inspection of the vehicle’s suspension components.
By scheduling tyre services for one’s vehicle, drivers can avoid having to deal with vehicle issues that could have been prevented through good tyre maintenance practices. Regular tyre maintenance also ensures that tyres are sufficiently rotated to ensure that heel-toe wear is avoided. “One rule that may assist most drivers in keeping track of tyre wear patterns, is to do a tyre inspection with every tyre pressure check,” said Lett. It’s a good thing Branigans Tyres accepts drive-ins, making sure no driver has an excuse not to have well-maintained tyres.
The team at Branigans Tyres has the experience and expertise needed to diagnose any vehicle issues causing excessive tyre wear. Lett says, “continuing to drive with tyres that are in bad condition is not only dangerous, but it could be more costly for the driver to repair any damage caused in the long run.”
Branigans Tyres has well-established workshops in Burleigh Heads and Southport in the Gold Coast region. Check out their full range of services or current featured promotions. Branigans award-winning affordable tyre subscriptions package starts at $7.97 and helps motorists budget for their ongoing tyre needs.
Vehicle owners are encouraged to drive in at their convenience as no pre-bookings or appointments are required. The branches are Burleigh Heads: (07) 5535 2660 situated at 13 Flagstone Drive or Southport: (07) 5591 8633 located at 1/277 Southport-Nerang Rd.
Written and syndicated by YDMA News.