Early Warning Signs of Tire Failure

August 24, 2015

Unless you have Run-Flat tires on, tire failure and getting stranded somewhereis always a possibility. Fact is: tires get old and worn down. That’s why regular sessions at your tire center is a must to keep your wheels in top condition. Have your tire’s pressure, balance and alignment among other things checked. On a daily basis, what you can do to avoid tire failure and needing to change your tires in the middle of the road is to watch out for the following early warning signs.

Start with the easiest to look at: the sidewalls. Are there visible cracks or cuts? These grooves may be a sign that your tire is about to leak air or, much worse, a blowout. No debate about this, drop by the nearest Bridgestone tire center and have your tire or tires replaced.

Misaligned and under or over-inflated wheels cause uneven tread wear, which results to hazardous driving conditions. Do this simple test: while driving in a straight line, try taking your hands off of the wheel. Is there a pull to the side? If so, then it may be that your tires need to be aligned. A tire’s pressure is also important in keeping your tire’s grip or traction to the ground. If it is too high or too low, it challenges your contact patch (or your tire’s footprint) and makes it difficult to carry out the vehicle’s load. To be sure,refer to your vehicle’s manual for the ideal tire pressure.

Bulges and blisters are blowouts waiting to happen. No matter how tough and thick they are when bought, tires naturally weaken each time you drive. The inner lining or liner gradually gets damaged from impacts, developing small holes or tears where air can escape through. Examine your tires. Use your hands in trying to spot bubbles or bloated areas. If you find any, take your vehicle to the nearest tire center and have your tires replaced.

Vibrations are often reliable signs of problems with vehicles. While a certain level of vibration while driving is normal, it’s always best to be safe and sure. Where is the vibration coming from? Is it from driving on a badly paved road? Are your shock absorbers starting to go? Perhaps your wheels are misaligned? Get to the root of the problem and take your car to a mechanic or a tire center for inspection.