Learn to Recognize the Signs of a Failing Tire Before It Fails

4 November 2016
 Categories: Automotive, Blog


"I want to be stranded on the side of the road," said no one. How you take care of your vehicle has a lot to do with whether you will find yourself in this situation. This is particularly the case when it comes to your tires. Learn how to recognize the telltale signs of a failing tire before one actually fails.

Constant Pressure Loss

A tire in good condition should only lose a very small amount of pressure over an extended period. In fact, in most cases, the driver doesn't even notice the decline. However, if your dash-panel system constantly warns you of reduced pressure, this isn't normal.

A tire that you keep having to add pressure to is generally a sign that a tire has reached the end of its lifetime. Not only is it time consuming to keep adding air, but a tire in this shape doesn't have the same stopping power and control as a tire in better condition, and this jeopardizes your safety.

Excessive Vibration

When you are traveling at high speeds, if the area under your seat feels like there is a vibrating component inside it, then this is an indication of significant tire wear. The vibration you are experiencing could be the result of internal tire damage, such as a bent sidewall or uneven wear.

A tire with this level of wear is a risk for several reasons. First, it's more likely to blow while you're driving, and especially when the ground is wet, uneven wear can increase the amount of time it takes to stop the vehicle. Both of these things increase your accident risk.

Sidewall Cracking

Take a few moments to inspect the sidewall of the tires. The main thing you want to be on the lookout for is cracking. Cracks, cuts, and other imperfections are all signs of wear that increase the risk of a blowout and can cause a slow leak to form within the tire.

If the cracking is a result of unexpected damage, such as brushing the tire up against the curb, you may be able to have the tire repaired. However, if the tire is older, it's time to have it replaced.

In the event that you are unable to recognize these signs ahead of time and end up with a failed tire, don't hesitate to contact a tow professional such as Marv's Quality Towing Inc. Whether the job is helping you repair the tire or transporting your vehicle to a service center, a tow professional can keep you and your vehicle protected.