Top Signs That You Have A Bad Tyre

Bad Tyre

Your tyres are the only part of your vehicle to touch the road. That means they need to be in first-class condition to ensure you can accelerate, brake, and even control the car effectively. This is one of the main reasons why the government insists on a minimum tyre tread of 1.6mm.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you should wait until you get to the legal minimum. A car with 1.6mm tread will take nearly 19m longer to stop than the same car with new tyres. Alongside this, bad tyres will increase the risk of you having an accident. 

That’s why you need to know the top signs that you have a bad tyre and, if you have one, make sure you visit tyre installations Fairfield to get the situation resolved.

Damage To The Side Wall

You should inspect your tyres weekly if not daily. This will allow you to see if the tyre walls are cracked or there are any tears and cuts. It’s surprising how much damage a tyre can take and still retain air. But, a damaged tyre will be weaker and is more likely to burst, especially if under pressure cornering or braking hard.

Uneven Tread

The legal limit for your tread is 1.6mm. however, if your tyre is wearing unevenly it needs to be replaced, even if the tyre remains above 1.6mm. This will affect the handling of the vehicle and can even cause the steering wheel to shake. 

In most cases, uneven wear on your tyres is either an alignment or balancing issue. Make sure you have these checked and corrected when your new tyre is installed. It will prevent it from happening again.

Bulges In your Tyre

These are similar to cuts and tears in the strength of the tyre that has been compromised and is likely to need replacing. After all, any weakness in the tyre means you have a high likelihood of it bursting. Naturally, it will burst at the most inopportune moment.

Vibration In The Steering Wheel

If your steering wheel is vibrating, especially when you go above a certain speed, you most likely have a balancing or tracking issue. This will need to be addressed. While the issue is present the tyre will be under additional pressure and the tread will wear unevenly. 

The sooner you have it looked at the better. 

Check Your Pressures

An incorrect pressure on your tyre will cause them to wear faster. It can also be a sign that you have a slow puncture or some other issue. Tyres naturally lose pressure in use and due to weather fluctuations. You can’t see the change in pressure but you can check it weekly. Doing so will help to ensure the car is safe and your tyres last longer. That’s worth a few minutes of your time every week. 

Don’t forget, tyre pressure rises in hot tyres, that’s why you should check the pressure when they are cold before you head out anywhere.