C & M Oil Co. Inc. sells and installs tires for all types of vehicles, from the family car to your long haul tractor trailer and farm equipment. We are also the areas affiliated retailer for Bridgestone. Call or stop by to find the perfect tire for your vehicle needs.
INNER OR OUTER SHOULDER WEAR = MISALIGNMENT
If you examine your tire and discover that the inner or outer edge of the tire is wearing down faster than the rest of the tread, your vehicle’s wheel alignment is likely out of specification. This wear pattern indicates that your wheels are leaning too much to one side, which can typically be blamed on misalignment. Alignment problems can affect steering, suspension, and even your safety, so don’t waste time coming in for alignment services.
HOW TO READ TIRE WEAR PATTERNS
AND IMPROVE YOUR SAFETY
CENTER WEAR = OVER-INFLATION
If your tires are wearing down rapidly in the center of the tread, you may be driving on tires that are consistently over-inflated. When your tires are filled over the recommended pressure, they’ll ride along the center of the tread—this makes the center of the tread wear down much faster than the rest of the tire. Review your owner’s manual for the vehicle's recommended tire pressure and check your tire pressure regularly!
EDGE SHOULDER WEAR = UNDER-INFLATION
In contrast to center wear, edge wear may occur when tires are under-inflated. If you’re driving on tires that are under-inflated, the edge of the tires will make the most contact with the road, causing the edges to wear down more quickly. Again, it’s important to check your owner’s manual to get the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle, then get in the habit of checking your tire pressure regularly! Wear on two shoulders can also indicate hard cornering or improper rotation.
CUPPING = SUSPENSION TROUBLES
If you notice that there are random smooth spots on your tire or little dips in the tread wear, the culprit could be your vehicle’s suspension system. More specifically, suspension parts are probably worn out or even bent out of shape. Could you have recently hit a curb or pothole? If you notice a cupping pattern or feel a slight rumbling sound when you drive, it’s important to get your suspension checked and replace any old or misshapen parts.
DIAGONAL, PATCHY WEAR =
TIME FOR TIRE ROTATION
Patchy tire wear suggests your tires are out of balance. If you examine your tires and notice that the wear is uneven, it’s time to have your tires rotated and probably aligned! By regularly rotating your tires, you help prevent this uneven wear from worsening over time and you’ll extend the lifespan of your tires.