Damaged & Worn Tires
Damaged & Worn Tires
What damages tires?
- Wear and Damage
- Potholes, obstacles, curbs, sharp objects, speed bumps
- Extreme temperatures
- Rain, snow, and ice
- Oil, grease, and other chemicals
- Strong sunlight and ozone
- Quick starts and emergency braking
- Driving on damaged roads
- Failure to notice a change in handling, noise, or vibration
- Failure to consult a professional when something changes
Neglecting basic tire maintenance:
- Air pressure
- Not routinely checking for wear or damage
- Alignment and rotation
- Neglecting to get a professional tire inspection in the event a tire has been impacted or sustained damage
- Not balancing tires after they are installed
- Improper tire storage
- Use of sealants that have not been approved
- Using summer tires on snow and ice
- Mixing tire types
- Using tires on damaged wheels
- Using wheel and rim sizes that are not compatible
- Fitting tires that do not have a speed capability and load index at least equal to or higher than those originally specified by the vehicle manufacturer
- Reinflating a tire that has been run flat or seriously underinflated
- Using a spare tire of a different size at speeds in excess of 80 kph
Is my tire worn out?
We recommend replacing your tire if:
- The tread is worn beyond the recommended tread depth levels
1. Inspect your tire regularly and look for:
- Uneven tread wear
- Shallow tread
- Troublemakers (rocks, nails, etc.)
- Damaged areas
- Damaged valve caps
2. Pay attention to the “feel” of your tires as you drive.
- A rough ride may indicate tire damage or excessive wear.
- If you notice vibrations or other disturbances while driving, immediately reduce speed, drive with caution until you can safely pull off the road and stop, and inspect your tires.
- If a tire is damaged, deflate it and replace it with your spare. If you do not see any tire damage and cannot identify the source of the vibration, take the vehicle to a tire dealer for a thorough inspection.
3. See a professional
- If you see something you’re not sure about during your inspection, have it examined by your tire dealer.
To identify a specific problem.