6 Issues That Lead to Excess Tire Wear

If your tires are wearing out too quickly and not lasting as long as they should, there are several issues that could be to blame. Here are some of the most likely culprits, according to the auto repair pros and tire replacement experts at Fox Run Auto:

1. Poor Wheel Alignment

Problems with your wheel alignment can lead to uneven tire wear, reduced gas mileage, poor handling and many other problems. When the wheel camber, caster and/or toe are out of alignment, your tires will wear out unevenly and you may find yourself having to replace them sooner than expected. It's a good idea to get your wheel alignment checked periodically.

2. Not Enough Tire Rotations

It's usually worthwhile to have your tires rotated with every automotive service (usually around every 5,000-6,000 miles). Tires will always wear out somewhat unevenly through regular driving. Front and back tires experience different torque, and each side of the vehicle may have a different impact. Rotating the tires and wheels regularly helps keep the tread wear even over time and will help your tires last longer.

3. Bad Brakes

Brake problems can affect many other parts of the vehicle, including the wheels and tires. If your brakes aren't working efficiently, your tire treads may have to do more work when coming to a stop. They could wear out faster as long as your brake system is in bad shape.

4. Suspension Problems

Another common source of excess tire wear is problems with the vehicle's suspension. Not only will the vehicle experience handling issues, but it could be putting excess strain on the wheels, brakes and tires.

5. Transmission/Drive Train Problems

Shifting problems within your transmission or any issues with your drive train components (axles, differentials, transfer case, U-joints, etc.) could lead to additional stress on the tires. Everything is interconnected as power is distributed from the engine to the wheels. A problem with any component could snowball into other issues.

6. Improper Tire Pressure

Lastly, the air pressure in your tires can be a problem. Too much air or too little can definitely affect tire tread wear or increase the risk of flat tires, blowouts or other tire damage. The wrong tire pressure can even impact fuel economy, so it's important to keep them inflated at the recommended pressures at all times.

These are just a few of the most common things that can lead to excess tire wear and limited tire life. If you are ready to replace your tires or need to deal with any other automotive repair/maintenance issues, call Fox Run Auto at (302) 597-9205 or schedule a service appointment online.


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