By Adele-mcmasters on 6th August

The tyre tread can tell you a lot about the performance and the health of your vehicle. Some of the elements you need to inspect are the depth, pattern and wear of the tyre tread to understand the condition of the tyres and its alignment.

The depth of the tyre tread is an important factor when ensuring the safety of your vehicle.

You will see tread wear indicators on the grooves of many tyres and these are in the form of raised bars. These indicators will become more visible as the tread is exposed to more wear and when the tyre depth is the same level as the indicators, it indicates that it is time for tyre replacement. You can visit Treadworx Lilydale for expert tyre fitting. They can also recommend tyres that are best for your vehicle and driving style. The wear patterns of the tyre will shed some light on the suspension system of your vehicle and its alignment. When there is uneven wear on a tyre tread, it can indicate issues with alignment or suspension. If you ignore this, the tyre will experience more wear and you will soon notice a reduction in vehicle handling and performance. When there is a lot of wear on one side such as the inside or outside edge of the tyre tread, this is a good indication of uneven wear.

If your tyre is worn across the centre of the tread more compared to the edges,

This means the tyre is overinflated. Under-inflated tyres can be identified by worn edges. The edges will be worn more than the centre in this situation. This is why it is so important to ensure proper inflation in the tyres. This will extend the lifespan of your tyres and you will also notice an improvement in fuel efficiency. Some irregular wear patterns emerge in a scalloped or wave appearance which will indicate suspension system issues. This is something you see when the shock absorbers or struts are worn out. You need to address these issues immediately as this can affect the stability of your vehicle.

Another wear pattern

You may see is feathering where the tread blocks will be worn down at a slope. This happens when there is misalignment. Feathering can lead to increased road noise and it will bring down the performance of your tyre. To prevent this, you need to carry out routine tyre rotations and alignment. If there is excessive wear on one edge of the tread without a similar occurrence on the other edge, this can indicate improper camber settings. This type of wear is called camber wear and this is when the tyre connects to the road at an inaccurate angle. This will reduce traction and lead to issues with handling. You need to know how to differentiate between aggressive and normal tyre wear. If your driving style is more aggressive with sharp turns and sudden stops, the wear pattern can be quite uneven while controlled driving will lead to even wear.

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