Seven Causes of Tire Damage - Subaru Service Questions in Beaverton, OR

Seven Causes of Tire Damage in Beaverton

It's hard to overstate the importance of tires on your car--and for Subaru models equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, it's even more important to have tires that are in good condition. We've all dealt with tire damage, so we know how frustrating it can be. The technicians at the Carr Subaru service center have plenty of experience fixing and replacing tires, as well; here are seven common causes they see of tire damage, as well as ways to avoid them.

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7. Overinflation

It's not likely that your tires will be filled with too much air; however, if they are, it can cause problems. Tires with excessive air means that less of the tire comes in contact with the road. This decreases traction, but it also greatly increases the danger of damage.

6. Underinflation

Having too little air in the tires is more common than having too much air. This can also cause problems, with uneven tread wear and sidewall damage being the consequences. Fortunately, new vehicles sold since 2007 have a tire pressure monitoring system installed that will let you know if any of your tires need to be inflated.

5. Tires Not Rotated Frequently Enough

Tire rotation is an important service that's often overlooked. Ideally, you should have your vehicle's tires rotated every time you bring it in for an oil change. Due to factors like the distribution of weight, each tire is subject to different kinds of pressure. Regularly rotating them means that one tire won't get worn out before the others.

4. Improper Wheel Alignment

Misaligned wheels can be irritating and dangerous, since it means your vehicle will pull in one direction instead of driving straight. However, this can also cause tire damage, wearing down the edge of the tire excessively. If this happens, you'll have to have all four tires replaced.

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3. Curbs & Other Obstacles

Even the best drivers hit curbs, bumps, and other obstacles in the road. Hitting a curb can damage the sidewall or even give you a flat tire--not to mention the damage it can do to the rims.

2. Punctures

These are sometimes difficult to avoid. Screws, nails, and other sharp objects aren't always easy to spot in the road, and a puncture can be a real bummer. The good news is that punctures can often be easily repaired, so you won't have to replace the tires.

1. Ordinary Wear & Tear

It's simply a fact of life that tires wear down as you drive. It can be tempting to try to squeeze every last mile out of a set of tires, but it's not a wise idea. As the tread becomes low, the risk of damage becomes greater. Furthermore, your vehicle won't be able to grip the road as effectively. If you're unsure whether your tires' treads are too low, try the penny test: insert a penny into the tread of the tire, with the top of President Lincoln's head facing the tire. If the tread covers at least part of his head, you've probably got enough tread left. If the top of his head is uncovered, it's time for new tires.

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