What Do Tire Tread Wear Patterns Mean?

Tires are one of the most important pieces of safety equipment on your vehicle. It’s a good idea to check them periodically to make sure they are in good shape, and that includes the tire tread wear pattern.

 

Tire tread wear can be affected by weather, inflation, balance, alignment and more. If you have tire tread problems and can’t fix them, be sure to call up your local mechanic at Peters Body Shop!

Common Tire Tread Wear Patterns And What They Mean

1. Toe Wear/Camber WearThis tire has been damaged by under inflation. Keep an eye on tire tread wear patterns to prevent irreversible damage to your car tires.

This type of wear is defined by excessive wear on the inner or outer edge of the tire. The tire will look lopsided, like one edge has been worn off, or the portion of the tire which should be flat will be angled.

This usually means something is wrong with the wheel alignment, and you’ll need to take the car to a mechanic.

2. Center Wear

If the center of the tire is wearing down faster than the edges, the tire is likely over-inflated. Open your driver’s side door to find the correct tire pressure for your vehicle, and adjust your tire accordingly.

3. Outer Wear

If the outer edges of the tire are wearing down faster than the center, the tire is likely under-inflated. Open your driver’s side door to find the correct tire pressure for your vehicle, and adjust your tire accordingly.

4. Cupping Wear

These last two are less common tire tread wear patterns. Cupping wear is identified by diagonal scalloping on the tire. Basically, if the tire tread wear is in intervals, at diagonal angles, you have this problem. This is a serious concern, as the suspension may be bent, worn or otherwise damaged. Make an appointment with a mechanic immediately.

5. Patchy Wear

This type of tire tread wear pattern indicates the tire is out of balance. Have a local mechanic spin and rotate your tires to equalize the wear.