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The 10 Typical Causes Of Tyre Wear




Every part of your car is important, but your tyres are one of the most vital parts. Your tyres are supposed to be in good condition at all times.

As the day passes by, tyre manufacturers think out ways to improve fuel economy, handling performance, safety, etc, we the way things are going now, you’ll realize that the technological developments in the tyre world are making a big difference. Run flat tyres are one of these major developments in the tyre world.

Your tyres are the only grip and contact between your vehicle and the road and at such, much care should be given to them. If there are other grips and contact, kindly take your car to a professional mechanic.

Anything that make your tyres deviate from giving your car safe grip to the ground should be avoided.

Below are the 10 typical causes of tyre wear

 1. Under-inflation:

This will cause the tyre to wear on the outer edges of the tread, leaving the central tread area far less worn. The tyre inner-liner can also degrade.

2. Over-inflation:

This will result in the central tread area being forced into contact with the road causing rapid or crown wear.

3. Wheel misalignment:

This will cause the edge of the tread to be “feathered” and wear progressively from one side

4. Illegal Wear:

This tyre has been used well after reaching the legal minimum pattern depth of 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tread, going around the complete circumference of the tyre.

5. End of Life:

The tyre has reached the legal minimum pattern depth of 1.6mm

6. Emergency Braking:

An emergency braking manoeuvre can cause the tyre to rapidly wear through the complete casing, causing the tyre to deflate.

7. Cuts:

Sharp objects can cause considerable damage rendering a tyre unserviceable.

8. Impact and Sidewall damage:

A bulge or “egg” may indicate localised casing damage impact damage. Sidewall or shoulder damage should never be repaired.

9. Tyre Age:

This is commonly identified by small cracks (crazing) appearing in the sidewall. Tread depth can also be used as a suitable indication of when tyres should be replaced as tyre treads generally wear out before the ageing effect becomes a problem. Premature tyre ageing can affect safety and increase the risk of failure.

10. Driving habits:

Every vehicle has parts that need to be replaced constantly; your tyres are among these parts.  Driving habit is largely responsible for the state of your tyres. A careful driver is likely to enjoy tyres for a longer life span than a careless driver.

Proper tyre care can substantially prolong their average life. A driver that does the right things like alignment and so on has better chances.

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Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.

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