Drivers tend not to think about their tires unless there is something wrong with them. But it’s important to know that proper tire maintenance can help prolong the life of your tires. By keeping them aligned and well balanced, they will wear evenly as opposed to forming telltale signs that there might be an issue with your alignment, balance or suspension.
The depth of your tread is oftentimes the primary indicator as to when you will need to replace your tires. The tread on your tires is what gives you traction, especially on rainy days. The tread helps to grip the road and expel water through the channels in your tire tread.
Uneven wear and tear on your tires is another warning sign that should be noticed. When your tires wear unevenly it means that they are not making equal contact with the road, and it could mean that some tires are taking more of a beating than your other tires because the weight of your car is not being evenly distributed among your four tires.
Because it is not recommended to change only one tire out at a time, it is important to make sure that all your tires are wearing as evenly as possible which will help to prolong the use of all four of your tires.
Our mechanics at Heights Swedish Solutions in Cleveland Heights, OH will check your tires whenever you bring your vehicle in for an oil change.
However, it would help to keep an eye on the tires yourself. The tread needs to be at least 2/32 of an inch deep. The tires should not have uneven wear or bubbles on the tread or sidewall. If the tires are worn or have other problems, Heights Swedish Solutions’ tire sales manager can put the correct tires on your vehicle.
The easiest way to check the tread depth on tires is to use the penny test.
Position a penny with Lincoln’s head so that it is upside down. Place the penny in the tread. If the top of Lincoln’s head is not visible, the tread is less than 2/32 of an inch. Check the tread in at least three places around each tire.
If the tread is less than 2/32 of an inch, the vehicle needs new tires. Contact Heights Swedish Solutions in Cleveland Heights, OH for new tire installation.
You do not always have to replace your tires. Our auto technicians can repair tires in Cleveland Heights, OH if it’s a nail in the tread. If the hole is larger than a nail, we can patch the tire. However, if the hole is in the sidewall, you need tire replacement.
If the tread is wearing evenly on your vehicle’s tires, there is no need to replace the tires unless the tread is less than 2/32 of an inch. However, if the tread is wearing unevenly, you have additional issues with the alignment or suspension.
If something is worn or broken in the suspension, it affects the alignment. Sometimes, the alignment is out because you hit a pothole or a curb too hard.
The auto technicians at Heights Swedish Solutions in Cleveland Heights, OH will check the tires on the alignment machine to see whether you need an alignment or have a problem with the vehicle’s suspension.
If the problem is with the suspension, the worn or broken part must be repaired. Or else, the tire will continue wearing and could eventually blow out. A worn or malfunctioning suspension could also cause the vehicle to pull to the left or right, also a safety concern.
If the tire wears only in the middle, the air pressure is too high. If the tire wears evenly on both edges, the tire does not have enough air pressure. However, if the tire wears only on one side or shows a feathering pattern, the problem is with the alignment or suspension.
Catching tire wear and having the tires immediately checked by the professionals at Swedish Solutions in Cleveland Heights, OH can save the tire and other problems with the suspension.
If you do notice excessive vibrations at higher speeds, especially on the freeway, this could point to an issue with your tires being unbalanced or out of alignment.
Not to worry here at Swedish Solution, we can help diagnose the issue and quickly correct it. Then if we notice that this issue has caused uneven wear on your tires, it may be possible to extend the use of your tires by performing a tire rotation.
Depending on the position of the tire, it can take the brunt of your turns as well as your acceleration and quick stops. By rotating the tires, you can give them a better chance of wearing evenly and therefore prolonging the time before they need to be exchanged for new tires.
We have a full range of tires available to our customers, we have sports tires, durable tires, and economic tires for your daily driver. Let us know what type of tires you want, and we’ll be happy to find them. If you are not sure, we will be happy to suggest tires based on your vehicle and driving habits.
You can call us at 216-371-5100 or drop by at 1815 S Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.