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When I began thinking more seriously about car issues, it occurred to me that there were a few things I needed to do if I wanted to make things easier for myself in the long run. For starters, I began taking my car in for regular auto service, which really helped out. It was really interesting to see how many different things had to be fixed every time I went in, but when my car didn't have as many problems, I could tell that it was really paying off. This website is all about understanding and preventing car problems by making better choices.



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Don't Let Wear Tear You Down: Four Common Tire Problems To Look Out For

by Micheal Barrett

One of the most important components that makes up your vehicle is the tires. Without properly functioning tires, many problems can start to occur, such as poor alignment of the vehicle, excessive wear and tear on the brakes, and more. Here are four common tire problems to look out for:

  1. Heel-Toe Wear: Heel-toe wear is when the back tires of the vehicle are worn much heavier down than the front tires. When this happens, it usually is a result of the car tires not being properly rotated. However, it can also be the result of other problems with the vehicle, such as problems with the suspension. This is why, when you have the tires replaced  due to this heavy wear and tear, you should have the rest of the vehicle inspected in case it is a problem with the vehicle that is causing this kind of wear on the tires.
  2. Feathering: Feathering is when the edges of the tires start to wear, which is commonly the result of a suspension problem as well, and will need to be checked out. If you notice that the tires are starting to feather, you might be able to reverse the damages by having the tires rotated without having to replace them completely. 
  3. ​Bulging: Bulging is typically the result of driving over curbs or potholes. This does extreme damage to tires, so it's so important that you avoid driving over potholes and steer clear from curbs. When bulging happens, you are at risk of a tire blowout that can be unexpected. This is especially dangerous, so if you notice any bulging, even if it's slight, you need to have that tire replaced. 
  4. Bald Spots: Bald spots on the tread of the tires is usually the result of a poor suspension system, especially a poor shock absorber. Be sure that you have the entire system inspected and replace the shock absorber if needed. This occurs simply because the vehicle is not driving smoothly on the road. A bad shock absorber means that the car will start bouncing on the road and that contact with the tires is what causes the bald spots. 

It's so important that you pay careful attention to your tires, not only for safety on the roads, but it can say a lot about the condition of your vehicle and point you in the right direction for car repairs that might be needed. For more information about car repair, contact a local mechanic.