A tire is under-inflated or low when it does not have enough air pressure to meet the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure. Under-inflated tires lead to flats and tire blowouts.
Under-inflation or a low tire:
.Tread life is reduced through increased tread wear on the outside edges (or shoulders) of the tire
Low tires generate excessive heat, which reduces tire durability and can lead to tire failure
.Reduces fuel economy through increased rolling resistance (underinflated tires make your vehicle work harder)
Come to South Beloit Tire and we will add air to your tire until it reaches the proper air pressure.
Tires should be inspected by South Beloit Tire or Integrity Auto Care for source of air loss or signs damage due to underinflation.
To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or stop in and we will top them off and give you the proper specification.
Symptom: Wear in center and excessive wear
On an over-inflated tire, the center of the tread bears most of the load and wears out faster than the outside edges.
To prevent over-inflation, stop in at South Beloit Tire or Integrity Auto Care and we will check your tires and set the tire pressures.
Adjust inflation pressure using a tire pressure gauge when tires are cold and before they are driven on. To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door.
Symptom: uneven wear
Diagnostic 1: poor alignment
Uneven front or rear tire wear means you need an alignment.
Changes in your vehicle's handling or steering response (e.g., pulling to one side)
Many vehicles today are equipped with rear suspensions that can be adjusted for alignment. If this is the case, your vehicle may need a "front end" alignment or a "four wheel" alignment, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. Stop in at South Beloit Tire or Integrity Auto Care and we will check your alignment for FREE for service and inspection.
If a vehicle is misaligned, the edges of the tread have a sawtooth or feathered appearance. This is caused by erratic scrubbing against the road.
You car most likely needs an alignment correction. Please give us a call at 815-780-9425 and we will inspect your tires and give you a free alignment check.
Symptoms: dips and cups
Diagnostic: worn parts
Cupping can be attributed to bent or worn suspension parts, wheel misalignment, an imbalance of the tire/wheel assembly, etc. Once this type of wear pattern has occurred, it is irreversible and the tires will continue to wear unevenly.
Worn parts may be a sign that wheels are out of balance or that suspension or steering system parts need service or replacement. Please see your local authorized Michelin retailer for inspection.
Diagnostic: tire damage that requires repair
If your tire becomes damaged, it may be repaired if it meets the following criteria:
The tire has not been driven on when flat
The damage is only on the tread section of your tire (sidewall damage ruins a tire immediately) and/or
The puncture is no greater than ¼"
The proper way to have a tire repaired is to patch the tire from the inside and fill the puncture hole. Insist on a full inspection and have your dealer de-mount and internally as well as externally inspect the tire, patch and fill the repair on the inside of the tire.
Symptom: bar across tread
Diagnostic: worn-out tire
All tires have tread wear indicator bars at 2/32" of remaining tread.
When the tread is worn down to 2/32" or when you can see the tread wear indicator bars on any section of the tire, the tire is worn out and should be replaced. Also remember that when the tire is at 6/32s it is no longer good in the snow and at 4/32s it is no longer good in heavy rain.
Take your vehicle to South Beloit Tire or Integrity Auto Care for an inspection and have a professional measure the remaining tread with a tread depth gauge.