Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What should I look for in terms of tire wear?

asked by on

What should I look for in terms of tire wear?

While your tires should be inspected during normal maintenance, it’s even more important that you’re able to keep an eye on them yourself. Knowing a couple of things to watch for will help make sure that you reduce your risk of experiencing a blowout or a tire-wear related accident. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Check the tread wear at least monthly. Note any abnormal wear (inner edge, outer edge, center wear, etc.).

  • Check for cracks, splits and other damage in the sidewalls of your tires.

  • Check for bulges under the tread, as this can indicate a broken belt.

  • Check to see if the wear indicators are visible in your tread. If they are, it’s time to start considering replacement.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Steering wheel shakes while driving

If you are feeling the steering wheel shake when driving at higher speeds it is most likely from the tires out of balance. You should have the tires put on a balancing machine to check for tire balance and rim...

Q: How do I turn on the trunk lamp?

The trunk lamp provides your trunk with light to help your visibility. This light will automatically come on when you open the trunk, and will automatically turn off when you close the trunk.

Q: My car rattles when I start it up but stops after that

If the noise started immediately after your new starter was installed, the noise may relate to the installation and/or the starter might be defective. Normally, the supplier warrants the part, and labor, so you should check to see if there...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.