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Warning Signs of Tire Failure


It’s no secret that driving on worn or damaged tires greatly increases the risk of an expensive breakdown or dangerous accident. The good news is these issues can often be easily avoided when knowing the signs.

At Faulkner Auto Group, our service team is committed to helping drivers throughout Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Trevose stay safe on the road. That’s why we created this guide illustrating a few key warning signs of tire failure.

Some of the most common signs include:

Cracks or Blistering

If you live in a region that experiences regular changes in temperature this can result in your tires wearing down and drying out quicker than normal.

Excessive rubbing or traveling over rough roads also can play a factor. If you notice any spider web cracking or blisters starting to form along the tire’s sidewall, immediately schedule a service appointment to have it replaced.

Low Tire Pressure

Your Tire Pressure Monitoring System or “TPMS” light looks like an exclamation point enclosed within a horseshoe and appears whenever your tire’s air pressure dips below a safe level.

If you notice this light continues to appear, it’s a sign that at least one of your tires has a slow leak that needs to be fixed or replaced.

Strange Vibrations

While it’s normal to experience a small amount of vibration, especially when traveling over a rough roadway, excessive bouncing or vibrating shouldn’t be ignored. If you notice this sensation when coming to a full stop, it could be the result of poor tread depth or an issue within the tire.

If you notice your vehicle pulls to one side or takes longer to come to a full stop, it might also be a sign that your wheels are unbalanced and need to be realigned. This can easily be performed by a certified technician who will also check for any signs of excessive wear.

Low Tread Depth

How to Read Tire Size

Your tire’s treads are what make actual contact with the road and provide the proper grip needed to effectively maneuver and brake. Healthy treads on a typical passenger vehicle measure above 4/32nds of an inch.

Shallow treads place an increased burden on your vehicle’s internal system causing expensive engine or brake parts to prematurely wear down.

The Penny Test

A simple way you can check your vehicle’s treads is by placing a standard penny into the tread groove with the top of Lincoln’s head facing into the tire. If all or most of his head is obscured, then your tread depths are in good condition.

On the other hand, If his head is fully visible it means your tires are bald and are too dangerous to use. Immediately schedule a full or partial tire replacement and avoid driving until they can be inspected by a certified technician.

Schedule a Service Appointment Today!

If your vehicle shows any of the warning signs we listed, simply stop by or go online to schedule an appointment today. At Faulkner Auto Group, our friendly and highly skilled technicians provide quality service to drivers throughout Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Trevose.