Common Types of Tire Wear

Centered

When excessive or uneven wear appears on the center of your tire tread, it is typically caused by over-inflation. Keeping your tires filled to the appropriate pressure will prevent this and ensure your tire wears more evenly.

Outside

If your tires have the opposite problem, excessive wearing along the outside of the tread, it is likely a result of under-inflation. Check your tire pressure and adjust it according to the recommended psi.

Feathering

A vehicle with incorrect alignment settings may develop this unique feathering of the tire treads, where each rib develops a rounded edge as well as a sharp edge. If you notice this on your tires, have your suspension and alignment checked and readjusted.

One-sided

Tire tread displaying wear only on one side (often the outside) is usually a result of incorrect wheel alignment. Have your vehicle checked and adjusted accordingly.

Cupping

Cupping is when scoops or dips develop along the side of a tire’s tread. This can have multiple causes and is an indicator your vehicle should be serviced. Most likely it is a result of worn out suspension components or incorrect wheel alignment, but to be sure have an expert assess the cause.

Diagonal Wear

If the pattern on your tire shows up in diagonal stripes, this is a good indicator that your tire is bent or worn out. You will likely need to get a replacement, but check with a tire expert to see if there may be another cause.