Your Tread Tells a Story

By looking at the wear and tear on your tire's tread, it will give you a good indication that it may be time to get an alignment, have the air pressure in your tires adjusted, or have a Sullivan Tire and Auto Service Certified Master Technician diagnose tire related vehicle components. Below you will find several different types of tread wear, what they mean, and how to correct the issue.

Over Inflated Tire

Over Inflated

An over inflated tire will show it's wear down the middle of the tire's tread. This can be directly related to having too much air in the tire causing the middle of the tire to take on the pressure from the road.

To correct this, stop by your local Sullivan Tire and Auto Service during business hours for a free air check and inflation.

Under Inflated Tire

Under Inflated

An under inflated tire will show it's wear on the sides or the shoulder of the tire. When there isn't enough air in the tire, the shoulder of the tire will take on the majority of the pressure from the road. 

To correct this, stop by your local Sullivan Tire and Auto Service during business hours for a free air check.

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Camber

Camber is the vertical angle in which the wheel is tilting towards or away from the vehicle. When the wheel tilts towards the top, it's called positive camber and when it's tilting away it's called negative camber. When the camber is out of place, it will cause the tire to ear on one side of the tire's tread.

To correct this, schedule an appointment with your local Sullivan Tire and Auto Service to have your vehicle aligned. 

Worn Toe Tire

Toe

Toe is the horizontal angle in which the wheel is pointing in or away from the center line of the vehicle. When the wheel is pointing out it is called negative toe. When it is pointing in, it is called positive toe. If the toe is positive or negative, the tread on the tire will wear at one angle from the shoulder of the opposite end of the tire.

To correct this, schedule an appointment with your local Sullivan Tire and Auto Service to have your vehicle aligned. 

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Cupping Wear

Cupping wear can occur when your vehicle begins to bounce as you drive causing the tires to leave the ground for a moment. When the tire lands back on the road, the bouncing can cause random patched of rubber to be gauged out of the tread.The patches will appear to be smooth since continuous driving on them has worn down any rough edges.

To correct this, schedule an appointment with your local Sullivan Tire and Auto Service to diagnose the tire and to check all other vehicle components to determine the root of the bouncing issue.

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