Common Causes Of Tire Damage | Shingle Springs Subaru Service

Few things bring your day to a grinding halt quite like suffering a flat tire. At best, you'll have to get your hands dirty installing a spare tire on your car before driving to an authorized Subaru service center. At worst, you might be stranded in need of a tow, or you might have to use one of those cans of fix-a-flat. Did you know those cans include a sealant that can temporarily patch small holes in a tire, but will cause damage to the tire over the long run? Here are the five most common causes of damaged tires.

This tire has suffered damage to the shoulder and sidewall 

5. Foreign Objects

Sadly, there's not much you can do to avoid small objects and debris on the road like nails, screws, metal scraps and glass shards that can puncture and damage your tires. After all, even if you could see them on the road ahead, you wouldn't want to swerve into a neighboring lane just to avoid them. Luckily, modern tires are tough and will simply roll over most small debris. However, if you do get a punctured tire, we may be able to fix it at Shingle Springs Subaru. Instead of paying more for a brand-new tire or set of tires, puncture wounds in the tread of a tire can often be patched, so you can continue enjoying the same set of tires and save some scratch on repairs!

This tire has suffered a catastrophic failure and needs to be replaced 

4. Potholes

Your tires are designed to endure bumps and cracks in the road, but big potholes can be a serious threat to your tires. When you drive over a big enough pothole, the far side of the pothole can have a sharp edge that can cause a blowout. If you're traveling over a particularly distressed stretch of road, consider slowing down to help avoid tire damage.

3. Curbs

Curbs can also pose a threat to your tires. Of course, they represent a similar blowout threat if you strike them head-on, but scraping up alongside curbs can do damage as well. Rubbing your wheel against a curb can cause curb rash on your wheels and tires, or can even cause the vehicle's tire to separate from the wheel itself. A tire's sidewall isn't as strong as the tread. Damage to your tire's sidewalls is also not something that can be repaired.

Puncture wounds in a tire like these can often be patched, saving you money on a new tire 

2. Incorrect Tire Pressure

If your tires aren't properly inflated, they're at much greater risk of damage! That's because the air in the tire helps support the weight of the car and provide structure for the tire. Underinflated tires are more likely to become damaged or pull away from the wheel, until it's completely flat. Overinflated tires are under too much pressure, and are even more likely to fail during, for example, a severe impact with a pothole. To ensure your tires are strong as possible, always keep them inflated to the proper level.

1. Misaligned Wheels

Not all tire damage causes the tire to go flat. If your tires aren't properly aligned, they can wear down more rapidly. This can cause the tire tread to go bald much faster on one side of your tires, meaning they'll need to be replaced sooner. This will cost you extra money! So, instead, be sure to have your vehicle's alignment checked regularly. We can help you make your tires last as long as possible at the Shingle Springs Subaru service center.

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