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Tread
WEAR ON BOTH EDGES
Sawtooth
DAMAGE
WEAR IN CENTER
FEATHERED EDGES
CUPS
UNEVEN WEAR
EXCESSIVE WEAR
BAR ACROSS TRENDS
SCALLOPED
DIPS
Wear on Both Edges

UNDERINFLATION

Underinflation:

  • Reduces tread life through increased treadwear on the outside edges (or shoulders) of the tire
  • Generates excessive heat, which reduces tire durability and can lead to tire failure
  • Reduces fuel economy through increased rolling resistance (soft tires make your vehicle work harder)

 

SOLUTION :

Add air to your tire until it reaches the proper air pressure (psi, as measured by an air pressure gauge). To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door jamb.(Here’s how.) If your tire continues to lose pressure, visit your local authorized BFGoodrich Tire dealer. (You can find a dealer near you by using the Dealer Locator to the right.)

Wear in Center

OVERINFLATION

Overinflation issues:

  • On an overinflated tire, the centre of the tread bears most of the load and wears out faster than the outside edges.
  • To prevent overinflation, always check tires when they’re cold or before they’ve been driven.
  • Or, check tires at least three hours after they have been driven.

 

SOLUTION :

Take air out of your tire, using a tire pressure gauge, until your air pressure reading matches your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended psi. To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door jamb. (Here’s how.)

Uneven Wear

POOR ALIGNMENT

Poor-Alignment:

  • You may need an alignment when you notice:
  • Uneven front or rear tire wear
  • Changes in your vehicle's handling or steering response (e.g., pulling to one side)

 

SOLUTION :

Many vehicles today are equipped with rear suspensions that can be adjusted for alignment. If this is the case, your vehicle may need a "front end" alignment or a "four wheel" alignment, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. See your local authorized BFGoodrich Tire dealer for service and inspection.(You can find a dealer near you by using the Dealer Locator to the right.)

OVERINFLATION

Overinflation issues:

  • On an overinflated tire, the centre of the tread bears most of the load and wears out faster than the outside edges.
  • To prevent overinflation, always check tires when they’re cold or before they’ve been driven.
  • Or, check tires at least three hours after they have been driven.

 

SOLUTION :

Take air out of your tire, using a tire pressure gauge, until your air pressure reading matches your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended psi. To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door jamb. (Here’s how.)

Scalloped

POOR ALIGNMENT

Poor-Alignment:

  • You may need an alignment when you notice:
  • Uneven front or rear tire wear
  • Changes in your vehicle's handling or steering response (e.g., pulling to one side)

 

SOLUTION :

Many vehicles today are equipped with rear suspensions that can be adjusted for alignment. If this is the case, your vehicle may need a "front end" alignment or a "four wheel" alignment, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. See your local authorized BFGoodrich Tire dealer for service and inspection.(You can find a dealer near you by using the Dealer Locator to the right.)

OVERINFLATION

Overinflation issues:

  • On an overinflated tire, the centre of the tread bears most of the load and wears out faster than the outside edges.
  • To prevent overinflation, always check tires when they’re cold or before they’ve been driven.
  • Or, check tires at least three hours after they have been driven.

 

SOLUTION :

Take air out of your tire, using a tire pressure gauge, until your air pressure reading matches your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended psi. To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door jamb. (Here’s how.)

Sawtooth

POOR ALIGNMENT

Poor-Alignment:

  • You may need an alignment when you notice:
  • Uneven front or rear tire wear
  • Changes in your vehicle's handling or steering response (e.g., pulling to one side)

 

SOLUTION :

Many vehicles today are equipped with rear suspensions that can be adjusted for alignment. If this is the case, your vehicle may need a "front end" alignment or a "four wheel" alignment, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. See your local authorized BFGoodrich Tire dealer for service and inspection.(You can find a dealer near you by using the Dealer Locator to the right.)

Feathered Edges

POOR ALIGNMENT

Poor-Alignment:

  • You may need an alignment when you notice:
  • Uneven front or rear tire wear
  • Changes in your vehicle's handling or steering response (e.g., pulling to one side)

 

SOLUTION :

Many vehicles today are equipped with rear suspensions that can be adjusted for alignment. If this is the case, your vehicle may need a "front end" alignment or a "four wheel" alignment, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. See your local authorized BFGoodrich Tire dealer for service and inspection.(You can find a dealer near you by using the Dealer Locator to the right.)

Excessive Wear

OVERINFLATION

Overinflation issues:

  • On an overinflated tire, the centre of the tread bears most of the load and wears out faster than the outside edges.
  • To prevent overinflation, always check tires when they’re cold or before they’ve been driven.
  • Or, check tires at least three hours after they have been driven.

 

SOLUTION :

Take air out of your tire, using a tire pressure gauge, until your air pressure reading matches your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended psi. To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door jamb. (Here’s how.)

Dips

WORN PARTS

Worn parts issues:

  • Cupping (also called dipping or scalloping) is most common on front tires.
  • Rear tires can cup, however, as well.

 

SOLUTION :

Worn parts may be a sign that wheels are out of balance or that suspension or steering system parts need service or replacement. Please see your local authorized BFGoodrich Tire dealer for helpful service and inspection.

Damage

DAMAGE THAT REQUIRES REPAIR

Tire Damage Issues:

  • Most punctures, nail holes, or cuts up to 6 mm(¼") confined to the tread may be repaired by trained personnel using industry-approved procedures.
  • An on-the-wheel plug-only repair is not reliable and is dangerous because the inside of a tire must be inspected after a puncture.

 

SOLUTION :

If your vehicle is equipped with one of the several types of temporary spares, replace your damaged tire with the spare, but be sure to first check the spare tire's sidewall for the correct inflation pressure, speed, and mileage limitations. Take your vehicle into an authorized BFGoodrich Tire dealer for an inspection as soon as possible.

The proper repair of a radial tire includes the placing of a rubber patch on the inner liner of the tire and a rubber filling of the hole by a professional. Do not attempt to have repaired tires with tread punctures larger than 6 mm(1/4") or any sidewall puncture. Also, do not have tires repaired that are worn below 1.6mm (2/32") tread depth.

Cups

WORN-OUT TIRE

Worn-Out Tire Issues:

  • All tires have treadwear indicator bars at 2/32" of remaining tread.
  • When the tread is worn down to 2/32" or when you can see the treadwear indicator bars on any section of the tire, the tire is worn out and should be replaced.

 

SOLUTION :

Take your vehicle into a local BFGoodrich authorized tire dealer for an inspection and have a professional measure the remaining tread with a tread depth gauge.(You Can find a dealer near to you by using the Dealer Locator on this page.)

Bar Across Tread