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What Do the Different Types of Tire Wear Patterns Mean?

Your tire tread on your Mini, Audi, BMW, or Mercedes Benz is very telling on how your wheels are holding up. If you notice that your tires are worn in unusual spots such as the center, edges, or inner or outer portions, you should have them professionally inspected and fixed promptly. By examining your tires regularly, you can detect problems before they become severe. To help you better understand your tires' condition, here is a quick guide on the five most common types of wear patterns.

 

PATCHY

Patchy wear usually means that your wheels may be out of balance. To avoid having this problem, stay on top of your regular tire rotations. Getting proper maintenance can prevent the wear from worsening in the future. As soon as you catch the patchiness of your tires, please come to Bimmer Rescue for a consultation.

 

CENTER

If your tires look too faded in the center, your wheels may be too inflated. Overfilling your tires is a huge no-no because it will make your tires wear faster. If you think you're a victim of this, you should check your tire pressure ASAP. 

 

EDGES

Edgewear can also lead to premature wear of your tires. On the other hand, if the wear is more prominent on the edges of your tires, they are most likely underinflated. We recommend you measure your tire pressure with a gauge and refill your tires to their correct pressure! 

 

CUPPING

Cupping wear can sometimes look to be diagonal and scalloped. This type of wear usually indicates that your suspension components are damaged or worn out. If you notice rumbling sounds or strange vibrations in addition to the cupping wear, do not hesitate to bring your vehicle into our shop for a proper inspection by our expert team.

 

INNER/OUTER

Tire wear on the tire's inner or outer areas is also known to be called "toe wear." Alignment issues bring about this type of wear. You may notice your vehicle drifting left or right when attempting to drive straight. 

 

For tire maintenance and services, please bring your vehicle to Bimmer Rescue. Our certified technicians can offer you the best solutions to meet your tire needs. We invite you to give us a call or visit today!

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