There are many factors that can cause tire wear, such as climate, road surface quality, and your driving style and tire maintenance habits. Tire replacement is absolutely needed when the tread wear indicators appear. A tire’s built-in tread wear indicators look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread and become visible as the tire surface wears. Also, check for the signs of tire wear listed below.
Excessive wear on the inner or outer edge of the tire, commonly known as toe wear, suggests a wheel alignment issue. This typically produces a feathered wear pattern across both front tires.
Uneven wear on one side of a tire tread may occur when the tire is leaning due to camber misalignment.
Centre wear occurs when a tire is overinflated, resulting in the centre of the tire wearing more quickly than the edges.
Cupping wear occurs when a suspension/balance may be worn, bent or somehow compromised. You’ll notice a diagonal scalloping pattern on the tire.
Edge wear occurs when a tire is underinflated, resulting in the edge of the tire wearing quicker than the centre.
A quick and easy way to check your tire wear is with a tread depth gauge. These tools come in either digital or mechanical versions. When your depth gauge tells you that you’ve reached a depth of 1.5 mm or 1/16 inch, it’s time for new tires.
Tread wear indicators appear when the tires only have 1.5 mm (1/16 inch) or less of tread remaining. Rubber in tires ages over time. This also applies to the spare tire (if equipped), even if it is never used. Multiple factors including temperatures, loading conditions, and inflation pressure maintenance affect how fast tires age.
The wheel/rim leaks air
Wheel (Rim) Replacement
Excessive inner or outer edge tire tread wear
Excessive centre or shoulder tread wear
Proper Tire Inflation
Patchy tread wear patterns
Tire Balancing Service
Diagonal tread wear patterns
Tire Rotation / Alignment Service
Visible tread wear indicators in a few spots around the tire
Cord or fabric is showing through the rubber
The tire has a bulge or is split
The tire is punctured, cut or has irreparable damage
Wheel (Rim) is bent, cracked or badly rusted or corroded
Wheel (Rim) Replacement
The nuts keep coming loose
Wheel (Rim) Replacement
The lifespan of your tires depends on how they are used: average driving speed and weather, as well as the types of roads driven on. The Certified Service experts at your dealership are trained to find the right tires for your vehicle, which are suited to your driving profile. The best way to ensure you get the right tires for your vehicle is by scheduling an appointment.
Knowing when to change the entire wheel/rim is also a key element of keeping your tires and vehicle in good shape. The replacement wheel should have the same load-carrying capacity, diameter, width and offset, and be mounted the same way as the one it replaces. The trained tire service experts at your dealership know what kind of replacement wheel/rim you need and when you need it.
Proper tire maintenance and spotting problems early on are great ways to keep your vehicle in good shape. But flats and road hazards do happen. That's why we offer the GM Tire Protection Plan.
Tire road hazard failures can be frustrating and costly. The GM Tire Protection Plan will help defray most of your out of pocket cost for potential repairs or even replacement of your vehicle's tires.
Tires age when stored normally mounted on a parked vehicle. Park a vehicle that will be stored for at least a month in a cool, dry, clean area away from direct sunlight to slow aging. The area should be free of grease, gasoline, or other substances that can deteriorate rubber. This also applies to unmounted tires.
Parking for an extended period can cause flat spots on the tires that may result in vibrations while driving. You may also try parking your vehicle on a soft surface or on material like rubber or foam insulation that will have a bit more give and help alleviate flat spots.
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‡ Buy the following aftermarket brake brands: ACDelco Professional or ACDelco Advantage AND/OR the following tire brands: BFGOODRICH, BRIDGESTONE, CONTINENTAL, DUNLOP, FIRESTONE, GENERAL, GOODYEAR, HANKOOK, KELLY, MICHELIN, PIRELLI, UNIROYAL and if you find a better price on similar aftermarket brake brands within 30 days of the purchase, we’ll refund the difference. Requires valid ad, written estimate or internet quote for identical new tire(s) AND/OR for select (Raybestos Professional, Wagner ThermoQuiet, Bendix, Satisfied Brakes, Raybestos Service Grade, Monroe/Certified, CarQuest Red, NAPA TruStop, Midas, Fountain Tire, KalTire, Centric, Wagner QuickStop) aftermarket brake pads, shoes, rotors or drums from a local competing retailer and installer located within 80 km of the dealer required during offer period for price match. Offer available to retail customers only at participating Canadian Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac dealers. Offer valid on tire and/or brake part (pads/shoes/rotors/drums) price only; cost of installation/labour not included in price guarantee from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. GM Canada reserves the right to cancel, modify or amend the offer without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. May not be combined with other offers and programs. For details, visit mycertifiedservice.ca.