If you started to notice that your front tires are wearing on the inside, this might be an indicator that there is something wrong with the suspension on your car. This issue has to be addressed as fast as possible because your tires might get damaged on the inside and you would have to replace them.
”If your front tires are wearing on the inside it is because the angle at which your tires are sitting has been shifted towards the center of the car. This is called negative camber and happens when the suspension of the vehicle is worn out or when suspension components like control arms and trailing arms loosen.”
Why Is My Front Tire Wearing On The Inside
The tires are wearing off when they contact the road. That being said, the part of the tire which contacts the road the most, gets the most wear. This might sound weird to a regular person, but to a mechanic or tire expert, this is completely fine.
In normal conditions, the tire should sit on the road with a zero degree angle. This angle will provide an even wear across the entire tire. But, if you notice that the inside of your tire is wearing more than the center or outer part, this could be an indicator that there is something wrong with your suspension.
If there is something wrong with your suspension, the angle at which your tires sit on the road, also known as ‘camber’ could get negative and you will start to notice wear on the inside of the tire. This could damage your tires on the inside and you could never use them again.
How To Prevent Front Tires From Wearing on The Inside
If you notice that your tires are wearing unevenly, especially if you see that the wear is stronger on the inside, here are couple of thins that you can do to prevent front tires from wearing on the inside:
1. Perform regular tire alignment
It is important that you get your tires aligned every 2 years. Don’t wait for a problem like wear on the inside to occur. Ideally, you can plan alignment with other services that you do every 2 years and get them together. Also, make sure every time you buy new tires to align them.
2. Rotate your tires
Make sure to rotate your tires every six months or every 6000-8000 miles. Rotation is when you switch your front tires with your rear tires. Like it or not, the front tires wear faster. If you wish to save money for new tires, rotate them. Once you rotate the tires, make sure to align them.
3. Perform visual inspections on your tires
A great way to prevent your tires from wearing on the inside is to perform visual inspections every month. Park your vehicle on flat ground and see if your tires sit with an angle(camber). Also, inspect the tires and see how they wear.
4. Take your vehicle to an auto repair shop
If you notice any wear on the inside of your tire, take your car to the auto repair shop. This way, the mechanic can inspect your suspension and see what’s wrong. The mechanic will inspect the control arms and trailing arms and will look for loose components or worn out bushings.
What Causes Wheel Alignment To Change on Car
Correct wheel alignment, sadly, does not last very long. You could have your wheel alignment and as soon as you leave the auto repair shop you could hit a pothole or a curb and a dramatic change in your wheel alignment can occur.
Even if you don’t experience a sudden change in the wheel alignment, the wheel alignment is changing anyways. A considerable shift in the alignment can occur in 12 to 18 months. If it takes 12 to 18 months to experience issues with the wheel alignment, it’s easy for handling problems and tire wear conditions to become firmly established.
The joints and bushings in the suspension system which are in charge of correct alignment wear gradually which makes it more difficult to hold the alignment in place. The camber and caster begin to change. Also, the steering system starts to wear over time and the wheel alignment begins to change.
The same thing happens to the alignment of the rear wheels. As the rear suspensions start to wear, the alignment starts to shift slowly. Even though this process is low, you might have to replace certain parts of the suspension system before the alignment can be done.
Opposite of the slow wear, you could experience rapid changes in the wheel alignment which are usually caused by impact or collision. You would have to replace the damaged parts before you can do the wheel alignment.
If you are currently experiencing any wheel alignment issues, make sure to take your vehicle to an auto repair shop and fix this issue.
Is Driving With Worn Tires Dangerous?
The tires are one of the most overlooked parts of your car, but they’re also one of the most important. Driving with worn tires is very dangerous because worn tires have very little tread or no treads at all. A tire tread is needed so the tire can gain traction on the road and provide you with stability and control over your vehicle.
Most of us don’t pay attention to the tires until it’s too late. It doesn’t have to be rainy or snowy for an accident to happen. It could be perfectly sunny and you could be driving down the highway and you could be brought to a position where you need to hit the breaks immediately. If your tires are bald, your braking distance will increase significantly.
Different scenario. It could be perfectly sunny and out of nowhere, a rain. The roads get wet very fast and you begin to experience that your vehicle is sliding and you just can’t keep it in line. Before you know it, you could lose control.
Please make sure to check the tire tread every month. Don’t buy cheap tires, or second hand tires. Invest in good quality tires because your safety is in question.