Rear tire wear on inside

If you notice your rear tire is wearing on the inside, it could be because of several different things. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at what causes this wear and what you should do about it.

The first thing to consider is whether or not your suspension is bent. If it is, then there’s not much you can do about it except get a new tire. If it isn’t, then there are some steps you can take to help prevent further wear on the inside of your tire.

First off, check your tire pressure to make sure that it isn’t too low. Low pressure increases the chances of getting a flat, which will lead to more wear on the inside of your tire as well as other issues like corrosion and cracks in the sidewall itself.

Next, check for damage to your rim or brake disc itself—if either one is damaged in any way (for example, if there are gouges in them or if they’re bent), then this could also be causing excessive wear on one side only instead of evenly across both sides like normal wear would cause over time due to friction alone).

You should also make sure that no foreign objects have been lodged underneath treads or between spokes where they might cause additional damage over

Rear tire wear on inside

Rear tire wear on inside

4 Causes of Inner Tire Wear How to fix

Ignoring inner tire wear can be risky. Tires that have too little treading on the inside might not be able to brake quickly and effectively on wet roads. Worn and bald tires also provide poor traction on ice- and snow-laden roads and they experience more slippage too.

It isn’t only the health of the tire that suffers due to inner wear. Vehicles with low tread tires also see a reduction in their performance. They experience a fall in their fuel economy and steering because such tires lose air pressure on a regular basis. And that’s not where the bad news end.

Worn-out tires pose a safety hazard to the vehicle and its passengers as well. They don’t have the necessary level of tread that could allow the surrounding air to move between their grooves. That’s what makes them a sweet spot for heat build-up and, by extension, blowouts.

With this in mind, let’s look at how to fix inner tire wear:

Before You Fix The Inner Tire Wear

Here’s what you need to know:

Why Your Tires Are Wearing Down On The Inside?

Assuming you’ve already noticed signs of inner tire wear, there are a few different factors that can be responsible for this. Among those there are a few which are very common. We’re going to discuss them right now:

A). Camber Angle

Camber Angle

The difference between your wheels’ vertical alignment and the road surface is its camber angle. An ideal camber angle is one that allows the tire to sit flat on the road. That might not happen if your wheels are out of alignment, in which case the camber angle might be ‘positive’ or ‘negative’.

Positive camber angle forces the top of the tire to stick further than its bottom. This causes its outer edge to wear down. Negative camber angle, on the contrary, forces the top of the tire to angle inwards and the bottom of the tire to stick further than its top. This results in inner tire wear.

B). Toe Settings

There are two forces that your tire experiences at all times. The first are those that are always pulling the tire to its inside. Then there are those which are regularly pushing it towards the outside. The function of toe settings is to balance those forces and make sure that the tire is facing straight.

However, when the toe settings go out of alignment, they might cause your tire to point inward or outward. If the tire is pointing inward due to misaligned toe settings, it means that the forces pulling on the inside of the tire are dominating. Inner tire wear will soon follow suit.

C). Worn Ball Joints

Worn Ball Joints

Although they are not visible from the outside, ball joints play an important role in keeping the tires rolling in an optimum manner. They do the same by connecting the lower and upper control arms of the tire to the wheel hubs of your vehicle. But they aren’t damage-proof.

Ball joints start to wear down with excessive usage. This reduces their grip on the wheel and exposes the tire to inner wear. One of the most common symptoms of worn ball joints is your suspension giving weird sounds as the vehicle goes over speed breakers or potholes.

D). Damaged Springs

The springs in your vehicle are responsible for keeping your journeys seamless. They work in tandem with shock absorbers and take the life out of vibrations that hit your vehicle as it rolls over potholes on bumps on the road. Their optimal working is necessary for a vibration-free ride.

However, just like ball joints, springs also wear down over time. This reduces their ability to help your vehicle remain in constant contact with the road at all times. Tires suffer the greatest brunt of this scenario as they experience wear on the inside.

How To Fix Inner Tire Wear?

Follow these instructions to fix inner tire wear

1. Get Your Wheels Aligned

If left unattended for a long period, improper wheel alignment might disturb camber angle, wear down ball joints and may damage springs as well.

All these three disturbances, as explained earlier, contribute to inner tire wear. That is why you should get your wheels aligned after every 5,000 miles or one year.

2. Keep Tires Properly Inflated

Keep tires properly inflated

Underinflated tires are at an added risk of experiencing inner tire wear. That’s because their sidewall will no longer be able to force the tire to come into contact with the road.

Hence the reason why we recommend that you check your tire pressures from time to time. Purchase a portable tire inflator if you don’t always have free time to go to the tire shop.

3. Regularly Balance Your Tires

Most car owners only get their wheels balanced once they notice uneven tire wear. That is the wrong approach. It would be best if you had your tires balanced once every two years.

Experts also recommend having new tires balanced immediately after you have installed them underneath your vehicle. Doing that would protect them from experiencing inner wear.

4. Repair Or Replace Damaged Suspension Components

Repair or replace damaged suspension components

If you notice that only one side of a particular tire is wearing down unevenly, it’s time to check its suspension. More often than not a bent suspension component will be to blame.

As long as the damage to the component isn’t extensive, you can have it repaired. However, if it is bent beyond repair, you may have no choice but to replace it altogether.

Conclusion

Inner tire wear can occur due to multiple reasons. Your wheels may be misaligned for a long time, their camber angle may not be right, ball bearings and joints can be worn down, or one of the suspension components can be broken.

Once you have identified the cause of inner tire wear, immediately tend to the solution. Don’t ignore the problem as it won’t go away. Adopting such a careless attitude won’t only hit you hard in the pocket, but it will also put the health of your vehicle and the safety of its passengers in safety.

Nine times out of ten, you can get an idea of how someone is doing by the expression on their face. Believe it or not, the same thing can be said for tires. Clues in tire wear patterns, like inner and outer wear, center wear, edge wear, cupping, and patchy wear, can help you understand the inner-workings of your vehicle—even if you aren’t a tire expert! Follow along as we teach you what to look for in your tire wear patterns, and then what you can do to help get them fixed. Let uneven tire wear run its course and you could be in for an unexpected tire failure when you least expect it.

INNER OR OUTER SHOULDER WEAR = MISALIGNMENT

Shoulder tire wear pattern

If you examine your tire and discover that the inner or outer edge of the tire is wearing down faster than the rest of the tread, your vehicle’s wheel alignment is likely out of specification. This wear pattern indicates that your wheels are leaning too much to one side, which can typically be blamed on misalignment. Alignment problems can affect steering, suspension, and even your safety, so don’t waste time coming in for alignment services.


 CENTER WEAR = OVER-INFLATION

Center tire wear pattern

If your tires are wearing down rapidly in the center of the tread, you may be driving on tires that are consistently over-inflated. When your tires are filled over the recommended pressure, they’ll ride along the center of the tread—this makes the center of the tread wear down much faster than the rest of the tire. Review your owner’s manual for the vehicle’s recommended tire pressure and check your tire pressure regularly!


 EDGE SHOULDER WEAR = UNDER-INFLATION

Shoulder tire wear pattern on two sides of tire

In contrast to center wear, edge wear may occur when tires are under-inflated. If you’re driving on tires that are under-inflated, the edge of the tires will make the most contact with the road, causing the edges to wear down more quickly. Again, it’s important to check your owner’s manual to get the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle, then get in the habit of checking your tire pressure regularly! Wear on two shoulders can also indicate hard cornering or improper rotation.


CUPPING = SUSPENSION TROUBLES

Tire cupping tire wear pattern

If you notice that there are random smooth spots on your tire or little dips in the tread wear, the culprit could be your vehicle’s suspension system. More specifically, suspension parts are probably worn out or even bent out of shape. Could you have recently hit a curb or pothole? If you notice a cupping pattern or feel a slight rumbling sound when you drive, it’s important to get your suspension checked and replace any old or misshapen parts.


DIAGONAL, PATCHY WEAR = TIME FOR TIRE ROTATION

Diagonal tire wear

Patchy tire wear suggests your tires are out of balance. If you examine your tires and notice that the wear is uneven, it’s time to have your tires rotated and probably aligned! By regularly rotating your tires, you help prevent this uneven wear from worsening over time and you’ll extend the lifespan of your tires.

If you notice unusual wear patterns on your tires, the best thing to start with is an alignment check at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care. Compromised tires may cause car accidents—don’t put yourself or others at risk. Whether you need a quick tire pressure adjustment or a wheel alignment, you can be sure our technicians will take care of your tires.

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