It doesn't matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, your tires are important. You probably know it’s time for a new set when the tread gets low - but how do you know if something else is wrong? Owen Automotive in Oakland, TN explains.
Your car drives like an old wagon being pulled down a brick road
Your car should roll smoothly down the road, like a ball bearing over a glass table. Sure, the infrastructure isn’t what it used to be - but your car will compensate for a lot of that. If you notice bumping or vibration that correlates with your speed, no matter how nice and smooth the road is, one or more of your tires is probably about to kick the bucket.
Your car feels like it’s towing a semi-trailer through a hurricane
Another indicator that your tires are about to exit the stage in dramatic fashion is how much they sway as you drive down the road. Good tires have strong support, keeping them from flexing too much, even when you are barely adjusting the wheel. While swaying can be due to other problems as well, tires are the first place to start. A common issue, especially with SUVs, is feeling like the back end of the car is drifting back and forth excessively. Once tires have worn out or rotted, they lose their structural integrity.
Everything feels pretty good, but there’s a lot of cracking/roughness to the tires
Sometimes, you need new tires even when the tread is good and the car feels fine. In actuality, the car probably doesn’t feel fine, you’ve just grown used to the ride gradually as the tires have deteriorated. If you notice dry rot or cracking on your tires, get them replaced - you won’t believe what a smooth ride you’ve been missing out on.
With all of these issues, it’s best to get them taken care of as soon as possible. If there’s anything wrong with a tire, it’s a matter of time before it leaves you stranded. If you aren’t sure if your tire is the problem or something else, have our technicians take a look; to the trained eye, it’s an easy diagnosis. Whether you need tires or a repair, we’ve got you covered.
No matter your repair or maintenance needs, our techs have your back. For the best auto service shop in Oakland, TN, call or stop by Owen Automotive today.
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