Few things are more annoying than having to buy a new tyre before the tread has worn down all the way. But if you look at the tread and see that the inside is worn out but the outside still has a lot of tread, you need to do just that.
But what makes the inside of a tyre wear out, and how can you stop it from happening? We went over the six most common reasons why your car’s tyres might be wearing down faster on the inside.
There are many things that could cause the inside of a tyre to wear down. From not getting your tyres rotated to not getting them aligned right, we looked at each possible cause, how it affects tyre wear, and how to fix it.
1. Neglecting Tire Rotations
Tire rotations are the most important thing you can do to make sure your tyres last as long as possible. Depending on where they are on your car, each tyre goes through different things when it’s on the road, which affects how they wear.
Just think about how the front tyres turn and how that affects how much ground they cover. It makes sense that they wear out faster than the back tyres.
When you think about how hard each tyre has to stop, how many suspension parts it has, and everything else it has to deal with, it’s not surprising that the inside might wear out faster.
The good news is that the answer is easy. Just make sure to change your tyres every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.
2. Improper Camber
Some people like how tyres with camber look, but this does two things to the tyres. First, it cuts down on how much space they have. This causes you to lose your grip, which hurts your performance.
Second, your tyres will wear in different places. When you have too much positive camber, the outside of your tyre will wear out faster, and when you have too much negative camber, the inside of your tyre will wear out faster.
You won’t be able to keep your camber and get even wear on your tyres. But if you want to even out the wear on your tyres, all you have to do is get rid of the extra camber!
3. Faulty Toe Adjustments
Camber is just one way to line up the tyres on your car. The toe is another change you need to make. Toe means which way your tyres are pointing. Toe in is when the front tyres don’t point straight in front of the car, but instead point a bit toward each other.
If they point a little bit away from each other, you need to “toe out.” Both can cause tyres to chatter, which leads to uneven wear. This can cause the inside of the tyre to wear down faster than the outside over time.
Again, the problem is easy to fix: just make sure your tyres are pointing straight ahead so your toe is neutral.
4. Worn Ball Joints
The ball joints on your car connect the hub to the control arms. This helps keep the hub in place. For these parts to move the right way, depending on how the road is, they need bushings. These bushings stop metal from rubbing against metal, but they still let the parts move to fit the road.
But if the bushing is broken, your car won’t sit in the right place. If this happens, the inside of your tyre could wear out faster than usual. Not only that, but it can also wear down the hubs and the control arms. Even though it’s a small part, if you don’t fix it, it can cause big problems.
5. Faulty Control Arm Bushings
While the bushing sits between the control arm and the hubs, the control arm bushing sits right in the control arm. This part also limits how far the control arm can move depending on how the road is. Your control arm bushings help keep you from feeling every bump and scrape in the road.
Again, though, when these parts wear out, it can cause uneven tyre wear and other problems. If you need new control arm bushings, don’t put it off. If you don’t take care of it, it will only lead to more repairs that need to be done.
6. Worn or Damaged Suspension Components
There are a lot of different suspension parts out there, and the part that’s causing your tyres to wear unevenly will depend on what kind of suspension your car has.
But if the suspension is out of whack, it doesn’t matter if you have MacPherson struts or leaf springs. You’ll need to get everything back in order for your tyres to wear evenly again.
Tires that wear out unevenly are frustrating, expensive, and not at all necessary. After reading our guide, if you’re still not sure what’s causing your tyres to wear unevenly, have a mechanic look at it.
It’s an expense you don’t want to make, but if they can figure out what’s wrong, they could save you even more money on tyres in the future. Not only that, but uneven tyre wear means you have less grip and stopping power than you could.
Don’t accept that the inside of your tyres will wear out faster. Find out what is going on and take care of it!