WHAT CAUSES RUBBER CRACKS ON TIRES AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM
Tires are an important part of your vehicle. They’re the only part of your car that touches the road, so they can greatly impact the way your vehicle handles and performs. And if you want them to last as long as possible, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent common issues like rubber cracks.
Rubber cracks can be caused by many factors. They can be the result of weather, driving style, or even maintenance issues. For instance, if you let your tires get too low on air pressure and then drive in wet conditions with them like that, it’s likely you’ll experience a crack in the rubber tread.
Rubber cracks are also common among people who drive aggressively and don’t maintain their vehicles properly. If you don’t rotate your tires regularly or replace them when they’re due for new ones (or if you ignore any other tire maintenance rules), this is likely to happen sooner rather than later!
While rubber cracks may seem like an irreversible part of life when dealing with tires, there are ways to prevent them from occurring and repair any that do appear on your vehicle’s wheels.
- Cold weather. Cold weather causes rubber to contract, making it more likely to crack.
- Hot weather. Heat causes rubber to expand, making it more likely to crack.
- Wet weather and precipitation in general will make your tires more susceptible to cracking as well because they are exposed to water over time—especially if you drive through puddles regularly or live in an area where there’s a lot of rain throughout the year. In addition, snow and ice can cause severe damage if they’re not removed from your tires as soon as possible after driving over them; this is especially true with winter tires that were designed for colder climates!
Wheel balance is an important factor in tire wear. If your vehicle has a vibration or pull to one side, it’s possible that your tires are out of balance. It’s also possible that the tire treads aren’t in contact with the road evenly, causing them to wear unevenly over time.
What does this mean for you? If you’re noticing uneven tread wear on one or more of your tires, it could be caused by an out-of-balance wheel assembly—and we can help! We’ll inspect each tire carefully and rebalance them if needed so that they run smoothly and maximize their lifespan.
You’ll want to avoid driving aggressively and over speed bumps at high speeds. Aggressive driving means different things to different people, but if you’re the type who often drives too fast or accelerates hard when passing other vehicles, then it’s time to change your habits.
Drive on smooth roads whenever possible. Try not to drive on poor-quality roads or roads that have been recently repaved; they may be unstable until they have time to settle.
- Check the tire pressure regularly. Checking the pressure of your tires is a simple procedure that can save you money on gas and make your car last longer, as well as keep you safe on the road.
- Watch for signs of wear. If a tire is visibly worn or has bulges or bubbles in it, it’s time to replace it—and maybe all four tires if they’re old enough that they could be contributing to the problem (older tires can lose their strength). If any part of your vehicle is showing signs of wear like this, get it checked out by a mechanic before continuing to use it—there may be other problems lurking under the surface.
- Replace worn-out tires when necessary. You may have seen some warnings about how long your tires should last before needing replacement; these are guidelines issued by various government agencies around the world but aren’t always accurate for every driver or vehicle type (you know more about what works best for yours than anyone else does), so always check with someone who knows what they’re talking about before making decisions like this one yourself!
If you take good care of your tires, they’ll last longer.
Taking good care of your tires is important. If they’re worn out or damaged, they need to be replaced. And if they have cracks, those should also be fixed right away.
Tire condition is an integral part of the vehicle’s safety and performance. It’s one thing that many people forget about until it’s too late—until a tire blows out on them and causes an accident or forces them to make an expensive repair bill at their local mechanic’s shop.
Even if you’re not sure how to prevent them, you can use this article as a guide for how to spot rubber cracks on your tires. If you are worried about cracks forming in the future, it is always best to check with an expert in order to have peace of mind while driving.