5 Warning Signs that You Need Tire Service

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Tires can present several unique problems over time. Some issues only require a little patch-up while others may signify that it’s time to buy a replacement. Not sure if you need to replace or just repair your tires? We’ve compiled a list of common tire issues that could be a sign that it’s time to repair or replace your tires.

1. Tire Warning Light

If you own a car made after 2008, your car likely has a tire pressure warning light. This is the “horseshoe” shaped light with an exclamation point in the middle. You can try to solve this with just adding air to your tires, but if you continually see the tire warning light on your dashboard, that could be a sign of a leak. A mechanic can likely identify where the leak is coming from and what caused it. In this case, the mechanic can either patch it up or recommend getting a replacement tire if there is too much damage.

2. Irregular Vibrations & Steering Issues

One of the most telltale and scary signs of a tire problem is sensing irregular vibrations or “pulling” from your steering wheel. This can be caused by a multitude of issues such as: misaligned tires, improper inflation, worn suspension parts and more. In this state, you don’t want to “take your chances”. A tire blowout, mechanical breakdown or even an accident is no longer a matter of “if” but “when”. If you’re experiencing odd vibrations or steering, see a mechanic ASAP to diagnose the problem and the best course of action to fix it.

3. Low Tire Tread

The more you drive, the more tires lose their tread over time. It’s a fact of driving life. When tire tread gets too low, you run the risk of exposing wires that can lead to a tire blow out, or not having the “grip” your tires need to drive safely on wet or icy roads, which can lead to skidding or accidents. There is no way to repair low tread, so it’s best to have a mechanic check your tread during your regular car maintenance appointments until it’s time for replacement.

4. Bubbles on the Sides

Wondering where tire bubbles come from? These are caused by air from inside of the tire leaking into the body of the tire. They’re usually caused by impact damage, like driving over potholes, railroads, debris and speed bumps, just for example. Your mechanic will know if it’s impact damage if any cuts or bruising are found. In the case of bubbles, you will need a tire replacement. Patching won’t be sufficient because the sides of the tire experience too much flexing, which will affect the patch.

5. Cracks

Tire cracks are a sign of degradation either due to age or improper use. You may see small cracks all over the tire, and that cannot be repaired. If your tires have cracks along the surface, that means it’s time to replace them.

BMW Tires and Tire Service in Charleston

At Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston, we can help you patch your tires up to extend its life or help you select quality tires for your vehicle. Our expert BMW service team has the knowledge and experience to diagnose and resolve your tire problems in a timely manner. Schedule service online today or visit our service center located at 1518 Savannah Highway in Charleston. We look forward to helping you!