TROUBLESHOOTING BASIC TIRE AND WHEEL PROBLEMS

The most common cause of tire problems is improperly inflated tires. The majority of tire problems can be cured by maintaining the proper inflation pressure, rotating the tires regularly and by correct good driving habits.

Problem Is Caused by What to Do

The car's front end vibrates at high speeds and the steering wheel shakes Wheels out of balance
Front end needs aligning
Have wheels balanced
Have front end alignment checked

The car pulls to one side while cruising Unequal tire pressure (car will usually pull to the low side)
Mismatched tires
Front end needs aligning
Check/adjust tire pressure
Be sure tires are of the same type and size
Have front end alignment checked

Abnormal, excessive or uneven tire wear

See "How to Read Tire Wear"

Infrequent tire rotation
Improper tire pressure

Sudden stops/starts or high speed on curves

Rotate tires more frequently to equalize wear
Check/adjust pressure
Correct driving habits

Tire squeals Improper tire pressure
Front end needs aligning
Check/adjust tire pressure
Have front end alignment checked

Problem Is Caused by What to Do

TROUBLESHOOTING BASIC TIRE AND WHEEL PROBLEMS