Alma Location
1210 East Superior St.,
Alma, MI 48801
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Mt. Pleasant Location
120 South Fancher St.,
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Mt. Pleasant
1011 Industrial Drive,
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Gaylord
1180 Milbocker Rd.,
Gaylord, MI 49735
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Saginaw
3733 Wolf Rd.,
Saginaw, MI 48601
Mon - Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Alma, Gaylord & Mount Pleasant Auto Repair

What Are the Different Types of Tire Wear Patterns?

Your treadwear is particularly informative on how your tires are holding up. If you see that your tire wears in the center, edges, or outer parts, it may suggest a problem with how you are using them. By monitoring your wheels regularly, you can catch any issues sooner and determine whether you need tire service. To help you better understand tire tread patterns, we've created a short guide on the five common types of tire wear patterns.


Patchy Wear

Patchy tires usually insinuate that your wheels are out of balance. Regular tire rotations and balancing can prevent a patchy tire. These services should be a regular part of your maintenance routine. As soon as you catch this type of wear on your wheels, please reach out to our expert team for assistance.


Center Wear

If your tires seem to be more worn in the center, your tires may be over-inflated. We strongly warn against overfilling your tires with air because it will make your tires wear faster. If you notice center tread wear, the first thing you should do is check your tire pressure to see if it corresponds with the recommended pressure number indicated on the driver's door frame.


Edge Wear

Edgewear is another common cause of premature wear of tires. Like center wear tires, measure your pressure with a gauge and fill up your tires if necessary! If the wear of your tire lies on the edges, the wheels are most likely underinflated.


Cupping Wear

Cupping wear resembles a diagonal or scalloped pattern. This type of wear usually indicates that suspension parts are broken or worn out. Your shocks and struts can be compromised if you accidentally slam against a curb or pothole. If you experience rumbling sounds or unusual vibrations while driving in addition to the cupping wear, please come by our shop for a full-point inspection by our expert team.


Toe Wear

Treadwear on the tire's inner or outer regions is commonly known as "toe wear." A poor alignment job will usually cause this type of wear. Additionally, you may notice your vehicle drifting left or right when attempting to drive straight. 


We offer a wide range of tire services at Alma Tire Service. Our certified technicians have the knowledge, skills, and top-notch tools to provide you with the best tire solutions. We invite you to give us a call or visit our shop today!

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