Different Types of Tire Wear and the Reasons Behind It

Christian Dale

Christian Dale

Product Marketing Manager at Anyline

Sep 21, 2023

Tires don’t wear down evenly. However, by looking at how a tire is worn down, it is then possible to identify the cause of the problem and fix it. Sometimes, the differences are not big enough for the eye to capture, though. That’s why the use of a tire tread scanner is so helpful. It does the work of providing detailed information in seconds. 

Why Does This Information Matter? How Is This Typically Diagnosed? 

It’s essential to understand what’s occurring with the tires because it’s a direct reflection on the safety of the vehicle. When there are areas of uneven or unexpected wear on the tires, that often means there’s a repair needed. However, service technicians using manual tread depth gauges or just a quick look at the tire can miss things. The tire wear is so uneven in some situations that it is easy to pinpoint. Other times, it’s the small differences that can provide valuable information. 

Consider that, on a 20 cm section, the deepest and shallowest point can be as much as 0.5 mm. By measuring only three points, the technician may think that the tire is safe when it’s actually highly dangerous. 

What Is the Solution?

To get an accurate measurement, it’s critical to measure more than three points. With a 100.000 measurement of points, by comparison, it’s possible to detect uneven wear horizontally or vertically. This provides a far better understanding of the tire condition.