What Causes Tires to Wear Unevenly?

2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC Coupe
If you noticed your vehicle drifting on Niagara streets, even when steering straight, or you’ve noticed that your vehicle is sagging in one corner, you may have uneven tire tread. Learn about the causes of uneven tire tread wear, what problems it poses, and how to fix the issue. Then, if you need help, explore the service specials at Performance Mercedes-Benz and contact us to set up for a tire rotation.

Why Tire Wear Matters

When your tires take a beating on Niagara-on-the-Lake roads, they may begin to wear unevenly. This is due to the fact that the weight of your vehicle isn’t distributed evenly. It’s also important to note that the kind of drivetrain (4WD/FWD/RWD/etc.) you use makes it more likely for certain tires to wear down faster than others. Uneven tire tread can or shallow tire tread can create issues with traction, safety, fuel economy, tire lifespan, and so much more. The most prevalent causes of tire tread wear are improper inflation and/or misaligned wheels.

Improper Inflation Pressure

So, what causes tires to wear unevenly? One of the main causes is improperly inflated tire pressure. When one of your tires has lower pressure than the others, it will sag and consequently take on more of the vehicle’s weight than the other taller, firmer tires. This extra burden will cause your tire’s tread to wear faster, and the rate of tire tread wear will only increase as the tire gets smaller.


What else causes tires to wear unevenly? Another common culprit for uneven tire tread wear is wheel misalignment. When your wheels aren’t properly aligned, it can warp your suspension, cause your tire tread to wear unevenly, and mess up your steering. Tires and wheels become misaligned most often from hit potholes, curbs, and other bumps.

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Get Your Tire Tread Wear Checked at Our Service Department

If you think your tires are misaligned, or they’re developing uneven tread wear, Pelham drivers can call our mechanics at 905-685-1136 for help. If you’re interested in minimizing contact, be sure to explore our “Contactless Car Care” options. We look forward to helping you keep your Mercedes-Benz in tip-top shape for years to come!

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