Warning Signs of Tire Failure

Tire PressureIt’s no secret that one of the simplest ways to maintain your vehicle’s high safety standards is by taking proper care of your tires. This includes not only scheduling regular tire rotations, but also keeping your eye out for any dangerous signs of wear or damage.

At Faulkner Nissan Jenkintown, our service center provides both the customer service and resources you need to prepare you for all your adventures around Jenkintown, Abington, and Glenside.
Without further ado, some of most common warning signs of tire failure that you might encounter include:


The tread on your vehicle’s tires is what provides the grip needed to properly steer and brake. Over time, your treads will wear down until they’re no longer considered safe to drive on.

A healthy tire tread on a typical passenger vehicle should measure above 4/32nd of an inch. Once your tire tread decreases to 2/32nd of an inch, they should immediately be replaced. Tire treads that fall below this level are considered balled and pose a serious risk of slippage and even blowouts.


Speed RatingWhen the outer surface of a tire begins to weaken, odd bulges may start to appear along the outer sidewall. If ignored, these bulges can expand and eventually burst, resulting in a dangerous blowout.

Likewise, blistering or spiderwebbing may start to appear; these are the first signs that your tire has a slow leak. This cracking can also be caused by excessive rubbing, traveling over rough roads, or simply from age and use.


If while traveling down the road your brake pedal shudders or bounces when you attempt to slow down or stop, it might be a sign of worn tires. Tires that are uneven or lacking the proper tread depth can’t properly grip the road surface, causing the vehicle to slide and jolt. This is especially dangerous when traveling over wet roads or in the event of an emergency stop.


Your vehicle’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) has a light that will appear when it detects that at least one of your tires lacks the proper PSI level, requiring it to be refilled. If you notice that this light keeps reappearing, it’s a good indication that one of your tires has a slow leak.

While not necessarily a cause for immediate alarm, ignoring it can quickly exacerbate the issue, leading to bigger problems down the road.


If you notice that it takes more effort for your vehicle to turn corners, it could be a sign that your tires are worn or damaged. Decreased fuel efficiency is another common symptom, as worn or damaged tires place extra burden on a vehicle’s internal system to properly perform.


If your tires are showing any of the signs listed above, don’t ignore it a minute longer. At Faulkner Nissan Jenkintown, our state-of-the-art service center has been helping drivers throughout the Philadelphia region stay safe and happy on the road, and we can’t wait to help you.

To meet with a service professional, stop by or go online to schedule an appointment that best suits your busy schedule!