Inspecting Used Tires For Safety: What To Look For When Buying Used Tires

Used tires are not only more affordable, but they can also be far more convenient to purchase than brand new tires. This is especially true in cases when you only need to replace one of your existing tires. However, if you are not careful, you could find yourself dealing with some serious safety issues not long after putting a used tire on your car. This is because not all of the used tires you will find at local tire yards are safe for use. Thankfully, the tips outlined below can help you to find the very best used tires a local supplier (such as F & H Tire Co) has to offer and ultimately ensure that you drive away with a safe tire on your vehicle.  

Tip #1: Check The Sidewall Of The Tire For Evidence Of Dry Rot

Old tires can suffer from what is known as dry rot. When this happens, the tire will no longer be able to safely carry the weight of your vehicle and will give out much sooner than expected. In the event that the tire blows while driving, this could put your safety and the safety of other drivers at risk.

While dry rot occurs from the inside out, it is possible to spot evidence of this problem by checking the sidewall of the tire. When a tire is suffering from dry rot, the sidewall will begin to crack and look dried out. While it is easiest to spot this type of damage on whitewalls, it is possible to detect the damage on any tire. Simply gently feel the sidewall with your hand in order to detect small cracks in darker tires which are able to better conceal the damage.

Tip #2: Don't Ignore Any Lumps Or Knots On The Outside Of The Tire

If the rubber of the tire has begun to pull away from the sidewall or the interior cables, you will typically see a lump or bump in the rubber exterior of the tire. While these seemingly minor cosmetic problems may not raise a red flag due to their less than severe appearance, they can actually be a sign of a very serious safety problem within the tire. Therefore, you should always refuse to purchase any used tires that contain lumps, bumps, bubbles, or knots in the rubber of the tire.

Tip #3: Don't Just Check The Tread In One Place

Most vehicle owners will know how to check a used tire for proper tread depth. The problem is, many vehicle owners will only check the tread in one location and simply assume that the tread on the rest of the tire is sufficient.

There are many issues that can cause a tire to wear unevenly, the only way to ensure you are getting a used tire with sufficient and even tread all the way around is to take the time to check this tread in multiple locations. Be sure to check both along the length of the tire, as well as both the interior and exterior edge of the tire tread.