Does Your Car Have Feathered Tires?

feathered tiresWhether you drive a VW or Audi, the car’s tires experience wear and tear. You may be aware that worn treads are a classic sign of bad tires. However, feathered tires are another problem to watch out for because they are a symptom of problems that go beyond the wheels.

What Are Feathered Tires?

Feathered tires occur when the treads wear out unevenly. While tread wear is normal, it is not normal for the wear to be more pronounced on one side. Examine the tire up close, particularly at the tread ribs, or the treads’ raised section. If the tire is feathered, the ribs will be worn and more rounded on one side.

While detectible from a visual inspection, we recommend running your hand over the tread ribs. You will be able to detect with your fingers whether the ribs are rounded.

Causes of Feathered Tires

Feathered tires are often an indicator of misalignment, which means that not all four tires point in a straight line. Misalignment can occur naturally as you rack up the miles. It can also occur from hitting a pothole or speeding over a speedbump.

Alternatively, the cause may be from a faulty suspension. This can involve a number of parts, such as a faulty shock absorber, strut, ball joint, or control arm. These components all impact how well the wheels turn and support the car’s weight.

Fortunately, tire feathering is preventable with regular maintenance from a reputable Audi and VW repair shop. A routine check will determine whether the tires are out of alignment.

We Align and Balance tires

Even modern automobiles are not immune to uneven tire wear without proper upkeep. Bring your car to Buttera Motors for a routine check. Our story is a testament to our knack for servicing German automobiles. Feathered tires are indicators of severe misalignment or suspension issues.

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