Learning Center / Ways People Damage Their New Tires


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After spending money on a brand new set of tires, the last thing you want to do is damage them. However, there are a lot of ways you can ruin your brand new tires if you act recklessly. At TreadHunter, we’ve compiled a list of different ways you can do damage to your tires on purpose.

1. Burnouts

Roasting your brand new rubber has never been easier. A burnout is when you keep your vehicle stationary while spinning its wheels, causing the tires to heat up and smoke due to the friction it creates. Burnouts are easily achieved in vehicles with manual transmissions. You just depress the clutch and rev the engine for a couple seconds, and then quickly release the clutch, producing smoke and burning rubber. Although you may want to act like your favorite Fast and the Furious character, don’t do this at home.

2. Power Braking

Power braking is similar to a burnout. Vehicles with automatic transmissions, not cars with manual transmissions, perform this type of move. Power braking is when you use the brakes to build engine rpm (revolutions per minute) before launching. Once the rpms have been raised, you slowly let off the break, which burns the rubber off your tires and leaves a cloud of smoke behind.

3. Drifting

Drifting is a driving technique in which you intentionally oversteer your car. This causes a loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while you are still maintaining control for the entirety of a corner. This type of maneuver is extremely hard on tires. The heat your tires produce while sliding across asphalt can quickly melt the rubber right off. Although it may look fun, it’s not fun when you have to pay for another new set of tires.

4. Excessive Camber

Camber is defined as the tilt of the wheels as viewed from the front or rear of your car. An excessive camber is when the wheels and tires are basically pushed toward the outside of the corner. Because of this, your car’s body rolls and the contact patch decreases significantly as it rolls over onto its outer shoulder. If you have an excessive camber, your tires will quickly wear unevenly on one shoulder and leave your tires bald. It’s best to not follow this trend if you want to maintain your tires.

5. Handbrake Turn

Turning sharp corners is made easier by the handbrake turn, but at what cost? Using the emergency brake in your car to lock up the rear wheels, the handbrake turn allows your car to slide through a corner in a tighter range. Although this may sound cool, it ruins your tires faster. Like drifting, this type of turn makes your vehicle slide across the asphalt, heating up your tires and wearing them out. The handbrake turn poses danger to your tires and to you. This method actually increases the risk of your vehicle flipping over. Keep you and your tires safe by not partaking in this type of dangerous turn.

6. Improper Fitting

Improper fitting can ruin your tires in many ways. If you have oversized tires, those can rub on your suspension components and on your fenders. The wear and tear causes your car to lose suspension and increases the effect of road bumps and potholes, making your ride less comfortable. In order to get the best fitting tires, you need to know the tire size. You can find the tire size and the wheel’s overall diameter and width by looking at the code on the sidewall of your tire.

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