Underinflation can cause tires to wear more on the outside than the inside. It also causes reduced fuel efficiency and increased heat buildup in the tires. It is important to check the tire pressure with a gauge at least once a month.
Overinflation causes tires to wear more in the center of the tread. The tire pressure should never exceed the maximum that is listed on the side of the tire. Car manufacturers often suggest a lower pressure than the maximum because the tires will give a softer ride. But running the tires at a higher pressure will improve mileage.
Misalignment of the wheels causes either the inside or the outside to wear unevenly, or to have a rough, slightly torn appearance.
For more information on tires and related topics, check out the links on the next page.
- How NASCAR Race Cars Work
- How Champ Cars Work
- How Differentials Work
- How Tire Pressure Gauges Work
- How Four-wheel Drive Works
- How Force, Power, Torque and Energy Work
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- Why don't they use normal air in race car tires?
- How do 30 pounds of air in your tires hold up 2 tons of car?
- What speed should I drive to get maximum fuel efficiency?
More Great Links
- NHTSA Uniform Tire Quality Grading
- Tire Retread Information Bureau
- Hummer Runflat System
- Tire Treatments - special chemicals (illegal in NASCAR Winston Cup)