Uneven Tire Wear? Your Shocks and Struts May Be to Blame, Here’s What You Can Do

Dear Mike,

I hope you can help me out with a problem I’ve run into. After doing some routine maintenance checks, I noticed that the rear tires of my car have worn down unevenly. I’m not sure what could be causing this, but it’s definitely something I need to address. I’m worried about the safety of my car and the extra cost to replace both tires.

Thank you in advance for your expertise on this issue.

Best regards,


Dear Leandro,

Thank you for writing in with your concern about unevenly worn tires. I’m happy to lend my expertise and get your car back on the right track.

First things first, you’re right to be concerned about the safety of your car. Uneven tire wear is a sign that something is off in your vehicle’s ride control components. Namely, your shocks and struts may be worn out, causing your car to bounce and reduce its road holding force.

Don’t panic, though! This is a common issue and one that we at Urban Automotive see all the time. Let’s take a closer look at what might be causing your uneven tire wear.

As I mentioned before, shocks and struts wear out gradually and may not be easily recognized in normal driving conditions. However, if your vehicle is displaying any of the following symptoms, it’s time to schedule a Safety Triangle Inspection with your service provider:

– Bouncy ride
– Nose dives when braking
– Excessive sway or lean in turns
– Uneven tire wear
– Leaking fluid from the shocks or struts

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s likely that your shocks and struts need to be replaced. But fear not, Leandro, replacing these components will restore your vehicle’s steering precision, stopping performance, and stability.

Now, you may be wondering why shocks and struts wear out in the first place. The answer is simple: they take a lot of wear and tear over time. Driving on rough roads, going over speedbumps too fast, hauling heavy loads – all of these factors can put stress on your suspension system and cause the gradual wear of your shocks and struts.

But, did you know that how you drive can also affect the lifespan of your ride control components? A lead foot, sudden stops and starts, and harsh driving all put added stress on your suspension system. So, if you want to extend the life of your shocks and struts, try to be mindful of your driving habits.

As for replacing your tires, it’s important to do so as soon as possible. Driving on unevenly worn tires not only reduces their lifespan but can also affect the handling of your vehicle. Plus, it’s always best to have a matched set of tires to ensure optimal performance.

At Urban Automotive, we recommend that you have your shocks and struts inspected every 80,000 km or so. However, if you experience any of the symptoms listed above, don’t hesitate to schedule an inspection sooner.

I hope this has given you some insight into why your tires may be wearing unevenly and how to address the issue. Remember, proper maintenance of your ride control components can not only save you money but also ensure the safety of you and your passengers on the road.

Best regards,

Mike Urban