Tire Inspection Guide

You should examine your Yokohamas once a month. And not just because they’re good-looking tires. You should inspect them to make sure there are no cuts or snags on the sidewalls and that they don’t have any nails or screws in the treads that you could have picked up while driving.

You should also regularly check the wear on the tread. The following images display uneven or excessive wear.

One-sided wear

Description

The tread on one shoulder of the tire is wearing faster than the other shoulder. May be present on both tires on the same axle.

Cause

Misalignment (toe or camber), not rotating tires as recommended, aggressive driving style.

Action

Correct alignment condition. Rotate tires as recommended by Yokohama. Reversing the tire on the wheel may extend tire life (take care with unidirectional or asymmetric tires). Moderate driving style.

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Both Shoulder Wear

Description

The tread on both shoulders of the tire are wearing faster than the tread elements in the center of the tire.

Cause

Improper inflation pressure, not rotating tires as recommended.

Action

Maintain appropriate inflation pressures. Rotate tires as recommended by Yokohama.

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Cupping

Description

Local, irregular worn patches around a tire. May be accompanied by tire noise or vibration.

Cause

Not rotating tires as recommended. Other causes include: improper inflation, poor tire/wheel assembly balance, or worn suspension parts.

Action

Rotate tires as recommended by Yokohama. Maintain proper inflation pressure. Verify good mechanical condition of vehicle.

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Rapid Wear

Description

Tires worn out sooner than expected, with even wear.

Cause

Aggressive driving style, not rotating tires as recommended. Other contributing factors include: driving on abrasive road surfaces, driving in mountainous/hilly terrain, or carrying very high loads. High-performance tires may exhibit this condition more commonly than all-season tires.

Action

Moderate driving habits and avoid spinouts. Rotate tires as recommended by Yokohama. Choose tires with appropriate speed and load rating for the vehicle.

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Heel-To-Toe Wear

Description

Tread elements are taller on the front edge than the back edge. May be accompanied by tire noise or vibration. Aggressive tread patterns may be more susceptible to this condition.

Cause

Not rotating tires as recommended. Other causes include: improper inflation and mismatched air pressures on dual tire assemblies.

Action

Rotate tires as recommended by Yokohama. Maintain proper inflation pressure. If not severe, reversing the direction of rotation (for non-directional tires) may extend tire life.

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