What Is Tire Dry Rot?
An often-overlooked car problem for many drivers is the condition of tire dry rot. At Pat Peck Honda, we want drivers in the Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi areas to know the signs of dry rot and what they can do to prevent it.
Read more to learn what causes dry rot and why you should have it taken care of it as soon as possible.
What Causes Tire Dry Rot?
Tire dry rot is a natural process that occurs in rubber. Over time, rubber loses the natural oils it had when it was made and it dries out, creating cracks along the sidewall. For tires, this normally occurs when you haven't driven your car in a while.
Dry rot also tends to occur more in areas where the climate is hot. In these conditions, your tires may dry up even while driving. Make sure your tires always have a good tire pressure in them to prevent them from wearing down.
How to Look for Dry Rot
If you have a car that you don't drive very often, go out and look at the sides of its tires. If you see cracks along the sides that look dry, maybe even brittle, that's dry rot. They might be small at first, but the cracks will get bigger if left unchecked, potentially leading to a blowout.
Dry rot can start off relatively small, but if you continue to drive on those tires, the cracks will become longer and deeper. Once you can see any fabric or metal from the inside of the tires, then you know it's bad. If your tires have large, deep cracks like that, get them replaced as soon as possible.
What to Do if You Have Dry Rot
If you have tire dry rot, you should get the affected tire replaced at least. When you see a tire that has a crack going down towards its center, don't wait. Replacing your tires as soon as you see dry rot is a good way to prevent blowouts.
What to Do to Prevent Dry Rot
Dry rot is a natural part of aging in tires. In many ways, it's inevitable that if your tread doesn't go, then your sidewalls will. For this reason, replacing your tires periodically is a good way to prevent dry rot. Basically, if you see signs of your tires wearing down, get them replaced.
Additionally, you can try to store your tires in moist, cool environments, such as a garage. Keeping your car in a garage is the best way to prevent dry rot if you don't drive your car often.
Get Your Tire Dry Rot Repaired with Us
Dry rot is a serious problem, but you can make sure your tires are getting the maintenance they need at our service center. At Pat Peck Honda, we want drivers in the Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi areas to have the best care for their cars
If you're noticing dry rot on your tires, schedule your service online or over the phone today!