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What Is Tire Cupping and What Causes It?

When it comes to your wheels, cupping is a horrible sign for them to exhibit. It typically indicates you have other problems with your car that are affecting your tire performance. The phrase "tire cupping" is unfamiliar to most drivers, but it's a problem that happens more often than you think. Cupping, also known as scalloping, refers to an unusual tread pattern on a car or truck's tire that moves from high to low in sporadic spots. Scalloped tires can be deceiving at certain angles, but it will look like your tires have hollow dips or craters.

What Causes Tire Cupping?

Tire cupping usually happens as a result of a poor suspension system. If your vehicle has been feeling bouncy lately due to worn shocks or struts, you should give your tires a look. If it's been happening for a while, the tread on your tire will wear out in uneven spots. The problem can worsen faster if you often run on bumpy roads or speed bumps. In rare cases, tire cupping can also be caused by cheap tires that don't offer durability.

Prevention Tips

To prevent wasting a good set of tires, please pay attention to your car's suspension system and have it repaired on time. If you suspect you are experiencing suspension problems, please have it inspected right away. Also, it would help if you always chose high-quality tires for your car, truck, or SUV to hold up for years. Lastly, you need to check tire pressure and tire tread as often as every month. Tire maintenance is key to having even tread wear and a proper grip on the road.

If you see that your tires are cupping, please take your car to Fuller Automotive for service ASAP. We have a wide range selection of the best-of-the-best tires in Auburn, MA. Our team would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have regarding tire selection. Please give us a call or visit today! 

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