Mazda 5 Parts And Mazda 5 Accessories
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The Mazda 5 is so well-balanced that it wears out its tires at a gradual and even rate. So when one side of the tires wears out faster, it\'s a cause for alarm. While tire treads are meant to wear out over time, as the thread becomes thinner, it also loses its grip on the road. And once the tire loses too much tread too soon, it will result with wheels slipping as well as a myriad of steering and braking problems that could prove dangerous while on the road. This is especially critical on wet or snow-covered roads, as tread is essential to cut through the layer of ice and water and maintain contact with the road surface. There are many causes of premature tire wear, but the common ones are:
Car tires need to have the same amount of pressure that\'s specified by the manufacturer; for the Mazda 3, it should be 32-36 psi depending on the model year and version. This ensures optimum ride comfort, handling, fuel economy, and, most importantly, tire wear. Even tire pressure on all corners ensures the vehicle\'s weight is distributed evenly when accelerating, braking, and cornering. So if one tire is softer or harder than the rest, the tire\'s traction will be affected. This, in turn, leads to different parts of the tread abrading too fast or at an irregular pattern.
Improper tire alignment can also cause the tire treads to wear out prematurely. Tire alignment, or wheel alignment as it is also known, refers to the optimum adjustment of the vehicle\'s steering and suspension components. The Mazda 3\'s suspension and steering need to be adjusted to the point that the angles of the tires and their contact with the road match that of the manufacturer\'s recommendations, resulting in the tires gripping the road surface evenly and a balanced wear pattern. The Mazda 3 typically comes with the steering or suspension pre-aligned, but this can change whenever the wheels, suspension, or steering is replaced or modified or when the vehicle has been involved in a collision.
Once the Mazda 3\'s steering/suspension goes out of alignment, the contact of the wheels with the ground becomes uneven, with patches of the tread being abraded more than other areas. This results in irregular wear patterns such as rib wear or feathering. Having the wheels realigned at the shop often solves this problem, although it may also indicate wear or damage of the steering or suspension components themselves.
Worn shocks, struts, and other suspension components are another cause of premature or irregular tire wear particularly in the form or a cupped or scalloped appearance of the sides of the tires. When this happens, the worn or damaged suspension must be removed and replaced. If the tire is already severely worn to the point that the tire wires are exposed, it has to be discarded as well and replaced with a new one.