Four Reasons Your Tires Could Lead To A Failed State Inspection

6 October 2016
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Tires play a critical role in the safe operation of a vehicle. For this reason, the condition of a vehicle's tires will play a major role in determining if the vehicle passes the state inspection criteria. Here are just some of the concerns that could raise a red flag and cause you to fail your inspection.  

Unsafe Repairs

If a tire has been repaired with an unsafe method, this can warrant a failure. Some unsafe methods include patches and poorly installed plugs. The problem with these repairs is that they aren't long lasting. You might have the tire patched and it may seem okay, but if you continue to drive on it for an extended period of time, the tire could easily blowout and cause a major safety issue.

Improper Placement

If your vehicle has a dual wheel assembly, it's imperative that each tire be positioned correctly. When properly aligned, there will be a small amount of space between the tires. Even if the tires are barely touching one another, this will result in a failure. When the tires rub together, this affects maneuverability and your ability to stop safely. Take a few moments to check your tire placement beforehand. If there is an issue, poor alignment is often to blame.

Worn Tires

It doesn't matter if you have three tires that are in perfect condition and one tire that is showing signs of extreme wear; this will generally still result in a failure. A vehicle needs all four tires to be in good condition in order to operate efficiently and safely, so even one bad tire is a problem. Signs of extreme wear include cord exposure, snags, cuts and sidewall cracking.

Exclusive Use Tires

Some tires are labeled with exclusive usage instructions, for example, for racing only or not for highway use. If you have your vehicle inspected with these types of tires, you will be unsuccessful in your attempt. Your vehicle must be equipped with all use tires. While it's not necessarily illegal to use these tires, they are for certain conditions – not every day driving. The purpose of an inspection is to determine how safe your vehicle will be in normal driving conditions. These tires prevent the inspector from accurately determining this.

If any of your tires are displaying these types of characteristics, it's best to have the tire replaced beforehand as this will save you both time and money. Contact a company like Bradzoil 10 Minute Change to have your tires checked out before your state inspection.