Curb That Screech: Minimize Tire Noise and Stay Safe on the Road

tires leaving marks on the circuitWhile driving in downtown American Fork, you hear loud noises you can’t pinpoint. The sound could be due to misplaced sound-reducing car parts, malfunctioning interior systems, or the design on your tire treads. Regardless of the reason, you need to drive your vehicle to the nearest tire shop in north-central Utah for repair because the noise could indicate car trouble.

Identify the exact cause of the noise for your safety and peace of mind, and resolve it.

The Different Kinds of Tire Noises

Some tire noises are normal and depends on the type of tire you’re going to buy. Noises could arise simply from the tire material impacting the pavement. Visit your local tire shop and ask for the best kind of “quiet” tires suited for your vehicle.

Noises not caused by tire type could be a result of:

    • Over and under-inflated tires
    • Uneven treadwear
  • Tread design
  • Improper tire and wheel maintenance

Over and Under-inflated Tires

Over or under-inflation of your tires is a common cause of tire noise. When the inside and outside edges of a tire wear out more than the central part, it’s probably underinflated. When the center part of the tire wears faster than the edges, it’s usually over-inflated.

One way to solve under-inflated tires is to increase cold tire pressure. This reduces flat tires and spots from occurring frequently. You need to properly inflate your tires before driving and check them after every trip. Rough terrain can cause your tires to puncture. Just a slight change in air pressure from your tires prompts unwanted squeaks.

Uneven Treadwear

Uneven tires impacting the road causes noise because it isn’t uniform. The unbalanced tread depths cause tires to emit loud noises while driving. Squealing and squeaking can also be a sign of uneven tire treadwear.

With high usage, tire treads break down and may even peel off the surface of your tire. This causes noise each time your worn tire rolls over the road. Aside from the noise, uneven tire treads also makes it more difficult to brake and turn as you drive. To fix this and avoid the probability of a road accident, have your tires rotated and balanced regularly.

Tread Design

The grooves in your tire, or tread style creates different noise levels. Curt, repetitive tread pitch patterns like the lug or block type patterns create a “whining” sound, while rib tread patterns make the least amount of sound. Those with variations, such as the rib-lug lug tread patterns, stand in the middle when it comes to noise levels.

tire tracks marking on the road by supercar

When you’re aiming for quieter tires, look for ones that have different tread block patterns. Since every block pattern produces different tones, the combined effect of these patterns becomes a neutral white noise. This process is called pitch sequencing and is vital for maintaining quiet tire noise.

Improper Tire and Wheel Maintenance

Noise can also arise from improper tire and wheel maintenance. Loose tires, improper wheel alignments and a lack of tire rotation can all cause squeaky noises. Imbalanced, loose tires not only produce loud vibrations, but can also cause damage on the suspension parts of your car. As tires wear, the weight distribution changes and the prior balance becomes useless.

Get your car on a regular maintenance program to avoid noise due to improper tire positions. Rotate your tires every 5,000-8,000 miles. You should also balance the weight on your tire, putting small weights opposite the stiffer spots in your tire.

Maintain your tires regularly and enjoy noiseless, safe road trips.