There’s a Lot to Know About BMW Tires…
You’ve probably heard the phrase “where the rubber meets the road” – but we use it in reference to your BMW tires. Tires are your car’s foundation, exposed to the elements and bearing the weight of your car. It’s only natural that as your drive, your tires experience a lot of wear and tear.
Tires are the first thing that keep you safe on the road, so it’s important to bring your BMW tires in for regular inspection.
Why are BMW tires so special?
Would you be surprised to find out that your BMW tires are made of many layers? Each layer of a tire does something to protect you on the road.
Airtight Liner and Beads
Old tires used to sit on top of a donut-like inner tube. Bike tires still use this technology, but car tires today do not.
They use a synthetic rubber liner and beads designed to seal the tire against the wheel. This is why it’s important to
get your air pressure checked monthly. Proper inflation is a crucial part of your BMW tire service, and one way to protect the tire
The sidewall keeps the tire rigid, absorbs shock, and protects the tire from abrasion against things like curbs.
This part of the tire can crack and break down over time.
Keep an eye on the sidewall. If it seems to be cracking or wearing thin, if you have a nick in it, or see metal sticking out, bring your BMW in for service.
The layer between the liner and the tread is called the crown plies. This is where the magic happens in the tire.
Tires need to aid the forces that make them spin and apply pressure on the road. This force is called centrifuge, and the crown plies ensure your tire exerts this force.
It also makes your tire flexible.
If this breaks down, your tire won’t be able to keep its shape. At high speeds, it might even fly apart.
Make sure you get your BMW tires checked every year and get your crown plies closely inspected.
Your BMW tires have something called tread, which are those grooves you see on the surface of the tire.
The tread on your BMW tires both translates all the force from the wheels to the road, and keeps the car from sliding all over the place.
If your tread wears thin, your car won’t run as efficiently. You could even wear down through the tread to the crown plies, risking a blowout.
A simple way to check the tread on your tires is to do the penny test. Just take a penny and insert it into the treat so that Lincoln’s head is upside down. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tire. Do this on each of your tires.
(If you’ve got different wear on different tires, it might also be a good idea to get an alignment!)
Become A BMW Tire Service Regular
Our tires carry us everywhere. Doesn’t it make sense to show them a little TLC?
Now that you know what to look for and ask for during your next service session, you’ll keep your BMW tires in great shape.