How Long Can a Tire Last with Cord Showing


Notice cords shooting out of your tires? That might be the final straw for the tire and a sign that you should take it off your car. It is not safe to drive on tires that have sticking cords. Regular use of such tires only opens you up to risk.

Tires with visible cords are useless. Due to their inability to efficiently disperse heat, you shouldn’t drive them for more than 80 to 100 miles, and at slow speeds.

The smart move is to change the tires at a local auto shop. Rather than driving on exposed tires to the local auto shop, install the spare tire If you have any reserved for this purpose. If you don’t have a spare tire, the safe driving distance on these tires is enough to get you to a repair shop.

How Long Can I Drive On Cord Showing Tires?

You should only drive up to 80-100 miles on tires with noticeable cords because they provide poor road handling and traction. Furthermore, they are at risk of bursting due to the tires’ inability to dissipate heat. As a result, it is recommended that you use a spare tire, as this can be dangerous for you and other drivers on the road.

As was previously mentioned, there is no “safe distance” with such tires due to severe sidewall wear. When you drive on such tires, you endanger both your life and the lives of other people on the road. It is better for you to install a spare tire. If you don’t have a choice, you should choose to drive in the slow lane at decreased speeds for at most 90 miles.

Realistically, if you don’t have the option of installing a spare, you should only use them to get to the closest repair facility.

Is it safe to drive on tires with showing cords?

It is unsafe to drive on tires with cords showing because they won’t provide proper handling and traction on regular road conditions. This may result in the driver losing control of the vehicle, which is the most disastrous situation any driver can experience.

If you keep using these tires, you risk endangering yourself and other drivers on the road. Your tire’s belt system is made of steel cables intended to give the tread area strength, rigidity, and stability. They also help with tire handling, better traction, and overall control, which is why your car cannot perform at optimal levels until you replace the worn tires.

Why Do My Tires Have Showing Cords?

When the tire tread is overly worn out, the tire’s steel belt are exposed. There are different factors that can contribute to an excessive amount of tire wear, and they are discussed below.

Alignment Issues

A tire without proper balancing and alignment can lead to various types of wear.

Camber Wear

Camber is the angle of the tires from front view. Negative camber occurs when the tire tilts inwards while driving, while positive camber occurs when the tire tilts outwards.

Depending on the kind of camber, the tire wears at one edge, which can lead to cords showing from that edge.

Toe Wear

Toe wear has a pattern that is somewhat similar to camber wear, with the difference being that camber wear is smooth on both sides while toe wear is not smooth on both sides.

If the toe angle is wrong, the tire may slide while driving rather than rolling.

Inconsistent Tire Pressure


Due to the sidewall edges’ increased contact with the road, underinflated tires are more demanding on the edges. The tire is pushed toward the middle which causes the outside edges to wear down more quickly than the center.

Outer edge wear is the resultant wear pattern. Such wear has consequences that are nearly equivalent to the center-wear pattern in terms of decreased fuel efficiency and poor handling.

These tire wear issues can be fixed easily. All you have to do is inspect your tire pressure regularly to ensure it is in accordance with the tire’s specified air pressure.


When a tire is overinflated, it becomes stiffer and harder than it should be, which compels the weight of your car to run on the center of the tire rather than being distributed equally. This results in an uneven center-wear pattern by making the middle of the tread wear down more quickly than the edges.

Additionally, because of their high rolling resistance, they have a smaller contact patch with the road, leading to poor traction, degraded handling, and worse fuel economy.

Extended Use

No product lasts forever and tires are no different; they have a lifespan too. Over time, the tire’s tread deteriorates. Tires are generally expected to serve for 5 to 6 years or 50,000 miles.

There are several factors to consider when evaluating tire life, such as the manufacturer, tire quality, tire condition, tread depth, material, and so on. Still, a good rule of thumb is that they need to be evaluated every 4-5 years to see if they are still in good shape.

They could serve for years if they still have sufficient tread depth and no apparent damage, but after ten years, you would notice considerable damage because the rubber begins to degrade. For this reason, most manufacturers suggest replacing a tire no later than 7 years.

Will My Tires Pop If it has showing Cords?

The chance of a tire popping is higher for tires with visible cords than for regular tires. They cannot distribute the heat that accumulates due to friction as the tire is pushed on the road because of the high tread wear.

This implies that they could pop at any moment without prior notice, causing an unexpected loss of control over the car, which could be fatal.

How to fix a tire with Cords showing?

Tires that are so worn out that the inner steel belt of the tire’s construction can be seen with the naked eye  and you shouldn’t even be attempted to repair such tires. It is extremely dangerous and, in many areas, downright illegal to fix such a tire.

Even if the threat of legal action and a penalty for having tires that display cords were not enough of an incentive, it still forces many drivers to replace the tire.


A tire will likely fail if its condition deteriorates to the point where cords are noticeable on its surface. Such tires should be replaced.

Make sure that your tires don’t get to that stage in their lifespan if they are in good shape. Maintain regular tire pressure checks and address any balance or alignment problems with your car as soon as they are identified.