Ask Pete

Recently, my fairly new tires were making a noise. I took the car to my local (and very trusted) tire shop, and they found signs of deterioration. It didn't occur to me that the tires could be going bad with so much tread on them.

SC Hartman

It sounds like you have the early stages of a belt separation inside the tire. While the tire may appear to be fine just by looking at the tread, the belt can be starting to separate. I recommend getting another opinion perhaps from an independent repair shop. The car should be put on a hoist and each tire should be spun to watch the lateral run-out.

Thank you once again for your inquiry. I hope you have found this information helpful. For further assistance with a diagnosis, please visit and locate a AAA Approved Repair facility in your area.

I have a vibration that is getting more consistent. When I get to about 45/50 mph it will start, sometimes it quits at 60, sometimes not. It used to only happen occasionally, now it is almost always. I can feel it and even see it in the steering wheel vibration. 

K. Stone

It definitely sounds tire related. You will need to have the tires checked for general condition. If that is okay, have them checked for balance. This will also determine if a tire is "out-of-round."

To "Ask Pete" an automotive question, mail to:

AAA Going Places Magazine
Ask Pete
1515 N. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607

Back to top

Ask Pete

Do you have an automotive question? Just Ask Pete! Pete Candela is AAA's auto expert and he's here to answer any question about your car. As an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified master technician with over 20 years of experience, Pete's seen it all. No question is too mundane or unusual.

In addition to answering members' questions, Pete also oversees AAA's Approved Auto Repair facilities that have met and maintained AAA's tough performance standards while providing reliable and courteous service. As a AAA member, using one of these facilities guarantees quality service.

For information regarding change of address, tours, cruises, tickets, or merchandise, please contact the AAA branch office nearest you or visit Comments regarding the functionality of this site should be directed to All content copyright ©2007 AAA Going Places Magazine.