Tire Maintenance Services
Rotating your tires is essential for keeping your tires lasting longer. Rotating your tires means moving them from one side of the vehicle to the other, moving them from front to back or a combination of both. Several factors can cause uneven tire wear:
- Vigorous driving habits
- Uneven terrain and pot holes
- Under inflated tires
- Worn shocks
- Unaligned wheels
- Worn components
- Not rotating your tires
Regular tire rotation helps avoid uneven tire wear that can lead to poor performance and gas mileage. Some tires need to be rotated at specific intervals, while others will need to be rotated depending on the wear. To find out when your tires need to be rotated, check your vehicle's owner's manual or ask one of our tire specialists.
Balancing your tires is important. If overlooked, unbalanced tires can lead to uneven wear, vibration and potentially unsafe driving conditions. Our technicians can help determine whether your tires need to be rotated and balanced based on wear or mileage.
Getting your tires balanced can mean:
- Smoother ride
- Increased Comfort
- Less driver fatigue
- Enhanced tire wear
- Enhanced for tires and drive train components
Tires should be selected by the correct size for the vehicle, and should be purchased in sets of four, or at least matching sets of two on each axle. Visit our technicians for proper installation of your new tires. It includes:
- Inspecting the lug nuts for wear
- Installing new valve stems
- Mounting the tires
- Proper balancing
- Checking the disc brake caliper clearance, as well as the distance between calipers, wheels and rims to inspect for no interference
- Tightening lugs to proper torque as determined by the manufacturer
Flat Tire Repair
We Fix Flat Tires in a Jiffy! Flat tires are very inconvenient. While there is little you can do to prevent a flat tire, you can help minimize the hassle and damage to your tire by being prepared. Make sure you talk to one of our highly experienced technicians, if you have any questions.
Make Sure You Always Have:
- An inflated spare tire
- A jack
- A lug wrench
- Bracing material, such as a small piece of wood or a brick
In Case of a Flat Tire
- Stop As Soon As Possible. Driving on your flat can destroy the tire and damage your wheels.
- Flat on Flat. Try to stop on even, flat pavement if you can.
- Loosen the Lug Nuts. The first crank is the toughest; do it before you jack up the vehicle.
- Jack it Up. Place your jack under the vehicle as instructed in your vehicle's owner's manual, being sure not to wedge it against fiberglass trim or flimsy material.
- Get Braces. If you parked on uneven ground, place a wedge behind the tires you're not changing and level the jack with your bracing material before jacking up the vehicle.
- Remove the Lugs.
- Remove the Flat Tire.
- Mount the Spare Tire.
- Replace the Lugs. Try to tighten each lug equally to keep your spare evenly mounted.
- Lower the Jack.
- One More Twist. With the vehicle on solid ground, the spare may have shifted. Give each lug one more twist to be sure.
- Drive Away — SLOWLY. Spare tires often have speed and usage limits listed on the sidewall. Follow these guidelines and contact us as soon as possible.
Do you feel like you are constantly inflating and re-inflating your tires? If you want a better, more efficient way to keep your tires inflated, you should try nitrogen inflation. Nitrogen filled tires offer many benefits such as:
- Improved fuel mileage
- Less tire wear
- Better handling and performance
- Extended tire lifespan
- Peace of mind from the added safety of properly inflated tires.
Why is nitrogen better than oxygen?
Nitrogen is less likely to seep through the walls of a tire than oxygen, which provides for more constant air pressure in your tires during changing temperatures. More stable air pressure in your tires can help with the fuel efficiency of your vehicle has well as keep your tires lasting longer (which translates to more money in your pocket at the end of the day).
Nitrogen inflated tires can also help in preventing corrosion of a steel or aluminum rim. Oxygen can ‘oxidize’ your wheels thus causing rust and eventual break down of the metal. Bent or broken wheels can also deter your vehicle’s performance and fuel efficiency.
Bottom line: Nitrogen is better for your tires and wheels, so come in today and ask our knowledgeable technicians about our nitrogen inflation services.