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When New Tires Are Needed

by | Aug 22, 2014 | Auto Repair, Car Care Tips, General Car Maintenance, Tire Repair

Tires are critical to keeping your vehicle moving down the highway.  But they don’t last forever.  Periodically you are going to need to get new tires. Observing the wear to the tread of the tire is key in determining if it is time for new ones.  As the tread begins to wear, the tires become less safe.  You compromise handling in wet or slick conditions and run the risk of a flat when it is anything but convenient. Other things such as obvious slits or bubbles on a tire would warrant an immediate inspection and new tire purchase. Uneven wear on tire tread may also signal the need for new tires, as could excessive vibration at higher speeds.

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Improve the Life of the Tires

To get the full benefit from your new tires you will want to practice good maintenance. You will achieve maximum life from your new tires if you rotate them on a routine schedule. Any uneven wear you notice should be an indication to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. Check the tire pressure frequently to reduce any uneven tread wearing. With proper care, your new tires will run efficiently and save you money in the long run. Making sure the correct air pressure is in the tires will also increase their life. The tread should be checked on a regular basis as well. If you notice the tread is wearing less or unevenly, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. We can inspect the tires and advise you on the options so you can increase the life of the tires.

Know what the Correct Tires should Be

To determine what the correct tires should be for your vehicle, consider the type of vehicle and the kind of driving you do most. All season tires are designed to perform reasonably well in many different circumstances. Different types of tires maximize certain benefits. Some have better traction or may be designed for longer life. If you are unsure what type of tires to purchase, make sure to contact us. We can advise you for what type is the best for your vehicle.

Where to Purchase New Tires

New tires can be purchased at many locations including car dealerships, gas stations, and discount stores. Some stores include installation in their pricing for new tires and others do not. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can examine the tire tread and wear of the tires. We can also help determine the proper tire size and design. Many people choose to purchase new tires that are the same brand as the old tires; however, this is not necessary. When the new tires are installed we will balance the wheels after they are installed. This improves handling and insures even wear. If your current tires are showing uneven wear, you may need to have a wheel alignment when the new tires are installed. For best handling and tire performance, it is advisable to buy four new tires at once. If for some reason you are only buying two new tires, it is preferred that you place them on the rear axle rather than the front if possible. The new tires will have the better traction and will be most helpful in avoiding hydroplaning on wet roads.