TIRE 101

This light means that your tire pressure is lower than the recommended pressure for your vehicle. Have your tire pressure checked immediately.

Q. Can my wheel be repaired?

  1. Depending on the nature of the damage to the wheel, in most cases the wheel can be repaired. Although it may never be 100% round again, I will still be able to be used for everyday driving.

 

Q. Why rotate my tires?

  1. Rotating your tires as part of your regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance has many benefits. It helps to maintain an even amount of treadwear on all 4 tires. That prolongs the life of your tires, leads to improved gas mileage and a smoother more comfortable ride. Regularly rotating your tires can also prolong the life of your vehicle’s suspension components by reducing vibrations.

Q. How do I figure out my tire size?

  1. All Cars will have a sticker on the drivers side door panel. That will have the size of the original size on the vehicle.

Q. What should the p.s.i be in my tires?

  1. On newer cars, the recommended pressure is most commonly listed on a sticker inside the driver's door. If there's no sticker on the door, you can usually find the specs in the owner's manual. Most passenger cars will recommend 32 to 35 psi in the tires when they're cold.

 

Q. Can my tire be repaired?

  1. As long as the puncture is with the tread design, it is repairable. Anything out side of that is not repairable.

 

Q. If I only purchase 2 new tires, should I put them on the front or the rear?

  1. Manufacturers recommend to place new tires on the rear to prevent fish tailing. But being in a dry climate, we recommend placing them in the front for better handling of the vehicle.

 

Q. Do I need to balance my tires?

  1. Balancing should be done every time you get a new set of tires. Each tire is unique in terms of weight and needs to be balanced properly. Balancing should also be done any time you get new wheels or rims. Even if the wheel and tire are balanced on their own, when you pair them together it can create an imbalance.

Q. Do I need to align my car every time I get new tires?

  1. There are a couple ways to tell if your car needs a tire alignment. If you've noticed one or more of these indicators, you should have your alignment checked by a licensed service technician immediately. 

  2. -Uneven tread wear

  3. -Vehicle pulling to the left or right

  4. -Your steering wheel is off center when driving straight

  5. -Steering wheel vibration

 

Q. What does this light on my dash mean? 

        If the sticker is not there or has worn off, you can also read the size off the side wall of the tire.