Tires & Wheel Alignment
Your vehicle’s tires affect the ride, handling, traction and safety of your car.
The tires are the connection between your car and the road in all sorts of driving conditions. Getting a regular wheel alignment keeps them functioning properly.
To maximize the life and safety of your tires regularly have them rotated and balanced. Tire replacement may be necessary if the tread depth is below the minimum legal requirement or the sidewalls are punctured or severely cracked. In some cases, if the tread is punctured it cannot be repaired.
Maintaining a vehicle’s wheel alignment reduces tire wear, improves fuel economy and handling as well as increases your driving enjoyment and safety.
We now offer tire balancing & new tire purchase / installation: Call 253-538-1441 for details!
- Check your tire’s inflation pressure at least once a month (including the spare).
- Have your vehicle’s alignment checked every year. Uneven or accelerated tire wear may indicate an alignment problem.
- Have the tires rotated every 6000 miles to extend the life of your tires.
- Replacing all 4 tires at the same time is highly recommended.
- Check to make sure you have all the valve caps. A missing cap can cause the tire to leak air.
Tire buying checklist
- Tire shopping may not seem that exciting, but once you’re driving on new tires, you’ll notice a difference. Here are some tips for how to prepare and what to expect while shopping for new tires.
- First, find the make and model of your vehicle. Your version/option might also be required, which is sometimes called your package level. Version/option can affect your tire size. It should be located on an information placard in your vehicle. In vehicles made after 2005, this placard will be located in the driver’s side door. In older vehicles, the placard may be located instead in the rear passenger doorjamb, fuel filler, glove box or center console, or engine compartment. For example, the version/option of a Honda Accord EX V6 is EX V6.
- You can also use your tire size. Your tire size should be on your tire’s sidewall. It could also be listed on the placard inside your driver’s side door, or in your owner’s manual.
Factors like whether you drive around town, take frequent long trips, or drive on- or off-road should influence your decision, as tires are designed to serve a variety of functions, like street performance, long, comfortable rides, enduring treadwear, and enhanced grip.
- Ask what’s included in the tire price, such as balancing, valve stem replacement, installation, Tire Pressure Monitor System service, and wheel alignment, which could be necessary if the previous tires wore unevenly.
- Selecting optional Road Hazard Coverage will protect your tires from scrap metal or other items that could puncture them.
- If you end up with more than one choice, our sales professionals can discuss the features and benefits of each tire with you, so you can make a confident decision.
If you’d like us to answer any other purchase questions, feel free to contact us directly or call 253-538-1441.