Only qualified persons should repair tires.
Any leak or puncture or other injury to a tire obviously affects its performance and your safety. Proper repair is critical. For your safety alone, the general condition of your tires should be inspected frequently for signs of damage.
If you have any questions about the condition of your tires, simply ask us and we’ll be glad to inflate them properly or do an inspection if needed. If you have a leaky or punctured tire, and the damage is safely fixable, we can help you.
Proper tire care can help reduce unnecessary tire repair:
Some simple maintenance will help you make the most of your tire investment. In fact, if you practice some common sense tire maintenance, you can make your tires last longer (sometimes thousands of miles longer).
The more you practice the following guidelines, the less you’ll depend on us for tire repair, and the longer you’ll drive without the need for a tire replacement.
- Check your tire pressure monthly — an improperly inflated tire can build up heat, blow out the tire, and worse, cause a roll over and injury
- Check your thread depth monthly (see “How to ‘read’ your tires” below)
- Rotate tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles
- Make sure your tires are properly aligned
Are your tires going bald?
Some tire repair and replacement is unavoidable. But vehicle owners who inspect their own tires monthly can more easily see signs of problems and correct them. Frankly, we believe every car owner should know how to recognize tires that are going bald. Why? Because badly worn tires are more susceptible to penetration by nails and other objects. Worse yet, bald or nearly-bald tires can easily skid in wet weather conditions and cause accidents.
Learn how to “read” your tires:
We recommend that you learn to “read” the early warning signs of tire wear.
New tires have treadwear indicators (usually marked with a bold color like blue). These indicators are there to help you gauge tire wear with just one look. Look at these indicator areas to check the remaining tread depth on your tire. If there are only two thirty-seconds of an inch (2/32″) remaining in tread depth, then it’s time to replace your tires.
What punctures can be fixed?
First, we follow manufacture guidelines for every tire. Why? Because that’s the safest way to deal with tire repair or replacement. But here’s a general rule of thumb. Only punctures to the tread area of the tire are possible, and only if the puncture is no greater than a quarter-inch wide.
To be absolutely certain that your tire is repairable, we will perform an internal inspection of your tire. Specifically, we will remove the tire from the rim and inspect the tire’s inner lining — and the sidewall of your tire. If we can repair your tire safely, we will do so. If we cannot, we may recommend that you buy a new tire.
Sometimes we recommend that customers buy two new tires at a time so that the car rides more evenly.