Tire Shop

Time For New Tires?

Maintenance will make your tires last longer but eventually they will wear out and you will need to replace them, but how do you know when that is?

Keep an eye on your tires and if you see any of these warning signs head on over to Expertec Automotive so we can check your tires are still safe;

  1. Low Tread – In California the legal requirement is 1/32”, if your tires are this low you can also drive in Idaho but the rest of the country requires 2/32” so if you plan on driving out of state you should make sure you maintain the 2/32” tread depth. You may be thinking that is difficult to measure 2/32” of your tire so here is a handy trick. Take a penny and turn it upside down and place it in the tread, if any of the coin above Lincoln’s head is showing your tread is too low!
  2. Sidewall Cracks – The sides of your tires can over time also develop faults, look for cracks in the sidewall which can cause your tires to lose air pressure.
  3. Bulges and Blister – If the outer surface of the tire starts to weaken then the tire can start to form bulges and blisters which can cause the tire to blow out.

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Quality Premium Tires For All Makes and Models

Nothing enhances your safe and comfortable road travel like a new set of premium tires. Your vehicle’s in excellent hands at ExperTec Automotive. 

We have a team of tire sales and service experts ready to put your vehicle on a path to peak performance. 

If you’re looking for the industry’s best brands of tires, like BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Michelin, Pirelli and more then look no further than ExperTec Automotive.

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Wheel Servicing

Ensuring that your wheels are in optimal condition not only results in a smoother and safer drive but also prolongs the lifespan of your tires.

Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment refers to the adjustment of the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other.

The primary angles adjusted during wheel alignment are:

  • Camber: This is the tilt of the wheels inward or outward when observed from the front.
  • Toe: This refers to the extent to which the tires turn inward or outward when viewed from above.
  • Caster: This is the angle of the steering pivot when seen from the side.

Proper alignment ensures that the vehicle tracks straight and true, improves tire wear, and enhances steering response and handling.

Wheel Balancing

Wheel balancing involves equalizing the weight distribution of a wheel and tire assembly to eliminate vibrations caused by uneven weight distribution.

It is achieved by placing weights on the rim of the wheel to counterbalance any heavy spots.

Unbalanced wheels can lead to uneven tire wear, vibrations felt through the steering wheel or vehicle floor, and can even cause damage to suspension components over time.

If you are noticing uneven tire wear, experiencing bumpy rides, or find your car pulling to one side, bring your vehicle to ExperTec Automotive for a thorough wheel inspection today.

Tire Rotation

Tires do not wear out evenly. The front tires wear more on the shoulder of the tire because they handle most of the force when turning. Whether your car is front or rear wheel drive will affect ow quickly the treads start to wear down on the front or rear wheels. Rotating the tires so that the stresses of driving your vehicle are shared between all four tires will let them more evenly extending their life.

For most vehicles tires are rotated front to back. Some manufacturers recommend a cross rotational pattern that includes the spare tire, and some high-performance vehicles have different size tires on the front and rear and may even have uni-directional tires that can only be on the left or the right side of the vehicle. Your service advisor at ExperTec Automotive can help you sort that out and will perform the right tire rotation for your vehicle.

Your tire manufacturer will have a recommendation for how often you should rotate your tires. It’s usually somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 miles.

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Flat Tire Repair

You have probably experienced the inconvenience of a flat tire. Sometimes, if the damage is minor enough, you may be able to get away with having it repaired. However, in many cases, a repair may be unsafe and you should get a replacement. But how do you know if your tire can be saved by a repair or if it needs replacement?

It should go without saying, but tires with severe damage such as bulges, tread separation, broken or slipped belts, bead damage, and large cuts or gashes are not repairable and must be replaced. If your tire has borderline damage that may or may not be repairable, the safest option is always to replace it. Repairing a tire that may or may not be safe can risk you a tire blowout, which could easily lead to severe loss of control and result in a collision, causing you much bigger problems and more damage to your vehicle. However, there are some specific cases in which repair may be possible for a damaged tire:

Puncture Damage

If the puncture is on the tread face of the tire, between the grooves, or, on tires with tread patterns that don’t have grooves that wrap around them, no closer than 2 inches to where the shoulder meets the sidewall, then it can be patched. The hole also must be 1/4” or smaller in diameter.

However, if the puncture is in the sidewall or on the shoulder area of the tire (less than two inches from the sidewall), it must be replaced. This is because these areas are under a lot of pressure and constantly flex as you drive, which can eventually cause a tire patch or plug in that area to come loose and cause a blowout while you drive. 

If you drive on a flat tire or with low air pressure, you can quickly damage the tire beyond repair. When part of the sidewall makes contact with the road, the inner liner of the sidewall will wear away, weakening the sidewall of the tire too severely to be repaired. This is why it is important to check your tire pressure at least once a month to make sure that you maintain the correct air pressure, and if you get a flat tire, to stop driving immediately in case the issue is repairable.

If you have a cut in your tire, it is most likely not safely repairable unless it is less than 1/4” long. Patches or plugs designed to repair round holes in tires will not be as effective at repairing a cut or gash, and it has most likely severed the steel cords inside of your tire that give it its strength. If your tire has a cut or gash, it is highly recommended that you get it replaced with a new one.

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