Costa Mesa Tire Shop

Time For New Tires?

Regular maintenance can prolong your tires’ lifespan, but replacement is inevitable. Wondering when to replace them? Look for these signs or drop by our Costa Mesa tire shop for an inspection:

  • Low Tread – The legal minimum tread depth in California is 1/32″; Idaho permits this, but other states mandate 2/32″. When traveling, ensure your tires have at least 2/32″ tread depth. Check by placing a penny upside down in the tread; if you can see all of Lincoln’s head, the tread is insufficient.
  • Sidewall Cracks – Cracks can form on the sidewalls over time, which may cause a loss of air pressure.
  • Bulges and Blisters – The tire’s outer surface may weaken, leading to bulges and blisters, and heightening the chance of a blowout.

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Quality Premium Tires For All Makes and Models

Investing in a new set of premium tires can greatly enhance your driving experience, providing both safety and comfort.

At our tire shop in Costa Mesa, your vehicle will be handled by experts in tire sales and service who are dedicated to steering your vehicle towards peak performance.

ExperTec Automotive is your premier destination for leading tire brands like BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Michelin, Pirelli, and more.

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Wheel Servicing

Keeping your wheels in optimal condition not only ensures a safer and smoother driving experience but also prolongs the life of your tires.

Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment is the process of adjusting the angles of wheels to ensure they are set to the car maker’s specification. The primary angles adjusted include:

  • Camber: This is the inward or outward angle of the tire when viewed from the front of the vehicle.
  • Toe: This refers to the angle at which the tires turn inward or outward when viewed from above.
  • Caster: This is the angle of your steering axis when viewed from the side of your vehicle.

Proper alignment is crucial as it ensures straight vehicle travel, minimizes tire wear, and enhances steering and handling performance.

Wheel Balancing

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

This is achieved by fixing weights to the wheel rim to counterbalance any areas of heavier weight.

Improperly balanced wheels can lead to uneven tire wear, significant vibrations in the steering wheel or vehicle floor, and could eventually cause damage to suspension components.

If you see uneven tire wear, experience bumpy rides, or if your car pulls to one side, visit ExperTec Automotive’s Costa Mesa tire shop for a thorough wheel inspection today.

Tire Rotation

Your tires will not all wear out at the same time, front tires often wear more on the shoulders because they bear most of the force during turns. The wear rate of the treads on the front or rear wheels depends on whether the car has front or rear-wheel drive. Tire rotation helps distribute driving stresses evenly across all four tires, prolonging their life.

Typically, tires are rotated from the front to the back of the vehicle. Some manufacturers recommend a cross-rotational pattern that may include the spare tire. High-performance vehicles might have different sized tires on the front and rear, or uni-directional tires that can only be installed on one side of the vehicle. Your Costa Mesa service advisor can identify and execute the proper tire rotation for your vehicle.

It is generally advised to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles according to tire manufacturers.

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Flat Tire Repair

Dealing with a flat tire can be frustrating. If the damage is minor, a repair may be sufficient. However, if a repair poses a safety risk, then replacing the tire is necessary. Determining whether a tire can be repaired or must be replaced depends on the extent of the damage.

Tires that exhibit severe damage, such as bulges, tread separation, broken belts, bead damage, or large cuts, are not repairable and require replacement. For tires with less severe damage, it might be possible to repair them, but replacing the tire is often the safest option. Repairing a tire with questionable integrity could result in a blowout, leading to loss of vehicle control and potentially an accident, causing further damage. However, under certain conditions, a damaged tire may still be repairable.

Puncture Damage

A puncture may be repaired if it is located on the tread face of the tire, between the grooves, or on tires with wrap-around grooves, as long as it is at least two inches away from where the shoulder meets the sidewall. Additionally, the puncture should not exceed 1/4 inch in diameter.

On the other hand, a puncture found in the sidewall or shoulder area of the tire—within two inches of the sidewall—requires tire replacement. These areas are subject to considerable pressure and flexing when driving, which can compromise the integrity of a patch or plug, risking a blowout.

Driving with a flat tire or low air pressure can quickly lead to permanent damage. If the tire’s sidewall makes contact with the road, the inner liner may deteriorate, significantly compromising the sidewall’s integrity. Thus, it’s essential to check your tire pressure regularly, at least once a month, to ensure it’s at the recommended level. In the event of a flat tire, it’s vital to stop driving at once to determine whether the tire can be repaired.

A cut in your tire that exceeds 1/4″ in length is generally unsafe to repair. Patches and plugs may not be effective for repairing cuts or gashes, as they can compromise the steel cords reinforcing the tire’s structure. It is highly recommended to replace a tire with this type of damage.

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