Huntington Beach Tire Shop

Time For New Tires?

Regular maintenance can prolong the lifespan of your tires, but eventually they will need to be replaced.

Do you know when to replace them? If you see these signs it’s time to visit our Huntington Beach tire shop for a safety inspection:

  • Low Tread – The legal minimum tread depth in California is 1/32″; Idaho permits this, but other states mandate 2/32″. If traveling interstate, ensure your tread is at least 2/32″. 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 lead to a loss of air pressure.
  • Bulges and Blisters – The tire’s outer surface may weaken, causing bulges and blisters, which heighten the risk of a blowout.

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Quality Premium Tires For All Makes and Models

A new set of premium tires can greatly enhance your driving experience, increasing both safety and comfort on the road.

ExperTec Automotive’s Huntington Beach tire shop has a team of tire sales and service professionals, dedicated to steering your vehicle to peak performance.

Choose from leading tire brands like BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Michelin, Pirelli, and more for quality and reliability that you can trust.

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Wheel Servicing

Keeping your wheels in prime condition not only ensures a smoother and safer driving experience but also extends the lifespan of your tires.

Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment involves adjusting the angles of wheels to ensure they are set to specifications of the car’s manufacturer.

The main angles adjusted are:

  • Camber: The inward or outward tilt of the wheels when viewed from the front.
  • Toe: The degree to which the tires point inward or outward when observed from above.
  • Caster: The angle of the steering pivot as seen from the side.

Correct alignment is important as it ensures the vehicle travels straight, minimizes the wear on the tires, and enhances the steering and handling.

Wheel Balancing

Wheel balancing is the process of equalizing the weight distribution across a wheel and tire assembly to prevent vibrations caused by uneven weight distribution.

Wheel Balancing is achieved by attaching weights to the wheel rim to offset any areas of excess weight.

Wheels that are not balanced properly can result in irregular tire wear, noticeable vibrations in the steering wheel or vehicle floor, and potentially damage suspension components over time.

If you have uneven tire wear, are experiencing bumpy rides, or your car is pulling to one side, visit ExperTec Automotive’s Huntington Beach tire shop for a comprehensive wheel inspection today.

Tire Rotation

Tires do not wear evenly, the front tires tend to wear more on the shoulders due to handling the majority of the force during turns. The rate at which the treads wear down on the front or rear wheels is influenced by whether your car is front or rear-wheel drive. Rotating the tires ensures that the driving stresses are evenly distributed across all four tires, thus extending their lifespan.

Usually cars have their tires rotated from front to back. However, some manufacturers suggest a cross-rotational pattern that might also include the spare tire. High-performance vehicles may have different sized tires on the front and rear, or even uni-directional tires that can only be mounted on one side of the vehicle. Your Huntington Beach tire advisor will determine and perform the correct tire rotation for your vehicle.

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

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Flat Tire Repair

A flat tire can be irritating and minor damage may be able to be repaired. But, if a repair is not safe, then a replacement becomes necessary. How can you tell whether a tire is repairable or needs to be replaced?

Tires with serious damage, such as bulges, tread separation, broken or slipped belts, bead damage, and extensive cuts or gashes, cannot be repaired and must be replaced. When a tire has marginal damage, which might be repairable, the safest course is to replace it. Opting to repair a tire that’s potentially unsafe could lead to a blowout, risking a severe loss of control and possibly a collision, leading to greater issues and more damage to your vehicle. However, there are certain circumstances where a damaged tire might be repairable.

Puncture Damage

A puncture can be patched if it is on the tread face of the tire, between the grooves, or on tires without grooves that wrap around, provided it is no closer than two inches to where the shoulder meets the sidewall. The puncture must also be no larger than 1/4 inch in diameter.

However, a puncture in the sidewall or the shoulder area of the tire (within two inches of the sidewall) necessitates tire replacement. These areas endure significant pressure and flex during driving, which can cause a patch or plug to fail, potentially leading to a blowout.

Driving on a flat tire or with low air pressure can rapidly cause irreparable damage. If the sidewall contacts the road, the inner liner can wear down, critically weakening the tire’s sidewall. Therefore, it’s crucial to check your tire pressure monthly to ensure it’s at the proper level. Should you experience a flat tire, it’s imperative to cease driving immediately to assess if the tire is salvageable.

A cut in your tire is generally not safe to repair if it exceeds 1/4″ in length. Patches and plugs are less effective for fixing cuts or gashes, as they likely compromise the steel cords that reinforce the tire’s structure. It is strongly advised to replace a tire with such damage.

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