One of the most important parts of vehicle upkeep is replacing old, worn out tires. Tires are the connection between your vehicle and the surface of the road. They are a critical part of your vehicle’s suspension system. Tires are responsible for transmitting the forces of driving, steering, and braking on the road. Although they are easily maintained, tires are often overlooked.
Your tires play an essential role in the safety of your vehicle. Don’t wait until your tread has been worn completely from the surface of your tires before you get around to replacing them. This is commonly known as “bald” tires and is a very dangerous condition. Tires with the proper amount of tread help pass water and elements through so your car stays grounded as you drive. Without that tread, the rubber just spins on wet surfaces, and you can quickly find yourself in a scary situation. If your tires have been driven on for so long that they’ve seriously deteriorated, you are putting yourself and your passengers at risk.
Many states have laws requiring car tires to carry a minimum amount of tread depth to be legal on the road. Bald tires have a very hard time maintaining traction, especially in wet conditions. Even when the weather is perfectly fine, having tires that are in good condition still serves a purpose. Your car handles more capably, giving you a much more satisfying ride and reducing fuel consumption.
Always check your owner’s manual to find the right tire size to fit your vehicle’s year, make, and model. New tires should be purchased in sets of 4, or at least in matching groups of two on each axle. This keeps your tire wear even and extends the life of your new tires.
When it’s time to replace your tires, give your tire installation experts at Koester Automotive and Collision Center a call. Whether you drive a car, SUV, or truck, at Koester it’s easy to find the perfect tires for your vehicle. We have a great selection of national tire brands at highly competitive prices.
Just drop by our shop in Sherman Oaks and our tire experts will be happy to recommend the best tire choice for your vehicle type.
Tire and wheel assemblies are prone to various weight discrepancies that can cause major problems for motorists. If you experience vibrations in your vehicle, hear squeals from your tires, or feel your car pulling in one direction, then one or more of your tires may need to be re-balanced.
Our mechanics use a computerized tire balancing machine which can detect even ¼ of an ounce of difference in weight around the wheel. Why worry about that small of a weight difference on an object which weighs so much? That tiny amount of weight travels very fast around the axle while you’re driving. This causes enough momentum to create serious vibration and when multiplied times 4 wheels, the wobble really adds up.
Your tires should be balanced any time you replace the tires on your vehicle. Tires wear depending on driving practices and road problems, uneven wear will start to become noticeable after the first 1,000-2,000 miles of use. It is imperative that your tires are checked for balance every 4,000-6,000 miles. Our trusted Koester Automotive and Collision Center experts can determine whether your tires need to be rotated and balanced based on wear or mileage.
Regular tire rotations can save you money and significantly extend your tread life. Uneven tread will occur when your vehicle does not distribute weight evenly between the front and rear tires. Generally, front tires tend to deteriorate quicker than rear tires because of their location and the weight of your vehicle’s engine. By rotating your tires, you’ll distribute the wear more evenly, and you won’t need to replace your tires as often. In addition to extending your tread life, routine tire rotations can also improve your gas mileage. Well-maintained tires reduce rolling resistance, which affects your vehicle’s performance and gas mileage.
When your Koester mechanics rotate your tires, we will change the position of a vehicle’s tires in order to reduce tread differentiation. Tread wear differs from tire to tire. This is due to the contrasted level of stress each tire endures. Rotating your tires is an effective way to combat uneven tread wear. Switching your tires according to your tire rotation patterns will help evenly distribute tread wear. Rotation patterns differs depending upon the type of vehicle and the type of tires. Our technicians may exchange the front tires with one-another, switch the rear tires with one-another, or swap the front and rear tires. By rotating your tires on a regular basis, you are not only making your car safer to drive, but also prolonging the life of your tires.
Koester Automotive and Collision Center is a full-service auto repair shop providing expert automobile services for foreign & domestic cars