The most important part of your car is your tires. Properly maintained tires are critical to the safety and performance of your vehicle. Since your tires are your vehicle’s only contact with the road, tires that are worn, cracked or out of balance can seriously affect your ability to safely control your vehicle. This is why it is very important to inspect your tires regularly.
Drop in today at DBS Garage for a free inspection of your tires. We offer a full line of tire services including tire rotation, wheel balancing and wheel alignment
Rotating your tires can be beneficial in several ways. When done at the recommended times, it can preserve balanced handling and traction and even out tire wear. Tire rotation can even provide performance advantages. Tire rotation helps even out tire wear by allowing each tire to serve in as many of the vehicle’s wheel positions as possible.
A balanced tire is when the mass of the tire, when mounted on its wheel and the car’s axle, is uniformly distributed around the axle. Even easier yet, how about… there are no heavy spots. Balanced tires can be the difference between a good or bad driving experience. Some cars are more sensitive to an out of balance tire than others, but no one is happy with a vibration. An out of balance tire can adversely affect ride quality, shorten the life of your tires, bearings, shocks and other suspension components. If you have a vibration that is dependent on speed, and usually becomes noticeable around 40-45 mph and increases as your speed increases.
You could consider replacing tires when their tread depth reaches 4/32” of an inch and definitely replace them if the tread is equal to or less than 2/32” of an inch. Your average driving conditions can affect how much tread you should have on your tires. In snow, increased tread depth is desirable because your tires need to compress the snow in their grooves and release it as they roll. If there isn’t sufficient tread depth, the “bites” of snow your tires can take on each revolution will be reduced to “nibbles,” and your vehicle’s traction and mobility will be sacrificed.
Proper wheel alignment improves your car, truck or van’s safety, and drivability. Misaligned wheels pull to the left or the right making it harder to steer. They will also decrease the life of your tires.