Dean’s Auto Repair has a tire for every vehicle and every size budget. We’ll help you select the right tires for your car or truck, and help you protect your tire investment. Properly aligned wheels promote even tread wear, which helps increase the life of your tires. At Dean’s, we perform two and four wheel alignments.
Other than that, proper tire care and safety is simple and easy. Follow our tips, and take five minutes every month to check your tires, including your spare.
It's important to have the proper air pressure in your tires, as underinflation may lead to tire failure. The right amount of air for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and is shown on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It’s also listed in the owner's manual.
Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid treadwear and should be corrected. Front-wheel drive vehicles, and those with independent rear suspension, require alignment of all four wheels. Have your alignment checked periodically as specified by your owner’s manual or whenever you have an indication of trouble such as "pulling" or vibration.
Also have your tire balance checked periodically. An unbalanced tire and wheel assembly may result in irregular wear.
Sometimes irregular tire wear can be corrected by rotating your tires. However, before having your tires rotated, always refer to your car's owner's manual for rotation recommendations. If no rotation period is specified, tires should be rotated approximately every 5,000 miles. We can help you determine the appropriate rotation pattern for your vehicle.
Tires must be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch in order to prevent skidding and hydroplaning. An easy test: place a penny into a tread groove. If part of Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, you're driving with the proper amount of tread. If you can see all of his head, you should buy a new tire.
Some tires have built-in treadwear indicators, or "wear bars," which look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread. The wear bars will appear when the tire tread is worn down to one-sixteenth of an inch. When you see these wear bars, the tire is worn out and should be replaced.
Visually check your tires for signs of uneven wear. You may have irregular tread wear if there are high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. If you need new tires, or have questions about your tires, come to Dean’s Auto Repair in Phoenix.