Tires are more than just tires. To most people, tread on a tire has not meaning. But to us, your tread means everything. The tread can help you drive on gravel roads, mud, and the everyday city potholes. Ask our tire experts which tire is right for you.
TYPES OF TIRES:
The right tire can completely change the way your vehicle drives, affecting everything from traction to handling to fuel efficiency. Before you buy a tire, make sure you know what you're getting.
All Season Tires
All-season tires can handle a variety of road conditions. They have some mud and snow capabilities, but aren't designed to handle extreme winter or summer conditions.
Light Truck Tires
Light Truck (LT) tires are suited for heavy vehicles like ¾-ton and larger trucks, SUVs and vans. They are designed to accommodate heavy loads and trailers, with sturdy sidewalls to stand up to the weight of the vehicle.
Winter tires are more effective than all-season tires in deep snow and on ice. Deeper tread depths reduce snow buildup on the tire and increased biting edges help maintain traction in slippery conditions.
Performance tires provide better handling and traction than all-season tires, allowing you to more precisely control your vehicle on the road.
All-Terrain & Mud Tires
All-terrain and mud-terrain tires are mainly used on four-wheel-drive vehicles. All-terrain tires provide a good compromise between on-road driving and off-road capability, while mud-terrain tires, which feature large treads to ensure traction on uneven, slippery ground, are best suited for off-roading.
What type of tire should I buy?
The size of your vehicle and the conditions under which you'll be driving will determine which tires are best suited for your needs. See your Service Advisor for expert advice.
What size tires should I buy?
Check your owner’s manual or the Tire and Loading Information label located on the driver side door edge or post to find the correct size for your vehicle.
How old is the tire I'm buying?
All tires have a DOT Tire Identification Number (TIN) on the sidewall. The last four digits represent the week and year the tire was made. NHTSA recommends checking this date when purchasing tires, along with knowing the vehicle manufacturer's recommended tire replacement timeframe. Look on both sides of the tire. The TIN may not be on both sides.
Sometimes you need the help of an expert to get your tires back to peak performance. That's where we come in. Let us know what the issue is and find out how we can help get you back on the road in no time.
Maintain your vehicle's tire pressure at the amount recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Pressure that's too low will result in poor fuel economy and clumsy cornering; too high and the vehicle could experience reduced traction or even a tire blowout.
Ensure even wear on all four tires by regularly rotating their positions on your vehicle. Several factors can affect tire wear, including differing weights on the front and rear axles, mechanical issues and how tightly you turn to the left versus the right.
Flat Tire Repair
The cause of the air loss will determine how the tire is repaired. A rapid leak indicates a punctured tire, while a slow leak suggests that the wheel bead or sidewall is damaged. In some cases, it may be better to replace the tire instead of repairing it.
Regularly aligning your vehicle's wheels will reduce tire wear and ensure that you don't pull to one side when driving. You can also adjust the wheel alignment to achieve handling characteristics for specific applications.