Tire Pressure and Rotation Diagnostics

What are the symptoms of bad wheel alignment?

Your car's tires and wheels must be perfectly aligned with its suspension for maximum control. Anything less and your car has to deal with subprime grip in the corners.

A few millimeters or degrees off spec might not sound like much but that's all it takes for your car's alignment to be considered bad. Here are a few warning signs to look out for:

  • Car "pulling" to the left or right
  • Uneven/excessive tire wear
  • "Crooked" steering wheel when driving straight
  • Squealing tires


Need to schedule a service appointment for your car?

If you've noticed any of the issues above chances are your car's alignment is off. We can help.

How do you know when to rotate your tires?

Whenever you turn your car left or right, the "outside" wheels must travel farther for your car to complete the turn. Over time, this can cause uneven wear between tires.

To compensate to this, manufacturers suggest rotating your tires between positions to redistribute wear between left, right, front and rear tires. When you should do it is dependent on the type of car you have, what tires it has, and how you drive. Hyundai recommends a 2018 Elantra SE, for example, to have it's tires rotated every 7,500 miles.

While this extends the life of your tires, it does no good if your tires are worn past safe driving tolerances. A quick and easy way to check at home is to use the penny test.

The Penny Test

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Stick a penny headfirst into a tire's groove.

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If Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, it means you probably don't need a new set of tires.

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If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, it means your tire tread is shallow and needs replacement.

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If that's the case, schedule an appointment for a new set of tires. Our service team will find you the best rubber for your car.

When should you replace your car tires

Refer to the penny test above to estimate how much tread is left on your tires. 

Manufacturers can give their tires anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 mile lifetime warranty.

However, the car, the driver, the roads, and the driving style are just a few of the variables that factor into the life of your tires. Even if you don't reach these numbers, manufacturers suggest replacing tires every ten years anyway. This is due to the oxidative aging process the rubber compounds go through. The older they are, the more brittle and less grippy they become.

Safety first. Always check your treads or schedule and appointment to have our service team do it.

When should I put my snow tires on?

Winter roads can be extremely unpredictable and therefore unsafe. For maximum safety, consider winter or snow tires in those conditions. Many cars today are fitted with all-season tires, which provide a good compromise between grip and fuel economy in a wide range of climates. But they are not designed to perform in extreme conditions like snow and ice. The rubber compounds in all-season tires literally harden, preventing it to grip any surface. Winter tires, however, stay flexible.

Winter and snow tires also have specialized treats and patterns that more effectively divert snow and water away. Some even have metal studs embedded in the rubber to better "bite" into the loose surface.

More modern tires do away with studs. These "studless" tires use advanced compounds and tread patterns to grip. If you look closely at the surface of these tires you'll see thousands of slits in the tread - these are called sives.

A common tactic winter drivers use is to put snow compounds in the front tires of a front-wheel drive car. Ask our service team if this would work for you by scheduling an appointment  today.

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