Tempe Auto Repair Services
Tire Service: Our Certified Mechanic’s Recommendations
The condition of the tires on your vehicle can have a serious effect on the quality of your driving experience, including your gas mileage.
What’s more, your safety is also at stake when it comes to your tires. You can avoid many of the unexpected mishaps with your tires, including frightening and hazardous blowouts, by routinely checking your tires for signs of wear and deterioration.
We recommend inspecting your tires on a monthly basis, or during every other fill up at the gas pump, to ensure the maintenance of the proper air pressure levels and to check for signs of more serious issues that call for a professional tire inspection.
You may need a professional tire inspection from our tire shop, if you notice any of the following warning signs:
- A general unstable feeling when steering your vehicle
- Vehicle pulls to the left or the right while driving
- Squealing noises while turning the steering wheel
- Steering wheel is not straight while driving on a level road
- Uneven wear on tires
- Vibration in the steering wheel while you’re driving
Our expert tire repair technicians in our Tempe car repair shop can inspect your car’s tires and make the proper recommendations for the right tire service to keep you rolling safely and smoothly for miles to come.
We offer the following tire services:
- Tire Balancing
- Tire Inspection
- Tire Installation
- Tire Rotation
- Wheel Alignment
We offer automotive tires for various makes and models of cars and trucks. We offer many leading tire brands including:
- Toyo Tires
- Yokohama Tires
We sell the tires Tempe drivers rely on, tires Phoenix drivers trust and tires Chandler drivers swear by. Ask us for details about our tire warranties on the different brands we carry.
Tire Guide and Tips: Understanding Your Tire
For example, the number may read P225/70-R15, 89H:
- P = Passenger Tire (LT = Light Truck)
- 225 = Overall width of the tire in millimeters
- 70 = Sidewall height (distance from rim to tread) as a percentage of the thread width (known as aspect ratio)
- R = Tire construction, this one is Radial (also, B = Belted Bias, D = Diagonal Bias
- 15 = Represents the size of the wheel in inches
- In this example, the tire has the number 89H. This is the weight capacity of the tire. However, in most cases, you will not see this heading on the sidewall.
- A speed rating is sometimes put in front of the R (or B or D). A straight R rating means that it is rated for speeds of up to 100mph. The manufacturer does not recommended this tire for speeds greater than 100 mph. Other speed ratings are: S=112mph, T=118mph, U=124mph, H=130mph, V=149mph, and a Z rated tire is for speeds in excess of 149mph.
- The V and Z rated tires have excellent dry pavement grip/traction but due to their soft rubber compounds, do not have a long life.
- A tread rating indicates how long a tire should last. This figure is written in small letters on the sidewall of your tire. The higher the number, the longer the tire should last. 100 is the basic tread wear rating.
- The traction rating works just like grading – ‘A’ being the best, ‘B’ is good, and ‘C’ is acceptable. This number is also found on the sidewall.
- Temperature ratings work the same – ‘A’ best, ‘B’ good, ‘C’ acceptable. If you drive your car very hard, you want a temperature rating of ‘A’ because a ‘C’ would fail faster under these conditions. Again, look for this number on the sidewall.