1. Make sure you need new tiresSymptoms like bulging tires (when tires deflate they bulge at the sides), cracked tires, or low treads are easy symptoms pointing to the need for new tires. However, if your car is vibrating when you drive it, it could be your tires, brakes, or alignment. Be sure to have it looked at to determine the exact cause before buying tires you may not need.
2. Choose the right tirePerhaps the biggest mistake someone can make when replacing tires is not buying the right size. On the sidewall of your tire, you’ll find a code that tells the tire’s size and capabilities. Here’s a sample code: P195/60R16 63H M+S
- P – Type of tire
- 195 – Width of the tire across the tread in millimeters
- 60 – Aspect ratio of the sidewall compared to the width
- R – Radial construction
- 16 – Diameter of the rim in inches
- 63 – Tire’s load rating
- H – Tire’s speed rating
- M+S – Tire is suitable for all-season driving
3. Know where to buy new tiresIt’s always important to shop where you feel comfortable. We think buying tires from your local auto repair shop where you take your car for service is always a good idea. They know you, they know your car, and are invested in a long-term relationship with you and your car. Purchase and installation costs can vary widely, so be sure to understand what each shop includes with their tire installation so you are comparing fairly.
4. Know your vehicle’s manufacturer recommendationsVehicle manufacturers often have a recommended tire size and type for each vehicle. This recommendation is based on the size, weight, load capacity, off-road capability, and steering for your specific vehicle. Changing the tire size and type could impact the handling of your vehicle. Choosing the right tires includes looking at where you live, how you drive your car, and other factors as well. Evaluating different brands and options and understanding the trade-offs will help ensure that you buy the best tires for your car. Schedule Appointment Now
Check your dashboard panel for signs of a serious problem.Is the temperature gauge above normal (indicates overheating)? Does your car suddenly show low oil or any other oil related warning? If so, you should pull over immediately and call your mechanic. They can help you determine if you can drive to the shop or if a tow truck is needed.
Check your gas cap.If it is loose, tighten and see if the check engine light disappears.
Check your trailer.Reduce your speed, and if you are towing something, pull over and remove whatever you are pulling from your vehicle. If you are experiencing a loss of power, have the car checked as soon as possible to prevent serious engine damage.
Contact Onstar.If your vehicle has an Onstar subscription, they can often read the code remotely and tell you what the issue is, and how serious it may be. They can also help you determine if you can drive your vehicle in for service or if a tow truck is needed.
Don’t ignore it.If the check engine light goes off while driving, don’t ignore it. When it does reappear, if you have been driving the vehicle without service or repair, the amount of additional damage you can do to your car or truck can be significant, and so can the price tag for repair. Don’t add to the cost of your repair by ignoring or continuing to drive a car with a solid or blinking check engine light. Schedule Appointment Now
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Check the brakes and tiresDriving in wind, rain and soon snow requires good stopping power. That means good brakes and tires. Don’t wait until you are in an emergency situation to discover that either aren’t up to par or unsafe. Some things to look for:
- Worn treads on a tire don’t lie, and if the wear bars are showing, you should look at new tires before winter hits.
- Tire pressure changes as the temperatures drop, so stay on top of keeping the pressure at levels recommended by the manufacturer.
- Most cars nowadays have tire level warnings, so simply pay attention to and act on those signals.