Roy's Pro Auto Service

3837 Agua Fria Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 982-7461

Wheels and Tires

The wheels and tires on your car are literally where the "rubber meets the road." The safety and comfort you feel while driving depends greatly on the condition of your wheels and tires. You might say "Everything is Riding on Them". We are pleased to provide you with complete tire and wheel service.

Whether you need new tires or just need service or repair for your existing tires we have the expertise and equipment to make sure you get what you need. If you are due for a new set of tires we can provide you with right tire to meet your personal driving needs. When you buy tires at Roy's Pro Auto we will make sure your tires are right for the kind of car you drive and the type of driving you do. Our professional installation includes balancing and alignment to ensure safety and long life for your tires.

Your tires are a significant investment. The information below will help you protect that investment. Knowing how to care for your tires and recognizing problems early will help extend the life of your tires while providing safe and comfortable driving.

 

Tire Maintenance - What to do and look for

Checking the Tread - Use a Penny

Tires need to be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch in order to prevent skidding and hydroplaning. An easy way to test is to 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 need new tires.

Tires also have built-in tread wear indicators, which look like narrow strips of smooth rubber that run across the tire. They are clearly visible when the tread is worn down to one-sixteenth of an inch. If you can see the "wear bars," the tire is worn out and should be replaced.

These are normal signs of tire wear that you can inspect yourself. You may also notice uneven or irregular wear. Either way you may need new tires. If you aren't sure about wear patterns then bring your car by the shop and we can tell for sure if you need tires or simple maintenance.

Proper Inflation

It's important to have the proper air pressure in your tires, as under inflation may lead to tire failure or excessive wear. Over inflation can cause uneven wear. The right amount of air for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and can be found on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It is also in the owner's manual. Follow the steps below to keep your tires properly inflated.

  1. When you check the air pressure, make sure the tires are cool - meaning they are not hot from driving even a mile. (NOTE: If you have to drive a distance to get air, check and record the tire pressure first and add the appropriate air pressure when you get to the pump. It is normal for tires to heat up and the air pressure inside to go up as you drive. Never reduce air pressure when tires are hot or you may end up with under inflated tires.)
  2. Remove the cap from the valve on one tire and press the gauge on the tire valve.
  3. Add air to achieve recommended air pressure. If you overfill or the if the tire was over inflated then  release air by pushing on the metal stem in the center of the valve with a fingernail or the tip of a pen. Then recheck until the pressure with your tire gauge is correct.
  4. Repeat with each tire, including the spare. (NOTE: Some spare tires require higher inflation pressure.)
  5. While your at it  inspect the tires to make sure there are no nails or other objects embedded that may be causing an air leak.
  6.  NOTE: Air pressure in a tire goes up (in warm weather) or down (in cold weather) 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change.
  7. If your not sure how to check tire pressure or need help call us for help at (505) 982-7461.
Tire Alignment and Balance

Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid wear and should be corrected ASAP. Front-wheel-drive vehicles, and those with independent rear suspension, require alignment of all four wheels. Have your alignment checked periodically as specified by the vehicles' owners 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. If your car begins to shake at specific highway speeds it is likely that your wheels are out of balance.

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For  complete tire, wheel and alignment services call us at (505) 982-4761