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When and Why to Take Your Car to a Tire Shop

Tires are essential components on any vehicle, important not only for drivability and fuel economy, but for the vehicle's overall safety as well. Therefore, knowing when to take your car to tire shop and how to look for new tires is essential. The condition and the quality of the tires that you use on your car will determine how well the vehicle adheres to the road, how efficiently and safely the car's steering system works, how efficiently you can control the car and how much you will need to pay for fuel as well. Therefore, getting the car into a tire shop for the professional checks that you cannot do at home and replacing your tires whenever necessary is essential.

How to Decide When to Visit the Nearby Tire Shop

The best way to decide when the visit to the tire shop can no longer be postponed is through regular visual inspections of the tires on your car. With a responsible, careful driving style that avoids drifting and brake slamming, good quality tires can last for about 36,000-60,000 miles - that is, for about 3-4 years if you drive 12,000-15,000 miles per year on the average. However, there are lots of factors, other than the forecasted tire life and driving style, that will determine how long you will be able to use your tires, including the quality of the roads that you drive on or typical climate conditions. Here are a few things to look for when you check your tires:

  • Tread depth - if you use your car on average roads, the depth of the tread on your tires cannot be below 1/16 of an inch, that is, below 1.6 millimeters, but if your region gets lots of rain and you drive long distances on slippery roads, the ideal tread depth for your tires is twice that much. Measuring the depth of the tread is easy - you can buy a gauge in any good tire shop;
  • Check the tread wear indicator bar - modern tires have a feature that allows you to check their condition easily: the tread wear bars. The two parallel lines running in the middle of the tire surface, perpendicular to the threads show you how worn the tires are - if you don't see them or they are barely visible, it means that your tires are still in good condition, but if they are clearly visible, it means that the tires are worn and potentially dangerous to use;
  • Check the sidewalls - the grooves and cracks that appear on the sidewalls of the tires also indicate excessive wear, so if you see this type of damage, prepare for tire replacement;
  • Check for blistering - the bulges or blisters on the surface of the tires indicate weak points that can cause the tire to burst or to explode anytime, so if you see that kind of damage, don't wait, replace the affected tire right away;
  • Don't disregard vibrations - too much vibration, especially when you are driving on smooth roads, also indicates that there is something wrong with your car. The cause might be the excessive wear and tear sustained by your shock absorbers or by tire misalignment, but it may be caused by faulty tires as well, so you need to get your car checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.

Why is it important to rotate my tires?

Keeping on top of tire maintenance has many benefits. Tires can tend to wear unevenly, so having them rotated regularly can extend the life of your tires and improve your gas mileage, saving you money.

How often should I have my tires rotated?

We recommend having your tires rotated each time you come in for an oil change. This way, you don't have to keep track of multiple service appointments and you can ensure your tires are at their peak performance

How do I know when I should have my tires checked?

Outside of your regular maintenance, here are a few things that will tell you your tires need attention:

  • Steering wheel vibrations while driving
  • Tire noise and screeching
  • Uneven tread depth from tire to tire
  • Pulling to one side while driving

How long does it usually take to have my tires rotated at Evergreen Subaru?

In about 30 minutes we can rotate your tires and perform a multi-point inspection. We will even hand-wash your car when it's finished.

Types of Tires to Choose from in the Tire Shop

Besides deciding whether to buy season-specific or all-season tires, other important factors to consider are the type of terrain that you will mostly drive your car on and the amount aquaplaning that your car will have to cope with. Some tires work best on smooth roads, while others are designed to meet the special requirements of muddy terrain and feature aggressive, rugged tread patterns with large blocks and deeper voids. You will also find all-purpose or trail tires that are somewhere between standard, highway tires and mud-terrain tires and are, in fact, mild off-road tires and ribbed tires that work best for highways, offering superior mileage and enhanced stability.
 
Certified Technician checking tire wear and measuring tire tread depth
Subaru Tire shop replacement tires

Tire Shop Technician Inflating Tire
Service Advisor checking tire wear and vehicle alignment signs

Hours

  • Monday 7:30AM-6:00PM
  • Tuesday 7:30AM-6:00PM
  • Wednesday 7:30AM-6:00PM
  • Thursday 7:30AM-6:00PM
  • Friday 7:30AM-6:00PM
  • Saturday 8:30AM-5:00PM
  • Sunday Closed