Tire Repair in Gadsden, AL

At Team One Chevrolet of Gadsden in Gadsden, AL, our team of certified technicians is here to help you with all your automotive tire needs. We can repair or replace your vehicle's worn, cracked, or damaged tires. While you are here visiting our website, take advantage of our online order form. Just enter the year, make, and model of your vehicle along with the size of the tires you are currently running. If you are unsure about what size tires you need, you can easily determine this by looking at the side of the tires on your car. Along the tire wall will be a combination of numbers and letters that combine to look like something like this: P205/65R15. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at any time. After you enter your information, our tire finder will locate the manufacturer options that are available for your vehicle. Then, your next new set of tires will be here waiting at the time of your scheduled appointment. It is that easy.

Tire Maintenance and Safety

One of the most important safety features on your automobile is the tires. The tires are what connect your car to the road and affect handling, acceleration, and perhaps most importantly, stopping ability. That's why maintaining the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure guidelines is critical. Tires that are under-inflated or over-inflated can pose a serious safety hazard. Correct tire pressure is also important in preserving the longevity of your tires and protecting your investment. You risk the following when your vehicle's tires are not filled to the correct psi, :

  • Poor handling
  • Increased risk of damage from road hazards
  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Irregular or premature wear
  • Bad acceleration
  • Rough ride or uneven suspension
  • Increased stopping distance
  • Overheating, which could lead to a blowout

If you are experiencing any of the above, your tires may not be inflated correctly. We recommend that you take a gauge to the tire and check the pressure. If the pressure is reading correctly, but you are still encountering problems, your tires may need service or replacing. We recommend you bring your car to a certified tire facility such as the one you will find at Team One Chevrolet of Gadsden. When checking the air pressure in your vehicle's tires, it is important to remember that air is a gas, which means that it will contract when cooled and expand when heated. Ambient temperature as well as operating your vehicle will affect the air in the tires. It is best to check tire pressure when tires are cold. If you are curious what psi your tires should read, check the tire information label on your automobile. This tag can often be found inside the door-frame of the driver's side door or on the inner lid of the glove compartment. Once you know what your tires should measure when cold, you can take a reading using a tire pressure gauge and either add or remove air accordingly until the correct tire pressure is reached.

While you are checking the tires on your automobile, check the tires for damage, uneven wear, or punctures as well. And remember to check the spare tire for pressure and damage. The last thing you want to encounter when changing your tire on the side of the road is a spare tire that doesn't have any air in it. Checking the spare tire will also familiarize you with its location and accessibility, so you will be more comfortable if the occasion to change the tire yourself ever arise.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Some vehicles come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system to help you keep track of the tire pressure in your car. This system is a redundancy safety feature and should not supplement you regularly checking your vehicle's tires for pressure, wear, and damage yourself. If your vehicle has a tire pressure monitoring system, you will be alerted through a warning light on your dashboard that one of the tires on your car has dropped twenty-five percent or more below your vehicle manufacturer's recommended cold tire pressure measurement. Should the battery for the system or the system itself ever fail, you will also be alerted, and the sensor or battery will need replacement.

If the tire pressure warning light ever comes on then you should check the tire pressure immediately to avoid a safety hazard. If the light stays on after the tires have been properly inflated, you should bring your vehicle to a certified mechanic for service. It is important to have this checked immediately because if the tire pressure system is not functioning correctly, it can not assist you in maintaining a safe tire pressure. You can schedule service at Team One Chevrolet of Gadsden anytime via our website or contact us directly during business hours and schedule an appointment for your next tire service. Tire inflation is essential for overall vehicle and tire performance. Correct inflation also allows the tire to perform as intended, including comfort, stopping distance, fuel economy, traction, tread wear, cornering, and road noise.

Is Nitrogen Better Than Oxygen?

Some manufacturers have discussed the theoretical benefits of inflating car tires with nitrogen gas instead of compressed oxygen. While GM does not oppose the use of nitrogen gas in tires, the company expects that the supposed benefits will be reduced in real-world scenarios due to the current lack of facilities equipped with the means to inflate tires with nitrogen. The occasional need for compressed oxygen to be used instead of nitrogen based on this lack of infrastructure would immediately negate many of the theoretical benefits of nitrogen.

However, nitrogen is available through some dealers and the benefits of consistent nitrogen inflation under controlled conditions would include:

  • A reduction in the loss of tire pressure over time
  • A reduction in the variance of tire pressures with temperature changes due to reduction of water vapor concentration
  • A reduction of long-term rubber degradation due to a drop in oxygen

Alignment and Balance In Gadsden, AL

Correct wheel alignment is paramount to extending the life of your tires. If one or more of your wheels is misaligned, then it can cause your tires to wear unevenly. Uneven tread wear can lead to handling problems, as well as vehicle vibration or pull. If you have recently hit a pothole or curb and you find your vehicle is not tracking straight in the lane of traffic, you may have a wheel out of alignment. It is important to have this corrected to preserve the safe handling integrity of your vehicle. A misalignment will also lead to uneven tire wear, which will shorten the life of your vehicle's tires.

Wheels and tires are balanced and aligned before a vehicle leaves the factory to provide best overall life and performance. The same is true for each of the used cars featured on out lot. Every one goes through an extensive, multi-point inspection that includes the balance and alignment of the tires on your next used car. Balancing and alignment are not adjustments that need to be regularly made, but should not be overlooked. Consider having the alignment checked if there is significant pulling to one side or if you detect uneven tread wear. An out of balance tire that goes unchecked can lead to reducing the life of the tires, shocks, bearings, and other suspension components. The overall ride quality of the vehicle will also be affected and is another way to diagnose a misaligned or out of balance tire.

Camber, Caster and Wheel Alignment

The camber of your tire refers to the tilting of the wheels along the vertical axis when viewed from the front of your automobile. When a wheel tilts inward at the top, the camber is negative. When a wheel tilts outward at the top, the camber is positive. The degree at which the camber is set affects tire wear and the directional control of your automobile. Too much negative camber will create premature wear on the inside of the tire. Too much positive camber will create premature wear on the outside of the tire. Too much camber in either direction will cause wear on the suspension as it is working to compensate for this discrepancy.

After camber, the other angle that needs to be checked is the caster of your tire. Caster refers to the tilting of the steering axis along the uppermost point of the tire in either a backward or forward direction as viewed from the side of your automobile. A forward tilt is negative, and a backward tilt is positive. Like camber, caster also affects the directional control of the vehicle but does not result in tire wear. Caster occurs when the height of your vehicle is altered. One common way of inadvertently adjusting the ride height of your vehicle is by overloading it. For instance, if the rear of the vehicle is overloaded it will sag, causing the front of the car to rise like a see-saw. If one wheel has more caster than the other, your vehicle will pull in that direction. This will result in your vehicle being out of alignment

Tire Rotation in Gadsden, AL

Following your tire manufacturer's rotation guidelines will extend the life of your tires and improve performance. Regularly rotating your tires creates even wear across all four tires. On an automobile, each tire is responsible for certain jobs. For instance, the front tires typically handle steering while the rear tires usually handle acceleration. On front-wheel drive cars, the front tires are responsible for both of these duties. This is why it's important to distribute the workload evenly across all four tires. A good rule of the thumb is that tires should be rotated about every 7,500 miles depending on driving habits to prevent irregular wear.

When rotating your tires, be sure to follow the correct tire rotation pattern. As previously stated, the front and rear tires each handle different responsibilities. It does no good to merely switch the right rear tire for the left rear tire. You want to switch sides and ends. For instance, the right rear tire should change positions to the left front wheel.

When rotating your tires, you should obey the correct tire rotation pattern. Doing so will prolong the life of your tires and will reduce the risk of sudden tire failure. As previously discussed, front tires encounter different tasks than the rear tires. And the tires on a new Chevy Malibu with front-wheel drive will perform different functions than those on a rear-wheel-drive car. Review your vehicle's owner's manual and read about recommended maintenance schedule for additional information about your particular vehicle.

What Causes Tire Wear?

Many elements contribute to the wear of your tire. Two of the biggest factors are your maintenance habits and driving style. Wear can occur at many points on your tires, and most tires have built-in tread patterns that will highlight this wear as it occurs. Look for the appearance of any smooth rubber strips across the tread as well as the following indicators:

Camber Wear

If a tire is leaning positively or negatively due to camber misalignment, uneven wear will present on the side of a tire.

Center Wear

When a tire is over-inflated, the center of the tire will wear faster than the edges.

Toe Wear

If there is a feathered wear pattern across both front tires, then there is likely a wheel alignment issue that is causing excessive wear on the inner or outer edge of the tire.

Cupping Wear

If you see a diagonal scalloping pattern on the tire, the balance may be off, or the suspension could be bent, worn, or damaged.

Measuring Tread Depth

There are many tools for measuring the depth of tread on your tires, both mechanical and digital, but the easiest way to measure tire wear is the penny test. Set a penny upside down on its edge in between the tire tread. If the top of Lincoln's head is visible, the tread is worn in that place, and tire replacement is needed.

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