Automotive Tire Repair Sioux Falls, SD
Routine tire inspections, rotations and changes are integral to the lifespan of your vehicle. Driving with bad tires is like walking long distances without shoes, or with shoes that are in terrible condition. Though regular maintenance is important, you want to be especially thorough when checking tires prior to a road trip. The last thing you want is to lose a tire or drive without safe treads. When it comes to your tires, it’s important to double check for nails, lost air pressure and more. If you have a slow leak, we can repair your tires.
Team Automotive is proud to be ASE-certified, meaning our technicians have mastered different elements in your vehicle and will repair your car, van, SUV or truck tires with utmost care. Call Team Automotive today for a free quote — and don’t forget to ask if we have any tire promotions going on.
Understanding Your Vehicle's Tires
Tires are more than simple rubber wheels attached to your vehicle. There are a number of factors you need to consider when looking at the health of your tires. Not sure where to start? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
The tread of your tires are those fun little designs carved into the rubber. These designs don’t exist to look nice, they actually serve a purpose. Treads help your tires grip the road when your vehicle is in motion.
Exposure to Elements
Do you live in a hot, dry climate? This can definitely affect the structure of your tires. People who live in hot areas, such as deserts, may experience over-inflated tires. This is due to an increased air pressure within the tire due to excessive heat. Alternatively, excessive cold can cause the air pressure to decrease, which can eventually lead to a flat tire.
Did you know every tire has a different ideal air pressure based on the car they’re attached to? This is why it’s so important to know how to check the pressure levels of your tires. If your tires have too much pressure, they can’t grip the road as safely. But if the tire pressure is too low, your engine has to work harder to propel the vehicle, which causes unnecessary wear and tear. This is also a hydroplane risk.
Common Tire Problems
It’s easy to think that tire issues are visually obvious, but that’s not always the case. Here are a few of the most common tire problems people experience:
- Uneven wear
- Vibrations when driving
- Air pressure keeps falling
- Tire warning light (newer cars)
- Cracked tires
- Obvious flat
- Exposure to extreme temperatures
- Tread wear/balding tires
- Obvious nails/metals/materials sticking out of tires
If you notice any of these symptoms, call Team Automotive. Our professional auto mechanics can inspect your tires and let you know whether they need to be repaired, rotated or replaced.
Tire Service, Maintenance and Repairs
When you get a nail in your tire, Team Automotive’s mechanics will inspect the site and let you know whether it just needs a patch or a complete replacement. Per the law, we will never allow you to drive off our lot in a vehicle that has an improperly patched tire, or a patch that is not designed to last the remaining lifetime of your tire. If we are unable to guarantee a long-lasting patch, we will suggest a complete replacement.
If your tires are experiencing uneven wear, falling air pressure or excessive vibrations, a tire rotation is often enough to fix the issue. But if your vehicle has cracked, balding or has leaks we can’t properly patch, you’ll need a replacement tire.
If you’d like some tips to maintain your tires, consider the following:
- Regularly check air pressure
- Rotate tires every 5,000 miles
- Visually inspect for balding/uneven wear
- Visually inspect for nails or other materials
- Get wheels balanced
- Check alignment twice a year
The best way you can maintain your tires is to give them a visual inspection every few weeks and immediately contact Team Automotive if you notice anything unusual. At our Sioux Falls auto repair shop, our ASE-certified mechanics can maintain and inspect your car’s tires for you.