Tire Repair Shop in Fresno
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Rotating your tires regularly is a key part of tire maintenance. In fact, the tire industry recommends rotating your tires every 5,000-6,000 miles. Regularly rotating your tires helps maintain tire safety & achieve even tread wear and long tread life, which ultimately saves you money in the long run. The roads you drive everyday are also filled with hazards such as potholes, nails and broken glass that can wreak havoc on your tires. However, a flat tire or a leaky tire doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace it. At Goodguys Tire & Auto Repair our technicians will repair your flat tire using the latest industry standard techniques so that you can be back on the road in no time.
- Flat Repair
- Valve Stem
- TPMS Kit
- Re-Balance Tire
Our Expert Tire Repairs:
- Fix flat tires if repairable – with patch/plug, new valve stem/tpms kit & rebalance.
- Patched & plugged from the inside-out in accordance with the Tire Industry Association and the Rubber Manufacturers association guidelines.
- Certified Tire Technicians experienced with TPMS
Tires are often ignored, but taking care of the tires you depend on for safety and comfort only takes minimal attention at a tire shop. Let Goodguys Tires & Auto Repair tire service help! We want to be your tire shop in Fresno, CA!
By maintaining a consistent pattern of tire rotation, you are protecting the investment made in your tires. Regularly scheduled rotation also allows the Goodguys tire experts to inspect the tires for all issues that can cause problems later. Finally, many tire warranties require this service to keep the warranty in effect.
Tire rotation frequency is covered in your owner’s manual. Rotation specifically involves moving the tires from one location on the car to another in a regular pattern. This promotes even tread wear, balanced traction and handling on the road, and improved car performance.
Our tire specialists can provide their input on all these factors. Feel free to ask your questions when you bring the car in for service.
As a tire rotates thousands of times during its life, the tread slowly wears away by contact with the pavement. As the tread wears, it provides less traction on the road, which means less control over the vehicle.
Walk around your car once a week and look at the tread. Assess the depth of the tread at various places around each tire’s circumference. You can do this with a coin from your pocket, specifically a quarter. With Washington’s head upside down, put the quarter into the tread. If George’s head is entirely visible outside the tread, go look at new tires!
Goodguys Tires & Auto Repair follows the guidelines provided by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) when repairing tires. It is one reason we are considered one of the best tire repair shops in the area. These guidelines outline in detail how tire repairs must be done.
Tire repairs must be done by a tire technician who removes the tire from the rim. The inside of the tire around the repair area must be inspected, too, and it can’t be done with the tire on the wheel. A simple nail in the tread that caused a flat tire may also show serious damage elsewhere. Repairs done without removing the tire aren’t recommended; if done, they should be considered temporary only.
In addition, a patch must be applied over a plug in a damaged tire. This seals the inner liner of the tire. A plug without a seal over it is not considered an acceptable tire repair. When a puncture is properly repaired, the tire can continue to do its job safely for many more miles.
This is another necessary service that many drivers neglect. Life is busy and money is often tight, but these services are critical for many reasons. Tires that are unbalanced develop bald spots and uneven tread wear. Your car becomes less manageable, especially at high speeds. This can make it more difficult to control your vehicle’s steering, and the result can be a blowout leading to injury or death.
Small weights that distribute a tire’s weight are added to the wheels when tires are installed. Over time, these weights need to be adjusted to keep the tires in balance, ensuring a smooth ride. Without being balanced, vibrations become noticeable in the car, and the steering wheel may shake, especially at higher speeds.
Tires that are balanced lead to the most efficient gas mileage. Balanced tires mean the weight of the car is distributed evenly across the tires, which prevents wear and allows you to save money on gas and unnecessary tire wear. If the tires are unbalanced, they wear down at different rates, which reduces fuel efficiency.
Your car’s tires are the only things between the road and the car’s suspension, too. If the car is vibrating and the tires remain unbalanced, damage is being done to the suspension, which eventually leads to expensive repairs.
You can easily insert a wheel alignment service into your regularly scheduled maintenance work at Goodguys. Tire balancing can be done whenever your oil is changed or you get an alignment. It’s not possible to have the wheels balanced too often, so make it convenient for you.
Other than that, you should get the tires balanced after you’ve hit a curb or a sizable pothole, just to be safe. And if you’ve noticed other red flags, like vibrations or shaking in the car, higher gas consumption, or bald spots on your tires, make an appointment to have the balance checked.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, only about 20% of drivers keep the tires on their vehicles properly inflated. It may be a lack of education, the inability to use a tire gauge, or simple indifference. Knowing the requirements of the tires on your vehicle and maintaining that level of inflation is critical to avoid problems on the road and unnecessary tire wear.
Drivers have choices in addressing this issue. Buy a tire gauge at your local auto parts store and use it. Stop at a full-service gas station or auto shop and ask them to check the inflation for you. Make sure the service staff at Goodguys checks the inflation every time they have the car for any other maintenance checks.
Plus, today’s vehicles have a tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS, that assists with air pressure monitoring.
Your owner’s manual is the first source of information on the proper tire inflation for the tires on your vehicle. Information about the proper inflation is also found on the car itself, either in the glovebox or the driver’s side door panel. You can make it a regular habit to check the tires every 3,000 miles. Always check before going on a long trip and when the weather gets cold. Watch the dashboard indicator lights (TPMS) for tire issues. Don’t ignore these lights! They help protect your tires and your safety.
Other Major Red Flags for Tire Problems
Watch for these signs of tire problems, too:
- Bulging or Cracking: Tires that are underinflated can bulge or crack if you hit a pothole or curb. Using a tire protectant each time you wash the vehicle and keeping the tires properly inflated, will prevent this.
- Cupping or Scalloping: A worn or damaged suspension causes this. The shocks or struts allow the car to bounce unevenly, which then causes uneven pressure scallops in the tires. Unbalanced tires can also result in cupping with circular places of worn tread.
- Heel-Toe Damage: A failure to have your vehicle’s tires rotated is the cause of a feathering effect in heel-toe damage. Many people think this feathering is a normal sign of tire wear, but it isn’t.
- Feathering: Another cause of this sideways pattern along a tire is an incorrect toe setting on the alignment. It may also be a damaged suspension bushing, so it’s important to have an expert look at it.
Shopping for Tires
Even with the best care, tires do get old. After five years, they should be inspected carefully and more regularly. After ten years, the tires should be replaced.
When you are ready to shop for tires, Goodguys is ready to consult with you to find the right tires based on the vehicle’s minimum requirements, your driving habits and expectations for the tires, and the climate and road surfaces where you drive. They can also help you get the best tire deals!
Frequently Asked Questions
The purpose of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your vehicle is to warn you that at least on or more tires are significantly under-inflated, possibly creating unsafe driving conditions. The TPMS low pressure indicator is a yellow symbol that illuminates on the dashboard instrument panel in the shape of a tire cross section (that resembles a horseshoe) with an explanation point.
If your tires are damaged or overly worn, you will most likely need to replace them for your safety and driving comfort. However, in some cases, tires should be replaced even if there is plenty of tread left. For example, tires should be replaced if they are older than a few years. Rubber has a limited life expectancy and tends to dry and crack after some time. Old tires are more likely to result in a blowout or flat tire.
Generally, you should consider replacing your tires in the following instances:
Visible Wear Bars
Tread wear bars are located all around the grooves of your tires and can be used to measure tire wear by sight. Wear bars will become visible as your tire wears down. Make sure to check for wear bars all around the tire. Once your wear bars are showing, you should visit a tire shop in Fresno or surrounding areas to have the tire replaced.
Visible Tire Damage
Common causes of tire damage include hitting a curb or pothole, manufacturing defects, and overloading the vehicle. Damage can show up on tires in many different and sometimes subtle ways such as:
- Deep scratches
- Cup or scallop-shell shapes
Generally, any significant damage to the sidewall or tread warrants replacing the entire tire for safety reasons.
If you are unsure whether your tires need to be replaced, your next best bet would be to visit a tire store you can trust. At Goodguys Tires & Auto Repair, we can help with all of your tire needs, including tire repair, tire replacing, wheel balancing, tire rotation, and other services. Contact us now with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
The age of your tires can play a role in determining when you should replace them. Although they may still have plenty of tread, old tires could be unsafe since rubber eventually deteriorates and breaks down. If you cannot recall how old your tires are, you can find the manufacturing date on the tire wall.
Start by locating the Department of Transportation code (four digits) on the wall of your tires. The four-digit number tells you the week and year of manufacture. For example, if the number reads 1320, your tire was manufactured in the 13th week of 2020.
Good quality tires can be a pricey investment. If you have one damaged tire that needs replacing, you may not wish to replace the entire set, especially if the other tires are in good condition. In many cases, tire repair shops recommend changing the entire set of tires, since only changing one tire can potentially cause driving and safety problems due to different treads.
However, in some instances, your tire repair shop can shave the new tire down to match the tread of the other three. You may also be able to replace only two tires, instead of four. As the front and back wheels wear down at different rates, you could potentially get away with changing out two tires only. For example, if one of your back tires is damaged, you can get two new tires for the back.
It is important to note that when replacing only one or two tires, you should purchase the same size and model as the remaining tires. Different manufacturers and tire models have different tread and traction, which can cause problems if tires are mismatched.
The best way to find out whether you can only replace one tire or should replace the entire set is to speak with a tire store and get advice. Our qualified and experienced tire technicians at Good Guys Tires & Auto Repair can look at your tires and if possible, recommend affordable alternatives to replacing all four tires.
Failing to rotate your tires regularly can lead to faster tread wear and potentially cause unsafe driving conditions. Tire treads also tend to wear down unevenly, leading to an unstable driving surface. Other problems that can be caused due to lack of tire rotation can include:
- Poor traction in general
- Increased risk of blowouts and punctures
On the flipside, rotating your tires regularly can have a variety of benefits such as:
Extending the Life of Your Tires
Since tires wear unevenly, rotating your tires will help you get as many miles as possible out of your set of tires.
Tire rotation can be crucial for the balanced handling of your vehicle. Depending on the type of vehicle, either the front or back tires will wear down quicker. This can make your vehicle difficult to control, particularly in bad weather. Uneven tread can also cause vibration or lead to your vehicle pulling to one side of the road.
Regular tire rotation can help prevent performance issues and safety concerns. As a general rule, vehicle manufacturers recommend an interval of anywhere between 3,000-7,000 miles between tire rotations. However, there are exceptions. It is recommended to refer to the vehicle’s manufacturer manual or speak to a qualified tire service technician to determine the right timing for a tire rotation.
Since it can be easy to forget about rotating your tires, why not simply schedule tire rotations with your regular oil checks?
Correct wheel balancing and alignment can both contribute to a smooth ride and optimal handling of your vehicle. However, they are two entirely different services.
If you notice a vibrating steering wheel or feel a vibration in your seats, your vehicle may need tire balancing. Tires lose tread over time, and uneven wear and tear can cause unbalanced wheels that may affect your vehicle’s performance and handling. Having your wheels balanced by a good tire shop can lead to better handling, increased fuel efficiency, and increased safety. Tire balancing is recommended after having a new set of tires fitted and should also be part of your general service and maintenance schedule.
Wheel alignment does not concern the wheels or tires as such, unlike tire balancing, but focuses on the vehicle’s suspension. Proper wheel alignment can cure a variety of issues, such as your vehicle pulling to one side and your tire tread wearing down too quickly. Wheel alignment is an essential part of routine maintenance. Alignment issues that are not corrected promptly can cause damage to steering and suspension parts, potentially resulting in costly repairs.If you notice any vibrations or if your car is pulling to one side, Good Guys Tires & Auto Repair can identify the problem and correct it immediately. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
If you’re ready to shop for tires, Goodguys Tires & Auto Repair offers fantastic deals on tires for your vehicle. We carry tires from most manufacturers, including Firestone, Goodyear, Dunlop, Bridgestone, and others. In addition, we can get you great prices and rebates on tires when available.
We also frequently offer discounts on tire services and tires, making regular maintenance and replacing tires even more affordable. For fantastic deals and offers, be sure to check out our specials page often.
Goodguys Tires & Auto Repair is a one-stop tire shop in Fresno and we can take care of all your car and tire servicing needs, including but not limited to:
- Tire repair and replacement
- Tire rotation
- Wheel alignment
- Tire balancing
- Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) repair
Contact us today to find out more about our services or to schedule an appointment.