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Tips

Tire Maintenance Tips: Tire rotation & tire alignment and more

We know tires help keep America rolling. Whether you need new wheels or tires, a tire alignment or a quick flat repair, we are the trusted tire shop in your neighborhood. Schedule an appointment using our online form or find and call the location nearest you.

  • Check tire pressure to ensure proper inflation

    Underinflation can lead to excess heat, uneven tire wear, and decreased braking and handling capabilities. This may cause blowouts and tread separation. Properly inflated tires will maximize tread life, improve handling, increase fuel efficiency, and assure driver safety.

  • Balance your tires as necessary

    Out-of-balance tires may be detected in bumps that become more noticeable at higher speeds. Balancing tires is necessary during initial installation and during a remount.

  • Store tires in a clean, dark spot

    Unmounted tires should be stored in a clean, dry, cool place that is dark, away from direct sunlight, and has low humidity. Keep them away from solvents, grease, oil, or any ozone-producing electrical equipment, which have deteriorating effects on the tires’ rubber compounds.

  • If you have a spare tire, make sure it is properly inflated and ready for use. If your car does not come equipped with a spare, and that is a trend with newer cars, learn your alternatives. Punctures and flat tires are unexpected; you never know when they will happen!

  • Follow proper tire rotation schedules

    Recommended rotation patterns for your vehicle can be found in your owner’s manual. Routine tire rotations equalize front-to-rear and side-to-side tire wear. However, tire rotation will not prevent or circumvent wear issues caused by worn mechanical components.

  • The addition of one new tire to the rotation cycle can cause instability and create vehicle handling issues. When new tires are needed, two new tires should be installed on the rear of a vehicle, and the partially worn tires should be moved to the front axle.

  • Watch for signs of abnormal wear patterns or damage to your tires

    Before you get in your car, take a moment to walk around your car and check your tires for signs of punctures, embedded objects, cracks, or bulges.

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McCarthy Tire Service has service you can trust! Our automotive centers offer top notch tire brands and service for your car, van, SUV, or light truck. Buying quality, brand-name tires is the first step to optimum performance for your vehicle. Whether you drive the family van or operate a fleet of light trucks, good tire maintenance improves safety yields better fuel economy, and extends the life of your tires.

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