Need tires? We’ve got ’em!
We keep all major brands of new tires in stock at competitive prices and have a large selection of used tires too. We also offer tire leak repair, rotations, wheel balancing, wheel alignment and tire pressure sensor (TPMS) service.
As your vehicles only contact point with the road below you, tires are easily one of the most important (and most overlooked) safety items on your vehicle. Most drivers rarely consider the implications of poor tire maintenance until it comes time to replace a worn or damaged tire, or worse, when they’re sitting on the side of the road after having experienced a blowout. Very few things can put a damper on your commute quite like changing a tire on the side of a busy highway. You don’t have to find yourself in this unpleasant situation; most tire failures can be avoided with proper maintenance.
Maintain the Correct Tire Pressure
As confirmed on the television show MythBusters, under-inflation isn’t much better. Under-inflated tires have increased rolling resistance which makes your engine work harder and burn more fuel. They also bend more as they roll which causes more friction and builds internal heat, increasing the likelihood of sudden tire failure. With severely under-inflated tires you’ll likely notice a significant decrease of steering precision and stability when cornering. A 20% loss in tire pressure can reduce tread life by up to 25% and fuel economy by up to 5%. In most passenger cars, vans and light trucks that’s only about 7psi.
You should check all your tires (don’t forget the spare!) at least once a month and before any long trips. Even if you don’t see any damage, a healthy tire can lose 1-2 pounds of air pressure per month. For best results, you should check your tire pressure when they are cool – before driving the car or at least before going more than about 3 miles at low speeds. If this isn’t possible add 5 pounds to the recommended tire pressure to prevent under-inflation when they cool back down.
You can find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle in the owner’s manual or on the tire placard usually located on the driver’s door or door jamb. It is important that you do not use the tire pressure printed on the sidewall of the tire. That number is the maximum tire inflation specification defined by the tire manufacturer and will usually be much higher than what your vehicle manufacturer recommends. If all else fails, call or stop by Parkhill Exxon and we’ll look up the inflation specs for your vehicle.
When you have your tires “rotated” the technician removes the tire and wheel assemblies from your vehicle and puts them back on in a different position. For example the front left tire might get moved to the rear right position. There are a few different rotation patterns that may be used depending on a number of variables, including the style of tire and type of vehicle you have.
Regardless of the rotation pattern the intent remains the same; to extend the service life of your tires. Tire rotations achieve this because, due to suspension geometry, portions of a tire’s tread aren’t used as much in some positions as they are in others. By changing the position a tire is in you allow more of the tread to be used over the life of the tire making it wear more evenly. A tire that wears evenly can last thousands of miles more than a tire that doesn’t which means improved reliability and less out of pocket expense for you.
A wheel is balanced by removing it from the vehicle and affixing it to a wheel balancing machine. The technician will input some information about the tire into the machine. The machine will then spin the tire at high speeds and sense any vibrations that may be present. If it senses an imbalance it will show the technician where to attach special wheel weights to cancel it out.
Major Tire Brands in Stock
- BF Goodrich
- General Tire
- Kelly Tires
- Mickey Thompson