Tires for cars & light trucks at Atlantic Transmission Auto Care
Buying New Tires or Need Tire Repairs? Not Sure?
Let the staff at Atlantic Transmission Auto Care Help!
At Atlantic Transmission Auto Care, we know tires and can help you with ANY TIRE for ANY CAR or LIGHT TRUCK. And if you need tires, WE HAVE TIRES FOR VIRTUALLY ANY BUDGET. That’s our promise! From entry level all-seasons to top-of-the-line Michelins, we have a tire for every customer…PERIOD!
It’s important to maintain your tires at all times according to the manufacturer’s recommend
ations (see your vehicle’s owner’s manual for correct tire sizes and pressures for your car; psi=pounds per square inch).
Check the tire tread and the air in your tires every month or as needed if they appear abnormally worn or lower than normal on air. Determine if your tires are safe to drive on, in need of service, or need to be replaced.
Tires can get damaged and all tires will eventually wear down or wear out completely.
Here are some ways to tell if you need new tires.
There is a good chance that your tire can be repaired if:
- The tire has not been driven on when flat
- The damage is only on the tread section of your tire
- The puncture is less than ¼”
However, you need to have an authorized tire retailer or technician remove the tire from the wheel and inspect the tire from the inside. This inspection is absolutely necessary because internal damage is not visible while the tire is mounted.
The proper way to repair a tire is to patch the tire from the inside and fill the puncture hole. If someone offers you a plug repair, refuse! Plug repairs do not involve taking the tire off the wheel for a proper inspection. A plug is simply inserted into the punctured area. Plug repairs are not reliable and can lead to tire failure.
Insist on a full inspection and patch and fill repair on the inside of the tire.
At Atlantic Transmission Auto Care, we patch all tires from the inside!
If Your Tire Is Worn
It’s a good idea to check your tires once a month for visible damage and excess wear.
Here are two ways to tell if your tires are worn out:
Look for wear bars
Narrow bands may appear in the grooves across the tire’s tread. See the wear bars? When the wear bars are even with the tread depth, only 2/32” of tread remains, replace the tire.
The Washington Quarter Test versus The Lincoln Penny Test.
For many years, the Lincoln penny was the tried and true test to know when to re
place a worn tire. That approach has been updated by the “new” Washington quarter test and accepted by many in the tire industry.
If the tread is worn below 2/32 of an inch, water can’t be channeled away from the tread. This can cause hydroplaning at high speeds. Snow traction is also reduced as well.
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