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The tires that come stock on your vehicle are there because manufacturers have determined they provide your car with the optimal performance. Shelor Motor Mile’s trained Certified Technicians know the ins and outs of your vehicle, including parts and tires. Our technicians understand that the right parts and tires provide superb performance and handling quality. You can trust them to provide you with the right recommended tires for your car, Truck, van or SUV.
Sport and performance cars come stock with summer, or three-season tires because they provide a lot more grip on wet, damp surfaces than all-season tires. These summer tires are preferred on performance and sport cars because they can achieve higher speeds, while having better grip and stopping power. However, this also comes with a lower tread life. While the cars & SUV’s come standard with all-season tires that perform best in the winter and snow, they also provide better traction when driving through snow. All-season tires are more structured and don’t provide as much bounce as summer tires.
To get the best mileage out of your tires, regardless of brand and type, Shelor Motor Mile recommends that your tires stay properly inflated and are rotated when recommended. Tires should be rotated every six months or 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Before driving, make sure to check your tires for any unnoticed tire damage and check their inflation and determine if they have minimal tread. Having less that optimal tread can cause your tires to lose traction on wet surfaces and hydroplane. One way to check the tread of your tires is to take a penny and place it, headfirst, into several tread grooves across the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tires have a low amount of tread and need to be replaced. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, then you have approximately 2/32 of an inch of tread depth and do not need to replace your tires.
The tires at Shelor are competitively priced and are selected to provide you with an exceptional driving experience. Our certified tire technicians will recommend tires for you that will provide your vehicle with superior handling, comfort, stability, traction control and tread life, all of which impacts the fuel economy your vehicle gets.
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At Shelor Motor Mile, you’ll find friendly and helpful service professionals who appreciate your business. Tires are a big part of our business. We provide fast and efficient tire service along with the rest of our services. We service all makes and models, and we’ll meet or beat any competitor’s pricing on tires!
We have a huge selection of all the popular brands, including Bridgestone, Pirelli, Dunlop, Michelin and Goodyear.
Tire Type – The letter P at the beginning of the tire size indicates that the tire was made for passenger vehicles.
Tire Size – The next part of the tire size is a three digit number that refers to the width in millimeters of the tire.
Aspect Ratio – The next part of the tire size usually comes after a slash mark. It is a two digit number that is called the aspect ratio. This refers to the ratio of the tire’s height to the tire’s width. The bigger the number, the taller the side of the tire.
Next Letter – The next part of the size is normally the letter R. This stands for radial.
Wheel Diameter – The letter P at the beginning of the tire size indicates that the tire was made for passenger vehicles.
Tire Type – The next part of the tire size is a two digit number that refers to the size in inches of the wheel or rim that the tire was made to fit.
Maintaining correct tire pressure is very important. Most tires may naturally lose air over time. Pressure may also be released if a tire runs over something like a curb or pothole. Sometimes it’s hard to tell for sure if a tire is properly inflated just by looking at it. It is recommended that you have your vehicle’s tire pressure checked at least once a month.
Over-inflation of tires leads to a loss of grip on the road, which could mean your car will slide more easily. Also, with less of the tire on the road, over-inflation hurts your stopping ability. Further, when a tire is over-inflated, the part that touches the road wears more quickly, which not only affects the safety of the tire but also means that you’ll have to replace it sooner! Under-inflation of tires leads to increased chance of a blowout.
Under-inflation of tires leads to increased chance of a blowout due to an increase in the temperature of the tire. Also, the tire wears faster and unevenly. Not only that, but it also reduces your fuel economy! Your tire loses its grip on the road more easily and creates a situation where the vehicle is uneven.
Shelor offers NITROFILL, which helps maintain proper tire pressure.
This light means that at least one of your tires has low pressure. Check them out! Don’t forget that spare!
The tread on the tire is what helps your vehicle grip the road and prevent sliding. Tread is especially important when the road is icy or wet. You should check your tread depth occasionally; and once it reaches 4/32 of an inch deep, you should closely monitor it. At 3/32 of an inch, you should replace your tires soon. At 2/32 of an inch (1/16), you should replace them immediately.
The minimum legal tread depth is 2/32 of an inch; treads shallower than this will not pass inspection. Tires have built-in treadwear indicators that let you know when your tires are too worn for safe driving. These indicators are raised sections spaced in the bottom of the tread grooves. When they appear even with the outside of the tread, it is time to replace your tires. Another easy test to check tread depth is to place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you are ready for new tires.
Here are some tire safety tips from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, taken from their brochure “Tire Safety, Everything Rides on It”.
The tire tread provides the gripping action and traction that prevents your vehicle from slipping or sliding, especially when the road is wet or icy. In general, tires are not safe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch. Tires have built-in treadwear indicators that let you know when it is time to replace your tires. These indicators are raised sections spaced intermittently in the bottom of the tread grooves. When they appear “even” with the outside of the tread, it is time to replace your tires. Another method of checking tread depth is to place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you are ready for new tires.
To avoid vibration or shaking of the vehicle when a tire rotates, the tire must be properly balanced. This balance is achieved by positioning weights on the wheel to counterbalance heavy spots on the wheel-and-tire assembly. A wheel alignment adjusts the angles of the wheel so that they are positioned correctly relative to the vehicle’s frame. This adjustment maximizes the life of your tires and prevents your car from veering to the right or left when driving on a straight, level road. These adjustments require special equipment and should be performed by a qualified technician.
Rotating tires from front to back and from side to side can reduce irregular wear (for vehicles that have tires that are all the same size). Look in your owner’s manual for information on how frequently the tires on your vehicle should be rotated and the best pattern for rotation.
For maximum mileage, rotate your tires every 5,000 miles.
Unbalanced tires can cause a number of problems for your car, including uneven tire wear, wheel vibration and strut and shock. Even poor handling, excessive road noise and accelerated tire wear can be symptoms of unbalanced tires. If you notice any of these problems occurring on your vehicle, bring it to Shelor Motor Mile’s Tire Center to have your wheels balanced.
Tires are always balanced when they are first put on a vehicle, but most tire experts recommend that you have your tires balanced every 6,000 miles, although your vehicle’s manufacturer may have other recommendations. You will get the most out of your tires by adhering to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
The process of balancing a tire involves placing small weights around the wheel as necessary to balance the entire wheel assembly. The experts at Shelor Motor Mile’s Tire Center will have your wheels balanced and you back on the road before you know it.
Rotating your tires helps them all wear at approximately the same rate and lengthens a tire’s life on your car. Not all of your tires get the same amount of wear. Usually, the front tires on a front wheel drive car will wear faster due to the added resistance caused by steering. When you rotate your tires, this wear is spread across all four tires instead of the same two all the time, lengthening your tire between buying new tires.
To maximize the life of your tires, you should have the experts at Shelor Motor Mile’s Tire Center rotate your tires every 6,000 miles.
Our tire experts will remove your damaged tire from the wheel or rim to inspect it inside and out to determine whether it can be repaired or should be replaced entirely. If the tire can be saved, we will repair it to strict industry standards to ensure your safety on the road. Properly repairing a flattened or leaking tire is imperative. The need for repairs could be caused by a slow leak resulting from jarring, such as hitting a pothole or road debris, or a puncture in the tread, which can be caused by any sharp object in your tire’s path. Always have a leaky tire checked by the professionals at Shelor Motor Mile’s Tire Center to see if it can be safely repaired or if you need a new one altogether.
This repair process usually includes a tire repair patch applied by Tire Center professionals. After the repair, your tire will be put back on its wheel, balanced, pressurized to manufacturer recommended levels and put back on your vehicle. We’ll even reset your tire pressure monitoring system if you have one.
Proper and consistent tire alignment should be performed regularly in order to keep your vehicle running safely and reliably. The most basic tire alignment services will adjust the front wheels to be sure the vehicle is driving properly. This helps to avoid unnecessary wear and tear to the tires and deterioration to the entire steering mechanism. Performing regular alignments cost a little now and then, but it could save you big money in the long run.
Aligned tires will keep your wheels uniform while driving. Aligned wheels are more economic, prevent wear and tear and improve the stability of your ride, potentially saving you a substantial amount of money in the long run.
We have access to all the current information and expertise related to your car. New developments are coming on to the market all the time, so there may be new, better tires available for your car that an independent mechanic wouldn’t know about.
“Placard” is a fancy name for a tire information label. This label contains key information, including your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire psi, the maximum weight or load that your vehicle can safely carry and recommended tire size. The tire placard or information label is usually located on the inside of the driver’s side front doorframe. It may also be located on the edge of the driver’s door or inside the glove box or trunk lid. The information on the tire placard can also be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
PSI stands for pounds per square inch; it’s a measurement of the air pressure in your tires, commonly called tire pressure. Your tires should be inflated to the psi number shown on the tire placard to ensure a safe ride. Too much tire pressure can make your vehicle’s ride harsher, affect your vehicle’s maneuverability or cause you to loose control of your vehicle, resulting in a crash. Too little tire pressure can lead to irregular and excessive tire wear, tire failure and, on the rare occasion, loss of control.
Proper tire pressure can boost fuel economy by 3.3% or $.09 per gallon, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA); so you want to make sure your tires remain at their ideal pressure. Tires lose pressure over time even without punctures or other obvious damage. You should check the pressure in all your tires, including the spare, once a month. If driving conditions are bad, you may even want to check more often. It’s also a good idea to check your tire pressure before going on a long trip. Always use a tire gauge when checking your tires; you can’t tell if a tire is properly inflated by looking, kicking or squeezing.
Yes. Nitrogen keeps your tires at optimal pressure longer, but it can’t stop all pressure loss over time or loss caused by tire damage. Always check your tire pressure regularly, even if they are filled with nitrogen.
Yes. It’s recommended, in fact, since nitrogen remains at optimal psi longer. Shelor Motor Mile’s Tire Center recommends that you always fill your spare with nitrogen.
Yes. Mixing nitrogen and air only means the nitrogen will be less effective. Topping off with air is better than riding on under-inflated tires. Bring your vehicle to Shelor Motor Mile’s Tire Center for a nitrogen top-off.
Nitrogen enhances the reliability of your TPMS by minimizing the moisture in your tire. It will also be triggered less when you use nitrogen since you won’t lose tire pressure as quickly.
“Cold” doesn’t refer to the temperature outside. Whether it’s ninety or nine degrees outside, you can get a cold tire reading. A cold tire is one that hasn’t been driven on for at least three hours, which is the best time to take a tire pressure reading. A tire that’s been driven even less than a mile is no longer cold.
Tires are generic, made for many vehicles from many manufacturers. The psi number on the side of your tire is the “maximum possible” pressure it can contain. Always follow your vehicle manufacturer’s psi recommendations, located on the tire information label or in your owner’s manual.
While doing your monthly tire pressure check, you should visually inspect your tires for any “foreign objects” or debris between the treads and remove anything you find. Also check for irregular wear, which may mean your wheels need to be realigned. Check the depth of your treads, as well. If they are less than 2/32 of an inch deep, it’s time to replace them.
Specific rotation patters and times will be detailed by your vehicle’s manufacturer in your owner’s manual. Most manufacturers recommend that you rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Uneven wear, caused by not rotating your tire, can affect your vehicle’s handling.
Tires should be replaced when the tread is 2/32 (1/16) of an inch deep. Tires have build-in treadwear indicators called “wear bars” that visually cue you to replace your tires. When your treads are level with the wear bars, it’s time to replace them. You can also use the penny test to determine if it’s time to replace your tires. Place a Lincoln penny upside down in your tire’s treads with Lincoln facing you. If you can’t see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tires are still good. If Lincoln’s head is completely visible, it is time to replace your tires. “Bald” means that a tire is noticeably smooth from excessive wear past the 2/32 of an inch mark. Bald tires have reduced traction, which can lead to loss of vehicle control during braking and turning.
Tread grooves move water away from where the tire surface and the road meet. A new tire’s treads are usually 10/32 of an inch deep. At half that depth, risk of hydroplaning becomes greater. Horizontal treads and slits in the rubber called “sipes” bite into snow. Generally speaking, the deeper the tread is, the better traction it provides.
A blowout is a rapid loss of tire pressure and can cause loss of control.
In the event of a blowout, your goal is to remain in control of the vehicle. Do not panic. Any sudden maneuvers, such as slamming on your brakes or removing your foot from the accelerator can cause loss of control.
The manufacturer’s recommended psi is what you should always keep your tires set at. You should never deliberately lower it, no matter the conditions. Low tire pressure can cause tire failure. Note: some manufacturer’s provide a lower recommended psi for light load driving (e.g., only 1-3 vehicle occupants). This should not be taken as an alternate tire pressure for snow or off-road driving.
Always follow your vehicle manufacturer’s psi recommendations. Tires are made for many vehicles. Vehicle recommendations are for your vehicle specifically. Check your tire information label or owner’s manual for the correct psi for your vehicle.
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