Your tires are the first line of defense against road hazards like potholes, broken glass, nails, screws, and ice. Continuing to drive with a flat tire, worn tread, or when your wheels are out of alignment not only reduces your vehicle’s traction and handling, but it can lower gas mileage and cause more expensive damage to the rims.
Do You Really Need a New Tire?
While you can extend the life of your tires by patching a flat, each tire repair lowers the reliability of that tire down the road. Damage to certain parts of the tire (or multiple punctures within 16” of each other) can reduce strength and durability to unsafe levels, even with a professional patch. As such, industry guidelines and many manufacturers limit the size, extent, and number of tire repairs allowed before a tire must be replaced.
For safety reasons, we don’t patch flat tires at Mountain Auto Repair in North Boulder. Instead, we use top-tier tires to replace the flat and ensure you drive away on safe, roadworthy wheels that can keep up with your daily drive.
In some cases, it may be a leaky tire valve or broken Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that is causing the issue, and a quick repair or system reset might be all your car needs.
Whether you need an inspection, alignment, or tire replacement, bring your vehicle to the ASE Certified mechanics at Mountain Auto Repair in North Boulder for fast repairs done right the first time.
- Tire Inspection
- Tire Rotation
- Wheel Alignment
- Tire Balancing
- Tire Replacement
- Tire Valve Replacement
- TPMS Reset
“How often should I get my tires checked?”
By checking your tires every few thousand miles, you can catch potential problems before they result in a rupture, leak, or unsafe (and potentially illegal) tread levels.
Many states require a tread depth of at least 2/32”. In Colorado, you actually need tread at least 1/8” deep to make sure you’re able to drive when Code 15 of the chain law is in effect. Code 15 can be issued during severe weather conditions, particularly on steep inclines or declines.
To check your tread levels at home, just insert a quarter into the tread (with Washington’s head first). If Washington’s forehead is covered by the tread, your tread is deep enough.
“Can I just use all-season tires?”
There is no such thing as a perfect all-season tire. While all-season tires work well on both wet and dry pavement, they can take twice as long as winter tires to stop your vehicle on snowy pavement!
If your budget allows, we recommend keeping a set of winter tires for those months of snow and ice. Or, you can bring your car into Mountain Auto Repair to have studs installed. Studded tires have metal studs in the tread to help bite into ice on the roads for extra traction. Driving on studded tires when there isn’t any ice, however, can actually damage the pavement.
“How often do I need to come in for a wheel alignment or tire rotation?”
Rotating your tires at regular intervals (about every 10,000 miles) extends the life of your tires by helping prevent uneven wear and tear. When you turn, the outside of the tire must handle greater pressure, and it receives more wear and tear than the inside facing edge of the tire. Similarly, the front tires take the brunt of steering and turning responsibilities.
At Mountain Auto Repair, our wheel alignment and tire rotation services include a tire inspection by one of our certified mechanics to help identify low tread and signs of a possible blowout before they ruin your day.
Get an email reminder (and a discount) when it’s time for your next tire rotation.
Mountain Auto Repair Tire Replacement & Wheel Alignment
When you bring your vehicle into Mountain Auto Repair for a tire inspection, rotation, or wheel alignment, our mechanics will check:
- Tire tread
- Tire pressure
- Tire valves
- Wheel alignment
If we spot any operational or safety issues that need your attention now or in the future, we’ll work with you to plan the repairs.
Don’t wait until you have a flat or start hydroplaning to get your tires checked. Bring your car or truck into Mountain Auto Repair in North Boulder for a tire inspection, rotation, or replacement today!