Tire Sales and Tire Repair
Your families safety depends on your vehicles' tires. We were all taught in drivers education that we should be checking our tire pressure at each fill up but how many of us actually do that?
Proper tire pressure can mean the difference between uneven wear and longer lasting tires. Our wheel balancing machines can ensure you're tracking straight combined with routine tire rotation means you'll get the maximum tire life out of your tires.
Looking to buy new tires here in Fort Wayne or repair tires, we have solutions for all makes and models of vehicles.
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Tires are one of the most fundamental aspects of driving and should be one of those things you pay very close attention to as you properly maintain your vehicle. It’s easy to forget the importance of tires but it only takes one of them failing before their significance is truly revealed.
- Tire air pressure
- Tire tread test
- Tire care and repair questions and answers
Tire air pressure:
Proper tire air pressure for your tires shouldn’t be considered a recommendation but rather a directive when trying to maximize the longevity of your tires. To determine the proper air pressure for your tires, look at your owner’s manual, the door jam sticker or in the glove box.
- Under inflated tires will increase the tread wear and tear along the outer edges, generate excessive heat and ultimately lower the longevity of your tires.
- Under inflated tires increase the friction while driving, which adversely affects fuel mileage.
- Having too much air pressure leads to increased wear along the center of the tire tread, causing the center of the tire to burden the majority of the vehicle’s weight, which leads to uneven wear and ultimately lowers the longevity of your tires.
- Proper inflation of your tires ensures the full and proper grip of the tires to the road which makes for safer driving conditions.
How to test tire tread:
- The penny test
Place a penny vertical into your tire's tread groove with Abraham Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of the head, it's likely time to get new tires.
- Tread wear indicator
The tread wear indicator is less than an inch (2/32 of an inch) from the base of the tread groove. When tread wears even to this level, it’s likely time to get new tires.
Tire care and repair questions and answers:
Rocks, sharp objects and debris sneak up and wreak havoc on tires whether we drive carefully or not. When your tires are damaged, needing repaired or replaced, Vorderman Motor Werks in Fort Wayne Indiana can solve your tire needs.
How far can I drive on a flat tire?
The short answer; don’t drive on a flat tire. If you don’t address a flat tire or leaking tire right away and try to drive on the tire you not only risk further damage to the tire (possibly making it unrepairable) but you risk damage to the suspension, wheels and even the braking system. Wheels can go out of alignment or worse yet, you could bend the rims. Bent rims or misalignment can cause stress to the suspension and structure of the entire vehicle.
How do I know if I require tire repair?
So your tires are not flat but something doesn’t feel right? Odds are, if you are feeling something strange in the wheel or something subtle, likely there is a problem. Rather than risk tire failure, stop in and see a tire care specialist at Vorderman Motor Werks.
Hidden tire repair needs
You’ve hit something in the road and tire damage has occurred. Time is critical and it may seem a simple patch of the tire will work, but the real damage could be hidden. Minor misalignment, suspension or slight steering pulls can be difficult to catch, which is why it helps to have someone assess and test the level of tire damage even if you do not feel something went wrong upon striking the debris.
Signs of tire damage:
- Tires: Rocks, sharp objects or other debris often causes sidewalls on tires to bulge upon collission. Unaddressed, expensive tire repairs can result..
- Rims: Most cars, trucks, vans and SUV’s have aluminum rims. Obviously hitting a large obstacle while driving can cause rim damage and it should be checked out.
- Undercarriage: If you think you hit something on the road, definitely stop and check it out. If fluid is leaking, it is imperative you get the vehicle in an auto repair shop to get it checked out.
- Exhaust System: A new noise or louder exhaust system can be an indication that something you hit has affected the exhaust system.
- Vorderman Motor Werks tire technicians are experts in tire care and maintenance and we’d be delighted to assist you with all your tire needs.