Tire

Wear On Both Edges

Problem: Underinflation

Underinflation:

  • Reduces tread life through increased treadwear on the outside edges (or shoulders) of the tire
  • Generates excessive heat, which reduces tire durability and can lead to tire failure
  • Reduces fuel economy through increased rolling resistance (soft tires make your vehicle work harder)

Solution: Add air to your tire until it reaches the proper air pressure (psi, as measured by an air pressure gauge). To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle's owner's manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door jam. (Here's how.) STS Tire & Auto Centers will perform an air pressure check for you at no charge.

 

Wear In Center

Problem: Overinflation

Overinflation issues:

  • On an overinflated tire, the center of the tread bears most of the load and wears out faster than the outside edges.
  • To prevent overinflation, always check tires when they're cold or before they've been driven.
  • Or, check tires at least three hours after they have been driven.

Solution: Take air out of your tire, using a tire pressure gauge, until your air pressure reading matches your vehicle manufacturer's recommended psi. To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle's owner's manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door jam. (Here's how.) STS Tire & Auto Centers will perform an air pressure check for you at no charge.

 

Uneven Wear

Problem: Poor Alignment

You need an alignment when you notice:

  • Uneven front or rear tire wear
  • Changes in your vehicle's handling or steering response (e.g., pulling to one side)

Solution: Many vehicles today are equipped with rear suspensions that can be adjusted for alignment. If this is the case, your vehicle may need a "front end" alignment or a "four wheel" alignment, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. See your STS Tire & Auto Center for service and inspection.

 

Soft Tire

Problem: Underinflation

A tire is called soft when it doesn't have sufficient air pressure to meet the vehicle manufacturer's recommended psi (pressure per square inch). Soft tires lead to flats and tire blowouts.

Underinflation:

  • Reduces tread life through increased treadwear on the outside edges (or shoulders) of the tire
  • Generates excessive heat, which reduces tire durability and can lead to tire failure
  • Reduces fuel economy through increased rolling resistance (soft tires make your vehicle work harder)

Solution: Add air to your tire until it reaches the proper air pressure (psi, as measured by an air pressure gauge). To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle's owner's manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door jam. (Here's how.) STS Tire & Auto Centers will perform an air pressure check for you at no charge.

 

Flat

Problem: Damage That Requires Repair

Solution: Change your flat tire out with your spare tire or call a local STS Tire & Auto Center, and we can help arrange for your vehicle to be towed to us. We can then perform a full tire inspection. After the inspection, we can determine what damage your tire has, and whether to repair or replace your tire.

 

Excessive Wear

Problem: Overinflation

Overinflation issues:

  • On an overinflated tire, the center of the tread bears most of the load and wears out faster than the outside edges.
  • To prevent overinflation, always check tires when they're cold or before they've been driven.
  • Or, check tires at least three hours after they have been driven.

Solution: Take air out of your tire, using a tire pressure gauge, until your air pressure reading matches your vehicle manufacturer's recommended psi. To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle's owner's manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door jam. (Here's how.) STS Tire & Auto Centers will perform an air pressure check for you at no charge.

 

Damage

Problem: Damage That Requires Repair

Tire Damage Issues:

  • Most punctures nail holes, or cuts up to ¼" confined to the tread may be repaired by trained personnel using industry-approved procedures.
  • An on-the-wheel plug-only repair is not reliable and is dangerous because the inside of a tire must be inspected after a puncture.

Solution: If your vehicle is equipped with one of the several types of temporary spares, replace your damaged tire with the spare, but be sure to first check the spare tire's sidewall for the correct inflation pressure, speed, and mileage limitations. Take your vehicle to a local STS Tire & Auto Center for an inspection as soon as possible.

The proper repair of a radial tire includes the placing of a rubber patch on the inner liner of the tire and a rubber filling of the hole by a professional. All STS Tire & Auto Centers begin a tire repair with a full tire inspection followed by the best tire repair solution – a patch/plug assembly. Our patch/plug assembly attaches and vulcanizes (chemically bonds) with the inside of the tire. The plug part of the assembly extends through the puncture in the tread to keep out moisture and protect the steel belt package. Do not attempt to have repaired tires with tread punctures larger than 1/4" or any sidewall puncture. Also, do not have tires repaired that are worn below 2/32" tread depth.


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