TIRE SERVICES | TIRE PRESSURE
So, how often should you check your tire pressure? At BYOC ,we recommend at least once a month, if not more frequently. A lot of factors affect tire pressure and they won’t necessarily appear under or over inflated to the naked eye. Additionally, tire pressure changes with the weather—it decreases by about 1lb per every 10 degrees drop in temperature. So if the last time you checked it was in August, by December your tires could be dangerously underinflated.
You can typically find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle in the driver’s manual or on the driver’s side door. Don’t make the mistake of using the pressure listed on the tires themselves—this is the maximum amount of air your tire can hold, not the recommended amount. If you’re having trouble, bring your car by, we’re happy to take a look!
TIRE SERVICES | TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM
Next to brakes, a vehicle’s tires are its most important safety feature. As the only part of the car that comes in direct contact with the road, it’s crucial that they are well maintained. Proper tire inflation ensures that the vehicle is running smoothly and efficiently and can even improve fuel economy. Consequently, newer vehicles come with a built in Tire Pressure Monitoring System that warns the driver when tire pressure is low via a light on the dashboard. The system is composed of sensors attached to each wheel that transmit information to the vehicle’s computer. When tire inflation is low, the sensors send a signal to the computer which then alerts the driver. If your TPMS light comes on, bring your car in immediately. It’s dangerous to drive with low tire pressure and waiting to get a puncture fixed could lead to more serious problems.
TIRE SERVICES | OVER INFLATED TIRES
Tires are one of the most important safety features of your car. As the only part of the vehicle that comes in direct contact with the road, they are crucial to its drivability. When properly inflated, tires will ensure that your car is running smoothly and efficiently. Poorly maintained tires, however, will negatively affect the stability of your vehicle, cornering, and your ability to brake effectively. Think about it, if a tire’s pressure is too high, not enough of its surface will come in contact with the road. More specifically, an over inflated tire will start to bulge in the center of its tread, causing your car to feel bouncy. You might also experience a noticeable decrease in traction and stopping distances. If left unfixed, the tread in the center the tire will completely wear away while the outer edges remain normal. Cars with built in Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems will alert you if your tires are over inflated, otherwise, don’t hesitate to bring your car in–one of BYOC Auto Repair’s expert technicians would be happy to take a look at them!
UNDER INFLATED TIRES
While over inflated tires create a bulge in the center of the tread, under inflated tires do the exact opposite. A tire with low pressure will curve in at the center and protrude around the edges. Think of it this way, when a tire has less air in it, a greater portion of its surface is coming into contact with the ground. This will increase the amount of friction between rubber and road, ultimately causing premature wear. Under inflated tires will decrease the efficiency of your vehicle and negatively affect its fuel economy.
TIRE SERVICES | TIRE TREAD
A tire’s tread refers to the grooved rubber that surrounds the tire’s exterior. Its purpose is twofold—to displace water when driving on wet roads and to increase traction on loose surfaces. More specifically, the tread’s deep grooves create a path for water and debris to move away from the front of the tire so that rubber is always in direct contact with the road’s surface. Worn tires have a shallower tread depth and can therefore no longer effectively displace water. Consequently, when the tire comes in contact with a wet surface, it will be riding on a thin layer of water and not the road. This can cause hydroplaning which is dangerous and can result in the driver losing control of the vehicle.
TIRE SERVICES | TIRE CUPPING
Not all tire wear is caused by a defect in the tires themselves. There are several other components of the vehicle that, when faulty, can result in premature tire damage. In particular, bent or worn suspension parts can cause tire cupping; a condition that looks like scalloped dips around the edges of the tread. Any worn component that connects the wheel to the body of the car–including bushings, shock absorbers, ball joints, and wheel bearings—could be the source of this issue. To fix the problem, all worn components must be replaced, and the tire should be balanced or moved to a different area of the vehicle. If you notice any cupping on your tires, bring your car in immediately before the tire becomes too worn.
TIRE SERVICES | TIRE SEPARATION
A tire’s tread refers to the grooved rubber that surrounds the tire’s exterior and is attached to the wheel via steel belts. Its purpose is twofold—to displace water when driving on wet roads and to increase traction on loose surfaces. Occasionally, however, a tire’s tread will become separated from the steel belts underneath, causing a bump to form in the tread and a thumping noise to occur. Tread separation is dangerous and should be fixed immediately by replacing the tire. If one or more of your tires is showing signs of tread separation, bring it in as soon as possible.
TIRE SERVICES | More About Tires
Does one of your vehicle’s tires have a puncture? BYOC’s ASE Certified technicians may be able to repair it! If you keep driving on a damaged tire, you may cause more damage that can’t be fixed. In our shop, our technicians will assess the damage and integrity of your tire to determine if a budget-friendly repair will suffice to get you back on the road. Our repairs are guaranteed to last with a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty! We want you to stay on the road, so we won’t repair anything that may not stand up to tough conditions. If we think your tire is unfit for the road or can’t be safely repaired, we’ll help you find a fitting replacement.
With a full selection of tires from all major brands, BYOC Auto Repair is a great place to visit to find the right set for your individual vehicle. We have options for all makes and models! We look beyond manufacturer recommendations to consider your unique driving habits to find tires that give great results. The right tires can improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, handling, or appearance! We sell replacement of the following tire brands:
- BF Goodrich
We partner with American Tire Distributors to bring you the biggest selection of tires and make your next purchase convenient and affordable! You may also choose to buy tires at Tirerack.com and have the tire delivered to us for installation.
Protect your current set of tires with the help of our experts! We provide services to keep them properly inflated and aligned to ensure you get the most out of them. We’ll also check their condition and notify you of any serious wear that may lead to replacement. That way, you can prepare for your next tire purchase. Get your tire’s pressure, alignment, and tread inspected by our technicians today! Service is fast and simple and could help you save money on gas and further repairs! All you have to do is stop by our shop, conveniently located at 312 S Main St. Suite 5, Milpitas CA 95035. We look forward to your visit!