Facts about Tires
CAs the base of your car, it is important to keep up with proper maintenance. If they are maintained properly, your car will be prepared for optimal wear, performance, and vehicle safety. Tires have several different components including:
- Tread: This is the part of your tires that touch the road. The specific part that is touching the road is called the contact patch. The pattern also includes a tread void, which contains grooves that allow flexibility via tread grooves. These grooves allow water to escape when the tires are in motion. Tires also contain a built-in warning system called the wear bar, which alerts drivers when their tread is too low.
- Sidewalls and specs: Respectively, these two entities are the wall of the tire, and the numbers on the side that correlate with the car’s make, size, radial construction, and speed rating.
- Bead, shoulder and ply: Beads are the part of your car that hold the tire in. Keeping your tires inflated ensures that the bead will keep a proper seal with the rim. The shoulder of your car is where the sidewall and tread meet, and the ply contains layers of plastics, metals, fabrics and rubber that help maintain the shape of your wheels.
Services for Tires
At Kirk Brown and Sons, we put the customer first. When it comes to your tires, we are number one in the Charlotte area and offer a variety of maintenance services that will ensure a long life. When it comes to our customer correspondence, we take the utmost care in answering questions and coming up with solutions.
Our tire services include:
- Tire rotation: The front tires on a four-wheel drive vehicle do most of the work in propelling your vehicle, which tends to make them wear faster than the ones in the back. This is why a tire rotation every 3,000-7,000 miles is recommended.
- Wheel alignment: Driving without proper alignment will make driving more costly and dangerous. When your tires are not properly aligned, your gas mileage and tire life decrease exponentially. If you have been in an accident, or notice that your steering wheel is pulling in one direction, we strongly advise getting your alignment checked.
- Wheel balancing: Not to be confused with alignment, wheel balancing is needed most when your tread is far past its prime. Using a system of weights we can determine which part of your tire’s tread is unbalanced. Does your car tend to shake when it reaches around 50-75 miles per hour? This is a common indicator that your wheel is out of balance, and should be checked immediately.
If you keep up with all of these maintenance issues, your car will have better fuel economy and improved handling. We also recommend getting the air pressure in your tires checked at least once a month to ensure that your car is performing at maximum efficiency.
As our customer, you are the most important aspect of our business. We are dedicated to making sure that your car is safe to drive. Tires are one of the most important parts of this responsibility, and we will make sure that they are in proper shape to ensure your safety, which is our top priority. If you have any questions about a car problem that you may have, or even simple car maintenance; don’t hesitate to give us a call. Kirk Brown and Sons will always be happy to answer your questions, whether complicated or not. Contact us today for a free consultation!