Flat Tire Repair
My Auto Repair & Tire Center carries the best brand name tires and parts in Vancouver, WA for your flat tire repair needs. If you suffer a flat tire that is damaged or leaking you are driving a ticking time-bomb. Driving on a flat tire may cause a fatal collision, so it’s important to get it repaired or replaced immediately. We can perform the following tire services on your car:
About our Tire Services:
The extent of tire damage will determine the kind of service you need. A small piercing from a nail, may cause slow leakage and can be repaired and re-inflated fairly-easy.
Other damage like a worn tread may require immediate replacement. Unequal wear may require a simple tire rotation. Here are some things to look out for when checking your tires:
- Too little air pressure (constant leakage)
- Tires out of balance
- Wheel alignment problems
- Split or protruding treads
- Objects such as glass, nails or screws embedded in the tire
- Tread is tearing away from the rest of the tire
It is recommended that tires be replaced every 6 years at minimum, however if you do a lot of driving, every two years is normal. Regular driving causes wear and tear but other factors also effect the frequency of needed replacement. Some of those factors include: weather conditions where you live, personal driving habits and roadway conditions. Here is a checklist of things to look for that may indicate you need new tires:
- Tires below 4/32 or cannot pass the “penny” test
- Footstep is flush with the tread bars or noticeably minimized
- Irregular tread wear
- Soft spots, bulges or bumps on the tire
- Obvious damage or tears that cannot be fixed
When you do need new tires, we can replace them quickly and get you back on the road. Some of our replacement services include:
- Installing new valve stems
- Checking the lug nuts for wear
- Balance tires
- Check disc brake caliper clearance
- Inspect for potential disturbances between calipers, wheels and rims
- Tighten lug nuts to proper torque
Your tires need balancing every time you replace either 2 or 4 wheels on your car. It is usually recommended that you replace more than one tire at a time (2 or 4) to avoid serious imbalance, alignment and handling issues.
You’ll know your tires are unbalanced if: you feel vibrations while driving, vehicle pulls to one side or another, tire tread shows signs of irregular wear or steering becomes less smooth.
When we rotate your tires you can expect a smoother ride, prolonged life of drive train and tires, better gas mileage, and even tire wear.
You should plan on rotating your tires every 3-6K miles; however, a good rule of thumb if you do a lot of driving, is during every oil change. Uneven wear on your tires could lead to poor fuel economy, and shorten the life of your tires, requiring replacement more often. Save money by extending the life of your tires through regular rotation. Here’s what we do during a rotation:
- Rotate tires in alternating pattern and keep records of it
- Examine overall quality and safety of tires
- Examine tire tread
- Inspect for correct inflation
- Inspect and tighten lug nuts
Wheel alignment is usually done at the time of your new tire installation and should be checked with each tire rotation. If your wheels aren’t lined up correctly you will feel it pull to one side. This causes unsafe driving and extra wear on your tires and symptoms of unaligned wheels are much like those of unbalanced tires.
When My Auto Repair and Tire Center does an alignment check we do the following:
- Examine tires for wear, inflation and size
- Compare your alignment to manufacturer’s guidelines
- Assess steering and suspension components