Wayne's Auto Repair
Tire Care and Maintenance
Here you'll find tips and videos about the care and maintenance of the tires on your vehicle and how we can provide auto repair service for your car or light truck in Burkburnett, Wichita Falls, and Iowa Park, Texas
Nitrogen Inflation Benefits
Nitrogen tire inflation is becoming a common practice. Nitrogen filled tires provide better gas mileage, longer tire life, decreased chance of a blow out due to blocked oxidation, and is a "green" alternative.
Understanding Size Markings
The tire size branded on the sidewall provides a significant amount of information about the tire's intended purpose, dimensions, load capacity and high temperature/high-speed durability. Each vehicle has a recommended and in some cases optional tire size. It is important to follow the fitment guidelines when selecting replacement tires for the vehicle.
Tire Inflation - Wear
Tire pressure is a measure of the amount of air in your car's tires, in pounds per square inch. If tire pressure is too high, then less of the tire touches the ground. As a consequence, your car will bounce around on the road. If tire pressure is too low, then too much of the tire's surface area touches the ground, which increases friction between the road and the tire. Incorrect tire pressure will also cause your tires to wear prematurely.
Tire balancing requires a certain amount of weight to be applied to a specific area of the wheel of your car. Wheel weights are used to balance the wheel and tire together for smooth travel down the road. Out of balance tires will cause a car to vibrate at certain speeds, usually between 50 and 70 mph, as well as accelerating tread wear.
Tire rotation means you are changing where the individual tires are mounted on your car. Each tire carries a different load and will be faced with different situations. Because of this, it is important to rotate your tires according to the manufacturer's rotation schedule to make sure the entire set wear at the same rate, that is, to equalize tire wear and thus maximize tire life.
TPMS, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, is an electronic system that alerts you with a dashboard indicator light when your car's tire pressure falls to the point of needing inflation. TPMS notifies you when your vehicle's tire pressure is low or is going flat. By helping you maintain proper tire pressure, TPMS can increase your safety on the road by improving your vehicle's handling, decreasing tire wear, reducing braking distance and bettering fuel economy.