Your Trusted Tire Center in Jacksonville, FL
Maxi Auto Repair and Service offers new tires and comprehensive tire services in Jacksonville, FL.
Tires are not just another part of your vehicle—they are a crucial safety feature you shouldn’t overlook. Making sure they have enough air or are not flat is not enough. You need to ensure the tread is not too thin and wears evenly. In some situations, your tires are already due for replacement.
Maxi Auto Repair and Service offers various tire services in Jacksonville, FL, to keep you safe on the road. From tire rotation to tire repairs, you can trust our experts to keep your tires in top condition.
Tire Rotation & Balancing
Tire rotation and balancing are two important services that will help prolong the life of your tires and ensure a smoother and safer ride.
Each tire wears differently, even when the vehicle is aligned correctly. Rotating the tires (moving them from one position to another) ensures they wear evenly. Tire rotation is typically recommended every 6,000 to 8,000 miles or as specified by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
Not every rim holds a tire the same way, so balancing the tires ensures that you have a smooth ride and that the tires do not wear from bouncing on the road. Small weights are added to the rim to counterbalance any uneven weight distribution. Wheel balancing is usually done every 6,000 to 8,000 miles or when you experience vibrations while driving.
TIRE PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT
We recommend checking your tire pressure every time your vehicle is in for service. You should also check your TPMS every time your tires are rotated or balanced.
Properly inflated tires lead to increased fuel savings and extended tire life. However, underinflated tires are the leading cause of tire failure. You can check if you have the correct tire pressure by manually using a tire gauge or through a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
TPMS is an electronic system in newer vehicles that can alert you if you have underinflated tires. If the “low pressure” warning light comes on, this means the pressure has dropped to 25% or below the recommended level. If you’re not looking out for a faulty TPMS, you may experience handling issues, increased braking distance, or premature warning for a tire replacement.
If you encounter a puncture or a slit on your tire, you can have it plugged or patched. Whether a tire is repairable depends on the puncture’s location, size, or damage.
Generally, a tire can also be repaired if the puncture or cut is in the tread area. Smaller holes are usually plugged, while larger ones require patches.
However, the tire is not repairable if the puncture is on or too close to the sidewall. That’s because the sidewall is not strong enough to hold a plug or patch. Additionally, the tire cannot be repaired if the damage is too large. In such situations, the only option is to replace the damaged tires.
Tires don’t last forever, primarily due to wear and damage. You may need to replace them periodically or if the tire is irreparable or you spot warning signs.
To check the condition of your tires, you can visually check their general condition and look for abnormal and uneven wear patterns. You can also perform the “penny test” or check if the “wear bars” are visible to see if there’s sufficient tread to operate your vehicle safely.
While tires may last 20,000 to 80,000 miles (depending upon quality and composition), we recommend replacing your tires when the wear bars are visible or less than 1/16 inch of tread remains.
From a safety standpoint, the importance of tire replacement is pretty straightforward. A driver’s ability to control the vehicle depends upon traction between the tires and the road. Poor traction could lead to an accident.
Installing new tires also increases fuel efficiency. From an environmental point of view, better gas mileage is always good for the environment.
Keep Your Tires Safe and Reliable with Maxi Auto Repair and Service
Don’t take chances with your tires. Trust us to keep you safe on the road. Contact Maxi Auto Repair and Service in Jacksonville, FL, for an appointment for tire repair or installation. We have three convenient locations to serve you—Beach Boulevard, Riverside, and Hodges.