Although they look round, tires are hardly naturally “smooth” when they roll. With layers of rubber and polyester surrounded by bands of metal, a passenger or light-truck tire requires counterbalancing to smooth out the heavy spots. Improper mounting techniques can cause false balance readings, which will add significantly more counterweight than necessary. Lamb’s Tire & Automotive uses assisted mounting equipment and diagnostic balancing machines to ensure that your wheel and tire combination rolls easily and smoothly down the road.
Your tires are the key to controlling your vehicle. The brakes and suspension system apply stopping pressure to the wheels, but the tires have to maintain contact on the road surface. Traction controls and advanced anti-lock braking systems direct the vehicle to perform critical maneuvers; however the tires have to bear the force of the vehicle during those actions. To ensure that your tires get the attention they deserve, regular tire rotations are critical. When done at the recommended time, it can preserve the life and available traction of the tires. It helps minimize tire wear and can provide performance advantages. We recommend that normal use tires be rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles, and high performance tires every 3,000-4,000 miles, whether or not they show signs of wear.
One of the last sights drivers want to see when they are getting ready to drive their vehicle is a flat tire. They realize that in addition to the immediate inconvenience of having to install their spare tire, they will have to get the punctured tire repaired. And if their tire is a steel belted radial (and whose isn’t?), it must be repaired immediately to minimize potential long term deterioration started by the puncture. There are three primary considerations when repairing a punctured tire. You need to evaluate the damage the object caused as it punctured the tire, reestablish an airtight seal of the tire’s inner-liner, and completely fill the path the object took through the tire. Typically a mushroom-shaped patch and plug combination repair is considered to be the best method of repairing a punctured steel belted radial. Be aware of shops that say they can repair a tire in 10 minutes without removing it from the wheel. They aren’t following the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association procedures. A correctly done flat repair that follows the multi-step repair procedures will take approximately 30 minutes.
When it comes to tires we are the professionals. Our certified technicians will fully inspect your tires to make the right recommendations concerning maintenance, repair or replacement. We offer a full line of quality tires and tire services.
Lamb’s Tire and related services:
- Test drive to verify concern.
- Proper mounting technique to create balanced match of tire to the wheel.
- Static and Dynamic balancing based upon vehicle needs.
- Rubber Manufactures Associate (RMA) approved repair procedures.
- Post service road test to verify proper repair.
Tire Balance and Rotation warning signs:
- Unusual wear patterns on tires.
- Constant or variable vibrations that increase or decrease with vehicle speed.
- Shaking in the steering wheel.
- “Slick” appearance on two or more tires or uneven wear on one or more tires.