EPR Automotive Offers Tire Services
We offer all kinds of service for your tires, including tire mounting and balancing, rire repair and patching, routine tire balancing, tire pressure monitor / sensor service, and tire rotation.
Great Service for New Tires
Many people think you have to go to a tire specialty shop to get new tires, but that is not often the best solution.
More and more lately, our customers are ordering their tires on the internet from online stores like tirewrack.com where they can get great selection and prices. They have the tires shipped directly to EPR Automotive, and we take care of the rest! This means we will receive your new tires, do the mounting and balancing, wheel alignment if needed, and make sure your tire pressure sensors are working too.
Tire Mounting and Balancing
Tire mounting is the process of putting your new tires on your new wheels, which requires the use of specialized equipment. EPR has the best and most modern equipment to do the job right. Plus, we aren’t a tire-selling factory trying to gouge you for the cost of tires, so you know we are focused on providing you the best service and safety.
Balancing is the process of equaling weight distribution on a tire/wheel assembly to give your vehicle a smooth ride. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, two slightly imperfect units are joined to form an assembly.
You may need to have your tires balanced if you experience vibration in your steering wheel or shaking and swaying while driving. Tire balancing is a specific type of tire maintenance that makes sure your tires and wheels spin more evenly.
During balancing, a technician uses a high-speed balancer and wheel weights to evenly redistribute the weight of a tire and wheel assembly. This process eliminates or minimizes steering vibrations to ensure a smooth ride. It also reduces wear and tear on suspension components. For optimal tire performance and lifespan, we recommend having your tires balanced every 6,000 miles.
Imbalances and vibrations are commonly caused by runout, a condition created by the imperfect shape of the tire and wheel. Runout occurs when the assembly has a significantly higher point from its center than other places on the tire. Like an egg that vibrates up and down while rolling on a table, the tire and wheel also vibrate due to their imperfect circular shape. To correct this condition, the high point of the tire can be matched with the low point of the wheel.
Routine Tire Balancing
Some drivers have their tires balanced only after they notice vibrations in their steering wheel. Balancing corrects these vibrations in most cases, but it also benefits tire tread life when performed at regular intervals. Regular balancing reduces the chance of an imbalance causing irregular or uneven tread wear. We recommend that drivers have their tires balanced every 6000 miles, instead of only after a problem appears.
Balancing provides real benefits for modern vehicles, which feature more composite materials in their construction and, therefore, weigh less than their predecessors. The heavier vehicles of previous years actually generated a smoother ride by dampening vibrations before they affected the driver, but today’s lighter vehicles do not have the weight to do the same. Plus, more responsive tires with lower profiles often feature narrower sidewalls that tend to suffer from imbalances and vibrations. The plus-sized tires and wheels on bigger trucks and SUVs have an even greater sensitivity to imbalances.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Repairs
If your vehicle was built after 2007, it came equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This system will display a warning light that indicates when your tires may be low and should be checked.
The TPMS will show a dashboard warning light whenever the pressure drops below the vehicle’s recommended level by 25% or more. The official TPMS symbol is a yellow exclamation mark inside a tire cross-section. If you see this alert illuminated on the dash, you should immediately check your tire pressure and inspect for punctures. Responding to your TPMS and keeping your tires properly inflated can increase fuel efficiency, extend tire life, and contribute to your vehicle’s stability and safety.
TPMS is a great convenience, but like all sensors, these can and do fail from time to time. These sensors also have batteries that last from on average from 7 to 10 years, and the sensor battery may need to be replaced in time.
EPR has the experience and know-how to determine if you have a TPMS System problem, a sensor failure, a sensor battery, or maybe just a tire puncture, leak, or tire stem problem. Whatever the cause, we’ll find it and fix it fast and affordably.
As our vehicles move along the road, our tires are exposed to all kinds of wear and tear. If your wheel alignment is off even a little bit, it can really take years off of your tire life. Rear tires usually wear in a uniform way, but front tires can wear unevenly due to alignment, turns, driving style, and road conditions. This means that our front tires can become more worn, diminished, and prone to failure over time. Faulty alignment can cause tires to wear unevenly too.
Worn tires can cause
- Diminished performance (due to worn treads)
- Tire noise
- Wheel vibration
Too many drivers think of tire rotation as an optional luxury with little effect on their day-to-day travel and on the lifetime of their tires. This is just not true, and is actually a bit dangerous because most of us don’t discover problems with our tires until something happens to one of them on the road, sometimes at very high speeds.
EPR Automotive can inspect and rotate your tires as needed, and we are ready to help you be vigilant about these issues and ensure the longest life possible for your tires.