Need tires? Trust our experts here at Vern Eide Mitsubishi. Our experienced technicians will help you select the ideal tires for your vehicles depending on the way you drive and the roads you drive on. Whether you're in the market for repair or replacement tires we can handle all of your tire needs. We carry a wide selection of tire brands including: Firestone, Michelin, Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Kelly, Continental, Hankok, Bridgestone, Uniroyal, General, and Pirelli.
Proper wheel alignment is key to prolonging the life of your tires. If your vehicle is misaligned, it can cause your tires to wear unevenly, and you may experience handling problems such as pulling or abnormal vibration. Tires and wheels are aligned and balanced at the factory to provide the longest life and best overall performance. Adjustments to wheel alignment and tire balancing are not necessary on a regular basis. Consider a wheel alignment check if there is unusual tire wear or the vehicle is significantly pulling to one side or the other. A tire that is out of balance often affects ride quality and can shorten the life of tires, bearings, shocks, and other suspension components. If the vehicle is vibrating when driving on a smooth road, the tires and wheels may need to be rebalanced.
Air is a gas, expanding when heated and contracting when cooled. For most of North America, fall and early winter are especially important times for checking tire pressure — as the ambient temperature falls, tire pressure goes down. A good rule of thumb: with every 10 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature change, tire pressure changes about 1 psi — higher as temperatures rise, lower as they fall.
What Happens If A Tire Is Underflated
What Happens If A Tire Is Overinflated
Check your tires at least once a month when the weather is cold (let the vehicle sit for at least 3 hours). The Tire Information Label located on the inside of your doorframe has the recommended cold tire pressure for your vehicle. Use a quality gauge. Don't try to eyeball it—radial tires may appear fine even when they're underinflated. Look for objects that can get wedged in the tread—they'll work themselves even further into the tire and cause air loss. To make sure you're covered, every check of your tires should include a check of your spare (if available), as well.
It's a known fact that regular tire rotation extends the life of your tires and improves performance. Tires are rotated to achieve a uniform wear for all tires. Each tire performs different tasks (such as steering in front- versus rear-wheel drive), therefore tires wear at different rates. Tires should be rotated every 7,500 miles to prevent irregular tire wear. It's important to rotate your tires according to the correct tire-rotation pattern. Doing so will prolong the life of your tires and will reduce the risk of sudden tire failure. See the Maintenance Schedule section in your Owner's Manual for additional information about your specific vehicle.
Pattern for front-wheel drive with same size front and rear non-directional tires.
Pattern for all-wheel, 4-wheel, or rear-wheel drive vehicles with the same size front and rear non-directional tires.
Different Size Tires
Pattern for different size tires on the front and rear, and non-directional tires.
If your vehicle has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, it will need to be reset after each tire rotation. See your Owner's Manual for details.
There are many factors that can cause tire wear, such as your driving style and tire maintenance habits. Tire replacement is absolutely needed when the tread wear indicators appear. A tire's built-in tread wear indicators look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread and become visible as the tire surface wears. Also, check for the signs of tire wear below.
Toe Tire Wear
Excessive wear on the inner or outer edge of the tire, commonly known as toe wear, suggests a wheel alignment issue. This typically produces a feathered wear pattern across both front tires.
Camber Tire Wear
Uneven wear on one side of a tire tread may occur when the tire is leaning due to camber misalignment.
Center Tire Wear
Center-wear occurs when a tire is over-inflated, resulting in the center of the tire wearing quicker than the edges.
Cupping Tire Wear
Cupping-wear ocurs when a suspension/balance may be worn, bent, or somehow compromised. You'll notice a diagonal scalloping pattern on the tire.
Edge Tire Wear
Edge-wear occurs when a tire is under-inflated, resulting in the edge of the tire wearing quicker than the center.
A quick and easy way to check your tire wear is with a tread depth gauge. It measures tire tread depth from 0 to 19/32 inch. These tools come in either digital or mechanical versions.
The easiest way to check wear on your tire is with a penny. Place a penny upside down in between the tire tread as shown on the right. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, the treads are worn and tire replacement is needed.
Tread wear indicators appear when the tires only have 2/32 inch or less of tread remaining. Rubber in tires ages over time. This also applies to the spare tire (if available), even if it is never used. Multiple factors including temperatures, loading conditions, and inflation pressure maintenance affect how fast tires age.
Other warning signs that your vehicle will need tire replacement:
Tires age when stored normally mounted on a parked vehicle. Park a vehicle that will be stored for at least a month in a cool, dry, clean area away from direct sunlight to slow aging. The area should be