Simple Answers from Ernie’s Auto Service for Zion: Selecting Tires
I need new tires. How do I know which tires to purchase?
Ernie’s Auto Service Answer:
Let’s look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: Function, Fit, and Value.
Function: This refers to what your needs are for new tires: weather conditions, terrain, temperatures, etc.
New passenger vehicles commonly are sold with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well on most road conditions – but they aren’t ideal at all the extremes in terrain and temperatures.
Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice and they have a rubber compound that creates better traction as temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Such tires are definitely better at stopping and road-holding characteristics than all-season tires in Midwest winter weather. However, once spring arrives, these tires must be changed out for summer tires.
Summer tires enhance warm weather performance driving. Often called high-performance tires — these tires are better for, not surprisingly, performance driving, but they’re going to wear out faster than all-season tires — and they typically cost more, too. Summer tires are made from a softer rubber that does a better job of gripping the road, which improves handling, braking and acceleration.
If you drive off-road, there is a spectrum of tires from all-terrain (a good mix of highway and off-road capability) to dedicated off-road tires to choose from.
The key is to discuss the function you need with the tire professionals at Ernie’s Auto Service to get the type of tire, load rating, speed rating and wear rating for best performance and safety.
Fit: The easiest thing is to select tires in the same size that were installed on your vehicle at the factory. If you want a different size wheel and/or tire profile, be sure to work with a tire professional that can make sure that your new wheels and tires fit properly on your particular car and don’t rub the wheel well in bumps or turns. It’s also vital to make sure that important safety systems like anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control are not adversely affected by the new tire size.
Value: Note, we didn’t say “price”. The tire that meets all your needs AND has the warranty and tread life you expect will probably not be the cheapest option – but it may well return the best value for your tire dollar. Repair shops and dealerships that offer tires sales have access to numerous tire brands, styles and models, so that you can do a cost and value comparison before you buy.
Your professionals at Ernie’s Auto Service are eager to assist with all the options available for vehicle owners in this important automotive decision. Give us a call today!
Ernie’s Auto Service is an authorized Hankook Tire Dealership
Ernie’s Auto Service
2804 Deborah Ave
Zion, Illinois 60099