Tire Repair in Tucson, AZ
BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers in Tucson offers a complete range of tire repair and wheel repair needs. When you consider that your safety as well as that of your family and everyone on the road is riding on your tires, it is critical that the tires are in top condition at all times. Plus, you want to protect the investment you made when you purchased them.
You can count on BRAKEmax as a superior tire store for both tire sales and tire services. We do tire alignment and balancing as well as simple flat tire repairs, and our tire specialists follow the proper tire repair techniques set by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). Some of these guidelines include an inner seal for the tire and a plug-fill for the tire injury (meaning, a simple plug is not sufficient), disallowing repairs to the sidewall of a tire, or tire repairs that overlap on the inner liner. Failure to follow these guidelines can result in an unsafe condition. As a rule, our tire repair shop follows all RMA guidelines when servicing tires. After all, our families are on the same roads as your families.
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Tire Repair Services in Tucson, AZ
You can count on us for superior auto and tire repair matched with unequaled customer service. Here are the tire services we offer:
Tire Rotation in Tucson
Your tires wear differently on each wheel assembly and hitting a pothole or curb with one wheel can put that tire out of alignment. Tires with uneven wear reduce fuel economy and lead to tire failure. This puts your family and other passengers at risk in your vehicle. All it takes to alleviate this is a tire rotation, part of any preventative maintenance check at BRAKEmax. Rotating the tires on the wheel assemblies ensures even tread wear and a safer ride.
Tire Balancing in Tucson
Balancing the tires on a vehicle is different from rotating them. Balancing distributes a tire’s weight equally around the entire circumference of the tire. Out-of-balance tires cause uncomfortable vibrations and can lead to instability on the road. It can also lead to premature wear of suspension and steering components. Our mechanics use the latest technology to check the balance and then correct it.
Tire Alignment in Tucson
If your tires are wearing around the outside edges or the car is pulling to one side or the other, the tires may need to be aligned. An adjustment is made to the vehicle’s suspension system that joins the wheels to the body of the car. This adjustment will change the angle of the tires, affecting how they make contact with the road.
Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) Repair in Tucson
This system monitors the rotational speed and tire pressure of the tires. It’s often difficult to visually determine tire pressure, so the TPMS notifies you quickly if there is a pressure issue. One of the main causes of early tire wear is low tire pressure, so learn to check it yourself in between preventative maintenance appointments. If you need help with this, set up an appointment to have the pressure checked and learn how to use a tire gauge yourself.
Tire Repair in Tucson
BRAKEmax routinely deals with tire punctures and leaks. If a tire can be repaired, it saves money on tire replacements if the repairs are done safely. We make sure the repairs meet the specifications outlined by the RMA. And we also sell tires!
How To Get the Best Tire Repair Service in Tucson
1. Choose A Tire Repair Shop Before You Need It
There is nothing worse than being rushed to get your tire fixed and not having a repair shop you trust. This clouds your judgment, often leading to poor choices. Take the time to do your research now before you are in that position. You can try out a few of the local auto repair shops in your area. Have them take care of a small repair or preventative maintenance job, like a simple flat tire repair. Pay attention also to customer service.
2. Ask Other People You Trust
Get referrals from friends and family. This will give you honest insight from people you know and confidence in selecting BRAKEmax as the best tire shop.
3. Read Through Online Reviews
Seek out as many reviews as possible, especially from those who bought tires or had a tire repair at BRAKEmax. This will give you insight from consumers about their real experiences before you need any work yourself.
4. Inquire About the Shop’s Licenses and Certifications
Ask about the tire shop’s licenses and mechanics’ certifications. Look particularly for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. This ensures your vehicle will be serviced by experienced, professional technicians.
5. There Is More Than Price
Pricing should only be one thing you base your decision on. The lowest price does not always equal poor service and the most expensive does not mean the best service. Take other factors into account when selecting a tire shop. Pay attention to non-repair related things like the customer waiting area and cleanliness of the shop. Does the shop appear organized or is it cluttered and messy?
6. Get Multiple Estimates
Get a written estimate from all shops you are considering. BRAKEmax always provides a written estimate of work recommended and answers all your questions before work is started.
Ask the service staff to explain the problem and repairs in layman’s terms. You must be clear on exactly what needs to be done to get the most value for your money.
7. Look for Special Deals and Coupons
BRAKEmax offers tire deals and coupons every day. We want to make your next set of tires and your tire repair services more affordable.
Frequently Asked Questions
No – Rubber Manufacturer Association guidelines prohibit unsafe repair procedures like using an old-fashioned ‘plug’. The proper procedure calls for the internal application of a plug-patch, which both seals the lining and fills the void left by whatever damaged the tire.
No – and you shouldn’t buy them, either! Used tires are not guaranteed to be safe because you have no way of knowing what kind of service life they’ve seen.
When you have a flat tire, in many cases, the damage to the tire can be remedied with professional tire repair. But, there are some instances where trying to repair the tire would be unsafe due to the reduced durability of the tire:
- A puncture, crack, or split on the sidewall or shoulder of the tire, no matter what size it is.
- If the puncture is long and straight, irregular, or has a diameter greater than 1/4”. (Long cuts often cause damage to the belts of the tire as well.)
- A crack or split located on the edge of the tire that sits on the wheel.
- Multiple punctures that are less than 16″ apart.
- If the tire tread is separating (this usually occurs where the tread meets the sidewall).
In any of the above cases, replacing the tire will ensure your continued safety on the road. When you need new tires and are looking for a tire store you can trust, we’ve got you covered!
Our manufacturer-trained tire experts can help you find a high-quality tire that is a perfect fit for your vehicle, driving conditions, and budget. BRAKEmax is proud to carry tires from major tire manufacturers, including Goodyear, Firestone, Dunlop, and more.
We offer all the services you need to keep your vehicle’s tires in good, safe condition. Whether you have an object embedded in a tire or a tire that won’t hold proper inflation, our ASE-certified technicians offer expert tire repair and can get you back on the road quickly. We also offer tire rotation, wheel balancing, and new tire sales for your car, truck, or SUV.
An often-overlooked task, regularly checking your tires’ air pressure is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to help extend the life of your tires and keep your vehicle safe on the road.
A good habit to get into is checking the air pressure at least once a month. It should definitely be checked if you’re going to be towing anything with your vehicle, hauling a heavy load in your truck, or if you are about to go on a long road trip.
Make sure to check the pressure when the tires are cold or after your vehicle has been parked for three or more hours.
Tires do not all have the same recommended air pressure, so it is very important to know what the proper air pressure is for your tires.
On newer vehicles, the recommended tire pressure will usually be listed on a sticker located on the inside edge of the driver’s door. If your vehicle does not have a sticker there, you can find the recommended air pressure specs in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Generally speaking, most passenger cars will have a recommended tire pressure of between 32 psi and 35 psi when the tires are cold.
If your vehicle currently has a different type of tire than originally came on it, we can help you determine what the proper recommended air pressure is for your current tires.
There is no exact answer to this question. Many different variables can affect how long a particular tire will last. People drive, on average, between 12,000 and 15,000 miles a year. This means that most good-quality all-season tires will last somewhere between 3 and 5 years, depending on driving style, maintenance, road conditions, etc.
There are several easy things you can do to get the most out of your investment in your tires and to avoid driving on tires that are in an unsafe condition. (See below)
There are some things you can do to help get the most life out of your tires:
- Regularly check your tires for damage (e.g., embedded objects, cuts, uneven tread wear, or cracking).
- Maintain the recommended air pressure levels in your tires.
- Proper tire inflation helps reduce excess wear and tear.
- Keep up with regular tire maintenance to keep your tires properly balanced, rotated, and aligned.
- Avoid driving around corners at high speeds (this wears down the outer edge of your tires much faster).
- Give yourself enough time to come to a slow and controlled stop versus quickly braking and wearing down the tread.
- Avoid aggressive acceleration that would cause the tires to squeal.
- Try to avoid driving over any potholes or broken pavement.
- Stay below the maximum load capacity for your tires when hauling or towing.
Remember, once a tire has reached a tread depth that is at or less than 1/16”, it should be replaced.
Regular tire maintenance done by a professional is an important part of ensuring the safety and longevity of your tires. But regularly inspecting your tires yourself adds another layer of protection for your tires. Visual inspections can help catch small issues while they are relatively easy to address. When left uncorrected, small issues can become big (and more costly) problems.
To prevent safety issues, ensure good performance, and extend the life of your tires, when doing visual inspections of your tires, you should check for the following:
- Look at the tread wear and depth: If any of your tires’ treads are worn more on one edge or you see exposed steel (on radial tires), then your tires are wearing unevenly. If this is happening, bring your vehicle to your closest BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers location. Our technicians can pinpoint what is causing this and perform the necessary service.
You also want to make sure that your tire tread is not overly worn, jeopardizing your safety on the road. To check the depth of your tread, just do the “penny test”. Stick a penny down into a groove of the tire tread, with Lincoln’s head facing down into the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is worn down to less than 1/16” and the tire should be replaced.
- Check for any objects embedded in the tire: Look for small rocks, nails, pieces of metal or glass, or any other foreign objects that may have been picked up from the road. If it has not punctured through the tread and is just stuck in a tread groove, simply remove the object. Doing so will help prevent serious damage to the tire later.
If an object has punctured the tire, bring your vehicle to our experts for professional tire service as soon as possible.
- Look for any damage: Visually inspect your tires thoroughly, looking for any slices, punctures, bulges, or cracks, especially in the sidewalls.
If you notice any problems while checking your tires, book an appointment at your local BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers location. We’ll let you know if your tire can be safely repaired or if it needs to be replaced.
Both of these maintenance services are crucial in preventing uneven tread wear, helping extend the life of your tires, and maintaining vehicle stability (but they are two very different services).
Wheel balancing (aka tire balancing) corrects any weight imbalances present on your tire/wheel assemblies. During this service, the technician will mount your tires/wheels onto a computerized balancing machine one tire/wheel assembly at a time. The machine then spins the tire/wheel assembly to pinpoint and measure any imbalance. The technician can then precisely install the correct lead tire weights to achieve a properly balanced tire/wheel assembly.
Wheel alignment (aka tire alignment) is an adjustment of the vehicle’s suspension components to correct the angles of the tires. This ensures that the tires are making contact with the road properly and are properly aligned in relation to each other.
It is a good idea to also have wheel balancing done anytime you have wheel alignment done. This will help ensure that your wheels and tires can keep your vehicle stable on the road and that your tires are protected from unnecessary wear.
Out-of-balance tires can cause several problems, including uneven tread wear, vibration while driving, and potentially unsafe vehicle handling. These things can eventually damage not only your tires but your suspension and your steering systems as well.
It is very important to have the tires balanced according to manufacturer recommendations. Your tires’ balance should be checked every 4,000 to 6,000 miles.
Your tires may need balancing if you notice any of the following:
- You feel a vibration in the steering wheel, seat, or floorboard when driving.
- You notice uneven or cupped tread wear.
- The steering is less smooth than it normally is.
- You feel the vehicle pulling to one side while driving.