Here at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair, we
offer a wide range of tires for your vehicle. Let our
professionals help you find the right tires for your car.
Improve your vehicle's handling, increase tire life, and
drive with safety by checking your tires every month to
insure that they are inflated with the right amount of air
What do those numbers on your tires represent?
Search tires by vehicle: How to
find your version/option
Version/option can affect your tire size.
It should be located on an information placard in your
vehicle. In vehicles made after 2005, this placard will be
located in the driver's side door. In older vehicles, the
placard may be located instead in the rear passenger doorjamb,
fuel filler, glove box or center console, or engine
compartment. For example, the version/option of a Honda Accord
EX V6 is EX V6.
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Metric, or tire type, defines the proper use of
the tire. For example, a "P" designation means that it
is a passenger car tire. An "LT" designation is for a
Tire width is
the width of the tire measured in mm from sidewall to
sidewall. This tire width is 215 mm.
Rim diameter is
the width in inches or cm of the wheel from one end to
the other. The diameter of this wheel is 16 in.
Speed rating tells
you the maximum service speed for a tire. A speed rating
isn't a recommendation to exceed speed limits, and
doesn't indicate how well a tire handles or corners.
Learn more about tire Speed Ratings.
Aspect ratio is the ratio of the height of the
tire's cross-section to its width. On our example, 60
means that the height is equal to 60% of the tire's
Construction tells you how the layers of the tire
were put together. "R" stands for radial, which means
the layers run radially across the tire. "B" stands for
bias construction, which means that the layers run
diagonally across the tire.
index is an assigned number that corresponds with
the load-carrying capacity of a tire. Most passenger car
tire load indexes range from 75 to 100, but a few carry
more. You'll also find the maximum load elsewhere on the
tire sidewall, both in lbs and kg. Learn more about tire
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Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Tech Question:
My name is Dan. My sedan tires wore out early and I had to replace
them. What can I do to
make my tires last longer?
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Answer:
Danís problem Ė premature tire wear Ė is very common for Willoughby
car owners. Here are several ways to lengthen the life of your
First, tires lose air pressure over time, so check them at least
once a month and fill them up as necessary. A sticker on the
driverís side door jamb has the recommended pressure.
Tire rotation is
also critical for Northeast Ohio car owners. Your front tires take
the brunt of stopping and steering forces so they wear faster than
the rear tires. They should be rotated regularly so that all four
tires wear more evenly. Talk to us at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair
in Willoughby Hills.
Out of balance wheels can also cause a tire to wear too fast.
Willoughby Hills drivers who feel a vibration in their seat or
steering wheel may have a wheel out of balance.
Finally, bad wheel alignment and worn or damaged suspension can
chew through a tire very quickly. Ask your caring Willoughby Hills
Auto Repair tech to have your tires inspected for signs of premature
wear. Your technician will be able to pinpoint the cause
and get it taken care of.
Todayís Willoughby Hills Auto Repair
article focuses on the effect of
tire tread depth on braking. When Willoughby Hills,
Mayfield, Kirtland and Gates Mills drivers talk about stopping
power, they tend to focus on their brakes. But our tires are
where the rubber meets the road. We have to have tires with
enough traction to translate braking power into
Letís concentrate on stopping in wet
Cuyahoga County and Lake County conditions. In order for a tire
to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out
of the way. If it canít move the water, the tire will actually
ride on top of a thin film of water. Thatís called
hydroplaning and it is a factor in many Northeast
Ohio auto accidents. If itís really bad, you can actually spin
out of control. At best, you wonít stop as fast.
Your car and truck tires have channels for
water to flow through. The deeper the channel, the more water
it can move. A brand new tire has very deep channels and can
easily move a lot of water. As the tire wears down, the
channels become shallower and can move less water.
When it wears down enough, it can seriously affect your
ability to stop on wet Northeast Ohio roads.
Thatís why itís so important for motorists living in communities
such as Willoughby Hills, Kirtland, Mayfield and Mentor to
replace their tires when they get worn. Consumer Reports and
other advocate groups call for a standard of replacing tires
when the tread is worn down to 4/32 of an inch. Thatís 3.2
comparison, youíve probably seen the wear indicator thatís
molded into tires. When tires are worn to 3/32 of an inch, the
tread wear bar is visible.
And that little bit of additional tread
makes a big difference. Stopping distances are cut dramatically
on wet Willoughby Hills surface streets and the highways that
run from Richmond Hts, through Mayfield, Willoughby and up
through Mentor. A safe stop from Northeast Ohio freeway speeds
with 4/32 of an inch of tread would result in a crash with worn
If you have
uneven tread wear Ė have us check it out at
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair. It could be a problem with
your steering or
suspension components or a
problem. If you need new tires or have any concerns about your
give us a call today at 440-373-1438.
Thereís more to winter
Willoughby Ohio motorists may think. Those days of clunky,
tractor-like snow tires are long gone in Northeast Ohio, replaced
by high-tech winter tires with special rubber compounds and
advanced tread designs.
In Willoughby Hills
winter temperatures, the rubber in summer tires becomes hard and
inflexible and they donít grip the road as well. In contrast,
winter tires use special rubber compounds that are more pliable
when the thermometer drops below 45 degrees in Ohio giving you
better road contact; so even if you donít get much snow, winter
tires will really add to your cold weather safety in Willoughby
Winter tires may
also use a micro-pore rubber compound that increases surface area
so they can bite into ice and packed snow on Willoughby Hills
roads and highways.
The tread on winter
tires needs to clear out water, snow and slush as the tire turns
so itís ready to take another bite when it comes back in contact
with the road. But summer tires can actually be dangerous because
they get packed with snow, making them very slick, and your
vehicle hard to
control. Winter tires have a lot of thin slits in the
tread called sipes which help the tire grab ice and packed snow,
providing extra traction.
Many new vehicles in
Willoughby come with all-season
tires which are great
for a wide range of Willoughby weather and road conditions, but
donít provide top performance in Ohio snow and ice. For example
winter tires provide 25 to 50% more traction than all-season
tires. And all-season tires take up to 42% longer to stop than
winter tires in slick Wickliffe conditions.
For all these reasons,
the tire experts at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair in Willoughby
Hills recommend you put winter tires on all four wheels because it
makes sense to have equal traction and handling at all four
corners of your vehicle. Uneven traction could result in loss of
control for Willoughby motorists.
Your vehicle may be
equipped with stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction
control Ė all important safety systems for OH motorists. But in
order to do their job you still need good
Willoughby Hills. Winter tires help you start, stop and corner
when things get cold and slippery in Willoughby Hills.
So when Willoughby
temperatures drop below 45 degrees, be sure you have a set of four
winter tires for maximum
snow, ice and wet Willoughby Hills roads. Your caring Willoughby
Hills Auto Repair tire professional can help you find the right
winter tire for your vehicle and driving needs in Willoughby
Give us a call at 440-373-1438 or stop by and visit:
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair
34801 Chardon Rd
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
Take necessary measures to minimize their
Potholes form as pavement ages and
weathers. Sooner or later, the pavement will develop cracks as it
becomes more vulnerable to water. As water works its way down into
the cracks and expands as it freezes, it pushes up on the pavement.
The weight of cars
can break up this uneven pavement, creating a pothole.
A pothole is bad news as everyone will agree, especially so if it
damages your tires. The sharp impact caused by hitting a pothole can
cause immediate tire or wheel failure. It is also possible that
internal damage could eventually lead to tire failure weeks or
months later. Potholes will be there whether we like it or not, it
is up to us to take the necessary measures to minimize their impact.
Begin by keeping your tires well-inflated. Your car will be able
absorb the impacts caused by the potholes if there's enough air
pressure in the tires.
See if the wheels of your car are properly aligned, check if the
wear on your tire treads are even. Hitting potholes can affect your
vehicle's alignment. If you feel your car "pulling" to one side
during driving, that's a sign that you could have a problem. Bring
your car to an auto repair shop periodically so they can check if
your wheels need to be realigned.
Refrain from slamming on your brake once you hit a pothole. Instead,
try to apply brakes before hitting and release them just prior to
impact. Abruptly stepping on the brakes when you feel the impact
will jar your wheel assembly even more. You would be able to
minimize the damage on your tires if you don't hit the pothole
squarely, instead let the downward motion carry the wheels through
You should pay as much attention to your vehicle as to anything else
that is important to you, make the maintenance and care of you car
one of your priorities. Properly maintaining your tires includes
proper rotation, inflation, repair and replacement.
Remember to check your tire pressure at least once a month and be
sure to rotate your tires according to recommendations in your
owner's manual. Save yourself the unnecessary expense and possible
dangers brought about by these horrible potholes, take care of your
You can make your sedan tires last
longer with regular
tire rotation and wheel balancing.
Letís start with tire rotation.
In normal driving around Northeast Ohio, your front
tires wear more on the shoulders because they handle
much of the cornering forces in turns. Front-wheel drive
vehicles have even more force on the front tires.
We rotate the tires so
that all of the tires do some duty on the front end as well as
getting a little break on the back end. That way, all four tires
wear more evenly over their life and last
For most vehicles in the Cleveland area, tires are
rotated front to back. Some manufacturers recommend a
cross rotational pattern that includes the spare tire, and some
high-performance vehicles have different size tires on the front
and rear and may even have uni-directional tires that can only
be on the left or the right side of the vehicle. Your Willoughby
Hills OH service advisor at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair
can help you sort that out and will perform the right tire
rotation for your vehicle.
Your tire manufacturer will have a
recommendation for how often you should rotate your
tires. Itís usually somewhere around 5,000 to 8,000
Letís move on to
wheel balancing. Thatís when there are heavy spots on the
tire and wheel that cause it to wobble.
Balancing adds weights to the
wheel to balance it out. Now, we are talking about very
small weight differences. Variations in the tire and wheel
manufacture can cause a slight imbalance. The valve stem, and
now the tire pressure monitoring sensors in the tire, also play
into the equation.
Even small differences can cause
annoying vibrations at speed: the wheel is essentially
bouncing a bit as it goes down the road. For example, at freeway
speeds, an out of balance wheel can be slamming into the road 14
times a second. Thatís annoying and can cause your tires
to wear out more quickly.
If a front wheelís out of balance youíll
feel the vibration through the steering wheel. When itís a rear
tire, youíll feel the vibration through your seat. If youíre
getting bad vibes from your vehicle, bring it in to see if itís
a balance issue or something else. You should balance
your wheels whenever you get a new tire or remount a
tire like when itís been removed for a flat repair.
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