Tire Service in Bradenton, FL

tire service & replacement in Bradenton, FL


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Tires are critical to keeping your car on the road but are often ignored until a problem occurs. Firkins Automotive is always ready to help you with tire service or new tires, but you can do a few things to keep your tires in good condition.

Tire Pressures

The most important thing you can do is check your tires’ pressures. Go to an auto parts store and buy a good quality tire gauge. Then, take the valve stem cover off each tire and firmly press the tire gauge onto the valve to get a reading. Compare the reading to the tire pressure recommended in your owner’s manual. Always check the tires first thing in the morning when the weather is most excellent, and wait a few hours after driving the car to check pressures since the tires will warm up as you drive.

It is important to remember that tire pressure changes with outdoor temperatures. As the weather warms, tire pressure will increase, and you may need to remove some air to maintain the proper temperature. As the weather cools, you must add air to maintain the correct pressure. If you don’t have an air compressor, your auto parts store can sell you a small compressor that plugs into your accessory plug in the car for power. Most portable units are small enough to keep in the car for future use.

Tire Inspection

It is easy to do a visual inspection of your tires. Take a good look at each tire for the following issues:

  • Uneven tire wear can indicate an alignment problem or improper tire pressure.
  • Missing tread can occur if you drive over a sharp object on the road
  • The presence of nails or screws in a tire — don’t remove them as they may be keeping the air in the tire; come to Firkins Automotive and have the tire plugged.
  • Any cracks, bubbles, or cuts in each tire’s tread area or sidewalls.

Tread Depth Check

All tires now have tire wear indicators built into the tire tread. As the tread wears, a solid bar will appear across the tire, indicating the tread is at a safe minimum and should be replaced. However, it is easy to check tread depth yourself. Place a penny upside down into the groove between the treads on each tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is low, and the tire should be replaced. About this same time, you should also start seeing the tread wear bar appear. The penny test is an easy way to keep track of your tread wear so you can anticipate getting new tires.

Tire Age

Tires have a date stamp molded into the sidewall, which can be easily found by looking for a DOT number. Following that number, you will see a four-digit number molded in the tire and the week and year the tire was made. For example, 4718 would indicate the tire was manufactured in the 47th week of 2018. Some manufacturers recommend replacing tires after ten years, regardless of how much tread wear has occurred.

Contact Firkins Automotive for help with any questions about your tires or provide you with quality replacements when needed. Call us at 941-260-0562 for more information.


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