Quality Service at a Great Price
Are you on the hunt for tire repair or replacement? Look no further.
Guess Motors, Guess Ford in Carrollton, Ohio, is your very own certified tire dealer. Our certified Buick, GMC, and Ford Service Technicians are ready to help you with all of your tire needs.
Our services include:
- Tire rotation
- Wheel balance
- Wheel alignment (2 or 4 wheel)
- Alignment checks
- Tire repair, and more!
Find the right sized tires for your vehicle no matter the make or model. Choose from either our Buick/GMC or Ford Tire Finders and 13 major tire brands. Just enter the year, make, model, and tire size of your vehicle into the finder and you’re off to finding the perfect tires for your car.
If you’re not sure what size tires your vehicle requires, it’s the number and letter combination on the side of your current tires.
Tire Maintenance Tips
We’re happy to help you with all of your tire needs. From replacement and repair to helping you understand the proper tire care and maintenance techniques, furnish your vehicle with top-notch tires and proper wheel and tire maintenance and you’re sure to reach optimum tire performance.
Click the links below to learn more about proper tire care:
Why Is Tire Pressure Important?
Proper tire inflation is necessary for prolonging the life of your tires. Overinflating and underinflating are two forces that can cause many problems with your tires.
Underinflating causes more of the tire to come in contact with the ground, causing premature wear and reducing your fuel economy by .04 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure. Low pressure also allows extra room for the tire to bend, allowing hot air to build up while the tire is moving. Too much hot air will cause the tire to overheat and will result in a blowout.
Overinflating makes a tire stiff like a rock, creating less of a defense against road hazards and making for a rougher ride. Decreased traction also becomes an issue because there’s less of the tire touching the ground in its air-engorged state.
When Should I Check My Tire Pressure?
Remember that looks are sometimes deceiving—especially when it comes to tires. You might think your tires look fine and don’t need air but that’s not always the case. It’s recommended that you check your tire pressure once a month with a pressure gauge to make sure your tires are properly inflated. Check your owner’s manual to verify the proper inflation level for your tires.
Checking your tire pressure on a hot summer day is not recommended. Hot air expands and makes it harder to gauge the correct tire pressure. Your best bet is to check your tires when the weather is cool. Make sure to let your car sit for at least three hours after use before checking your tires.
Tire Rotation, Rotation Patterns, and Tread Patterns
Should I Rotate My Tires?
Tires experience wear and tear differently depending on where they’re at on the car and whether the car is front-wheel, rear-wheel, all-wheel, or 4-wheel drive. The tires doing the most work for your vehicle will wear out faster when they’re not rotated, furthering your risk of an accident and requiring replacement sooner.
Tire Rotation and Tire Tread Patterns
Rotation patterns vary depending on whether your vehicle is front-wheel, rear-wheel, all-wheel, or 4-wheel drive and whether the front and rear tires are different sizes. It’s important to know which drivetrain your vehicle is and how your tires should be rotated.
It also depends on whether your tire tread is directional or non-directionally patterned.
Directional tires have a “one-way”, V-pattern tread that functions as an arrow to indicate the direction the tires are supposed to rotate. They come in all types of different patterns, but you’ll be able to tell if a tire is directional by the V-pattern. Directional tires are made specifically for the left and right sides of a car. Only the front right side tire can be rotated with the rear right side tire and the front left side tire with the rear left side tire.
Directional tire rotation is very simple. Your vehicle’s drivetrain type isn’t relevant because these tires are designed for either the left or right side of your car. Simply swap front and rear tires and you’re set.
Non-directional tires can rotate in either direction and can be placed on either the front or rear and on either side of the vehicle. Unlike directional tires, these don’t have a V-pattern so they’re easily distinguishable. The drivetrain of your vehicle is important in rotating non-directional tires.
For (a) front-wheel drive rotation, rotate your front tires to their respective rear positions. The right-rear tire should rotate to the left-front position, and the left-rear tire should rotate to the right-front position.
For (b) rear-wheel, all-wheel, and 4-wheel drive vehicles, rotate your rear tires to their respective front positions. The right-front tire should rotate to the left-rear position, and the left-front tire should rotate to the right-rear position.
For (c) different sized front and rear tires, simply swap them to their respective sides.
Wheel Alignment and Balance
Should I Align and Balance My Tires?
Getting the most out of your tires is ideal and can save you time and money. However, wheel misalignment and wheel imbalance can cause inconsistent wear. Uneven tires can cause your car to pull to one side or vibrate, making it harder to steer and more prone to accidents.
Proper wheel alignment is meant to prolong the life of your tires and prevent possible driving mishaps from occurring. Sometimes that means resetting your vehicles camber–the tilt of your wheels–and the caster–the tilting of the steering axis.
Balancing prevents your tires from wearing unevenly and prevents wheel momentum from putting too much strain on the wheel bearings and suspension systems.
Realignment and rebalancing aren’t necessary upon every regular service check, but if you notice your car is pulling to one side, vibrating, or your tires are abnormally worn you should have them checked and your wheels realigned and balanced.
Should I Replace My Tires?
Tires wear out and become dangerous to drive on. It’s a given. There will come a time when you’ll have to replace them and knowing when is imperative to your overall safety.
Tire tread indicators are the little “bars” within tire tread that—you guessed it—indicate when tire tread is worn to the point of needing to be replaced. When tire tread is level with the indicators, normally 2/32 of an inch of tread, take the time to replace your tires.Tires are considered legally worn out at this level.
Tread Depth Inspection
Keep an eye on your tire tread depth so that you’re not surprised with over worn tires. The easiest, most inexpensive way to check your tread is the penny test. Hold a penny upside down so that Lincoln’s head is level with the ground. Place the penny between the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head your tires are worn down and need to be replaced as soon as possible.