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5 Key Ingredients to November Vehicle Prep

Be Prepared this November

The turning of the calendar to November signals the start of the busiest time of the year. From fall school activities wrapping up before the holiday season to honoring our fine men and women on Veterans Day to spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving. The month of November is a month packed full of important events and celebrations.

Keeping all your events straight, and coordinating transportation and any special needs, is a monumental task by itself. Not to mention, coordinating and hosting all your family members and their dietary needs for the annual Thanksgiving feast.

Despite your best efforts, the numerous calendars and electronic devices, the one thing you might forget during the celebrations is your vehicle. Yes, your wonderful, dependable, trustworthy mode of transportation that allows you to take in all the events and shop for great deals on Black Friday.

At Tire Discounters, we want you to enjoy your events.

Put your mind at ease by having one of our ASE-certified technicians perform one of our eight different courtesy checks or our safety check to ensure your vehicle is in good condition and safe for all your travel needs.

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5 Key Ingredients for November Vehicle Prep – beyond putting pumpkin spice in everything.

  1. Check your tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Fall weather can be unpredictable, warm one minute, cold the next. Rain, sleet and sometimes snow, all in the same day. Keep in mind, the only thing keeping your vehicle safely on the road is your tires. Having properly inflated tires and good tread depth is important to the handling of your vehicle and the safety of your passengers. At Tire Discounters, we can put your mind at ease by testing your tread depth within a few minutes and give you a free in-depth analysis of the condition of your tires.

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  2. Have a professional check your fluid levels. November is a perfect time to get a full engine tune-up ahead of the winter season. While looking under the hood and checking your fluids seems to be an easy enough task, there is a risk of serious injury if not performed properly. Our ASE-certified technicians can check your fluid levels, and the systems they control. We recommend checking the following fluids in addition to your motor oil; brake fluid, coolant fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid.

  3. Test out the heater, lights and wipers. Nothing is worse than finding out your heat isn’t working when it’s 30 degrees outside. Make sure it is working properly now, so if there is a problem it can be fixed before you really need it. Think back, it’s probably been at least 4 or 5 months since you last used the heat. In addition, check your interior and exterior lights to ensure everything is working properly. Lastly, no matter what mother nature throws your way, you’re going to need to see the road. Test your wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary.

  1. Make sure your vehicle is properly aligned. Believe it or not, it doesn’t take much to knock your vehicle out of alignment. Potholes, curbs and normal wear and tear can significantly impact your vehicles suspension system and steering components. Proper alignment provides longer tire life, savings, safety and comfort. At Tire Discounters, we hold alignment in high regard. We do free alignment checks upon request as it is crucial to the life of your tires and safety of you and your passengers. In fact, we believe in the importance of alignment so much that we include it for free with a 4-tire purchase bought with the TD standard installation package.

  1. Check your brakes. The braking system is your car’s most important safety feature. Before inclement weather gets in full swing, make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your vehicle may need brake services, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.

At Tire Discounters, you get a huge selection of tires, quality work and great customer service. Our goal is to make you a customer for life. When it comes to the secret family recipe for oyster stuffing, we will let you handle that, but when it comes to servicing and maintaining your vehicle, we can handle it so you don’t have to! And take time to enjoy your events.

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The speed rating of a tire is based on U.S. Government standards for reaching and sustaining a specified speed. Typically, a tire with a higher speed rating results in better handling. Speed ratings apply only to the tire itself, and not to a particular vehicle. Putting a tire rated for a certain speed on a vehicle does not mean that the vehicle can be safely operated at the tire's rated speed.

The load range on a tire helps determine its ability to contain air pressure and its overall strength. Ranges are expressed using a number and the higher the number, the stronger the tire. These measurements are primarily for light trucks and SUV’s.

Tread depth is the distance between the top of the tread rubber to the bottom of the tire's deepest grooves.  In the United States, tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch.

A tire’s maximum load is the maximum amount of weight the tire is designed to hold. The tire’s load carrying capacity is directly related to the tire’s size and amount of inflation pressure that is actually used. Each load range has a assigned air pressure identified in pounds per square inch (psi) at which the tire's maximum load is rated.

The total width of the tire, including any raised features on the sidewall. 

This is how many layers of rubber and other materials are in the tire.  

The measurement, in inches, from rim flange to the other rim flange. 

The maximum width of a wheel that a tire can be put onto. 

The minimum width of a wheel that a tire can be put onto.  

A tire's section width (also called "cross section width") is the measurement of the tire's width from its inner sidewall to its outer sidewall (excluding any protective ribs, decorations or raised letters) at the widest point. 

What makes up a tire; each ply, the sidewall, the tread, and bead.  

This number will tell you how well the tire will disperse heat buildup. 

This is how much weight a tire is rated to hold.

A tire’s maximum inflation pressure (PSI) is the highest "cold" inflation pressure that the tire is designed to contain. When measuring a tire’s max PSI, it is important the tire is "cold," because warmer temperatures can cause the tire pressure to temporarily increase resulting with inaccurate readings. This measurement should only be used when called for on the vehicle’s tire placard or in the vehicle’s owners manual.

The mileage warranty of a tire indicates the number of miles that a tire is estimated to last. If a tire fails to last for the number of miles indicated by the warranty, the customer will be given credit from the tire manufacturer toward a new tire based on how many miles short of the estimate the tire fell. Some restrictions apply. 

TD will repair flat tires as long as it can be done safely in accordance with Tire Industry Association (TIA) Guidelines.  Excludes: Under 40 series, run-flats, mud tires, trailer tires, off-road vehicles, and any tire over six (6) years old.  Other exclusions may apply.  See store for details.  


National accounts and local fleet not included.

Free Alignment with 4-Tire Purchase

National accounts not included.  Other exclusions may apply.

Our Nationwide Worry Free Guarantee offers FREE unlimited Tire Repairs for the entire life of your tires. If your tire can't be fixed and is over 3/32" tread, no worries, we will give you a replacement tire at any time, up to 3 years. We'll even help get your tire changed by including reimbursement for Roadside Assistance (up to $75) for the first 12 months at no additional cost. Effective: August 24, 2017. For complete details, see our warranty at any Tire Discounters location.

Components of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor wears over time.

A TPMS Service Kit is suggested each time a tire/wheel is serviced. If left unchanged, over time, these components of the TPMS may corrode, leak or fail.

Tire/wheel service is defined as when tire is removed from the wheel.

The represents the smallest and widest size wheels that are recommended by the tire manufacturer for the tire to be mounted on. 

 

 

Mounting & Balancing  $76

Lifetime Rotation and Balancing $600*

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments $16

Rubber Valve Stems $8

Tire Repair**  $100

TOTAL = $800


*Estimate based on 4-tire purchase of 60,000-mile tires. 

**Excludes: Under 40 series, run-flats, mud tires, trailer tires, off-road vehicles, and any tire over six (6) years old.  Other exclusions may apply.

Mounting & Balancing  $76

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments $16

Rubber Valve Stems $8

Lifetime Rotation $240

Total = $340

*Estimate based on 4-tire purchase of 60,000 mile tires.