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Your Spring Cleaning and Car Maintenance Checklist

Extreme weather conditions can take their toll on any vehicle. Winter climates can be particularly rough on a vehicle’s exterior and undercarriage. Salt, snow, and ice can damage the body and even eat away at the paint. As the ice melts and the sun starts to shine again, now is a great time to review our spring cleaning and car maintenance checklist!

Clean Your Exterior & Interior

We’re not talking about a quick trip to the local DIY carwash. Once winter ends, it’s important to wash every part of your vehicle’s exterior using a soft sponge with soap and water. This will get rid of any corrosive road salt or chemicals accumulated on your vehicle.  Also, give your undercarriage a good spray with clean water.  Consider waxing your vehicle’s exterior for an impressive shine and protection against the sun when you're finished.

Be sure to give your interior a thorough clean, as road salt and grime may have found their way inside the cabin. Most wear and tear inside your vehicle will be on the floor mats and carpet that absorb salt and slush.  Salt that sits on your carpet fibers can harden over time. A handheld steam cleaner or a spray-on enzyme cleaning is excellent for breaking down the crusty salt solution.

Check Your Tires

Spring is notorious for being the rainy season, so we want to make sure you and your tires are prepared. Ensure that your tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations and check the tread to see if any damage was suffered in the winter. If you equipped your vehicle with snow tires, it’s time to take those off and put on your standard tires. If your tires aren’t in good shape, Tire Discounters carries the top brands and can help you decide which tires are suitable for your vehicle.

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Wiper Blades

Spring is a great time to replace your wiper blades, especially if the rubber is cracked or breaking off. Wiper blades should be replaced at least once a year. If you live in areas with harsh winters, it’s recommended that you replace them twice a year - once in the spring and again in the fall. Whenever you notice skipping, streaking, or squeaking on the windshield, it’s time to replace your windshield wipers.

Top Off Your Fluids

Check your fluid levels. These include oil, coolant, brake, steering, washer, and transmission fluids. Look for any signs of contamination, bad smells, or leaks coming from under the hood. While you’re under there, remove any leaves, sticks, or other debris that may be along for the ride.

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Get Ready For Spring With Tire Discounters

Staying on top of maintenance issues is the best way to prevent unwanted, costly surprises. The technicians at Tire Discounters will gladly perform these tasks for you and can answer any questions you may have. Visit any of our over 150 locations ranging from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, and Alabama for service.

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

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.

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. 

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

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. 

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.

The maximum 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. 

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

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

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. 

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.

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National accounts not included.  Other exclusions may 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.

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 Tire Pressure Adjustments $16

Rubber Valve Stems $8

Lifetime Rotation $240

Total = $340

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

Mounting and Balancing – up to $159.96 pending wheel diameter

Lifetime Rotation – $299.90 

Lifetime Balancing – $449.90 

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments – $16 

Rubber Valve Stems – $8

Tire Repair** – $140

Total = $1,073.76

*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.