Gates Automotive Service

Family Owned and Operated Since 1952

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Selecting the Right Tires for Your Vehicle

With hundreds of name brand and economy tire models available on the market today, how do you choose the right tires for your car or truck? It’s really not that difficult all you need to do is consider your:

Vehicle Type

Auto tire models are broadly divided into:

Manufacturers and retailers classify tires by seasonal use and handling characteristics, including:

The tire specifications for your vehicle can be found:

The manufacturer provides tire size and other information for your original tires and optional replacement tires.

Reading a Tire

You can find out a lot about a tire by checking the codes on the sidewall:

Click here to learn more about tire specifications

When to Replace Your Tires

We recommend that you start shopping for new tires when your tread wears to 4/32 inch. This is just enough tread to sluice away water and keep your tires in contact with the pavement. The most common tread depth on new tires is 10/32 inch. The legal minimum in most states is 2/32 inch.

Even on dry pavement, it takes longer to stop with bald tires. On wet pavement, you might not be able to avoid a hazard in time.

Taking Care of Your Tires

Your tires take care of you, so take care of your tires. They will last longer and save you money on gas, if you follow these tips:

Wheel and Tire Alignment Services

Wheel Alignment Improves Handling, Saves Money on Tires & Suspension System Repairs What if every time you took a step forward, you took a half-step sideways? In a way, that’s what happens when your car or truck needs a wheel alignment. If your vehicle’s wheels don’t point in the same direction, it affects handling, chews up your tires, and batters your suspension system. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your alignment checked periodically by a professional and every time you buy new tires.

Why It's Important

Symptoms Your Vehicle May Need an Alignment

How Your Wheels Got Out of Alignment

Other Tire Services

Tire maintenance is essential to your safety and can save you hundreds of dollars over the life of your vehicle.

Why It's Important


Tires are a significant investment. To get the most out of your investment have your tires rotated every 6,000 miles, or according to the schedule in your owner's manual. This ensures even tread wear.

Flat Repairs

Repairable punctures are:

Our repair system seals both the hole in the tread and the inner liner. This prevents the steel belting from rusting and causing a weak spot.


Proper tire inflation is the most important thing you can do to take care of your tires. Your car or truck’s handling is at its safest and most responsive when your tires are “just right.” Under inflation (and over inflation) causes:

You get up to 3 percent better gas mileage by keeping your tires inflated to the correct pressure. That’s a savings of more than $100 per year, assuming you drive the national average 12,000 miles per year, get 25 mpg, and pay $3.90 per gallon for gas.