Tires are arguably one of the most important parts of your vehicle. Without properly maintained tires, you won't be able to safely go about your motoring life in the areas of Willow Grove, Abington, or Lower Southampton Township.

When you discover a problem with one of your tires, it's important to take care of it in a timely fashion. We at Genesis of Willow Grove (Sussman) can help. Read on to learn more about how we do that!



When Can a Tire Be Repaired?

There are a few different things that can happen to your tires while you're driving. Something can puncture the tire and cause a flat. The tread can become unevenly worn down, which can cause problems with steering. A warped wheel can even cause a tire to pop off.

Usually, you'll be able to tell fairly quickly that a tire needs to be repaired or possibly even replaced. After you drive over something, if you immediately hear a loud pop noise or a flapping sound, this indicates you'll either need a tire repair or a tire replacement. Another sign of a flat tire is when your steering wheel pulls more to the left or right, depending on which side the damaged tire is located.

It's possible you could be driving without knowing a tire is flat. If you notice your vehicle rides a little lower on one side or you hear air leaking, you most likely have a flat  and should get your tire repaired ASAP. Many new vehicles also come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring system that will let you know if you're having an issue with one of your tires.


Does Your Tire Need Repaired or Replaced?

A majority of the time, your flat tire can be repaired if the damage isn't too severe. Unfortunately, there are times when the damage is too extensive to save the tire, so you'll need to replace the tire completely.

Some of the signs that a tire repair may suffice are:

  • Punctures in the tire are in the tread area, not on the side or the edge  
  • The damage was identified quickly with no significant loss of air pressure
  • The puncture in your tire is no more than ¼ inch in diameter

If the damage to your tire is beyond repair, these are a few signs that indicate your tire most likely needs to be replaced:

  • Punctures on the side or edge of your tire
  • Long cuts or gashes in the tire
  • Repeated damage-you can't repair the same puncture twice
  • Damage to the tire's inner liner


How Long Do Tires Last?

The lifespan of your vehicle's tires depends on a variety of factors. Most tires will last roughly 60,000 miles. If you do more commuting than the average daily driver, though, your vehicle's tires might need to be replaced at about 30,000 miles. On the other hand, if you aren't driving frequently, you might be able to go approximately 80,000 miles before needing tire replacements.

In addition to how often you drive, your driving style also has a lot to do with how long your tires will last. If you're someone who often hauls heavy loads; drives over rough road conditions, like potholes; or aggressively accelerates, you might need to replace your tires a bit earlier.

Also, where you live can have a lot to do with the longevity of your tires. If you live somewhere with lower temperatures, your tires will have lower air pressure, which can make getting a flat tire easier. On the other hand, if you live in a warmer climate, the sunlight and warm temperatures could also shorten your tires' lifespan.


How to Check a Tire Tread

Before you count on being able to drive approximately 60,000 miles, remember that you might need new tires sooner. So, how do you know when it's time to replace them? There's a simple answer to this: Check your tire treads to ensure they aren't balding. To do this, all you need is a penny! This penny test will help you determine how worn down the tires are. Simply place the penny upside down into the first couple grooves across the tire, and then take a look at Lincoln's head on the coin.

If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, there's 2/32 or less remaining on your tires, meaning you'll need new tires soon. On the other hand, if you can't see Lincoln's head because it's covered by the tire tread, this means your tire has more than 2/32, so you can drive a bit longer before replacing your tires.


When Do I Need a Tire Rotation?

Most vehicles need a tire rotation every 7,500 miles or every 6 months (whichever comes first). Since your front tires tend to wear more unevenly than the rear ones, swapping them around can help make all your tires wear more evenly, which helps your tires last longer. When our service team is performing a tire rotation on your tires, they'll determine which direction your tires need to be rotated.


Our Tire Repairs & Other Service

In our service center, you'll find a team of maintenance and repair experts who have experience working with all kinds of vehicles and tires. No matter which kind of tire issue your vehicle is experiencing, our team can get things squared away in no time. Even if we can't repair your tires, we'll help you get a new set of tires on your vehicle so you can drive safely and confidently.


Schedule a Service Appointment!

We at Genesis of Willow Grove (Sussman) are proud to provide quality repair services that will keep your vehicle going for miles to come. If you're in need of tire repairs or want to learn more about tire replacements, schedule a service appointment with us.

Drivers in Willow Grove, Abington, and Lower Southampton Township can schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at the service center. You can also stop by anytime on your way through town!

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Genesis of Willow Grove

1645 Easton Road
Directions Willow Grove, PA 19090

  • Sales: 215-392-9020
  • Service: 215-392-9020
  • Parts: 215-392-9020

Hours

  • Monday 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday Closed