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TIRES

Tires are the single most important safety feature on your car. They are the only thing that connects the car to the road, and life-saving technologies like antilock brakes and electronic stability control cannot do their job if the tires don't have a good grip on the pavement.

As the adage goes, nothing lasts forever. Car owners still need to replace their tires a few times or more throughout the life of a typical vehicle. Despite advances in longer-lasting tires, actual tread life will vary by car type, tire type (such as all season or high performance), driving aggressiveness, and even road and weather conditions. Proper maintenance and responsible driving can maximize the mileage in a set of tires.

We offer these services to help you prolong the life of your tires.


Once a need for new tires is determined, it is necessary to identify the best tires for your vehicle and driving demands. Look for tires that do well in tests for braking, handling, and resistance to hydroplaning. Winter traction should also be considered, if applicable. Let tread wear, ride comfort, noise, and rolling resistance be tiebreakers. Trust the tire experts at Kurt's Imported Auto Repair to help you choose the right tires for your vehicle.

We offer most major brands of tires. These are a few of our preferred brands.


BFGoodrich
Cooper
General Tire
Michelin

Tires Questions and Answers

Q: Is it okay to mix tire brands on a car?
A: Sometimes mixing brands and models on your car is unavoidable, but having a complete matching set is best. If possible, use the same tire on the front or rear wheels. While it's not usually advised, you can mix different tire brands on the same car, if you follow a few simple guidelines. Those include: never mix winter tires with all-season or summer tires; and to not mix run-flat tires with non-run-flat tires. For guidelines in the Santa Fe area, give us a call at 505-473-4508.

Q: What are the advantages to rotating my tires?
A: Get your tires rotated and get an even amount of tread wear on your tires. Evenly worn tires contribute to a smooth and comfortable ride. Rotating your tires consistently can also extend the life of your tires. It can enhance safety by helping to prevent pulling and an uneven grip between the tire and the pavement.

Q: At what mileage interval should I rotate my tires?
A: Experts recommend you rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. While this is a good rule of thumb, your vehicle's exact interval will depend on its drivetrain and your driving habits. More aggressive drivers in the Santa Fe area may need to rotate their tires more often. Our experts at Kurt's Imported Auto Repair can work with you to determine the tire rotation schedule that will work best.

Q: Does my tire warranty influence my rotation schedule?
A: Tire manufacturers know that tire rotation is important for even tread wear. Tire mileage warranties are most often set by the manufacturers with tire rotations included. Failing to rotate your tires may void your tires manufacture warranty.

Q: How does snow tire usage influence rotation decisions?
A: If you have snow tires check your tire pressure and rotate your winter tires on a regular schedule. Rotating snow and winter tires is important to maintaining even treadwear and preserving maximum traction in icy conditions.

Q: What throws tires out of balance?
A: If you hit a curb or pothole your wheel-tire assembly can get out of balance. Everyday wear on tires and wheels can also cause an imbalance. Many experts recommended that you get your tires balanced every 5,000 to 7,500 miles or every 2 years. If you buy a new set of tires, you may find that tire balancing is included in your purchase. At Kurt's Imported Auto Repair, we can check your tire balance and make any necessary adjustments for you.

Q: How do you check tire pressure?
A: First, remove the cap from the air valve on the tire and put it somewhere you won't lose it. Press the tire gauge against the open valve stem for a second or two. Next, read the air pressure gauge. Compare the number on the gage with the recommended tire pressure from your cars owner's manual or the sticker that should be next to the driver's side door opening. Finally, replace the tire's air valve cap.

Q: How do you check tire tread depth?
A: Check all of your tires in multiple locations by inserting a penny into the tread groove on your tire with Lincoln's head facing toward you and the top of his head touching the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tires are worn out and you need new tires. Of course, you can bring your vehicle to Kurt's Imported Auto Repair in Santa Fe and our experts can check it for you.

To learn more about our Tire services, call us at 505-473-4508 or request a quote by clicking below:


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TESTIMONIALS

Friendly, highly skilled, professional, owner-operated, honest; everything you want in a business.
Kurt is a wonderful person & mechanic! He has very fair prices, does a great job, and is great at communicating. I will always bring my volvo there.
Kurt is a gem. Truly one of those people who is a benefit to the local community. If you own a Volvo, especially an older model, Kurt is your guy. He is invaluable in his knowledge, commitment to quality, and competence with any work your car may require. I took my classic Volvo to him on two occasions, and he went beyond the boundaries of what was originally specified for the work needed. He was able to identify key items that needed attention (not trolling for dollars - real things) and took care of them at the highest level of quality. Because of Kurt's attention to detail and diligence, my classic Volvo operates as new. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
One of the most straight forward and clear communicating mechanics I have had the pleasure of working with.
Clean and very helpful, specializes in Volvo repairs. Great communication and gets your car back on the road safely.
Wonderful place! Kurt, the new owner, is very knowledgeable and will tell you exactly what your vehicle needs. Highly recommended.
, 06/15/2021