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Tires & Alignments Service in Winter Haven, FL

A vehicle’s tires are the only contact point between the road and the chassis. For safety, they need to be in good condition and properly aligned. Issues like worn tread or misalignment can lead to accidents, especially on wet roads or if you encounter sand. CarDi Automotive in Winter Haven, FL maintains and replaces tires, as well as provides alignment services. Maintenance also includes balancing and rotating the tires, recommended during every oil change service.

Signs You Need

New Tires

Tires generally last about six years. Even if the tread appears adequate, aging can increase the risk of a blowout. Some manufacturers offer warranties for up to 80,000 miles, although this is uncommon. Examine your tires at least once a month and look for:

  • Uneven Tread Wear: High air pressure results in middle tread wear, while low air pressure causes wear on both sides. If wear appears only on one side or shows scalloping, you may have a suspension, steering, or alignment issue.

  • Vibrations: Vibrations in the steering wheel at speeds of 55 to 75 mph usually indicate the wheels need balancing. Vibrations at speeds of 5 to 10 mph often mean a tire has separated.
  • Pulling to One Side: If the vehicle veers to one side on a flat road, you likely have an alignment issue. This might require a small adjustment or indicate a larger suspension problem affecting alignment.
  • Cracks, Bulges, and Punctures: These defects compromise the tire’s structure and necessitate replacement.

Tire Maintenance

Regular tire maintenance extends their lifespan and helps catch issues early. Besides self-checks, ask a CarDi Automotive auto tech to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.

Have your alignment checked every six to twelve months. For those who drive on rough or gravel roads, or if you’ve hit a curb or debris, consider checking the alignment more frequently, such as every six months.

The Importance of

Wheel Alignments

Misaligned wheels affect more than just tire wear; they also impact fuel economy, handling, and safety.

  • Safety: Misaligned wheels can lead to accidents, particularly during evasive maneuvers.

  • Handling and Comfort: Poor alignment forces the driver to constantly adjust the steering wheel, leading to an uncomfortable and unsafe driving experience.
  • Tire Wear: Uneven wear can result in holes in the tires or scalloping.

  • Fuel Efficiency: Misalignment increases tire resistance, negatively affecting fuel economy.

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If you haven’t been rotating your tires or checking the alignment, add these tasks to your vehicle maintenance list. Rotating helps ensure even wear across all tires.

When you need auto repair, fleet maintenance, factory-recommended maintenance, diagnostics, or diesel repair in Winter Haven, FL, contact CarDi Automotive.

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