Tire Repair, Replacement, and More
Your tires help keep your car moving, but every bump or dip in the road can cause serious damage. At a Bosch Auto Service, your mechanic can inspect the integrity of your tires and provide repairs or replacements as needed. With over 125 years of proudly serving the automotive industry, Bosch has continued to provide high-quality, premium OEM and aftermarket vehicle parts for generations.
Tire damage can lead to instability problems with your car and damages that are much more extensive than a simple puncture. A trained Bosch Auto Service technician is needed to properly inspect and repair the tire to avoid further damage.
At Bosch Auto Service, we always try to fit cars with tires that are best suited for your driving style and vehicle needs. With tire repairs you can trust and reliable replacements you can count on, a Bosch Auto Service is your go-to for all of your tire needs.
Tires Need Repair?
When your tires are worn or damaged, you’ll be able to notice it both visually and in your drive.
Signs of Tire Damage
It’s not always immediately noticeable that your tires require repair or replacement until the problem already grows too large. If you pay attention to how your tires look and the feel of your drive, you can pick up on the symptoms of tire damage before it’s too late.
Visible Tread Wear
The tread of your tires deteriorates with each rotation. Uneven tread wear is often caused by misaligned wheels. Getting a wheel alignment and fresh tires will help smoothen your ride as well as keep you in control of your vehicle.
Noise While Driving
When you hear an unusual sound as you’re driving, it is an indicator that something is wrong. Tires tend to make a wobbling or screeching noise when there’s damage. But many other car issues make similar noises. You can narrow down the sound to your tires by listening closely to determine if the noises change based on how fast your car is moving.
Bulges or Cracks
Tires rely on their air pressure to keep them in working order. But cold temperatures and air pockets can dramatically affect the pressure. Changes in a tire’s air pressure can cause bulges or cracks that reduce your vehicle's safety.
Vehicles have a natural vibration to them caused by the movement of the engine. However, if you notice unusual vibrations while driving, especially when turning, chances are your tires are damaged.
Your vehicle has a series of sensors and tests that it runs to let it know when something isn’t working. When your tires are low on pressure or are having issues maintaining traction, you’ll see a warning light pop up on your dashboard. Ignoring a tire warning light can lead to serious issues while driving and even accidents.
If you notice any of these symptoms in your vehicle, take it to your nearest Bosch Auto Service for an inspection to see if you need a repair or replacement.
Tire Services Near You
Did you know bad tires can reduce your gas mileage? Schedule an appointment at your local Bosch Auto Service for a thorough tire inspection.
How to Repair Car Tires
At Bosch Auto Service, our technicians are passionate about proper tire repair. In order to ensure the tire is repairable, a thorough inspection of the outside and inside of the tire is needed. Even smaller objects, like a simple nail, can damage the sidewall of your tire. These kinds of damage are not visible just by investigating the outside of the tire. Proper investigation is necessary to identify and fix all damages caused by a puncture or flat.
Plugs and patches are not as effective or safe as regular tire repair and should only be used as temporary measures until a tire service technician can complete a full repair. These quick fixes don’t properly seal the inner liner or fill the void left by the puncture. Without a permanent fill or seal, water can enter your tire and corrode the steel belts, causing further and more dangerous damage.
Car Tire Puncture Repair Specifics
Not all punctures can be repaired. In order to properly repair a puncture, the damage must be in the center of the tread area. Damage on the shoulder or sidewall cannot be safely repaired without the risk of further damage to the tire. Punctures larger than ¼ of an inch (6mm) are too large to properly repair.
For tires with multiple punctures or damage, the points of injury must not overlap or lay directly across from each other. While repairs make your tires usable again, they weaken the tire's overall structural integrity. Too many repairs in the same area can make your tire too weak to work properly.
When Do I Need To Replace My Tires?
This is a common question. Repairing your tires when damage is minimal is a good way to save money. But repair is not always the best option. Tires with large punctures or multiple points of penetration will be too structurally unsound to work.
You should also replace tires that have been worn down. Tires begin to lose tread with every rotation, and too much tread loss can lead to serious driving issues. Your tires need to maintain a tread over a certain industry-standard threshold. Though you can use the penny test to determine your tire’s wear, we recommend using a tread depth gauge for precision measurement. This gives you exact readings allowing you to make an informed decision about your tires.
Certain tire makes and models are not recommended for repairs by their manufacturer. When putting new tires on your car, check to see if the manufacturer has a repair guideline and whether or not they include a warranty for tire replacement in the event of damage.
Regardless of whether or not there’s any visible damage, industry standards recommend you fully replace your car’s tires every six years for vehicles that are used regularly. A tire's natural wear and tear reduces its lifespan and could result in damages or injury if not properly maintained and replaced.
Schedule Tire Repair and Replacement at Bosch Auto Service
At Bosch Auto Service, we take great care to thoroughly examine each and every tire to determine the extent of the damage and whether or not a repair is possible. If it is, we’ll fix it in a timely fashion. If repair is impossible, we’ll get you a premium tire replacement so you can get back out on the road.
At Bosch Auto Service, we provide high-quality, premium tire repair and replacement services. Contact your local Bosch Auto Service for:
- Tire and Wheel Inspections
- Tire Rotations
- Wheel Alignments
- Flat Tire Repairs
- Tire Patching and Plugs
- Winter and Spring Tire Fittings
- New Tire Replacements
Getting your tires repaired or replaced is necessary to maintain your car’s health and avoid accidents. Flat tires, or even tires just under the recommended measurements, can make normal driving maneuvers difficult and dangerous. If your tire is punctured or in need of a replacement, don’t try to do the work yourself unless you’re a trained mechanic.
Where can I find a tire repair service near me?
You can find your nearest Bosch Auto Service for tire repair here.
How long can I drive on a flat tire?
Driving on a flat tire for any amount of time is never recommended. A flat tire damages your wheels and could cause accidents. The only driving you should do on a flat is driving to your nearest Bosch Auto Service for inspection.
How long do tires last?
The life of a tire depends mainly on the quality of the tire and the amount and style of driving. A premium quality tire can typically last a driver five years, but lower-quality ones are likely to only last three.
Why is my tire pressure light blinking?
There’s a difference between your tire pressure light turning on and your tire pressure light blinking. A blinking tire pressure light often indicates an issue with the sensor or the battery used to run the sensor. A blinking light doesn’t always mean your tires have a problem, but your technician can inspect them while repairing or replacing the sensor issue.
Do I need winter tires?
Winter tires help provide additional grip and traction on snowy, icy, or cold roads. It is up to you; however, if you live in an area where you get frequent snow or ice storms and have to drive regularly, winter tires will protect you and your car.