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Phantom Diary Entry #3

Phantom Tire Buyer Diary

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Alignment!  So Crucial.

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Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Dear Diary,

Alignment! A crucial element to your vehicle’s performance and getting the most from your tires. In this episode, with the help of Alignment Guru Tim we discuss the basics staying aligned, suspensions, and glasses. Yes, glasses. 

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Alignment is included with any 4-tire purchase with TD Standard Installation

That’s great, but what is an alignment?

What if you walked at a left angle all of the time? You would never get where you needed to be, that’s what. Also, people would probably stare. At Tire Discounters, we hold alignment in high regard. It is crucial to the life of your tires and gives you more control over your vehicle. In fact, we hold it in such high regard that it is FREE with a 4-tire purchase bought with the TD standard installation package! During your vehicle’s life, potholes are hit, sharp turns are taken and brakes are slammed – all of which cause your components to wear down and your wheels to shift which can pull your car in one direction.  Do not worry, this is natural wear and tear – but it can accelerate tire damage.  When we align your tires, we are returning the angles of your vehicle’s wheels to the manufacturer’s specifications.

A proper wheel alignment does four very important things:

  • Reduces tire wear and provides maximum tire life
  • Enhances fuel economy
  • Improves handling
  • Increases overall driving safety

Extended Coverage

Don’t get bent out of shape, we offer Alignment Coverage for the life of your tires!  You can choose between a 1-year, 3-year, or 5-year plan.  This will cover an alignment whenever you need one for the duration of your policy.  Savings over the duration of the plan are huge!

Did you know?

Your suspension requires regular maintenance.  All vehicles were designed with multiple alignment/adjustment points, commonly 6.  Car manufacturers build their suspensions with the expectation that they are inspected and adjusted frequently to maintain stability and minimize tire wear.

How often should I have my car aligned?

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations noted in your owner’s manual. But, as a general rule, have your vehicle’s alignment checked every 6,000 miles or at least twice a year.

Have your car checked at your local Tire Discounters for FREE if you notice:

  • Excessive or uneven tire wear
  • The steering wheel pulls to the side
  • Feeling of looseness or wandering
  • The steering wheel is off-center
  • It’s been 6,000 miles or 6 months since your last alignment check
  • Drop in fuel economy

Find a Store

Offer can be combined with other offers or discounts. Excludes warranty adjustments. Offer applies only to new tires installed by Tire Discounters. No carry-outs. Not applicable on trailer tires or used tires. National accounts are not eligible. Some exclusions apply. See store for details.

The speed rating of a tire is based on U.S. Government standards for reaching and sustaining a specified speed. Typically, a tire with a higher speed rating results in better handling. Speed ratings apply only to the tire itself, and not to a particular vehicle. Putting a tire rated for a certain speed on a vehicle does not mean that the vehicle can be safely operated at the tire's rated speed.

The load range on a tire helps determine its ability to contain air pressure and its overall strength. Ranges are expressed using a number and the higher the number, the stronger the tire. These measurements are primarily for light trucks and SUV’s.

Tread depth is the distance between the top of the tread rubber to the bottom of the tire's deepest grooves.  In the United States, tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch.

A tire’s maximum load is the maximum amount of weight the tire is designed to hold. The tire’s load carrying capacity is directly related to the tire’s size and amount of inflation pressure that is actually used. Each load range has a assigned air pressure identified in pounds per square inch (psi) at which the tire's maximum load is rated.

A tire’s maximum inflation pressure (PSI) is the highest "cold" inflation pressure that the tire is designed to contain. When measuring a tire’s max PSI, it is important the tire is "cold," because warmer temperatures can cause the tire pressure to temporarily increase resulting with inaccurate readings. This measurement should only be used when called for on the vehicle’s tire placard or in the vehicle’s owners manual.

The mileage warranty of a tire indicates the number of miles that a tire is estimated to last. If a tire fails to last for the number of miles indicated by the warranty, the customer will be given credit from the tire manufacturer toward a new tire based on how many miles short of the estimate the tire fell. Some restrictions apply. 

The total width of the tire, including any raised features on the sidewall. 

This is how many layers of rubber and other materials are in the tire.  

The represents the smallest and widest size wheels that are recommended by the tire manufacturer for the tire to be mounted on. 

 

 

The measurement, in inches, from rim flange to the other rim flange. 

The maximum width of a wheel that a tire can be put onto. 

The minimum width of a wheel that a tire can be put onto.  

A tire's section width (also called "cross section width") is the measurement of the tire's width from its inner sidewall to its outer sidewall (excluding any protective ribs, decorations or raised letters) at the widest point. 

What makes up a tire; each ply, the sidewall, the tread, and bead.  

This number will tell you how well the tire will disperse heat buildup. 

This is how much weight a tire is rated to hold.

Mounting & Balancing  $76

Lifetime Rotation and Balancing $600*

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments $16

Rubber Valve Stems $8

Tire Repair**  $100

TOTAL = $800


*Estimate based on 4-tire purchase of 60,000-mile tires. 

**Excludes: Under 40 series, run-flats, mud tires, trailer tires, off-road vehicles, and any tire over six (6) years old.  Other exclusions may apply.

TD will repair flat tires as long as it can be done safely in accordance with Tire Industry Association (TIA) Guidelines.  Excludes: Under 40 series, run-flats, mud tires, trailer tires, off-road vehicles, and any tire over six (6) years old.  Other exclusions may apply.  See store for details.  


National accounts and local fleet not included.

Free Alignment with 4-Tire Purchase

National accounts not included.  Other exclusions may apply.

Mounting & Balancing  $76

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments $16

Rubber Valve Stems $8

Lifetime Rotation $240

Total = $340

*Estimate based on 4-tire purchase of 60,000 mile tires. 

Our Nationwide Worry Free Guarantee offers FREE unlimited Tire Repairs for the entire life of your tires. If your tire can't be fixed and is over 3/32" tread, no worries, we will give you a replacement tire at any time, up to 3 years. We'll even help get your tire changed by including reimbursement for Roadside Assistance (up to $75) for the first 12 months at no additional cost. Effective: August 24, 2017. For complete details, see our warranty at any Tire Discounters location.

Components of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor wears over time.

A TPMS Service Kit is suggested each time a tire/wheel is serviced. If left unchanged, over time, these components of the TPMS may corrode, leak or fail.

Tire/wheel service is defined as when tire is removed from the wheel.