Tire Care & Maintenance

Tire Wear Indicators

The depth of your tire tread determines how the tire will act on different road conditions. (Ice, water, mud, snow)

A tire with very little tread is more likely to lose traction or hydroplane on a wet road.

Tire tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch. A tire is legally worn when it reaches 2/32nds of an inch.

You can easily inspect your tires by using a penny. See if you can see over the top of lincoln’s head, if so, it’s time for new tires.

Wheel Alignments

Proper wheel alignment optimizes vehicle handling, maximizes fuel economy, and minimizes tire wear.

A properly aligned vehicle keeps the wheel straight when driving in a straight line.

Wheel alignment’s should be performed when the vehicle is pulling to the left or the right, new tires are installed and when suspension or steering parts have been replaced.

Wheel alignments should be checked when uneven tire wear is prevalent, after an accident or hitting a curb

Dupont’s performs complimentary alignment checks. We have state of the art hunter alignment equipment which will guarantee a perfect alignment for your vehicle.

Tire Rotations

Moving tires from the front to the rear is called a tire rotation.

The front tires tend to wear faster than the rear since they absorb turning force and support added weight that shifts forward as the vehicle is braking.

Rotating tires improves tire life by evening out wear.

After rotating tire’s, we check each tires pressure according to manufactured specifications.

We recommend rotating your tires every 5,000 miles.

Often times, manufacturers ask for different tire pressures for the front compared to the rear. (example fronts: 32 Rears: 34)

Purchasing a set of 4 tires from Dupont’s includes free rotations for life which will save you hundreds of dollars over the life of your tires. Use our product fitment guide to get the perfect set of tires for your car.

Tire Repairs

Only small punctures in the tire tread can be repaired safely.

You cannot repair a tire that has a puncture in the sidewall since it experiences stress from expansion and contraction. Because of the stress a tire endures as it travels down the road, a sidewall puncture cannot be repaired.

A quality repair consists of a patch/plug combination to seal and fill the hole. We have all the necessary equipment to plug any small puncture on the tire tread.

We can repair most punctures, the sooner we receive the tire the better. Have any questions? Please give us a call before driving on the tire. We want to save it for you if at all possible!

Tire Pressure Monitor Sensors

Commonly refereed to as TPMS. Tire pressure monitors are used to ensure your tires are in a safe and optimal condition. 

The symbol is located on the Instrument Cluster Dashboard behind your steering wheel and looks like the shape of a tire, with a horseshoe and exclamation point.

TPMS is an innovation in automotive for saftey. Tires with tread remaining and proper inflation are key to control on the road.

Before TPMS, we had to manually check our tire pressures, and most of the time, its difficult to visually measure this so a tire pressure gauge was required.

We have all the tools necessary to install, program and diagnose any and all of your TPMS concerns.

Tire Sizes

When requesting a quote we may ask you for your tire size.

Tires come in a variety of sizes depending on vehicle size and weight.

It’s important to replace tires with the size recommended by the manufacturer.

Having tires that are too big or too small for your vehicle can cause problems, poor handling, uneven wear & an inaccurate speedometer. It’s for these reasons that we want to make sure we order the best fitting tire for your vehicle.

A tire’s sidewall provides the size & rating recommended for your vehicle.

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