Tire FAQs: How to Care for Your Tires

Next to getting your oil changed, tire care is among the most important forms of vehicle maintenance there is. Make sure that you’re rolling around the streets of Palm Beach Gardens both safely and efficiently by following these tire care tips from Earl Stewart Toyota. Afterward, if you’re still feeling lost, don’t hesitate to visit our professional service center in Lake Park, FL.

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Q: How do I check my tire pressure?

Driving with under-inflated tires can cause major problems for your vehicle. On the performance end, you will have a hard time turning and braking with optimal precision, and your fuel economy will decrease as well. On top of all that, underinflated tires can cause excessive friction, causing your tires to wear down more quickly than they should and making them go out much sooner than they would otherwise.

On the side wall of your tires, you’ll find the recommended PSI for your tires (usually between 30 and 35). Stop at a gas station with an air pump, and fill up the tires to the recommended air pressure. If you’re uncomfortable doing this on your own, the Earl Stewart Toyota service team will take care of your tire pressure check and inflate your tires for you the next time you bring your vehicle in for an oil change or other routine service.

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Q: How do I check my tire tread?

Running on bald or low-tread tires is dangerous. In addition to the fact that your vehicle isn’t as responsive as it should be in terms of steering or braking, you’re also at risk of blowing a tire, which puts not only you but those around you at serious risk. Luckily, checking your tire tread is pretty simple. While a tread-depth gauge is the ideal method of measuring tire tread, the old-fashioned “penny test” still works well. Here’s all you do:

  1. Turn the penny so Lincoln’s head is upside down.
  2. With Lincoln’s head now pointing into the tire, insert the penny between two treads.

If you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, it means your tire tread is too low, and it’s likely time to get new tires.

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Q: Why is it important to rotate my tires?

Tire rotations are an essential component of tire maintenance. As you drive your vehicle, your driving habits tend to wear down the tread on certain tires more quickly than others. When you get your tires rotated, this helps ensure that the tires wear down more evenly over time, which both improves the performance of your car and helps extend the life of the tires.

Tires can be a bit pricey, so in order to get as many miles out of them as possible, it’s important to take care of them. The easiest way to do that is to get tire rotations every several thousand miles or at the very least every other time you get an oil change. Since this is a procedure that involves special equipment, you’ll probably want to schedule an appointment to have this done when the time comes.

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Q: How do I change a flat tire?

If you get a flat tire, you may be covered under the generous ToyotaCare roadside assistance program, but if you aren’t covered, then you’ll need to know how to change a flat tire. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. First make sure you find a safe spot off of the road that doesn’t put you at risk. Put your hazard lights on, and make sure the parking brake is activated.
  2. Get out of the car, and apply the wheel wedges, remove the hubcap, and loosen the lug nuts.
  3. Place the jack under the car, and raise the vehicle.
  4. At this point, you’ll need to unscrew the lug nuts so you can remove the flat tire.
  5. From here, mount the spare tire and tighten the lug nuts.
  6. Lower the vehicle partially and re-tighten the lug nuts before lowering the vehicle all the way.
  7. Replace the hubcap, put all your equipment away, and double check that the spare tire’s tire pressure is correct.

Afterward, you’ll want to get your vehicle to a maintenance shop to get a new tire put on as soon as possible. Important: Spare tires are only intended to be a temporary fix, and they’re not to be used when driving at high speeds!

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Get Your Vehicle Serviced in Lake Park Today

While many of the procedures mentioned above can be handled by DIY enthusiasts with a bit of automotive know-how and ambition, most drivers will want to rely on experts who have the certifications, equipment, and expertise to ensure that job is done right. Schedule your next tire service for your vehicle here at Earl Stewart Toyota! While you’re at it, make sure you check out our current service specials in order to take advantage of any deals we’re currently running. Our dealership is open seven days a week at 1215 N. Federal 1 in Lake Park, FL, so stop on in or contact us today at .

Our Service Specials

TrueStart Battery
$156.90 Plus Tax and Battery Disposal Fee (Includes Labor)

84 Month warranty
24 Month Free Replacement
60 Month proration in a two tiered price plan
Warranty service available at more than 1,200 locations coast to coast.
Includes 24 months of emergency roadside assistance
Matrix radial grids for high-current starting demands
Quick recharge capability
Patented lead alloy feature that reduces corrosion provides extended battery life
Heavy-duty lugs on the positive and negative plates allow for a great flow of power

Gel batteries, hybrids, some model are not applicable, see dealer for details.

Buy 3 Tires, Get The 4th For $1
October 1 - November 2
30,000 Mile Maintenance
12% Discount

No Extra Shop Fees are Added to Your Service Bill … Just Sales Tax

We’re sorry, but we can only accept one coupon per visit… offers cannot be combined.

Timing Belt Replacement
12% Discount

No Extra Shop Fees are Added to Your Service Bill … Just Sales Tax

We’re sorry, but we can only accept one coupon per visit… offers cannot be combined.

Fuel Economy Service
15% Discount

No Extra Shop Fees are Added to Your Service Bill … Just Sales Tax

We’re sorry, but we can only accept one coupon per visit… offers cannot be combined.

4-Wheel Alignment
$99.95

No Extra Shop Fees are Added to Your Service Bill … Just Sales Tax

We’re sorry, but we can only accept one coupon per visit… offers cannot be combined.

30,000 Mile Synthetic Oil Change Service
12% Discount

0W20 Synthetic

No Extra Shop Fees are Added to Your Service Bill … Just Sales Tax

We’re sorry, but we can only accept one coupon per visit… offers cannot be combined.

30,000 Mile Regular Oil Change Service
12% Discount

Regular Oil Change Service

No Extra Shop Fees are Added to Your Service Bill … Just Sales Tax

We’re sorry, but we can only accept one coupon per visit… offers cannot be combined..

2-Wheel Brake Service
$119.95

w/o Resurface Rotors

No Extra Shop Fees are Added to Your Service Bill … Just Sales Tax

We’re sorry, but we can only accept one coupon per visit… offers cannot be combined.

10,000 Mile Synthetic Oil Change Service
10% Discount

0W20 Synthetic

No Extra Shop Fees are Added to Your Service Bill … Just Sales Tax

We’re sorry, but we can only accept one coupon per visit… offers cannot be combined.

Service Expense Refund Program

Earl Stewart Toyota is pleased to announce the Service Expense Refund Program. When you purchase/lease a vehicle from Earl Stewart Toyota and trade in the vehicle that was serviced in our Service Department in the past 30 days, we will credit the money you spent for service on your trade, up to $500. For more details, see a salesperson or call 561-844-3461.

Tires For Life:
When you purchase a certified preowned Toyota at Earl Stewart Toyota, you will become a member of the Tires for Life program! This value is yours for as long as you own your vehicle and continue to have your factory recommended maintenance done by us.

Money Back Guarantee:
We are also proud to offer a exclusive, unconditional, seven-day money back guarantee on all our used cars, trucks, suvs, and vans. If you don’t like it or are unsatisfied for any reason you can return it for a full refund within 7 days. Plus we have $0 dealer fees.

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