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Looking for a great set of tires that are ready to help you overcome any and all road conditions? Then we have you covered. As Norwalk's home for the best selection of quality tires from a variety of automakers, we take great pride in our ample selection, stellar customer service, and our commitment to maintaining the lowest prices possible for our friends in Norwalk. Follow along today and let us show you exactly how easy it is to shop for premium tires at a budget-friendly price point that always keeps your bank account happy and healthy.

Quality Tires Are Always a Worthwhile Investment

Tires are your first line of defense when encountering less than ideal road conditions. This truth is exacerbated by the fact that the physical amount of the tire that actually makes contact with the road is fairly small – usually only about the size of your hand. This means that investing in quality tires is a must to ensure that you are always ready to take on any and all hazards of the road.

Outside of maximizing the impact this component has on your ability to navigate safely around Norwalk roads, there is also the fact that tires play a vital role in your vehicle's handing and maneuvering. Settling for substandard options on this front is a great way to limit your car's responsiveness and ability to gracefully make its way through traffic and around other obstructions and hazards found on local streets and highways.

Common Tire Issues

Is something not quite right with your tires? Then let us help you troubleshoot this problem with a handy guide covering some of the most common wear and tear issues, as well as how best to address these problems before your next trip out on Norwalk roads.

overinflated tire

Center Wear Caused By Overinflated Tires

  • Rough ride
  • Tread wears exceptionally quickly
  • Car is slower to come to a stop
  • More prone to damage from potholes
underinflated tire

Underinflated Tires That Generate Wear on Each Edge

  • Tread wears exceptionally quickly
  • Drop in gas mileage
  • Greater risk of damage from avoidable friction
too much camber

Too Much Camber, Which Leads to Wear on One Edge

  • Wear on the inside edge suggests negative camber
  • Wear on the outer edge caused by positive camber
excessive toe

Feathered Tread via Excessive Toe

  • If your wheel points out, feathering will occur on the inside
  • If your wheel points in, feathering will occur on the outside
rear alignment issue

Diagonal Wear from a Misaligned Rear End

  • Tire presents a recurring angular wear pattern
  • Usually found on vehicles with front-wheel drive
  • Regular tire rotation can eliminate this problem
out of balance

Spot or Path Wearing

  • Created by tires that are out of balance
  • Weak suspension components can also contribute to this issue
  • Regular tire rotation is the best solution
side wall bubbling

Side Wall Bubbling

  • Caused by a rip in the inner liner or when an obstruction forces the tire to pinch against the rim
  • Requires immediate replacement and is unfortunately not repairable in most cases

Understanding the Relationship Between Tread Depth and Your Ability to Stop Effectively

One of the most important factors to consider when deciding whether or not to replace your old tires comes in the form of how much tread depth they have left. If you're not familiar, tread depth is the measurement from the top of your tire's rubber to the bottom of its deepest grooves and is a strong indicator of your ability to generate traction while on the roads of Norwalk.

New

Replacement Not Necessary

Deep grooves allow water to flow easily from between youre tires and the road to resist hydroplaning. Block edges and treat siping bite into snow to promote wintertime traction.

Tire treat depths typically begin with 9/32" to 12/32"

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Wearing

Replacement Upcoming

Dry road responsiveness is enhances as treads wear, but traction on very wet roads and deep snow is reduced

Make sure your tires' tread depths are sufficent for road and weather conditions

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Worn Out

Replacement Recommended Immediately

Low tread depth restricts water, slush, and snow from escaping from between tread and road. This will promote hydroplaning and reduce traction on wet and wintry roads.

Minimum tread depth recommended: Snow - 5/32" | Rain - 4/32" | Dry - 2/32"

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As this tread wears down over time, your tires become less effective at gripping the road. This, in turn, makes stopping abruptly and efficiently much harder. Considering how essential having confidence in your stopping power is during your daily commute, next trip across the country, and everywhere in between, having any doubts caused by worn tires is definitely not optimal.

Picking out the Right Tires for Your Vehicle

Not quite sure where to start as you begin to consider all of your tire options? Don’t worry, we can help. Here is a quick rundown of some of the most common types of tires and how they can match up to your unique needs both here in Norwalk and across the rest of Connecticut or New York City.

All-Season Tires

Benefits

  • Constructed to easily manage hot, humid, and even dry climates
  • Also capable of operating in light snowfall
  • Intended to be in use year-round
  • Provides access to a longer average tread life
  • Numerous configurations are available

Standing as a jack of all trades, all-season tires are the clear favorite for most vehicles here in Norwalk. Whether you are dealing with a snow, rain, or clear skies, this tire leverages a rubber compound combination and design that is compatible with the rigors of the average daily commute and all of the weather found in moderate climates.

Do keep in mind that all-season tires are not designed to provide the same amount of traction and performance as other, more specialized variations. Specifically, summer/performance tires will outperform these "one size fits all" options in exceedingly wet and warm climates, while the winter tires out there will rise above when dealing with clumps of snow on the road and temperatures that dip well below freezing.

Summer/Performance Tires

Benefits

  • Enhanced cornering, grip, and stopping power in warmer conditions
  • More potent performance and heightened traction when facing down soggy, rainy, or wet conditions
  • Available as high-end options that are crafted to emphasize the swiftness and versatility of performance automobiles

By utilizing a tread pattern and rubber compound that is perfect for dry roads and warm driving conditions, summer/performance tires generate an impressive amount of contact surface area and traction, which translates to the perfect relaxing ride around town on an idyllic, warm summer day. On top of this, premium performance versions of this type of tire also help promote enhanced cornering and abrupt breaking, even at high speeds. However, odds are you will still want to switch over to a set of winter tires that are designed to promote stability, control, and safety while traversing snowy, wintry driving conditions.

Winter Tires

Benefits

  • Engineered with low temperatures, ice, slush, and snow as the primary concern
  • Leverages a softer rubber compound to garner additional traction
  • Lowers the risk of sliding or losing control while turning

Installing winter tires is all about staying in control even when the temperature begins to drop. This is done primarily via unique winter-specific tread designs and softer rubber compounds. Conversely, the compounds used by all-season and summer/performance tires can harden and lose traction when exposed to lower temperatures – two things that are sure to be a problem if you plan on turning and stopping with confidence on icy roads that are covered in snow and slush.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding New Tires

Q: Are winter tires necessary if my car has all-wheel drive?

A: All-wheel drive is definitely a great feature to have when facing inclement or harsh winter weather on the roads of Norwalk. However, it is really just one factor that goes into this equation. Your tires are still your only point of contact with the road, so ensuring that they are well-suited for this job is vital to promoting increased traction and confident stopping power.

Q: Is it really worthwhile to own two different sets of tires?

A: Yes. The benefits that come with being able to switch back and forth between winter tires and summer/performance tires easily dwarf the upfront costs of owning two unique sets of tires. Seasoned drivers here in Norwalk understand this, which is why so many keep a set of winter tires as a way to both better manage winter driving conditions and increase the useful life of their all-season or summer/performance tires by limiting the miles traveled on these tires.

Q: Can I drive on my winter tires throughout the entire year?

A: Since the soft rubber compound employed by this type of tire doesn't do well in warmer months, this is generally not seen as a smart call. The best way to save money and avoid limiting the useful life of this investment is by installing tires that are appropriate throughout the year that match up to the current season or driving conditions.

Q: What is a four-wheel alignment?

A: A four-wheel alignment is a service that leverages the power of precision lasers and sensors to calibrate – and correct – the angles of the wheels on your car. This practice is a great way to extend the useful life of your tires, protect your vehicle, and correct any vibrations you may have noticed while driving to work or dropping the kids off at school.

Q: My tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light just came on. What do I do now?

A: The TPMS light only comes on to indicate that low pressure has been detected in one or more of your tires. This can sometimes happen due to changes in weather and fluctuations in the internal pressure of your tires. However, you can never go wrong with bringing your vehicle in for us to inspect it when this warning signal catches your attention.

Enjoy the Benefits That Come with New Tires Today

After covering all of this info, odds are that you are ready to stop by and equip your vehicle with a great new set of tires that is perfectly suited to match your daily commute or big plans for traveling out of town. To get started on this process, feel free to give us a ring at 203-840-1750 when you have a few free minutes to talk. Doing so is the best way to get connected with our team and ensure that you find the right set of tires for your car, truck, or sport utility vehicle (SUV).

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