New Tires in Sterling, VA
Having and maintaining good tires is one of the most important factors in keeping your car safe to drive. Unsafe tires can go flat, blow out, or hydroplane, potentially causing accidents that may injure you and others.
Whether you need used tires, tire repair service, tire maintenance, or other automotive mechanical repairs, you can count on Chandler & Sons Automotive in Sterling, VA, for fair and honest service. We also provide roadside assistance in surrounding areas.
Tire Repair Service
You don’t always need to replace leaking tires. We can patch or plug some punctures, but only in certain conditions. To safely repair a tire, the puncture must be less than ¼-inch in diameter, and it can’t be on the tire’s edge or side. Even if the other conditions apply, we can’t repair tires with low tread.
If you have a punctured tire, Chandler & Sons technicians will tell you honestly if we can repair it or if you need a new tire.
Tire Installation Service
Whether you want new or used tires, Chandler & Sons can get them for you. We can help you decide which type of tires will work best for your driving habits and give you multiple options. Our top-selling brands include:
- BF Goodrich
During your new tire installation, Chandler & Sons will balance your tires, fill them with the right amount of air, and ensure that the valve stem and caps have a proper seal. Our tires and services are all available at competitive prices.
Putting high-quality tires on your vehicle is an excellent investment. To protect that investment — and your safety — you must also maintain them.
Vehicle manufacturers recommend tire pressures for each automobile they make. You can find these in your owner’s manual and on a sticker inside the driver’s door jamb. Your tires have an inflation pressure listed on their sidewalls, but those indicate the maximum inflation amount for the tire. Follow the manufacturer-recommended PSI numbers rather than the ones located on your tire.
Checking your tire pressure regularly is vital because it can change due to:
- Cold or hot temperatures
- Regular driving
- Long trips
You may need to add or release air to keep your tires properly inflated. Tire pressure affects:
- Driving performance
- Tire wear and traction
- Braking ability
- Ride comfort
- Fuel economy
- Load capacity
Chandler & Sons can check your tire pressure for you.
Tread Depth and Wear
Your tire’s tread is the raised rubber surface that touches the ground. Tires have various tread patterns that gradually wear down as you drive. The tread patterns allow water, snow, mud, and other elements to move out of your tire so your vehicle doesn’t slide on slick surfaces.
New tires typically have 8-9 mm tread patterns. When tires wear down to 2/23”, they no longer meet safety regulations and must be replaced.
Uneven wear, such as one side of a tire wearing significantly faster than the other, may indicate that you need an alignment or have other mechanical issues. Your Chandler & Sons technicians will discuss this with you if your tires have uneven tread.
Rotation and Balancing
Tire rotation means moving each tire to a new position on your vehicle in specific patterns. Doing so reduces uneven wear and can prolong the life of your tires. Some tire manufacturers require regular rotations to maintain warranty coverage.
Despite their appearance, tires aren’t perfectly round, meaning their weight isn’t distributed evenly. When the tire and wheel center of gravity is off-balance, it causes vibrations that can make your car ride uncomfortably and present safety risks. Unbalanced tires may also wear unevenly, reducing their lifespan.
You should typically rotate and balance your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Some drivers plan this maintenance procedure to coincide with oil changes.
Why Choose Chandler & Sons Automotive?
Since 1975, Chandler & Sons has provided reliable, honest automotive repair and maintenance services. We are a family-owned and operated business featuring certified technicians, competitive pricing, excellent customer service, and a comprehensive list of available services.
To schedule a service appointment or for roadside assistance, call Chandler & Sons at (703) 437-7300. You can also email us or submit our contact request form.