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  • Remember to Play Your PART this winter with your tires! Winter in New England can be especially harsh on your vehicle. Your tires can benefit from you playing your PART:

    • P: Check your air pressure early and often. Maintaining proper air inflation is crucial to getting the most out of your tires.
    • A: Proper wheel alignment. Have your alignment checked 1-2 times a year or at the first sign of the vehicle not tracking straight when driving on a straight stretch of road.
    • R: Tire rotations. Regularly rotating your tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Most tire rotations are every 5,000 – 7,000 miles, unless your vehicle’s owners manual specifies differently.
    • T: Check your tread. A tread depth gauge is an inexpensive and effective tool for measuring the amount of tread left on your tires. If your tread depth is at 2/32″ or lower in depth, the Department of Transportation (DOT) considers this the end of a tire’s useful life and should be replaced.

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    If your tires do need replacing, please check out the our specials page for exclusive tire savings offer and use our tire search by clicking here. To speak with our tire experts, you may use our chat option on our homepage or call (855) 592-8473.

  • December is Tire Safety Month! We strive to help educate motorists and our customers on proper tire care and maintenance year-round, but we wanted to highlight tire safety to support this country-wide initiative.

    Our friends over at RMA remind us to Be Tire Smart Play your P-A-R-T!

    Pressure

    Maintaining proper inflation pressure is crucial for getting the most out of your tires, both in long mileage and a comfortable ride. Air pressure is measured in psi (pounds per square inch) and should be adjusted when the tires are “cold”, which means check it early in the morning or after the vehicle has been sitting for at least 3 hours.  If you need to adjust for a “warm” tire, simply add 2-4 psi to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure, and check the cold inflation pressure at your earliest convenience.  Even a perfectly healthy tire loses 1-2 psi per month, so it’s important to check your pressures often.  Get your tire repaired at the first sign of a leak or nailhole puncture.  Remember, running your tires underinflated also means that you are overloading them, which can do permanent damange. Stop by any Sullivan Tire for a complimentary air pressure check and adjustment. Come as often as you like, no appointment necessary!

    Tire Pressure Check - Marshfield

    Alignment

    A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires if not corrected promptly.  Have your alignment checked at least 1-2 times per year, or at the first sign of the vehicle not tracking straight when driving on a straight stretch of road (a.k.a. “pulling”).  When you purchase our Tire Maintenance and Protection Plan (TMPP), you get a complimentary alignment check every 6 months for the life of the tires! 

    Rotations

    Regularly rotating your tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle’s owners manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 5,000-7,000 miles, or roughly every other oil change.  Frequent tire rotations and tire inspections can help to identify an alignment or steering problem before too much damage occurs to the tire. This service is complimentary for the life of the tires when you purchase our Tire Maintenance and Protection Plan (TMPP).

    Tread

    A tread depth guage is an inexpensive and effective tool for measuring the amount of tread left on your tires.  Hydroplaining can occur even at low speeds if the tread is not deep enough to channel the water from under your tires.  The tread depth measurement is taken in 32nds of an inch, and should be taken from the tread grooves at three different areas of the tread (inner, center, and outside).  If any part of the tread is at or below 2/32″ depth, the Department of Transportation (DOT) considers the tire as having reached the end of it’s useful life and should be replaced.  

    Tread Depth

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  • Slow leak, accidentally ran over a nail? Does your tire need repair? DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO PLUG THE TIRE FROM THE OUTSIDE. Sullivan Tire uses the Rubber Manufacturers Association guide to proper tire repair for all of our tire repairs.

    To properly repair a tire , the tire must be removed from the wheel, taken completely apart and utilize a patch/plug system. This is what all tire manufacturer’s recommend. Any other repair voids the manufacturer warranty. From the RMA Guide, “Always inspect tires internally and externally prior to installation of any repair.”

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    Do you have any other questions regarding proper tire repair? Is there a specific tire tip you’d like to see featured on the blog? Let us know in the comments!

  • Make sure to measure your tread! A tread depth gauge is an inexpensive and effective tool for measuring the amount of tread left on your tires. Hydroplaining can occur even at low speeds if the tread is not deep enough to channel the water from under your tires. The tread depth measurement is taken in 32nds of an inch, and should be taken from the tread grooves at three different areas of the tread (inner, center, and outside).

    Helpful hints:

    • At or below 2/32″ tread depth, tires should be replaced as soon as possible.
    • At or below 4/32″, it is not uncommon to feel a significant differences in traction and grip. You should begin to think about tire replacement.

    Tread Depth

    When measuring your tread depth, it is not uncommon to have a tire that is worn out in one area of the tread, but may still have plenty of tread in other areas. It is important to remove a tire from service when any part of the tread is at or below 2/32″ measurement. Chances are, the part of the tire that is worn out is the part you need most when cornering or driving in adverse weather conditions.

    Don’t have a tread depth gauge? You can always watch our video on how to perform the penny trick or stop by any Sullivan Tire location and we can check your tread for free!

  • Your tires are the only thing between you and the road, and as we’ve seen in this past year especially, the road usually has potholes and debris and other hazards that you can’t always avoid.  Fortunately, we provide a Tire Maintenance and Protection Plan that can help you avoid the expense of a costly tire repair or replacement.

    For this month’s Tire Tip Tuesday, we will go over the parameters of our protection plan, and why it’s a great way to protect the investment you make in your tires.

     

    Why do I need added protection?

    Manufacturers do not cover damage to a tire due to road conditions. This protection plan picks up where the manufacturer’s limited warranty leaves off. It covers road hazard damage such as potholes, nails, glass, jagged metals or run flat conditions.

    What’s included in the program?

    You receive assurance against the road debris on the roads. The repairs are free for the life of the tires. Tire rotations are free for the life of the tires (non-transferable) and recommended every 6,000 miles.

    How is replacement determined?

    If the tire is returned for adjustment within one year from the date of sale and is less than 25% worn, the tire will be replaced at no charge. If the tire is unserviceable, the tire will be replaced with a similar or like tire at no charge. If the tire is more than 25% worn, the tire will be replaced with a similar or like tire on a pro-rated basis of the remaining tread. Rebalance, valve and tire disposal will be the responsibility of the customer.

    What do I do if I have a damaged tire?

    Simply visit any of our convenient Sullivan Tire and Auto Service locations throughout New England. We can look up your history and view your purchase of this program.

    How do I prevent premature tire wear?

    Tire maintenance can help reduce premature wear. You receive Free tire rotations (recommended every 6,000 miles) and Free alignment checks (recommended every 12 months) with this program. Checking your air pressure every two weeks and setting the proper air pressure will also ensure proper life of the tire.

    What damage is not covered on this program?

    Theft, vandalism, accidents, abuse, improper maintenance, misalignment, sidewall abrasions, and cosmetic appearance of the tires. Any tires installed on racing vehicles, off the road vehicles or vehicles with commercial plates are excluded in full from the program. The use of aerosol or liquid inflation products on any tire will void this program.

    So, to recap:

    TMPP Includes:

    • Free tire rotations
    • Free flat repairs
    • Free alignment check every 6 months

    If your  tires are damaged beyond repair, and need to be replaced?

    • Free Tire Replacement: within the first 12 months or first 25% of wear, whichever comes first.
    • Pro-Rated Tire Replacement: After the initial 12 months or first 25% of wear, whichever comes first, we’ll offset the cost of a new tire based on how much tread you have remaining.

    Our Tire Experts can give you more information about pricing, and answer any lingering questions you may have as well. Give them a call at 877-855-4826 or use our Live Chat feature!

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    Do you have our Tire Maintenance Protection Plan for your tires?

     

     

    Not all protection plans are the same!

     

    • Many protection plans expire 2-4 years after the purchase date.  Our plan covers you for the entire useful life of your tires.
    • Many places market “Free Road Hazard replacement” with a tire purchase, which typically expires after 90 days.
    • Many plans don’t offer free tire replacement at any time, and the cost of the tire is pro-rated from day one.
    • Watch out for online retailer offerings! They don’t have dozens of locations throughout New England to keep you going!
    • Online retailers aren’t always there when you need them to:
    • Check your air pressure
    • Check your alignment measurements
    • Repair a flat tire
    • Balance your tires
    • Rotate your tires
    • Offer you free coffee and a smile!
  • Today’s Tire Tip Tuesday is a feature on one of the great, name brand, high quality products we provide at Sullivan Tire and Auto Service: the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tire (which is on sale during our Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale until August 2)!

    Goodyear Fuel Max

    Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

    This is Goodyear’s best tire for enhancing fuel savings, as the Fuel Max can save you 4% (or 2,600 miles worth of gas) over the life of the tires. Plus, this 65,000 mile warranty tire provides all the tread life, comfort, and all-season traction you expect from a Goodyear touring tire.

    With gas prices continuously on the rise, road trips throughout the summer, the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max is a perfect choice for the driver looking to save a bit of money this summer. And those savings will be multiplied when you buy your Fuel Max tires at Sullivan Tire and Auto Service from now until August 2nd. You can either get a FREE tire with our Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale, or save 15% off the price of two tires.

    Call any one of our locations throughout New England to reserve your Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires today!

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    Have you ever driven Fuel Max tires? Did you notice the fuel savings? What other gas saving tips do you have? Let us know in the comments!

  • It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and the unofficial kick off to summer is a popular road trip weekend. For today’s Tire Tip Tuesday, we’ll go over what you need to check before heading out on the road. First, we’ll focus on tires, and then we’ll cover a few other car care basics to make sure your road trip is not only safe, but fun!

    1. Tire Inspection

    Check your tire’s air pressure, tread depth, and overall condition before heading out on a road trip. An under inflated tire will cause wear and tear on the outside edges, while driving on over-inflated tires will result in excessive wear on the center tread. If any part of your tire’s tread is at or below 2/32″ depth, the Department of Transportation (DOT) considers the tire as having reached the end of it’s useful life and should be replaced. You should also check your tires for any bulges or tears in the sidewall, as these are ticking timebombs when it comes to your tire’s safety. If you’ve got a spare, make sure it’s properly inflated and ready to use as well!

    Be Tire Smart!  Do Your P.A.R.T.

    Sullivan Tire will inspect your tire’s air pressure, tread depth and overall condition year round FOR FREE at any one of our 66 locations throughout New England.

    2. Car Checkup

    Now that your tires are set, what about the rest of your car? When was your last oil change? How are your brakes, belts, and hoses holding up? Are your transmission fluids at the right level? Our Comprehensive Vehicle Inspection (CVI) is a great way to give your vehicle an overall inspection, so that you know everything is working properly. The CVI helps to catch any issues that you may have encountered over the winter, and prevent anything from damaging your car down the line. 

    3. Fuel Up

    Gas prices go up around holiday weekends, so try to fuel up a few days before you hit the road.

    4.  Stay Charged

    Make sure your cell phone and GPS are fully charged, and that you have a car charger as well. You don’t want to get lost somewhere unfamiliar or be unable to call for assistance.

    5. Pack Snacks 

    Depending on where you’re going, and how long it will take to get there, you’ll probably want some snacks for the road, (and maybe need some caffeine to stay awake!)

    6. Entertainment

    Music? Podcasts? Games for kids? Whatever you need to get through a weekend road trip, make sure you remember it before you leave!

    You can check out our Pinterest Board for more ideas on how to make your upcoming road trip safe and fun!

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    Is there anything we missed? Are you taking a road trip this Memorial Day Weekend?

     

  • Have you checked your air pressure lately?

    You should check your tire pressure once a month and before every long trip to ensure that your tires are doing everything they are supposed to do. Driving on an under inflated tire will cause wear and tear on the outside edges, while driving on over-inflated tires will result in excessive wear on the center tread.

    The correct pressure for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and is listed on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner’s manual. The maximum inflation pressure listed on the tire is not the recommended pressure.

    You can always have your tire air pressure checked and adjusted for FREE at any Sullivan Tire retail location!

    When’s the last time you checked your tire’s air pressure?

  • Our second day of Tire Tips for #NationalSafetyWeek is a new twist on old standby: air pressure. But specifically, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, or TPMS.

    TMPS Symbol

    A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is designed to monitor the air pressure in a vehicle’s tires and to report potential problems to the driver, usually through a yellow indicator light on the dashboard.  Specifically, if your tire’s air pressure falls below 25% below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure or a minimum inflation pressure specified in the FMVSS (whichever is higher). Vehicles sold in the U.S. after September 1, 2007 come standard with TMPS equipment. 

    If your TPMS indicator goes off, you can bring your vehicle to any Sullivan Tire to have your tire’s air pressure properly adjusted for free!

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    Does your car have TPMS? Are there any other Tire Tips you’d like to see on the blog for National Tire Safety Week?

     

  • Happy National Tire Safety Week!

    National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program, a year-round effort designed to help drivers learn the simple steps they can take to ensure that their tires are in good working condition. 

    As part of our effort to help educate motorist and our customers on proper tire care and maintenance, we’ll be expanding our Tire Tip Tuesday feature to cover the entire week! Check back every day for a new tip on how to properly maintain your tires. Feel free to ask us any tire-related questions in the comment section, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  We’ll be covering National Tire Safety Week on our social media pages as well.

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    Do you have a tire related question you want to see answered on the blog? Let us know!