Tire Replacement in Marion, Illinois

Keeping your car operating safely includes taking care of your tires. Not only is it a safety issue, but tire maintenance and replacement can save you money through increased gas mileage. When it’s time for new tires, visit VW of Marion for tires. Contact us today to schedule your visit for tire replacement.

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Volkswagen of Marion Tire Replacement Services

When you visit VW of Marion for tire replacement, you get much more than new tires.

  • Our friendly and knowledgeable team of professionals helps you select the right tires for your car’s specifications. It’s essential to get the tires that fit best for the most reliable handling, the best ride, and the most secure contact with the road.
  • VW certified technicians perform all the work on your car, so you can trust the tires to take you safely down the road. VW stands behind the work of these professionals because they have proper training on how to replace the tires on your car.
  • For additional peace of mind, VW of Marion gives you a 30-day price match guarantee. We’ll refund the difference if you find a lower price on the same tires within 30 days.
  • Tire replacement at VW of Marion includes 24 months of Road Hazard Coverage at 100% when road debris damages your tires.

How do I know it’s time for tire replacement?

The safest way to know if it’s time to replace your tires is to consult a tire professional. The team at VW of Marion knows what to look for to determine the best plan for your vehicle. However, here are a few things that vehicle owners can watch for that may indicate it’s time for new tires. You should check for these things once a month or more if you drive more than the average person.

Tread Wear

Safety standards in the United States call for the tread on your tires to be at least 2/32 of an inch in depth. When the tread wears down to less than that, it’s time to replace the tires. You should also see the professionals at VW of Marion if you see an uneven wear pattern around the tire. Your tires must include wear bars to help you visualize the tread level. These bars will appear even with the tread surface when the depth reaches 2/32 of an inch.

Another way to check the tread depth on your tires is called the penny test. Place a penny into the tread of your tire and turn it so that Lincoln’s head is pointed down into the tire. If the top of Lincoln’s head is not visible, then your tread is still at an acceptable thickness at or greater than 2/32 of an inch. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, the track is worn down too much.

Whichever method you choose to check your tires’ tread depth, be sure to check all four individually, as tires don’t always wear evenly. Also, be aware that the weather conditions where you live affect how your tires wear. If you regularly drive in wet, snowy, or sweltering conditions, you may need to replace your tires sooner.

Tire Damage

Damage to your tires can be dangerous, no matter where on the tire it occurs. Sometimes repairs are possible. For example, if your tires have cuts or other damage in the tread that are smaller than a quarter of an inch, an appropriately trained and equipped tire shop, such as VW of Marion, may be able to fix the tire. However, other kinds of damage are too risky to try to repair. Be on the lookout for damage to the sidewalls of your tires. Cuts or punctures usually mean it’s time for a replacement.

Flat or underinflated tires may also be a cause for replacement. If you drive on tires with flat spots or inadequate air pressures, even for just a few minutes, the tires probably need to be replaced. Damage to the tire’s structure takes place very quickly under those conditions.

Irregular Wear Patterns

Watch for an irregular pattern of wear on your tires. Ideally, you would see a consistent level of wear all around. However, tires often wear unequally because of incorrect inflation levels, poor alignment, and other issues. If you see uneven wear, have your tires evaluated by a professional.

The Age of Your Tires

After five years, your tires should be evaluated by a professional for safety reasons, even if the tread depth and wear patterns appear to be within normal limits. If your tires reach 10 years old, it’s time to replace them, even if they still look like they’re in good shape.

How often should tires be replaced?

Consult your car’s owner’s manual to find the manufacturer’s recommendations for how often you should replace your tires. You should find specific advice there on tire inspections and replacements based on your vehicle’s particular needs. If you no longer have your owner’s manual, call Volkswagen of Marion to speak with a knowledgeable technician.

How can you increase the life of tires?

Proper maintenance is your best tool for getting the most extended life out of your tires. Keeping your tires at an appropriate level of inflation helps you get better gas mileage and a smoother ride. You should check for proper inflation regularly and add air when needed to maintain the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Every 3,000 miles is a good guideline, and the goal is to keep the tires at the recommended level rather than the maximum limit.

Another good tip for increasing the life of your tires is to rotate them regularly, ideally between 6,000 and 8,000 miles. This strategy helps keep the tread wear equal. Finally, aim to keep your car in proper tire alignment and have it inspected if you feel the steering pull to one side. Misalignment is a common cause of uneven tire wear.

What brands of tires are available of VW of Marion?

VW of Marion offers the highest quality tire repair in Marion from the brands you know and trust, including:

  • Bridgestone
  • Continental
  • Goodyear
  • Hankook
  • Michelin
  • Pirelli
  • Yokohama

When it’s time to put new tires on your vehicle, contact VW of Marion, and let our team of professionals help you find the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) tires made for your vehicle. They can also answer any questions you have. For example, you may be wondering can you replace just one tire. We can help you make that decision based on your situation. The tire store is open six days a week to accommodate your busy schedule. You’ll be impressed not only with the technical knowledge of tire replacement in Marion but with our focus on customer service.