New Tires, Alignments and Balancing

Auto Repair Technician rolling a tire away from a car

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Your tires produce the only contact point between your car and the road. That’s why they are incredibly valuable to your safety while driving. Many people overlook the importance of their tires and leave them neglected. At Minnie’s Auto Repair, we offer a full tire shop in Columbia, SC to handle your tire sales, tire installation and tire repair needs. We work with you to create complete peace of mind for your travels.

Auto repair technician installing a new tire on a car after balancing it

Wheel Alignment

Do you ever hit a pothole while driving? This is one of the biggest reasons that the wheel alignment isn’t right. Having wheels that aren’t aligned leads to faster tire wear and shortens their life.

When your wheels are aligned, your road safety increases. That’s because you gain more control over the car and you can also achieve better fuel economy which saves you money. With our computerized alignment, you receive a full inspection of the system. We also use computer-generated measurements to ensure your wheels are properly aligned.

Tire Rotation

To make sure your tires last as long as possible, you want to have them rotated regularly. At Minnie’s Auto Repair, we rotate your tires to ensure they wear evenly and extend the overall life. It also helps you to achieve the best on-road handling. 

To have your tires rotated, you don’t need to spend a lot of time at our shop because our highly skilled technicians are capable of getting the job done quickly.

Flat Tire Repair

The best way to ensure you don’t get a flat tire is to regularly perform tire air pressure checks on your own. If you’ve ever had a flat tire, you know how frustrating it is sitting on the side of a busy road. We are just a call away if that ever happens to you again.  

While it’s possible to repair some tires, not all of them should undergo repair. We will never recommend that you get tire repair when what you really need is tire replacement. Your safety is our number one priority at all times.

Tire Balancing

Having balanced tires improves your safety, reduces tire wear, minimizes the road vibration and increases your fuel economy. It allows you to experience a smooth, comfortable ride. If you feel any shaking in the wheel, it’s possible that your tires aren’t balanced correctly, especially if you experience this while traveling at higher speeds. 

At Minnie’s Auto Repair, we take the time to mount each wheel on our computer-controlled balancing machine. This helps us determine the appropriate balance of the tire and wheel assembly and allows us to correct any imbalance. Before we let you leave the shop, we also check all the tire pressures for further safety.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Repair & Service

If you drive a newer car, it’s likely you’ve seen the TPMS dashboard indicator when something goes wrong. Any time this lights up, you should have immediate service. This sensor fails for a number of reasons. It could be as simple as not having enough air in your tires, but you don’t want to ignore any alert in your vehicle. 

Our TPMS repair and service includes testing the batteries, removing the old sensors when needed, and checking the tire pressure. If anything needs to be changed, we also re-balance the wheel to ensure you run as smoothly as possible when you leave.

 

Caring for Your Tires 

There are steps you can take to get the maximum life out of your tires.  

  • Make sure they get rotated every six months or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first. 
  • Check your tire pressures weekly. When you have low tire pressure your comfort, handling and fuel efficiency is all compromised. It also causes your tires to wear faster. When you check the pressures, make sure the tires are cold. If you need to do it after driving, wait about three hours first. 
  • Have a wheel alignment performed as soon as you notice that the car isn’t traveling straight. 
  • Check on your spare tire monthly. You don’t want to need it and find out something is wrong. It should also be properly inflated and ready to go. 
  • Use a penny to examine the tread in your tires. This helps you know when it’s too low. When you put Abraham Lincoln’s head into the tread grooves, you should see that a portion of it is covered. If you are able to see his whole head, then it’s time to get tires.

 

Don’t Neglect Your Tires 

Procrastinating regarding tire repairs is common. No one really wants to think about wheel alignment or tire balancing, but they are essential aspects of your vehicle’s health. Properly inflated tires that are operating at their best help you avoid accidents and get you where you are going in one piece. If you need tire repair or you are ready to have a new set of wheels installed, you want to call Minnie’s Auto Repair. We are a tire shop in Columbia, SC that puts your needs ahead of profit.  

Our skilled group of technicians wants you to be safe and secure when you leave our shop. That’s why we utilize state of the art equipment and regularly receive new training. You’ll quickly see that our customers have come to trust and respect us. Our superior reputation among the community speaks for itself and we can’t wait to make you part of our family as well. Give us a call or stop by today for tire service.

The best way to ensure you don’t get a flat tire is to regularly perform tire air pressure checks on your own. If you’ve ever had a flat tire, you know how frustrating it is sitting on the side of a busy road. We are just a call away if that ever happens to you again.  

While it’s possible to repair some tires, not all of them should undergo repair. We will never recommend that you get tire repair when what you really need is tire replacement. Your safety is our number one priority at all times.

We Handle All Your Automotive Needs

At Minnie’s Auto Repair in Columbia, SC, we take the guesswork out of your automotive needs. We are here to provide every service your vehicle might require in order to keep running correctly. While we specialize in the maintenance of your engine, we are also available to help with brake repair and antilock braking system (ABS) work or shock and strut repair. 

Out top technicians strive to be leaders in chassis and suspension repair, which is why they are always immersed in learning more. Our team is friendly, skilled and responsive to help you get back on the road faster. We offer more than your typical shop because we are never too busy to take the time to explain what’s happening. 

You deserve to understand every aspect of your engine maintenance or chassis and suspension repair jobs. Stop by today and see why Columbia, SC ladies continue to trust the team at Minnie’s Auto Repair.

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