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Bobby Rahal's Good. Better. Best. Tire Recommendations in PA

Bobby Rahal Tire Center Recommendations

We recommend three tire options specific to your vehicle make and model.

Good.

Our Value Option
Bobby Rahal's Good Tire Recommendation by Vehicle Model

This option provides a safe and affordable combination of traction and tread wear without the cost and features associated with a touring or performance tire.

Better.

Our Popular Option
Bobby Rahal's Better Tire Recommendation by Vehicle Model

This option is chosen by many of our clients and provides an excellent all-around value combining performance, ride comfort, and tread wear.

Best.

Our Premium Option
Bobby Rahal's Best Tire Recommendation by Vehicle Model

This is the preference of drivers who place a premium on performance and ride comfort and is usually the recommended tire choice of the manufacturer.

Bobby Rahal Tire Center | Bobby Rahal Honda
BOBBY RAHAL HONDA OF MECHANICSBURG

6696 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17090
(717) 766-4300
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Bobby Rahal Tire Center | Bobby Rahal Acura
BOBBY RAHAL ACURA OF MECHANICSBURG

6694 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17090
(717) 790-6000
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Bobby Rahal Tire Center | Bobby Rahal Toyota
BOBBY RAHAL TOYOTA OF MECHANICSBURG

6711 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17090
(717) 691-0500
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Bobby Rahal Tire Center | Bobby Rahal Lexus
BOBBY RAHAL LEXUS OF MECHANICSBURG

6715 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17090
(717) 691-5600
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Bobby Rahal Tire Center | Bobby Rahal Toyota Lexus of Lewistown
BOBBY RAHAL TOYOTA LEXUS OF LEWISTOWN

425 Electric Ave.
Lewistown, PA 17044
(717) 248-0119
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Bobby Rahal Tire Center | Bobby Rahal Honda of State College
BOBBY RAHAL HONDA OF STATE COLLEGE

2796 W College Ave.
State College, PA 16801
(814) 238-6711
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Reading a Tire Sidewall

Reading a tire sidewall | Width
SECTION WIDTH

This number specifies, in millimeters, the overall width of the tire section. Be sure not to confuse the section width with tread width because the former is used as the basis for calculating the aspect ratio (section height).

Reading a tire sidewall | Aspect Ratio
ASPECT RATIO

This number is the section height of a tire as a percentage of the section width. For example, 225/40 is a 40% aspect ratio of the 225mm section width. 225 x 0.4 = 90mm

Reading a tire sidewall | Construction
CONSTRUCTION

An optional letter indicating construction of the fabric carcass of the tire:
B: Bias Belt
D: Diagonal
R: Radial

Reading a tire sidewall | Rim Diameter
RIM DIAMETER

Measured in inches as the wheel rim diameter for which the tire is designed. The distance can be approximated by measuring the diameter of the interior bead of the tire. Be sure not to confuse rim diameter with rim width.

Reading a tire sidewall | Load Index
LOAD INDEX

Load index relates to a tires load carrying capacity and how much weight it can support. It is necessary to refer to a load index chart.
Load indexes range from 0 to 279 with the majority of passenger vehicles falling into the 75 to 114 range. The original equipment (OE) load range should be retained when replacing tires.

Reading a tire sidewall | Speed Rating
SPEED RATING

The speed rating is a lettering system that indicates the maximum speed at which a tire is certified to carry a load. A tire receives a speed rating by meeting a minimum government standard for reaching and sustaining a specific speed.
It relates to the tire only and not the vehicle. It is recommended to replace tires with the same original equipment (OE) speed rating or higher. Replacing tires with a lower than OE speed rating can change vehicle handling and affect steering response, braking and cornering.

TIRE SAFETY TIPS

Pressure, tread, rotation, alignment

these are the top four when it comes to ongoing tire maintenance. Spending a little time on these essentials every month and every few thousand miles will help your tires keep you safe.

U.S. Tire Manufacturer Association

TIRE PRESSURE

Proper inflation pressure—perhaps the most important tire condition to monitor—gives tires the ability to support the vehicle and you to control it for maximum performance. Bonus benefit: Maintaining proper inflation pressure maximizes fuel economy, too.

  • Under inflated tires generate excessive heat build-up and stress, causing irregular wear and internal damage.
  • Over inflated tires are more likely to be cut, punctured or damaged when hitting an obstacle, such as a pothole.

Checking Your Pressure

Use a tire gauge to check inflation pressure, measured in in PSI (pounds per square inch). You’ll find recommended pressure on a label on the driver’s door or in your vehicle owner's manual.

And don’t forget about your spare.

When to Check

Check your tires at least once a month, and check them when they’re cold—meaning parked for at least three hours. Note that inflation pressure increases (in warm weather) or decreases (in cold weather) one to two pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change.

Also, check your pressure before you head out on any long trips, carry heavy loads or tow a trailer.

TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) detect loss of inflation pressure and warn drivers when tires are 25% under inflated. For many vehicles, this warning may be too late to prevent damage. TPMS are not a replacement for monthly tire pressure checks with a gauge.

TREAD DEPTH

Tread equals traction—giving your tires a grip on the road, especially in bad weather. Lose too much tread and you could lose control.

Once your tread wears down to 2/32nds of an inch, it’s time to visit your local tire shop. Take a few minutes each month to visually inspect your tires for uneven wear, high and low areas, unusually smooth areas and other signs of damage.

Tires have built-in tread wear indicators, or wear bars. When the tops of these bars are flush with the tire’s tread, the tire needs to be replaced.

Here’s a quick and affordable tread test: Place a penny upside down into a tread groove. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re good to go. If you can see all of his head, it’s new tire time.

TIRE ROTATION

Rotating your tires based on the recommendations in your vehicle’s owner’s manual can prevent irregular tire wear. If no rotation period is specified, USTMA recommends every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.

Once you’re done, make sure the inflation pressure is set to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.

TIRE ALIGNMENT

Striking a pothole or other road hazard could cause alignment issues. Misaligned wheels can lead to uneven, rapid tread wear and should be corrected by a tire dealer. Have your alignment checked at any indication of trouble, such as “pulling,” and periodically, along with your tire balance, as specified by your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Tread Depth

Paying attention to your tires is critical to your safety. Do not cut corners by trying to extend the lifespan of your worn out or damaged tires. A worn or damaged tire compromises your safety, your passengers safety  and the safety of others sharing the road with you.

Even if your tire tread is not down to the legal limit of 2/32 inch which is common in most states, tire performance can be significantly degraded, especially in wet and snowy conditions.
Note: New tread depths start at 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch.

BOBBY RAHAL TIRE TREAD RECOMMENDATIONS

HOW TREAD DEPTH AFFECTS YOUR STOPPING DISTANCE

Tire stopping distance chart. Tread depth greatly affects stopping distance.

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SAFE Tire Repair AREA

The only way to properly repair a tire is to dismount it from the rim so it can be inspected on the inside and repaired accordingly. If the tire is punctured in the Safe for Repair area (A), there’s a good chance it can be repaired using a one-piece combo tire repair patch. If a puncture occurs in the Not Safe for repair area (B), the tire must be replaced. All tire repairs performed at a Bobby Rahal service department are approved by the U.S. Tire Manufacturer’s Association. In addition to peace-of-mind, a proper tire repair will maintain the tire manufacturer’s warranty.
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