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Tire FAQs: How to Care for Your Tires

Next to getting your oil changed, tire care is among the most important forms of vehicle maintenance there is. Make sure that you’re rolling around the streets of Jacksonville

both safely and efficiently by following these tire care tips from Arlington Toyota. Afterward, if you’re still feeling lost, don’t hesitate to visit our professional service center.


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Q: How do I check my tire pressure?

Driving with under-inflated tires can cause major problems for your vehicle. On the performance end, you will have a hard time turning and braking with optimal precision, and your fuel economy will decrease as well. On top of all that, underinflated tires can cause excessive friction, causing your tires to wear down more quickly than they should and making them go out much sooner than they would otherwise.

On the sidewall of your tires, you’ll find their recommended PSI (usually between 30 and 35). Stop at a gas station with an air pump, and fill up the tires to the recommended air pressure. If you’re uncomfortable doing this on your own, the Arlington Toyota service team will take care of your tire pressure check and inflate your tires for you the next time you bring your vehicle in for an oil change or other routine service.

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Q: How do I check my tire tread?

Running on bald or low-tread tires is dangerous. In addition to the fact that your vehicle isn’t as responsive as it should be in terms of steering or braking, you’re also at risk of blowing a tire, which puts not only you but those around you at serious risk.

Luckily, checking your tire tread is pretty simple. While a tread-depth gauge is the ideal method of measuring tire tread, the old-fashioned “penny test” still works well. Here’s all you do:

  1. Turn the penny so Lincoln’s head is upside down.
  2. With Lincoln’s head now pointing into the tire, insert the penny between two treads.

If you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, it means your tire tread is too low, and it’s likely time to get new tires.

Tire Tread

Q: Why is it important to rotate my tires?

Tire rotations are an essential component of tire maintenance. As you drive your vehicle around Atlantic Beach, your driving habits tend to wear down the tread on certain tires more quickly than others. When you get your tires rotated, this helps ensure that the tires wear down more evenly over time, which both improves the performance of your car and helps extend the life of the tires.

Tires can be a bit pricey, so in order to get as many miles out of them as possible, it’s important to take care of them. The easiest way to do that is to get tire rotations every several thousand miles or at the very least every other time you get an oil change. Since this is a procedure that involves special equipment, you’ll probably want to schedule an appointment to have this done when the time comes.

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Q: How do I change a flat tire?

If you get a flat tire in Jacksonville Beach, you may be covered under the generous ToyotaCare program, but if you aren’t covered, then you’ll need to know how to change a flat tire. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. First make sure you find a safe spot off of the road that doesn’t put you at risk. Put your hazard lights on, and make sure the parking brake is activated.
  2. Get out of the car, and apply the wheel wedges, remove the hubcap, and loosen the lug nuts.
  3. Place the jack under the car, and raise the vehicle.
  4. At this point, you’ll need to unscrew the lug nuts so you can remove the flat tire.
  5. From here, mount the spare tire and tighten the lug nuts.
  6. Lower the vehicle partially and re-tighten the lug nuts before lowering the vehicle all the way.
  7. Replace the hubcap, put all your equipment away, and double check that the spare tire’s pressure is correct.

Afterward, you’ll want to get your vehicle to a maintenance shop to get a new tire put on as soon as possible. Important: Spare tires are only intended to be a temporary fix, and they’re not to be used when driving at high speeds!

changing a flat tire

Q: How Often Should I Get My Tires Aligned?

Are you experiencing vibrations in your vehicle’s steering wheel? Does your vehicle keep drifting on one side? If yes, then read what our Service Center experts at Arlington Toyota in Jacksonville, FL say all about this.

If there is an issue with alignment of tires and wheels of your vehicle, it will definitely lead to various other severe problems in different systems of the vehicle. As you drive your vehicle, it isn’t difficult to tell that there is something wrong with alignment because your vehicle should be pulling towards one way or the other. Misalignment of the wheels and tires may also cause vibrations. To avoid all these issues, you simply have to get your wheels and tires get aligned. Tires’ proper alignment is also necessary for the extended life of your vehicle. Also if the tires and wheels are not aligned properly, your tires will wear out before they are expected to do so.

We at Arlington Toyota in Jacksonville, FL recommend our customers to get their tires aligned whenever they get the new tires or wheels for the vehicle. Though there is no specific timeframe recommended for tire and wheel alignment however it is good to get your tires’ alignment checked after every six months or a year for new vehicles. If you are driving an older vehicle then it should inspected more frequently.

If you are experiencing such issues, you must visit Service Center of Arlington Toyota in Jacksonville, FL today.

it is important to get your tires aligned regularly

Get Your Vehicle Serviced in St. Augustine Today

While many of the procedures mentioned above can be handled by DIY enthusiasts with a bit of automotive know-how and ambition, most drivers will want to rely on experts who have the certifications, equipment, and expertise to ensure that job is done right. Schedule your next tire service for your vehicle here at Arlington Toyota! While you’re at it, make sure you check out our current service specials in order to take advantage of any deals we’re currently running around Orange Park and Amelia Island. Our dealership is in Jacksonville, FL, so stop on in or contact us today.

Our Service Specials

Purchase a Genuine Toyota Battery, Get $10 Off!
  • $10 off

Toyota vehicles only. Must present coupon at time of write up. Cannot be used with any other offer, coupon or special. No cash value.

4 Wheel Tire Rotation

$17.99

  • FREE after purchase of 4 tires

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Lube, Oil and Filter
  • $19.95 conventional
  • $49.95 synthetic

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value. Includes up to 5 quarts. Larger models may be extra.

Parts Offer 10% Off

Enjoy 10% off Genuine Toyota Parts and Accessories.

Valid Only on Genuine Toyota parts. Retail Parts Counter Purchases Only. Not valid with any other offers or coupons. Present Coupon before check out.

Brake Pad Replacement with Resurface Rotors

Now $189.95!

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value. Per axle. Some models may be higher.

Battery Replacement

We have 18 months to lifetime warranty batteries. Starting at $109.95 INSTALLED!

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Buy 3 Tires, Get 1 Free

Toyota models only. Some models and trucks additional charge. Must present coupon at time of write up. Tax and shop supplies extra. Cannot be used with any other offer, coupon, or special. No cash value. One coupon per customer. Customer pays for tire mount, balance, tax and disposal fees for 4 tires.

Transmission Fluid Exchange

Our Automatic Transmission Fluid Exchange Service provides a thorough transmission fluid exchange designed to clean the system and ensure harmful contaminants are removed. Now $169.95

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Coolant Exchange

Protecting your car’s coolant system can prevent damage to vital engine components. This service drains your antifreeze/coolant and includes a system refill. Now $159.95

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Power Steering Fluid Exchange

Power steering fluid can deteriorate over time due to fluctuating temperatures and friction. Additionally, harmful abrasives, sludge, and varnish build-up in your car’s power steering system and can be circulated by the fluid. This can reduce the life of your steering rack and pinion and other power steering components. $109.99

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Brake Fluid Exchange

As time passes, brake fluid becomes contaminated shortening the life of your vehicle’s brake system components. Brake fluid absorbs moisture causing corrosion and eventually the deterioration of the hydraulic parts in your brake system. $99.95

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Tire Rotate and Balance

Having your tires regularly rotated and balanced increases their lifespan and durability. Over time, tires are worn down by the surfaces they drive over. If they are kept in the same position on your vehicle, they will continually erode in the same place. This uneven wear causes them to break down more quickly. Now $34.95!

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

4 Wheel Alignment

Set front and rear wheels and all specifications to achieve proper thrust and centerline angles.  Service also includes inspection of steering linkage and shocks, checking tire pressure, and tire wear. Now $69.95!

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Front or Rear Differential Service

Drain and fill differential. $119.99

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value. Some models may be higher.

Fuel Injector Service

Helps restore engine performance and fuel efficiency while protecting against future repairs. $109.95

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Fuel Induction Service

Helps restore performance and maintain fuel economy while freeing sticky throttle bodies from carbon build-up.  Also helps remove moisture from the fuel tank and gas lines. $109.95

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Headlight Restoration

If your headlights are starting to look cloudy and yellow, it’s probably time to restore them. $89.95

Not valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Air Conditioner Refresher

Clean evaporator core and A/C odor treatment. $55.71

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Air Conditioner Cabin Filter

Traps contaminants before they enter your vehicle while cleaning the air that recirculates inside your cabin. $34.95

Toyota Models only. Not Valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

Engine Air Filter

Helps your engine breathe easier and maintain engine performance. Starting at $22.99 Installed!

Not valid with any other coupons or offers. Must present coupon at time of write up. No Cash Value.

 

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