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What You Need To Know About Tires

Tires make are important piece of keeping your vehicle running smoothly. They help with gas mileage, keeping your drive sooth, but most importantly, they keep you safe. Sometimes you need the help of an expert to get your tires back to peak performance. That’s where we come in. Let us know what the issue is and find out how we can help get you back on the road in no time.


The outermost part of the tire that makes contact with the road. The tread is composed of a durable but wearable rubber layered on top of the tire carcass.

2-Tread Pattern:

Tread pattern refers to the design of the rubber on the tire’s tread rubber. Tread pattern designs Incorporate grooves, sipes, and blocks. The shape and arrangement of these tread pattern elements give a tire certain qualities and performance aspects.


Special slits in a tread block that can increase traction, especially in wet or snowy conditions. Sipes open as the tire rolls on to the contact patch, and then close to break surface tension on wet roads. This process puts more rubber in contact with the road, maintaining adhesion and increasing traction on wet or snowy roads.


The area where the tire’s sidewall and tread meet. Certain tire designs feature shoulder blocks for better traction.


The part of the tire between the tread and the bead

Brands We Carry

We’ve got you covered with the top tire brands. Whatever your need is, our experts will help fit you with the right tire for your ride.

  • Goodyear
  • Firestone
  • Continental
  • Falken
  • Nexen
  • Dunlop
  • Michelin®
  • General
  • Ohtsu
  • Toyo
    • Kelly
    • BFGoodrich
    • Yokohama®
    • Hankook
    • Nitto
  • Bridgestone®
  • Uniroyal
  • Pirelli®
  • Laufenn
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    Tire Pressure:

    Always maintain your vehicle’s tire pressure at the amount recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Pressure that’s too low will result in poor fuel economy and clumsy cornering; too high and the vehicle could experience reduced traction or even a tire blowout. You can find the recommended tire pressure in your owner’s manual, or on the inside of the driver’s door, when you open it.

    Tire Rotation

    Ensure even wear on all four tires by regularly rotating their positions on your vehicle. Several factors can affect tire wear, including differing weights on the front and rear axles, mechanical issues and how tightly you turn to the left versus the right. Keeping your tires rotated will extend the life of your tires.

    Flat Tire Repair

    Just because you run over a nail doesn’t mean your tire needs to be replaced. We can fix it for you. The cause of air loss will determine how the tire is repaired. A rapid leak indicates a punctured tire, while a slow leak suggests that the wheel bead or sidewall is damaged. In some cases, it may be better to replace the tire instead of repairing it.

    Four-Wheel Alignment

    Aligning your vehicle’s wheels regularly will reduce wear and ensure that you don’t pull to one side when driving. Driving around in a mis aligned vehicle will wear your tires unevenly, and will require replacing your tires sooner. Wheel alignments can also be made to achieve handling characteristics for specific applications like off roading or racing.

    Types of Tires

    With so many options of tires, it’s hard to know what is best. Having the right tire can completely change the way your vehicle drives, affecting everything from traction to handling to fuel efficiency. Before you buy a tire, make sure you know what you’re getting and have a clear idea of what your needs are.

    Passenger Tires

    Passenger tires are optimized for a smooth, comfortable ride and deliver good traction under most driving conditions, but aren’t able to accommodate heavy loads and are not as puncture-resistant as Light Truck (LT) tires.

    All Season Tire

    All-season tires handle a variety of road conditions. They have some mud and snow capabilities, but aren’t designed to handle extreme winter or summer conditions.

    Light Truck Tires

    Light Truck (LT) tires are suited for heavy vehicles like ¾-ton and larger trucks, SUVs and vans. They are designed to accommodate heavy loads and trailers, with sturdy sidewalls to stand up to the weight of the vehicle

    All Terrain and Mud Terrain Tires

    All-terrain and mud-terrain tires are mainly used on four-wheel-drive vehicles. All-terrain tires provide a good compromise between on-road driving and off-road capability, while mud-terrain tires, which feature large treads to ensure traction on uneven, slippery ground, are best suited for off-roading.

    Winter Tire

    Winter tires are more effective than all-season tires in deep snow and on ice. Deeper tread depths reduce snow buildup on the tire and increased biting edges help maintain traction in slippery conditions.

    Performance Tire

    Performance tires provide better handling and traction than all-season tires, allowing you to more precisely control your vehicle on the road.

    Merrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Wantagh is located at: 3614 Sunrise Hwy • Wantagh, NY 11793
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