At Tigard SUV and Auto Repair, Inc. we value the safety of our customers above all else. We want to ensure that you get to where you're going every time with a reliable and safe vehicle. A major problem area for the cars and trucks that come into Tigard SUV and Auto Repair, Inc., are tires. Your tires are your connection to the road, and without them doing their job properly, all the handling development and safety testing that went into your car may not keep you safe. Here is some basic information on your tires and how to know when the time has come for replacements.
Why are old or bad tires dangerous?
As stated above, your tires are an extremely important component of your car or truck. If you've ever been out of control in a vehicle, you'll know how scary being a powerless passenger inside a two ton metal box can be. Driving on tires that are too old, improperly inflated, out of balance, or not suited to weather conditions can spell disaster for your safe journey. Your tires were designed with a very specific task in mind. Using them improperly can have sudden and catastrophic consequences.
Signs your tires need air
This issue can be fairly simple to spot. If your tire seems to be wider at the part which contacts the road, they probably need to be topped up with air. Driving on under-inflated tires wears them out faster due to uneven pressure on the sidewall and can lead to full-on flats and even end up shredding the tire off the wheel! Low tire pressure ruins your vehicle's fuel economy. If you've ever ridden a bicycle with under-inflated tires you know how much extra effort you have to put in to get moving and stay rolling. On the flip side of this, driving with too much air in your tires is also unsafe. While it's unlikely that hitting a large pothole would cause the tire to burst (remember they're built to last for thousands of miles) having too much air pressure in a tire reduces the size of the contact patch, or the area where rubber meets road. This can lead to less grip and control over your vehicle. Every tire manufacturer prints the correct tire pressure on the side of their tires, so it's easy to find out the perfect pressure for your ride.
Signs your tires are out of tread
As with having over-inflated tires, a lack of tread can lead to less control and worse handling for your car or truck. Your tires' tread patterns help them to hold the road as well as channeling mud and water away from the areas that need to do the gripping. Without enough tread depth, your car can ride up on top of water on the road and cause you a complete loss of control. There are a few common methods of measuring tread depth, such as using a penny to gauge whether or not it's time to replace your tires, but we recommend coming into Tigard SUV and Auto Repair, Inc. in Tigard, OR for a professional opinion on the matter. Not all tires are created equal and must be replaced at different times.
Signs your tires are damaged
Signs that your tires are damaged can come from a few sources. A visual inspection can catch potential problems before they become major issues such as nails or rocks embedded in the tread grooves. Always remember that there's a great deal of pressure contained within your tires. If you see any gashes, bubbles or hear the hiss of air escaping it's best to stay away from that tire and enlist the help of a professional. Believe us, you don't want a tire exploding anywhere near you.
You can sometimes feel tire damage while driving. If your car begins to make strange noises as it goes down the road or the handling suddenly becomes worse you should pull over as soon as it's safe. Driving on a flat is a bad idea, and can often lead to more severe damage to your vehicle.
What can and cannot be repaired
Tires are expensive and we take any opportunity we can to repair them safely and save you money. Small punctures can often be plugged and patched (it should always be both!) but sometimes the tire's day is done. If the puncture is on the outer edge of the tire (outside the tread) it's probably unsafe to repair. The same goes for a tire that's been driven on while flat. In this case the sidewall has become weakened and the tire is no longer safe. As with recommended pressures, each manufacturer has guides for what can and what can't be repaired.
At Tigard SUV and Auto Repair, Inc., customer safety is our number one priority. We hope you'll be a little safer with this information. If you'd like to talk about whether your tires may need inspection or replacement, call us at 503-590-9798 or visit us at 12394 SW Scholls Ferry Rd in Tigard, OR. Happy travels!
We offer most major brands of tires. These are a few of our preferred brands.
This a wonderful team of auto professionals who are always willing to explain options which is invaluable! Love Chris and Dan at the front desk and my trusty tech who helps keep my cars in running awesome!
Great interaction and communication overall. Gave us honest assessment with no BS. Will definitely use Tigard SUV again.
Service people were friendly and efficient. The kept me informed thru the entire process. Work was done timely and well.
They always take care of me and save me money where they can. I appreciate all the work that I've had done with them and the quality cant be beat!
I love the mechanics and service specialists at TSUV&A. Always professional and courteous. I am always able to schedule a loaner car. I appreciate the updates and they keep me informed of the changes along the way. Chris and Daniel are awesome! They also beat out the price of a competitor's shop who couldn't provide me with a loaner when TSUV&A can. Thanks as always for the great service!
Chris and the other folks over at Tigard SUV do fantastic work. They're honest, reliable and they work really hard to get you back on the road in a safe vehicle. I really appreciate the work you guys did for me. I would highly recommend bring your vehicle to Tigard SUV. Worth it!
First visit to Tigard SUV auto shop and very impressed by quality of service and accommodations. I dropped in without an appointment and they took care of me right away. They were able to identify the issue right away and recommended necessary repairs as well as future recommended maintenance on my vehicle. Overall a 5 stars for my experience and timing of repairs. Now I believe I have found myself a neighborhood auto repair place I can count on.
Honest and dependable service, I have taken vehicles here for almost 10 years. Great service and they educate you about issues and keep you informed. A+
Arguably the best auto repair shop in the State of Oregon. Honesty and Integrity is the hallmark of Tigard Auto Repair. I trust this repair facility with my 2002 Mitsubishi Montero, 2010 Toyota Camry, and 2008 Ford Mustang and as soon as my 2015 Cadillac SRX comes off Factory warranty, they will be taking care of that auto too. Thank you.
Great service, did awesome work on my brakes and rotors. Didn't feel pressured at all to spend money on extra recommendations for the car, even for fixes that were semi-urgent. Super satisfied with the experience and will definitely return there for all future work on my car.
Tigard SUV came recommended and they went above and beyond. I appreciate them keeping me in the loop on every step of the process. I?ll be going back time and again for any work and I can?t wait to see the friendly people at Tigard SUV.
I've used Tigard SUV and auto repair for several years now and have always been treated well and fairly. They've stood by their service and worked with me to solve problems especially on my older 4wd geo tracker. They appreciate how much the rig means to me especially as a tow vehicle behind my RV. Because of this, I trusted them to put in a new engine, clutch, and other new parts and am so happy to have it back ready to go another 200,000 miles! Thanks!
As always, I get the best customer seevice from Daniel and Chris over at Tigard SUV & Auto. They're also so good & patient to answer all my questions. They always have a loaner car and everytime I leave my vehicle with them, it comes back to me better than when I left it with them. I truly appreciate thier advice and willingness to help me keep my vehicle in great running order! Thank you!!!
I was advised by Chris Dillon when I made the appointment to bring my SUV in early at 0730 on Friday (when the shop opens) so they would have the best chance to fix my AC issue (compressor failure) before the weekend. I'm glad I followed his advice because Tigard SUV delivered!
So helpful and friendly. I feel very confident they will get the job done great and amazing customer service. No pressure and give you all options. Very happy!!!
Courteous, professional, and knowledgeable staff provide quality service in timely manner for a fair price without overselling additional services. The free loaner car is an added PLUS and convenience that no other shop I've used in the past 30 years has offered. Thanks!!
Going on a road trip? I recently was at Tigard SUV for an oil change and to add new tires to my Honda SUV. On my way home, the ease in handling, smoothness of the ride and reduced noise level was really amazing. Thanks Tigard SUV for keeping us safe and ready for the next big adventure! :-)
Tigard SUV were honest and straight forward in their work and communication. This was my first experience with this shop and will definitely return.
Always great service. Prompt, friendly, to the point. I?ve been going here for years now and don?t plan on going anywhere else! Thanks guys!
The service is as professional as it can get. I was treated with respect and fully informed of how action would be taken in the service of my car. While clearly busy with several customers, I felt I too was being attended to with care and thoughtfulness. Excellent business.
My first time taking my Honda Civic in and I can only say the service was excellent. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. I just found my permanent auto shop.
Efficient and, more importantly, honest. No pressure to do additional repairs. Great records of my vehicle...always up to date.