Roger Kwapich, owner of Smitty's Automotive, is the creator and 15-year host of the nationally syndicated "The C.A.R. Show"  radio program.

Sylvania 
5916 W. Sylvania Avenue
(at Holland - Sylvania)
Toledo, OH 43623
Phone: (419) 882 - 4991
M-F: 7am - 6pm
Sat: Closed
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West Toledo 
5750 Jackman Rd.
(Jackman & Alexis)
Toledo, OH 43613
Phone: (419) 478-1309
Toll Free: (888) 273-1307
M-F: 7:00am -6pm
Sat: 8am - 2pm
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Toledo Automobile Repair & Service. We service your Automobile, Auto, Car, Truck, Pick Up, RV, and Motor Home. Toledo Automotive Repair, Maintenance & Service Specialist, Serving Toledo & Northwest Ohio Auto Owners for over 50 Years.

Ohio Automobile Repair & Service, Serving Toledo, Sylvania, Perrysburg, Waterville, Springfield, Oregon, Rossford, Maumee, Ottawa Hills, Holland, Monclova, Lime City, Swanton, and Delta, Ohio Automobile Owners.

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Smitty's Automotive proudly serves the Toledo, Sylvania and surrounding areas in Northwest Ohio
Sure, they’re black rubber round things with ridges. But not only are they responsible for pushing your car forward, they’re your connection with the road. With aid of their treads, they grip, helping you accelerate, stop and take corners without sliding. They are an important factor in vehicle safety and the vast majority of cars have no sensors, no warning lights to tell you when something is wrong with them. 

Inspecting Your Tires

One of the most important ways of ensuring the life of your tires is knowing when to replace them. The owner’s manual for your vehicle will tell you how often you should change your tires (for example, every 40,000 miles). But that would be in a perfect world. And road hazards, driving habits and imperfect alignment can easy shorten the life of a tire. This is why you should regularly inspect them.

Look for Debris
A simple visual inspection will tell you a lot. First, you have to look for any debris that may be embedded in your tires. This can range anywhere from small stones to nails. These should not be there and should be removed. But be warned, that if there’s a nail in there and you remove it, you’d better have your spare handy, because it’s most likely not going to hold air when you take it out. In fact, if you suspect that any debris you remove is going to cause a hole, you should be prepared to replace it. Either that, or just have an expert do it for you.

Check the Sidewalls
You should also look at the sidewalls of the tires for any cuts, deep gouges or bulges. These can be a warning sign that your tire is not going to last very long and should be addressed immediately.

Check the Treads
This is important. Not only will it tell you if your tires are in need of replacement, but if you read it right, you can tell if something is wrong. For instance, uneven wear on your treads is not good. This could mean that you are in need of an alignment. It could also mean that your tires are under inflated or over-inflated--both problems that can cause safety issues. This is important. Not only will it tell you if your tires are in need of replacement, but if you read it right, you can tell if something is wrong. For instance, uneven wear on your treads is not good. This could mean that you are in need of an alignment. It could also mean that your tires are  or over-inflated--both problems that can cause safety issues. 

Tires with treads that are 1/16th of an inch or shallower need to be replaced. Most tires have indicators that show when your tread depth is dangerously low. This is in the form of a black bar of hard rubber that appears when the treads are worn down enough. If you see this, it’s time for a new tire.

Tire Inflation

The main reasons for untimely tire failure are over inflation and under inflation. Check your owner’s manual for the proper PSI your tires should be at. If a tire doesn't fall under those parameters, it could cause excessive wear and cause safety issues.The main reasons for untimely tire failure are over inflation and . Check your owner’s manual for the proper PSI your tires should be at. If a tire doesn't fall under those parameters, it could cause excessive wear and cause safety issues.

Tire Rotation

Even with perfect inflation and perfect alignment, tires will wear unevenly (mostly the front tires compared to the rear tires). To get the most life out of your tires, you should rotate them every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. This will help ensure a more even wear.

Inspecting Your Tires