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Tires
Why You Should See Us

Whether you're shopping for the best price on a new set of tires for your car, truck, CUV or SUV or simply looking for a quick tire rotation or tire inspection, make sure you visit your local Quick Lane® Tire & Auto Center. When you purchase tire(s), the following services are typically included:*

Our factory-trained experts know all the ins and outs when it comes to your tires and have the right replacements on hand, based on your requirements. They can also help you get the most out of your tires with simple maintenance tips.

We offer 11 name-brand tires, including Michelin, Goodyear and Continental. On top of all that, we offer the guaranteed best price on the tires we sell.

When to Replace Your Tires

When it comes to tire safety, remember to inspect your four primary tires and spare tire once a month.

It's pretty simple. Do you have a penny in your pocket? Take it out and put it upside down in your tires' tread grooves. Do this in several locations on the tires because sometimes your tires may display unusual wear patterns leading to premature wear. If Lincoln's hair is visible, the tread has worn to less than 2/32 of an inch. If you have a tire depth gauge in your toolbox, that will give you a better indicator of how much tread you have left. If you have a ruler, you can also use that to measure your remaining tread.

It is strongly recommended that you replace your tires when the tread has worn to between 2/32 of an inch and 4/32 (using a quarter instead of a penny with Washington's scalp visible). Of course, punctures, cuts or snags in your tire tread or sidewall could signal that it's time to replace your tires as well.

The more tread on your tires, the more control you have ? especially in wet road conditions ? and the shorter the distance required to stop your vehicle when braking.

If you are uncertain about whether it is time to replace your tires, the factory-trained auto service technicians at your local Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center can tell you if you need new tires.



Whether you're shopping for the best price on a new set of tires for your car, truck, CUV or SUV or simply looking for a quick tire rotation or tire inspection, make sure you our local Quick Lane® Tire & Auto Center. When you purchase tire(s), the following services are typically included:*

Our factory-trained experts know all the ins and outs when it comes to your tires and have the right replacements on hand, based on your requirements. They can also help you get the most out of your tires with simple maintenance tips.

We offer 11 name-brand tires, including Michelin, Goodyear and Continental. On top of all that, we offer the guaranteed best price on the tires we sell.

Tire Wear Patterns

With use, tires inevitably wear out. However, some types of wear are premature and the result of improper tire inflation and external factors. A factory-trained technician at your local Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center can point out any unusual wear patterns on your tires and advise you on how to remedy the problem.


Toe wear

Out of alignment -
thin inner or outer edge
Toe Wear

Camber Wear

Out of alignment -
exaggerated inner or outer edge wear
Toe Wear


Center Wear

Over-inflation-thin tread
wear in center of tire
Toe Wear

Edge Wear

Under-inflation -
thin tread wear along tire edges
Toe Wear

Patch Wear
Out of balance -
patchy tread wear or flat spots
Toe Wear

Cup Wear
Bent or worn-out suspension component -
diagonal "scalloped" tread wear
Toe Wear




The Right Tires for Your Vehicle

If you are unsure which tire size(s) to use on your vehicle, you can find that information in your owner's guide or on the driver's side doorjamb. The tires specified in the owner's guide and on the driver's side doorjamb are the original equipment (OE) tires. Make sure that all tires are the correct size(s) and have the proper speed rating (or higher) and load-carrying capacity. Only use the tire combinations outlined in the owner's guide.

Auto manufacturers suggest you equip your vehicle with the same type tires and tread design as were originally equipped on the vehicle.

Your local Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center can help you find the right tire for the right price for your vehicle.


Different Types of Vehicle Tires


Broad Market Passenger TireBroad Market Passenger
This is the most common type of tire and features long tread life and a quiet, smooth ride. Other attributes include:
All-season traction
High aspect ratios (tire height), which means a softer ride
Passenger car, SUV and light truck applications


Performance/Touring TirePerformance/Touring
This tire combines the characteristics of performance tires with the long mileage and smooth ride of a broad market passenger tire. It features:
Higher speed ratings than broad market passenger tires
Medium aspect ratio (tire height), resulting in a combination of performance and ride comfort
Passenger and luxury car applications


High Performance TireHigh Performance
Not a tire for the masses. This type of tire is designed for enhanced handling under demanding circumstances. Tire highlights:
Typically uses "Z" or "ZR" in size description
Highest speed ratings
Low aspect ratio (tire height) for enhanced control
Sports car and high-performance sedan applications


Light Truck TireLight Truck
Light trucks are designed to carry cargo. These tires are designed to support higher loads, and include:
"LT" designation followed by size
Requires higher tire pressure compared to passenger tires
Load index designated by alpha character, typically "C" through "G"
SUVS, van and light truck applications


Your local Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center can help you find the right tire for the right price.



Your Spare Tire

If you've never had a flat tire, consider yourself fortunate. Today's tires include features designed to help prevent a flat tire, even when driving over glass and other objects that could pierce the tire. However, you're still not guaranteed of not getting a flat (to change a flat tire, consult your owner's guide for instructions).

If you have a spare tire (or inflation device), it should be suitable to your vehicle. To determine the correct spare tire for your vehicle, consult the owner's guide or talk to your Quick Lane tire specialist.

It's equally important to inspect the spare when you get replacement tires as well as when performing monthly air pressure inspections.

There are several types of spare tires:
  • Full-size spare - requires the greatest amount of storage space, but they are the most versatile
  • Temporary full-size spare - lighter-weight construction and a shallower tread depth to reduce vehicle weight to make the spare easier to install
  • Temporary mini-spare (doughnut) - smaller than other full-size tires with low-speed rating; limited-distance tire; not intended for highway use
  • Inflation kit - fills the tire with substance to temporarily allow the "flat" tire to be used
Your local Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center provides tire repair services if you do get a flat. And if the tire is damaged beyond repair or worn out, they can provide you with the right tire at the right price


Rotating Your Tires

In addition to making sure your tires are properly inflated at the recommended levels, rotating your tires can help you get the most miles out of them by distributing wear more evenly. Additionally, while rotating the tires, any unusual tire wear patterns can be exposed, indicating premature tire wear and external factors. On top of that, related components such as brakes, suspension and steering parts can be examined for needed maintenance or repair.

Consult your owner's guide for frequency and tire rotation patterns. To make sure you are rotating your tires at the right time in their life cycles, have a factory-trained technician at your local Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center inspect your tires.



Tire Air Pressure


Maintaining the correct recommended pressure in your tires is not only important for safety reasons, it can also help you get more miles out of your tires. Underinflated tires wear prematurely. You also will not go as far on a tank of gas because of the increased tire resistance. Making sure your tire pressure isn't too low or too high can improve your gas mileage by approximately three percent.

To determine how much air your tires need, see your owner's guide or placard, which is often located in the glove compartment, the driver's doorjamb or the inside fuel cap door on 2002 and newer model-year vehicles. Don't try to "eyeball" your tire pressure. They can appear fully inflated even though they are not at the recommended inflation levels.

We suggest using the pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) recommendation in your owner's guide instead of the numbers outlined on the tire sidewalls since these apply to maximum pressure for that tire.

You should check your tire pressure once every month. It's simple to do. First, make sure the tires are cold and were not just driven. If you don't have a tire gauge, you will need one. Unscrew the valve cap on the tire and press the gauge into the valve stem. Read the number on the gauge, compare it to the recommended level and add air if needed. And check the pressure on your spare tire as well since your spare should have air too.

If you are uncertain about whether it is time to replace your tires, the factory-trained auto service technicians at your local Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center can tell you if you need new tires.






Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established a rating system known as Uniform Tire Quality Grading to provide consumers with useful information to help them purchase tires. It's made up of three components:

  • Treadwear
    The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test track. A tire graded 200 would wear twice as long on the government test course under specified test conditions as one graded 100. Treadwear grades cannot be used to project tire mileage since there are a number of variables that affect wear - driving habits, service practices, differences in road characteristics and climate.
  • Traction
    Traction grades - AA, A, B and C - go from highest to lowest. They represent the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. The testing does not take into account cornering, hydroplaning or acceleration.
  • Temperature
    The temperature grades - A, B and C - go from highest to lowest, and represent the tire's resistance to the generation of heat.
While the ratings are established by NHTSA, the actual validation testing is performed by the tire manufacturers and independent testing companies they hire. That means there can be some inconsistencies in testing and results.

Your local Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center can advise you on the right tires based on your needs.




Load Index and Speed Symbols

Federal law dictates that tire manufacturers place standardized information on the sidewall of their tires. The information (letters and numbers) identifies and describes the basic characteristics of the tire and also provides a tire identification number for safety standard certification and in case of a recall.

We'll use P215/65R15 95H M+S as an example and explain the meaning behind the tire's labeling.

  • P
    "P" indicates the tire is for a passenger car, while "LT" would be for a light truck and "N" would be for a spare tire. There are different designations depending on the application.
  • 215
    This is the width of the tire in millimeters from sidewall edge to sidewall edge. Typically, the larger the tire, the larger this number.
  • 65
    65 is the aspect ratio, which designates the tire's ratio of height to width. Numbers of 70 or lower indicate a short sidewall for improved steering response and better overall handling on dry pavement.
  • R
    "R" stands for radial, as in radial ply construction. This has been the industry standard for many years.
  • 15
    The rim diameter is 15 inches for this tire, meaning your replacement tire should also have a 15-inch diameter.
  • 95
    The number 95 designates the load index, which tells you how much weight each tire can support. This information is available in the owner's guide. Not all tires may have a load index since this is not a requirement. In this case, the tire can support 1,521 lbs. as detailed in the load index chart, available in Search for Tires.
  • H
    "H" is the speed rating, which denotes the speed at which a tire is designed to be driven for extended periods of time. The ratings range from 99 miles per hour (mph) to 186 mph. You may not find this information on all tires because it is not required by law. NOTE: You should not exceed the posted speed limits even if your tires have higher speed ratings.
  • M+S
    Also shown as "M/S", this indicates that the tire has some mud and snow capability. Most radial tires have these markings.
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