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TIRES

At Covenant Automotive Repair & Service 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 Covenant Automotive Repair & Service, 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 Covenant Automotive Repair & Service in Tucson, AZ 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 Covenant Automotive Repair & Service, 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 520-351-2061 or visit us at 4950 E Speedway Blvd in Tucson, AZ. Happy travels!



We offer most major brands of tires. These are a few of our preferred brands.


BFGoodrich
Cooper
Goodyear
Michelin


To learn more about our Tire services, call us at 520-351-2061 or request a quote by clicking below:


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Testimonials

  • We found our former auto repair shop closed only to "randomly" pull into Mark Knaak's, Covenant Automotive, LLC today. While it makes sense to get an appointment, they performed mechanical service on two of our cars without hesitation. They were pleasant to work with, asked appropriate questions, provided information and excellent service second to none. Mark is a VERY experienced mechanic and able to work on almost ANY make or model. He specializes in "high end" luxury vehicles. Raise your prices, Mark! You deserve EVERY penny. THANK YOU. We'll be back!
    -Thomas & Gloria W.

  • Mark was honest, kind, worked very efficiently, and made my experience at Covenant Automotive not only enjoyable but heaven sent. I will certainly be taking my Nissan to him and his team as long as they are in business in Tucson. Thank you Mark for your kind heart and excellent service!
    -Hallah K.

  • Very impressed! I just dropped in before 3pm on 2/19/2018 with my 2001 F150 Lariat, thinking I might need a fuel filter replacement..."Service Engine Soon" light was lit. When they checked, it was determined the truck was misfiring on #8. I thought I'd have to arrange another day to bring it in for the estimated 3 hour job; Mark assured me that he could get two guys to work on it right away, and if they had to go a little past 5, they'd do whatever was needed to get me going. Well, a whole set of plugs and a new coil, and they finished at 4:50! Amazing work!
    -Pam D.

  • My stepdad brings in our cars to Mark and he does a fabulous job taking care of them! I took my Nissan Maxima in for an oil change and to get my splash guard nailed back into place. They took excellent care of my car and I am very impressed with them! Will be back with my husband's car for an oil change, and will keep coming back! The oil change is a great price for the service that you receive!
    -Renee F.

  • Very honest work done in timely manner prices very good
    -Sean H.

  • Mark has worked on my Mercedes E350...and now a doge journey (only an oil change and inspection before cross country trip.) The service and above all, honesty you'll get here is just the best. We're moving east and will miss them!
    -Phyllis G.

  • Very honest and fair! My stepdad has been bringing the cars here for years and they are very fast and effeciant. I will be coming back again in the future for any work that needs to be done to my car.
    -Renee

  • Covenant has repaired my BMW multiple times and are amazing to work with. I always get a fair price and they are extremely responsive. They will continue to get my families business.
    -Elise N.

  • My 2000 GMC 1500 SLT 2WD with 147K original miles had developed a popping sound in the frt left side while I was visiting in Tucson, and being a bit of a motorhead from years past, I had a good idea as to what it was. I took it into a well known national chain garage to do an inspection, not only did they charge me $20 to do the inspection, they quoted me well over $2300 to complete the work. Then I did a little web search and found Covenant Automotive which is backed by NAPA so I called made an appt. I took it in as scheduled and they got right on it, doing the inspection and working up a quote, that is when Mark told me that he would quote the job in the most economical manner, which meant replacing the entire upper arm rather than replacing the bushings and the ball joint separately on both sides, as well as the tie rods on both sides. He quoted me $1017 and change which also included an alignment. They took me back to the RV Park where I was staying and finish! ed the work as promised, on time and on budget! I have driven the truck now for a few weeks, took a 500 mile road trip and I am completely satisfied with the quality level of their work. Mark and his team are not just mechanics, they are motorheads themselves and it is in their blood, they will work on your car or truck as if it was their own and they take great pride in their commitment to their customers My thanks to the team at Covenant Automotive, and Happy New Year!
    -Marc G.

  • All I can say is I wish you were here in Amarillo where I just moved. I've never had such good service from anyone, and I am a real skeptic when it comes to mechanics. You and your crew are the best. Thank you!
    -Bonnie Lundy