Selecting TiresAug 5th, 2016
I need new tires. How do I know which tires to get?
Chuck Jones Automotive LLC Answer:
Let's look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: Function, Fit, and Value.
Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: WA weather conditions, Portland, OR terrain, Woodland temperatures, etc.
Most new family vehicles in WA come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most WA road conditions – but they aren't ideal at the extremes.
Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice on roads, and they have a rubber compound that helps them have better traction as Woodland temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit/7.2 degrees Centigrade. In winter weather, you'll definitely experience better stopping and road-holding characteristics for Woodland vehicles than all-season tires. Dedicated summer tires enhance warm WA weather performance driving for Woodland .
If you drive off-road around Portland, OR, there is a wide spectrum of tires from all-terrain (a good mix of highway and off-road capability) to dedicated off-road tires.
The key is to discuss function with a Chuck Jones Automotive LLC tire professional to get the type of tire, load rating, speed rating and wear rating you need.
Fit: The easiest thing is to purchase tires in the same size that were installed by the manufacturer. If you want a different size wheel or tire profile, be sure to work with your Chuck Jones Automotive LLC service advisor so you can make sure that your new wheels and tires fit properly and don't rub in bumps or turns. It's also important to make sure that important safety systems like anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control aren't adversely affected by the new tire size (the computer may need to be recalibrated to make necessary adjustments).
Value: Note, I didn't say price. The tire that meets all your needs AND has the warranty and tread life you expect will not be the least expensive option – but it may well return the best value for your tire dollar.
Chuck Jones Automotive LLC tire professionals help Woodland drivers with this automotive decision.
Give us a call.
Chuck Jones Automotive LLC
1459 Pacific Avenue
Woodland, WA 98674