Crystal Lake and Barrington Auto Repair

Superior Tire Repair & Service

The right tires impact far more than the look of your vehicle. In fact, proper tire care and maintenance top the list when it comes to safe driving. Unevenly worn treads, low air pressure and improper alignment negatively affect your vehicle’s handling and performance on the road.

At Douglas Automotive, we offer an extensive tire selection and comprehensive services to ensure your tire satisfaction and safety. Whether you’re looking to purchase new tires, are interested in an alignment or need a repair, our experienced tire experts will help you make the right tire decisions at the right time for your vehicle.

To place an order, call (815) 356-0440 or stop by a Douglas Automotive location. Our tire experts will ensure you make the best purchase according to your needs and budget. Once ordered, our direct partnerships with leading manufacturers allow us to receive your tires quickly upon request. We can then install them directly from the location of delivery.

Douglas Tire Services

We specialize in diagnosing the condition of your tires, no matter your vehicle. Proper tire maintenance maximizes the life of your tires, improves gas mileage and stabilizes driving conditions. Our tire repair & services include:

Tire Alignment

Over time, vehicle tires often fall out of alignment due to natural wear and tear. Alignment is the process of resetting the angles of your tires and adjusting your suspension to meet the manufacturer’s original specifications.

Signs of unaligned tires:

  • Vibrating steering wheel
  • Off-center steering wheel when driving straight
  • Vehicle tends to drift to one side, even when driving straight

Tire Balance

Imbalance occurs when air mass within the tire is unevenly distributed, causing shaky driving conditions, difficult steering and unevenly worn treads. Balancing your tires evens out the air distribution to optimize tire performance and safety.

Signs of tire imbalance:

  • Shake or vibration in steering wheel or seat over 40 mph
  • Unevenly worn treads
  • Abnormally/unevenly shaped tires

Tire Rotation

Regularly rotating all 4 of your vehicle’s tires helps even the amount of treadwear and extend your tires’ mileage. Typically done as part of a standard oil change, regular rotation is required by some tire manufacturers in order to remain within the tires’ mileage warranty.

Signs it may be time to rotate your tires:

  • Unevenly worn treads
  • Every 3,000 miles of travel
  • Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendation

Tire Repair

If you experience a minor puncture in one of your tires, chances are you may not need to entirely replace the tire. Once diagnosed properly, our tire experts may be able to dismount the tire from your vehicle and patch it from the inside.

Signs I need may need my tire repaired:

  • Unstable air pressure
  • A small object such as a nail is stuck in the tire

Tires 101

How do I know if I need new tires?

Worn treads are just one sign you may need new tires. Uneven wear and unstable tire pressure are also indicators it may be time to start shopping. These conditions wear on your vehicle and greatly lessen tire traction in inclement conditions, such as ice, rain and snow.

IL State law prohibits the use of tires with a tread groove less than 2/32 of an inch deep around your tire. The “Quarter Test” is a quick way to check if your tires meet this requirement. With the top of George Washington’s head facing down, stick a quarter between the grooves of your tire. If Washington’s head I buried, you have sufficient tread. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, the tread is more than 2/32 of an inch worn, and it’s time to purchase new tires.

At Douglas Automotive, we’ll help properly evaluate your tires’ condition to determine your best option, whether it be purchasing new tires or servicing your existing tires.

How do I shop for tires?

When it comes to shopping for new tires, it’s important to take these key factors into consideration.

  • The Number of Tires You Need
  • Your Vehicle Manufacturer’s Recommendation
  • Tire Size
  • Tire Type
  • Tire Class
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