Tel: (650) 968- 8931
@Shell Gas Station 1288 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

TIRE REPAIR/FLAT REPAIR



An improperly repaired tire may fail when driven at high speed causing loss of vehicle control. Flat or damaged tires need to be repaired by qualified personnel. Almost any sharp object on the road can cause a flat tire. We repair tire tread punctures up to 1/4" in diameter. We do NOT recommend repairing larger punctures or punctures to the tire's shoulder and sidewall. Do not attempt to repair the tire while it is still connected to the wheel. You must inspect the inside of the tire for hidden damage or risk weakening the tire. Punctures in the tread area may damage a greater area of the tire like the inner sidewall. Without removing the tire, it's hard to see all the damage. Proper tire repair is critical and any puncture or injury to a tire will affect its performance. If you have any questions regarding your tire's condition, we'll be glad to inspect them for you. Call or email us to repair or replace your damaged, punctured or leaky tires.

Wheel Balancing

Often confused with wheel alignment, a properly balanced wheel is a beautiful, perfectly tuned wheel-tire combination. This is accomplished by placing measured lead weights on the opposite side of the "heavy spot" – the noticeable tread wear on your unbalanced tire.

How do I know if I need my wheels balanced?

Is your vehicle vibrating at certain speeds, say, between 50 and 70 mph? If so, chances are your wheel is out of balance. One section of your tire is heavier than the other because it's endured more exposure to the friction and heat of the road. Most people are very satisfied with the difference such a simple and inexpensive procedure makes.

Look for these signs, and if you find either one, come see us:

Scalloped, erratic wear pattern on tires.

Vibration in steering wheel, seat, or floorboard at certain speeds.

TIRE INSTALLATION

Your vehicle's tires make constant contact with the road. Over time and with normal wear-and-tear, your become worn down. This can be dangerous when braking on wet or snow-covered roads. Hydroplaning occurs when the tire's grooves are so worn down that they don't channel water out from beneath the tread. When this happens, your treads only skim the water's surface and the steering wheel won't respond. Keep your tires in working condition.

How do I know if I need new tires?

Your tread depth is below 1/16 of an inch (1.6 millimeters). To get a rough idea of your tread depth, use a penny and insert it "head down" into the tread. If you can see Lincoln's entire head, you need new tires. Your tread wear indicator bar is visible. Flat rubber bars run perpendicular to the tread. If you see them, it's time for new tires. Your tire's sidewall is showing visible cracks or cuts. Take this seriously; your tires may soon start to leak. Your tires have developed bulges or blisters. Weak spots on tires show up around blisters or bulges and can blow out your tires. If you see any of these signs, you need to have them checked and replaced. We carry a number of brand name tires to choose from, and our trained technicians will install them properly. Come in to our shop, call, or email us, and we will assist you.