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  • Mon 8:00AM - 6:00PM
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TIRES

At Lunar Low Automotive 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 Lunar Low Automotive, 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 Lunar Low Automotive in Wilmington, NC 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 Lunar Low Automotive, 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 910-769-0994 or visit us at 521 Wellington Ave in Wilmington, NC. Happy travels!



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


Goodyear
Michelin


To learn more about our Tire services, call us at 910-769-0994 or request a quote by clicking below:


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What People Say About Us

Wilmington
  • Took a chance on these guys based on the good reviews they had on multiple sites. I'm so glad I did, they definitely deserve all the 5star reviews. First let me say my issue with my Jeep Wrangler (the dreaded death wobble) was going to be costly no matter where I took it, but Lunar Low was very upfront about what needed to be done and how much it was going to be, and honestly they came in at a lower of a price than I thought it was going to be. Wayne (one of the owners), was very thorough about why each thing needed to be replaced and what was more important if I couldn't do it all at once....I was so impressed I decided to buy my new tires there as well. If you have a Jeep or a 4x4 of any kind this is the place to take it. Lunar Low has earned all my future business

  • David and his team are fantastic. We took in a used vehicle we were considering purchasing for a pre-sale inspection and they quickly identified some key issues that saved us from making a big mistake and ultimately saved our wallets too! Very friendly, pleasant to work with, open and honest communication. I can't thank them enough!

Wilmington
  • We were vacationing in the area and discovered an issue with our Jeep Wrangler. My husband called this repair shop and they were able to get us in the next morning and took our vehicle first since we were on vacation and had no other vehicle. We needed brakes, rotors, and caliber replaced. We were nervous to take it to a place we didn't know but knew it wouldn't be safe to drive it home to Pennsylvania. They did a fantastic job. They called with details and cost before completing the work and called a day later to follow up to make sure everything was working right. It was of course, and the price was very reasonable. We recommended them to our family who is local to the area. We appreciate them taking care of our jeep.

  • Would recommend this place honest fast comfort little pricey but well worlth the service and warranty

Wilmington
  • Very helpful, you can also tell they do good work by the amount of calls that came in during my short wait.

  • Did a GREAT job on my 2013 challenger RT.. Big difference. Thanks..

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