Gaithersburg
Wheel & Tire Service

At General Automotive Servicenter, we understand the importance of your tires to your vehicle’s safety and performance, which is why we offer professional wheel and tire services to help you keep your car running smoothly.

Tires and wheels don’t typically cause much trouble, but as your odometer picks up miles, tires wear out and wheels become unbalanced and misaligned. Whether you need a new set of tires or are looking to extend the lifespan of your current set, General Automotive Servicenter can help by performing tire rotation, balancing or replacement. We provide complete wheel and tire service that also includes:

  • Tire safety check and wear measurement
  • Adjustment of tire pressure according to the factory specifications
  • Flat tire repair
  • Tire valve stem and sensor replacement

Sometimes, uneven tire wear can be caused by another faulty component, such as a bent rim or leaking shocks and struts. Our mechanics can diagnose and fix these issues to make sure your new set of tires is not compromised.

Here are some of the wheel and tire services we perform:

Mechanic Adjusting Tire

Tire Rotation

The purpose of tire rotation is to extend the lifespan of your tires by allowing them to wear out more or less evenly. There are many factors that cause tires to wear at different speeds: heavier front of the vehicle due to engine positioning and the tire’s role in braking and tire pressure, to name a few. In front-wheel drive cars, front tires tend to wear faster than back tires. When tires are rotated, their position is strategically changed to allow for different traction situations. An easy test for uneven tire wear is to let go off the wheel and check if the car is moving straight. If it’s leaning to one side, you might need tire rotation or steering alignment.

Young mechanic choosing tire in car service

Tire Replacement

At some point, tire rotation will no longer be useful due to excessive tire wear. When the tire tread becomes lower than 1/16th of an inch (or the manufacturer’s recommendation), it’s time for a new set. It’s better to replace tires in pairs or all at once to ensure consistent wear. At General Automotive Servicenter, we can help you choose the right tires for optimal safety and car performance, as well as perform tire installation. Modern tire manufacturers offer increased reliability and improved lifespan of tires, allowing drivers to go longer between replacements.

close-up of wheel balancing

Wheel and Tire Balancing

Your tires were balanced when you bought your car, but as they wear out, the balance may change, leading to increased vibrations in the steering wheel, seat or floorboards. Balancing is the act of adjusting the weight distribution to make sure the weight of each wheel and tire is equal and distributed evenly around the axle shaft. If a significant imbalance is detected, a weight can be attached to one of the wheels to restore the balance. Balancing your tires helps reduce tire wear and makes for a smoother ride. Our experienced mechanics are specialists in precision wheel and tire balancing.

wheel bearing kit

Wheel Bearing Replacement

Wheel bearings allow your car’s wheels to stay secured to the car while spinning freely. Modern cars have one wheel bearing per wheel, while cars built before 1997 may have two bearings on each of the front wheels. In these older vehicles, it’s possible to remove and clean wheel bearings, while the modern wheel bearing assembly comes sealed and needs to be replaced if it malfunctions. Common signs of a failing wheel bearing include grinding or other noise coming from the tires and a shaky steering wheel. If you see a combination of these signs, don’t drive your car and call us right away to schedule wheel bearing replacement.

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