Tire Shop & Wheel Alignment
McSpadden's Tire & Automotive - Austin AND Buda, TX - Tire Sales, Alignment Service
Every day that you’re on the road, you count on your vehicle’s tires to help get you from point A to point B. Chances are you probably don’t give them much thought until there is a problem, whether that’s a flat tire, an unusual vibration, or maybe the vehicle pulling to one side. Or, maybe it’s time for a new set of tires.
When any of those things happen, you need an Austin tire shop you can trust. Look no further than McSpadden’s Tire & Automotive! At each of our convenient locations, you’ll find a complete range of expert tire services performed by our ASE-certified technicians, including:
● New tire sales and installation
● Tire repair
● Tire rotation
● Wheel/tire balancing
● Wheel alignment
● Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) service
Tire Repair ServicE
Did you wake up this morning and realize that you had a flat? Were you driving down the road and suddenly have a blowout? McSpadden's Tire & Automotive can get you back out on the Austin and Buda roads.
We know how important tire care is to you and your vehicle, so we will go above and beyond to ensure that you have a safe commute. We offer professional and reliable flat repairs and can have your car ready in no time.
All McSpadden tire technicians follow the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) guidelines for safe and effective tire repairs. These guidelines stipulate exactly how plug-fills and tire seals must be done for optimal results.
Your Local Source for New Tires
The technicians at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive are not just automotive service experts—they are Austin’s tire experts as well. Maybe your vehicle is a daily driver, an offroad beast, a high-performance luxury ride, or something in between. No matter what it is, we can get you the best new tires for your vehicle within your budget. We also offer professional tire mounting and balancing.
We are proud to carry tires from all of the major manufacturers you trust. Our manufacturer-trained experts can help you find the right balance between longevity and price without sacrificing quality or breaking the bank.
Want to upgrade the look of your vehicle? McSpadden's Tire & Automotive offers expert sales and service on many different combinations of tires and rims. Maybe you want bigger tires, or maybe you are just looking to make your ride flashy. Either way, we have plenty of options for you to choose from. We understand how important your choice of tire and rims is. We will walk you through the process and help you find the perfect fit for you and your vehicle.
Are you going on a big trip with your family? We want the best for you and your family. Whether you are staying around Austin or going to another state, McSpadden's Tire & Automotive can help. We offer all of the tire replacement and maintenance services you may need. This will make your trip worry-free and allow you to enjoy your road trip with peace of mind.
Whether you’ve just had new tires put on or your tires have seen a few thousand miles, regular tire service and maintenance can help extend the life of your tires. Our tire services include:
Tire Rotation Service
The front and rear axles on your vehicle wear tires at different rates. So, regular tire rotation can help significantly maximize the life of your tires. This service also allows our tire experts to inspect your tires for any other issues that may affect performance.
Tire rotation is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your vehicle runs safely and more efficiently. Overly worn tires can make your vehicle less stable and more dangerous to drive, and may also result in increased fuel consumption.
There are several significant benefits of regular tire rotations, including:
● Even tire tread wear
● Prevention of tread cupping
● Improved vehicle handling
● Protection of other vehicle components (especially within the suspension and brake system)
Because they are more susceptible to uneven tread wear, we recommend that new tires are rotated at the 5,000-mile mark. For older tires, you should follow a tire rotation schedule of every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. This will ensure that all of your tires wear more evenly and last longer.
A good habit to get into is to have your tires inspected and rotated at the same time as your regular oil and filter change.
The technicians at your nearest McSpadden's Tire & Automotive location can quickly and properly rotate your tires and let you know if any of them are no longer roadworthy. If it’s time to replace any tires, we’ll help you select the best option for a replacement.
Tire Balancing Service
If you have weight imbalances in your wheels, your vehicle may vibrate and the tire tread will wear faster. Maintaining an even distribution of weight around each tire/wheel assembly will ensure that your vehicle rides smoothly and will help extend the life of your tires.
Our wheel balancing service includes removing the wheel/tire units, mounting them on specialized equipment, correcting any imbalances, and remounting the wheels/tires.
The most common indicators that you have one or more tire/wheel assemblies out of balance are:
● Vibrations in your steering wheel, seat, or floorboard
● Uneven tire wear
● Cupped wear pattern on your tires
In most cases, a vibration in your steering wheel means that a front tire is out of balance, while seat vibrations usually mean a rear-wheel imbalance.
Wheel/Tire Alignment Service
If your vehicle drives roughly, feels a little “off”, or is pulling to one side while you’re driving, it may just need a wheel alignment. There are several different alignment angles. Some of them impact tire wear, while others cause a pull.
If your vehicle is out of alignment, it may exhibit one or more symptoms, including:
● Uneven and/or increased tire wear
● Poor handling when cornering or braking
● Pulling to one side or another while driving
● Crooked steering wheel
The three main angles involved in your vehicle’s wheel alignment are:
The camber is described as the outward or inward angle of the tire when viewed from the front. For example, the Leaning Tower of Pisa exhibits a negative camber. If the camber angle is significantly outside of manufacturer specifications, the vehicle will sometimes pull to one side. This will definitely cause premature tire edge wear because one side of the tire tread is making more contact with the road than the other side.
The caster angle is the angle of the tire towards the front or rear when viewed from the side of the vehicle. When this angle is out of specification, it won’t usually cause adverse tire wear, but will definitely cause the vehicle to pull.
The toe angle is the angle that is most often in need of adjustment. This angle is the inward or outward direction of the tires when viewed from above. Misalignment of this angle will not cause a pull but will cause adverse tire wear. The toe angle is also the easiest one to “knock out” of specification by hitting a curb, pothole, or other objects.
There is no set service schedule for vehicle alignments. So, exactly when your vehicle needs servicing will largely depend on how and where you drive. It is recommended to have the alignment checked roughly every 6,000 miles (or every other oil change, depending on your vehicle’s service interval). You should also have your alignment checked if you have recently hit something in the road. When that happens, it can throw off your vehicle’s alignment just as much as if you were in an accident.
Regular alignment checks have several valuable benefits, including:
● Maintaining vehicle handling and safety
● Extending the life of your tires
● Improving fuel economy
● Preventing damage to other vehicle components (like shocks and axles)
Remember: Check your tires’ tread frequently. As soon as you notice uneven tire wear, schedule a tire alignment service.
McSpadden's Tire & Automotive offers professional wheel alignment for your vehicle. We will check your tires and align and balance them so that you have a smooth ride, getting you back out on the Austin roads in a jiffy!
During a wheel alignment service by one of our expert technicians, we’ll pinpoint exactly which angles may be out of specification and correct as necessary, ensuring your vehicle’s angles meet manufacturer specifications. The service includes:
● A computerized alignment check
● Adjustments, as needed, to the caster, camber, and/or toe
● Steering wheel centering check
● Inspecting suspension components for excessive wear
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Service
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS, monitors the air pressure and/or rotational speed of the tires to determine whether they have the correct air pressure. Most tire failures occur due to under-inflation. So, it is important to make sure that this system is working properly and to have it serviced by professionals when needed.
You Can Trust the Local Tire Experts
If you need a local tire shop, visit the experts at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive for any tire service needs you may have. Schedule your appointment today with the location closest to you!