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Expert Auto Advice for San Diego - Selecting TiresQuestion:
I need new tires. How do I know which tires to get?

Mira Mesa Automotive Answer:
Let’s look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: Function, Fit, and Value.

Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: CA weather conditions, San Diego terrain, San Diego temperatures, etc.

Most new family vehicles in CA come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most CA road conditions – but they aren’t ideal at the extremes.

Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice on highways and they have a rubber compound that helps them have better traction as San Diego temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely better stopping and road-holding characteristics for San Diego car owners than all-season tires in winter weather. Dedicated summer tires enhance warm CA weather performance driving for San Diego car owners.

If you drive off-road around san diego, there is a spectrum of tires from all-terrain (a good mix of highway and off-road capability) to dedicated off-road tires.

The key is to communicate with your Mira Mesa Automotive tire professional and reflect on the function you need to get the type of tire, load rating, speed rating and wear rating you need.

Fit: The easiest thing is to settle upon tires in the same size that were installed by the auto manufacturer. If you want a different size wheel or tire profile, be sure to work with your Mira Mesa Automotive service professional so you can make sure that your new wheels and tires fit properly and don’t rub in bumps or turns. It’s also critical to make sure that important safety systems like anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control aren’t adversely affected by the new tire size (the computer may need to be recalibrated to make necessary important adjustments).

Value: Note, I didn’t say price. The tire that meets all your needs AND has the warranty and tread life you expect will often not be the least costly option – but it may well return the best value for your tire dollar.

Mira Mesa Automotive tire professionals help San Diego auto owners with this vital automotive decision.

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