What should I know about proper tire installation?

Trust the tire installation experts at Jensen Tire & Auto to install your next set of new or seasonal tires.

Tire installation: To find the correct tire size to fit your vehicle’s year, make, and model, check your owner’s manual. New tires should be purchased in sets of 4, or at least in matching groups of two on each axle. (For All Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicle owners, see detailed information in answer to next question below.) This keeps your tire wear even and extends the life of your new tires. You can shop for new tires here on our site by size, brand, or vehicle make, model, and year. Browse our extensive stock of new tires, and compare tire specifications and prices before you purchase, to ensure you’re getting the best new tires for your needs and budget at Jensen Tire & Auto.

It pays to maintain: Remember, routine tire maintenance is extremely important — both to keep your family safe, and to ensure your vehicle’s long lifespan.

Why replace your tires: All tire tread has a finite lifespan and begins to wear, eventually requiring replacement. Tire wear happens with typical driving, although various other factors such as driving habits, driving conditions, and weather may shorten the life of your tires.

You might need new tires if:

  • Your tread is below 4/32″, or cannot pass the “penny” test
  • Footstep is visibly lowered or flush with the tread bars
  • Uneven tread wear
  • Bulges, bumps or soft spots on the tire
  • Damage to the tire that cannot be mended

Our technicians at Jensen Tire & Auto are trained on proper tire installation. New tire installation consists of:

  • Checking the lug nuts for wear
  • Installing new valve stems
  • Mounting the tires
  • Correct balancing of the wheels
  • Inspecting the disc brake caliper clearance
  • Measuring the space between calipers, tires and rims to inspect for potential obstructions
  • Torqueing lug nuts to manufacturer specifications

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When it’s time to replace your tires, contact Jensen Tire & Auto, your tire installation experts.

Why should I replace all four tires in an all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle?

Replacing Tires on an All-Wheel Drive Vehicle

It is recommended to replace your tires in sets of four for all vehicles, but particularly important for all-wheel drive vehicles. All four tires should be the same brand, tread design, size, construction and tread depth to prevent differences in the outside diameter of each tire.

In vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) systems, the transfer case and the car’s internal computer work together to send power out to each wheel. The amount of power-per-wheel can vary, depending on each wheel’s individual work load.

So the amount of power the internal computer sends to each tire – based on what your AWD vehicle needs to go down the road – helps to manage how hard these components are working.

With inconsistent outside diameters caused by different tire sizes, tread patterns or tread depths an AWD computer’s readings will fluctuate. Various wheels will receive inefficient or incorrect power loads. As a result the drivetrain (computer, transmission and transfer case) must constantly readjust, doing more work than necessary and eventually, may break down.

How much air should I put in my tires?

Proper inflation is the single most important part of tire care. The inflation pressure on the side of the tire is the maximum operating pressure. It is not necessarily the right inflation for your vehicle. Always use the inflation recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. You can find it in your owner’s manual, posted on the edge of the driver’s door, on a door post, or on the inside of the glove box door. Always check inflation when tires are cold: when the vehicle has been driven less than a mile or one hour or more after driving. Use a good quality tire gauge. Note: It’s natural for radial tires to have a slight bulge in the sidewall at their proper inflation pressure. Check or adjust inflation every few weeks, before any long trip or if traveling with a heavy load. And don’t forget to check the spare. At Jensen Tire & Auto, we can answer any questions you may have about tire inflation.

Why should I rotate my tires?

Regular tire rotation promotes more uniform wear for all of the tires on a vehicle. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s rotation recommendations. If no rotation period is specified, tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. The first rotation is the most important. When tires are rotated, inflation pressures must be adjusted to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Uneven tire wear may also be due to misalignment or mechanical problems.

What is alignment?

A vehicle is said to be properly aligned when all suspension and steering components are sound and when the tire and wheel assemblies are running straight and true. Proper alignment is necessary for even tread wear and precise steering. Uneven front- or rear-tire wear, or changes in your vehicle’s handling or steering response (e.g. pulling to one side) can indicate misalignment. Many vehicles today are equipped with rear suspensions that can be adjusted for alignment. Your vehicle may need a front-end alignment or a four-wheel alignment, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. The moderate cost of having your vehicle aligned can more than pay for itself in tire mileage, performance, and comfort.

Why do my tires need to be balanced?

Properly balanced tires are important for driving comfort and long tire life. Unbalanced tires can cause vibration, resulting in driver fatigue, premature tire wear and unnecessary wear to your vehicle’s suspension. Tires should be balanced when they are mounted on wheels for the first time or when they are remounted after repair. Tires should be rebalanced at the first sign of vibration or shimmy. Vibration may also be due to misalignment or mechanical problems.

How do I know when I need new tires?

Many tires have tread wear indicator bars molded into the tread. When the tread is worn down to where you can see a solid bar of rubber across the width of the tread, it is time to replace the tire. Here’s a simple test you can perform to measure tread depth on your tires: Place a penny into a tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to visit Jensen Tire & Auto for a new tire.

Must I replace my present tires with the same size tires?

Most customers replace worn out tires with the same size. For customers purchasing custom wheels or new tires designed for improved performance, a different size tire may be appropriate. You should consult with a trained tire professional at Jensen Tire & Auto to determine what new tire options will work on your vehicle.

Who should I consult if I have warranty concerns on my tires?

Our expert tire technicians at Jensen Tire & Auto can determine for you the warranty eligibility on your tires. Visit our warranties page, or ask a Jensen Tire & Auto Associate for more information.

Is it safe to repair a flat tire?

It’s a tough road out there, and your tires bear the brunt of those potholes, nails, glass, and anything else that can puncture a tire. Jensen Tire & Auto can fix a flat tire fast! Flat tires can cause the rim of the wheel to rest on the tire tread or the ground, possibly triggering loss of control of the vehicle or irreversible damage to the tire.

Depending on the extent of the air leak, the tire might deflate slowly or quickly, which could lead to the following problems:

  • Failing of or damage to the valve stem
  • Damage to the side walls of your tire
  • Uneven tread wear
  • Tire “blowouts” at high speed

If a tire loses all or most of its air pressure, it must be removed from the wheel for a complete internal inspection to be sure it’s not damaged. Tires that are run even short distances while flat are often damaged beyond repair.

Most punctures, nail holes, or cuts up to 1/4 inch may be satisfactorily repaired by Jensen’s ASE-Certified technicians using industry-approved methods. Don’t repair tires with tread punctures larger than 1/4 inch, or any sidewall punctures. Also, never repair tires that are worn below 1/16 inch tread depth. Our technicians at Jensen Tire & Auto can help you determine if the tire can be repaired or needs to be replaced.

Your best bet is to make sure your spare tire is always ready to do the job. Check it regularly for proper air pressure and be sure that it is in good shape. If your car is equipped with one of the several types of temporary spares, be sure to check the spare tire’s sidewall for the correct inflation pressure, speed, and mileage limitations.

Even Tire Wear Keeps You Safe

It’s important that you examine your tires often for uneven tire wear, which can be caused by:

  • Too much or too little air pressure
  • Complications with wheel positioning or tire balancing
  • Problems with the suspension
  • Needed tire rotation

These conditions might suggest you need new tires soon and could cause a flat. Experiencing a flat tire, especially at high speeds, could result in a fatal accident. Blowouts cause a loss of control and are often the result of:

  • Splitting or protruding treads or sidewalls that might imply there is wear or weakness
  • Foreign object that puncture through into the tire (nails, screws, glass)
  • Tread tearing away from the body of the tire

If you see any of these issues, trust Jensen Tire & Auto to take care of it. We’ll measure and adjust your air pressure, do a visual tire check, and have you back on the road in no time. Call or stop by today to set up your next flat tire repair.

What is performance rating?

A tire receives its performance rating by the U.S. Government through meeting minimum standards for reaching and sustaining a specified speed. In general, a higher performance rating will result in better vehicle handling. It is not recommended to mix and match tires with different performance ratings. It is also not recommended to downgrade the performance rating of your tires because it may result in poor handling and unpredictable steering. To improve cornering response, it is recommended you install a higher performance-rated tire on your vehicle. Before making any change in your vehicle’s tires, be sure to talk to one of the experienced tire technicians at Jensen Tire & Auto.
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What is TPMS?

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is an electronic system that monitors the air pressure inside the tire. When the pressure is below standard inflation levels it affects the performance of your vehicle and safety of you and your passengers. Jensen Tire & Auto offers quality, affordable TPMS assistance in Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs, and surrounding areas.

What is TPMS and what does it do?

Your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) acts as a safeguard, helping to keep you and your family safe on the road by monitoring the air pressure inside of your tires.

When the air pressure inside of your tire drops below the optimal level, a warning light will appear on your vehicle’s dashboard. By helping you maintain the proper tire pressure, TPMS can increase your safety on the road by improving your vehicle’s handling, decreasing tire wear, reducing braking distance and optimizing fuel economy.

Contact Jensen Tire & Auto today to have your TPMS system checked to make sure it is working properly.