At Thomas Nissan of Joliet, we don’t just sell you a set of tires and send you on your way. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff at our tire center is eager to provide you with excellent service and expert advice. From pressure checks, balancing, and tire rotations, we take care of all your tire-related needs. There are several compelling reasons why Thomas Nissan is your Chicagoland tire shop.
For starters, we make it easy to shop for tires for your vehicle by helping you discover the best tires for your driving application. In addition, our vast selection of brands and tire types means we have just what you are looking for in a set of tires. We also understand that your time is valuable, and we do everything we can to ensure that you are out the door and on the road as soon as possible. Because we carry quality tires at low prices, you know that you are getting a great deal on the best brand names, including Bridgestone, Michelin, and Hankook.
Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that comes in contact with the ground, and as such, they tend to take quite a beating. Just like your favorite tennis shoes, your tires get old and worn out, and when they do, it’s not at all safe to drive with them. You will want to have a mechanic take a look at your tires from time to time to ensure they are in good condition, but it’s also good to know the warning signs that indicate you need new tires.
If you have noticed that your vehicle is vibrating more than usual while you are driving, it could be a sign that you need new tires. Even if the vibrations are caused by something else, like shocks or the need for an alignment, whatever is causing the vibrations will wear out your tires prematurely. As such, you should take your car in and have it inspected if you notice excessive vibrations.
It is a good idea to visually inspect your tires on a regular basis. Should you notice bulges, cracks, or blisters on the sidewall, it is a sign you need to get a new set of tires. Cracks on the sidewall will only worsen over time, and they could eventually lead to a blowout, which is obviously something you want to avoid.
Newer tires have a unique design feature called tread wear indicator bars that will alert you as tread wear occurs. Indicator bars run perpendicular to the tread, and they only appear when the tread begins to wear away. As the tire tread wears thinner, the bars become more visible. It’s time to get new tires when the bars have become pronounced.
Many of you might opt for all-season tires and think you will be set to conquer all four seasons. But the term all-season is a bit misleading as seasons vary greatly depending on where you live. If you live in an area with mild winters, then all-season tires will suffice year-round, but for places where snow rules winter, you will need to swap out your all-season tires with snow tires.
In areas where ice and snow are a big part of winter, like Chicago, then you will want a set of snow or winter tires through the snowy and cold season. Snow tires are specifically designed to perform well in the cold and snow as they will give you the grip and traction you need to get you where you need to go. These tires use unique rubber compounds that stay soft and pliable in cold conditions, ensuring a grip on the slippery surface.
If you live in an area where a cold and snowy winter is a scene from a movie, then summer tires are a good option. Summer tires perform well in wet and dry conditions and temperatures above 45 degrees. While all-season tires provide some traction in light snow, summer tires don’t.
You don’t have to own a sports car to buy a set of performance tires; they are a good fit even if you drive a modest sedan. Generally speaking, performance tires have shallow treads, are wider than typical tires, and their low profile gives you greater traction and better contact with the road. It’s quite alright to utilize performance tires on dry or wet surfaces, but they should be avoided in very wet conditions and in the cold and snow. You will experience better handling and cornering in a set of performance tires, but the soft materials wear quicker than traditional tires, and they will need to be replaced more often.
For those with pickup trucks or SUVs, all-terrain tires are an excellent choice to consider. All-terrain tires often have a more aggressive tread pattern and will give you more traction in off-road conditions. All-terrain tires are a good choice because, in addition to the aggressive look, they still offer longevity, comfort, and little road noise.
Most tire shops in the area are interested in one thing; getting you out the door with an expensive set of tires. But buying tires isn’t as simple as that. You might be looking at tires and wonder which is the best tire and which type of tire is right for you. The only way those questions can be answered is by having a conversation with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff. There are pros and cons concerning the various types of tires, and we will discover together which is suitable for you. We love to help our customers pick out the perfect tires for their driving style and application.
As with any automotive component, you will want to get a high-quality product at a reasonable price. We carry an impressive selection of tires from all of the top brands; we even price match qualifying wholesale clubs, including Costco and Sam’s Club, to ensure the best prices. We also understand that buying a set of tires is an investment, so we offer road hazard coverage which helps cover the cost to repair or replace a damaged tire. While other stores charge for such a feature, we include it with the purchase of eligible tires.