Getting the Right Tires for Your Ride
Many drivers want custom wheels for their vehicles. However, ordering tires over the internet, or even from an auto parts store, could cause some issues. Sometimes they don’t fit right, and the tires can rub when you drive over bumps or around turns. This is why we recommend consulting with our tire professionals to ensure you get the right fit for your vehicle. They’ll ask you a series of questions about your driving needs and what you’re looking for in your new tires.
Why Finding the Right Fit Matters
It’s important to know that not every wheel can go on every vehicle. The tires and wheels shouldn’t be too large and the wheel shouldn’t be centered too far towards the inside or outside. If you’re not interested in making modifications to your car, it’s best to get a wheel and tire combination that fits. People often like much larger tires on trucks, which would require a suspension lift.
Also, you need to keep the rolling diameter (the overall height) of your new tires close to your factory tires so that your anti-lock brakes and stability control systems work properly. This is because the computers that control these two systems are calibrated to a specific tire size. When you choose tires that are significantly larger or smaller, the computers can’t tell how fast you’re going, which can make them send commands to the brakes and traction control that are based on incorrect sensor information. However, if you decide to go with a different rolling diameter, your vehicle’s computer can be reprogrammed to the new tire size.
Visit EuroCar for Expert Tire & Wheel Services
There are hundreds of wheels and tire choices to choose from in Seattle, which can make it difficult to know which ones to get. Fortunately, EuroCar Service can help! Pick the style of wheel you want, and then we can let you know how big the wheel should be – and help you select the right tire to meet your style, performance, ride, and handling needs. It’s best for us to see the vehicle in person, so we can make sure all the measurements are correct.
From tire and wheel services to factory maintenance and extensive repairs, EuroCar offers complete care for your vehicle. We specialize in all European makes, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, Fiat, Jaguar, Volkswagen, Volvo, Mini-Cooper, Saab, and Smart Car. Schedule your appointment today at (206) 527-8828 or request an appointment online.