TIRE REPAIR &
SERVICES; ROTATE TIRES, BALANCE TIRES, ALIGNMENTS & TIRE MAINTENANCE
Here at Begley Auto Repair with locations at Westway Shell (5818
Manatee Ave W.), Sunoco Auto Clinic (4630 Manatee Ave W.) and Manatee Shell (3401 Manatee Ave W.) all in Bradenton, FL.
34209, complete customer satisfaction is our top priority.
That's why we offer so much more than tires. Whether your car, truck, or SUV needs routine auto maintenance services or
repair work, you can trust your Begley Auto Repair Shops of Bradenton to provide exceptional quality and service. We're the
neighborhood auto repair shop and tire center that you can depend on to help keep your car maintained and in excellent
The Best Place to Buy
Keep an eye out for these common
signs that you may need new tires or service. If your vehicle exhibits any
of these symptoms, Bring it in for us to look at:
When driving, your car
pulls to one side or the other.
You notice rhythmic
Your tires are wearing
Your tires won't maintain
proper air pressure.
Shakes at Highway
Low speed wobble in
Servicing all of your tire needs from tire repair or
replacement to wheel alignment, tire balancing, and rotation. While we
are servicing your tires, we can inspect your brakes and suspension.
How to Read (and Understand) Tire Size And Specifications
Tires are easily one of the most important components to our safety while driving. We rely on them for
turning, braking, accelerating, road gripping during wet or dry conditions and overall responsiveness
as the link between our vehicle’s suspension and the road. However, many drivers often overlook the
importance of their tires and/or don’t fully understand the various tire specifications and options.
It is important to understand what size, load capacity, speed rating and tire type is best for your
vehicle. Choosing an improper tire can result in minor consequences, such as inaccurate speedometer
readings; but it can also result in more major problems, such as steering, braking, and/or handling
Many consumers begin their tire purchase by looking to the “code” on the sidewall of each tire to
determine the size needed. The manufacturer-recommended tire specification code can also be found in
the owner’s manual for your vehicle or on the vehicle’s placard. (The placard is most commonly located
on the side of the driver’s door, the glove box door, or the fuel door.) When doing this, you may see
a series of numbers and some letters such as this example below:
Metric, or tire type, defines the proper use of
the tire. For example, a "P" designation means that it
is a passenger car tire. An "LT" designation is for a
Tire width is
the width of the tire measured in mm from sidewall to
sidewall. This tire width is 215 mm.
Rim diameter is
the width in inches or cm of the wheel from one end to
the other. The diameter of this wheel is 16 in.
Speed rating tells
you the maximum service speed for a tire. A speed rating
isn't a recommendation to exceed speed limits, and
doesn't indicate how well a tire handles or corners.
Learn more about tire Speed Ratings.
Aspect ratio is the ratio of the height of the
tire's cross-section to its width. On our example, 60
means that the height is equal to 60% of the tire's
Construction tells you how the layers of the tire
were put together. "R" stands for radial, which means
the layers run radially across the tire. "B" stands for
bias construction, which means that the layers run
diagonally across the tire.
index is an assigned number that corresponds with
the load-carrying capacity of a tire. Most passenger car
tire load indexes range from 75 to 100, but a few carry
more. You'll also find the maximum load elsewhere on the
tire sidewall, both in lbs and kg. Learn more about tire
It is important that drivers understand what their “tire code” actually means and why it’s very
critical to choose the appropriate tire to fit the vehicle.
At Begley Auto Repair, we are happy to assist you in making the best decision when purchasing new
tires. Ask one of our tire experts at three locations to discuss all the options available for your
vehicle and which one is best for your driving needs.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR TIRES AND THEY’LL
TAKE CARE OF YOU
— WITH BETTER MILEAGE AND
& WHEELS: TIRE ROTATION
Tire rotation refers to the regular practice of switching the position of
each tire on the car.
rotation helps to equalize tread wear and is critical to gain the maximum
life from your tire investment.
Refer to your owner's manual for the
recommended rotation interval and pattern; generally a rotation interval
of 6,000 miles is recommended. The rotation pattern varies with different
makes and models, which shows the tire locations during rotation. Some
vehicles have different size tires on the front and back or directional
tires. This limits the locations that a tire may take on the vehicle. When
in doubt, check the owner's manual or consult one of our professional
technician for guidance. Tire rotation time also offers a good opportunity
to have the tires and wheels balanced. It's another step you can take to
maximize your tire investment.
Should You Rotate Your Tires?
Rotating your tires can prolong their lifespan, keep you safe on the road, and increase gas mileage. In turn, this saves you
money in the long run. However, many people tend to forget about this important routine service visit and/or don’t realize
how beneficial it can be for your ride. The following includes how tires are rotated and most importantly, why it pays off
to rotate your tires on a regular basis:
What’s Involved and Why?
When tires are rotated, they are moved from the front of the vehicle to the back, one side of the vehicle to another, or
diagonally. Depending on the type of vehicle you drive; e.g., front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the rotation pattern of
your tires will change. For example, on front-wheel drive vehicles, the front tires tend to wear on the outside edges
because they lean from side to side as your vehicle turns corners. Since the rears follow the front, they wear more evenly.
Rotating those rear tires to the front position will ensure a smoother ride with safer handling. By giving the front tires a
rest from turning corners, you’ll get more miles out of your tires and extend their life. Driving habits, suspension, and
alignment are other factors that can cause tires to wear unevenly.
Tire rotations also allow technicians to check and reset your tire pressure level, observe the pattern of your tire wear,
and inspect the condition of your brakes as your tires are removed.
How Often Should You Rotate Them?
Tire manufacturers recommend that you rotate your tires around every 3,000-6,000 miles as basic tire maintenance. That is
just about how often we need to change our vehicles’ oil so it may be convenient to rotate your tires at every oil change
visit. Not every vehicle ‘s tires can be rotated so it is always best to check your manufacturer recommended maintenance
schedule or just ask us at Begley Auto Repair to know what’s best for your ride.
TIRE CARE STARTS WITH YOU
Want to get the most out of your tires? They need two things: proper care and maintenance by you, and
tire–related services from Begley Auto Repair. Free tire inspections by one of our tire technicians
are always available, and there’s even more that you can do to improve mileage and performance.
KEEP YOUR TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED -
Tires can lose one PSI (pound per square inch) of air pressure per
month. That’s why checking your tires once a month is one of the easiest things you can do to maintain
TIRE INSPECTION - Make it
a routine to look for signs of tread wear or damage.
TIRE ROTATION - On
front–wheel drive vehicles, the front tires wear out almost twice as fast as the rear tires. And a
mechanical issue, like a misaligned suspension, could lead to uneven tire wear. To address these
possible problems, make sure you rotate your tires every 5-6,000 miles.
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
REAR & FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
BALANCING - Does your steering wheel vibrate if you drive between 50 and 70 miles per hour?
Your wheels could be out of balance, which can lead to poor handling, and reduced fuel mileage. For
optimal tire care, we recommend a wheel balance check with every tire rotation.
Even small differences of your tires being out of balance can cause annoying vibrations at speed: the
wheel is essentially bouncing a bit as it goes down the road. For example, at freeway speeds, an out
of balance wheel can be slamming into the road 14 times a second. That’s annoying and can cause your
tires to wear out more quickly.
If a front wheel’s out of balance you’ll feel the vibration through the steering wheel. When it’s a
rear tire, you’ll feel the vibration through your seat. If you’re getting bad vibes from your vehicle,
bring it in to see if it’s a balance issue or something else. You should balance your wheels whenever
you get a new tire or remount a tire like when it’s been removed for a flat repair.
VALVE STEM REPLACEMENT - Loss of air pressure is the #1 factor
in reduced tire life. When tire valves begin to weather and crack, and/or when valve caps are missing,
air seeps out. Your tire valves should be replaced whenever you purchase new tubeless tires.
TIRE INSTALLATION - More
tires — varying in size, design and specialty wheel applications — are being developed all the time.
That’s why it’s so important to have qualified tire professionals do the work. At Westway Shell (5818
Manatee Ave W.), Sunoco Auto Clinic (4630 Manatee Ave W.) and Manatee Shell (3401 Manatee Ave W.) of
Bradenton, Florida, our technicians are trained in proper installation techniques and uses
state–of–the–art mounting equipment.
FLAT REPAIR - When you
bring a damaged tire to one of our Manatee Avenue locations in Bradenton FL., we always start with a
full inspection. If your tire can be repaired, your tire technician will fill the damaged area, seal
the inner liner, then re–check for leaks before re–mounting the tire. If the tire can’t be fixed, we
can help you find the best replacement available.
If you hit something while driving down our Florida roads, it can have a ripple effect throughout your
vehicle. That flat may be inconvenient at the time — but if you don’t address it right away, it can
lead to even more tire repairs (and additional costs). Misalignment or bent rims can lead to a bumpy
ride, so it’s best if the tire damage solution is found sooner rather than later.
Let our tire repair professionals at one of our Begley Auto Repair locations along Manatee Avenue in
Bradenton FL. take a look. If something doesn’t feel right to you, chances are there may be a problem.
Save yourself expensive repairs down the road with a timely inspection at Westway Shell (5818 Manatee
Ave W.), Sunoco Auto Clinic (4630 Manatee Ave W.) and Manatee Shell (3401 Manatee Ave W.) of
Bradenton, Florida 34209. We’ll assess any potential problems caused by tire damage. In many cases,
it’s just a simple fix.
TIRE REPAIRS – THE CONCEALED THREAT
You’re driving along Manatee Avenue in Bradenton Florida, minding your business. And suddenly — you
hit something in the road. Whether it’s a piece on construction material that has fallen off a truck
in front of you, a rock or a nail, the tire damage is done. And time is critical. You may think it’s
as simple as patching it or buying a replacement tire, but the extent of the damage could be
concealed. Minor misalignment, damaged steering or suspension can be difficult to catch, which is why
it helps to have someone assess and test the level of tire damage. These tests can provide peace of
mind and help you avoid costly automotive and tire repairs down the road.
TPMS - Tire Pressure
As part of the effort to increase awareness
of the need to maintain proper
tire pressure, the U.S. government
has taken steps to make it easier for drivers to be aware of
potentially unsafe low pressure in their tires. As of the
2008 model year, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) now requires that all passenger cars
and light trucks feature the Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS). In conjunction with the new requirements, the
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) has initiated a
consumer safety campaign focusing on the importance of
maintaining proper tire pressure.
We service Tire Pressure
Monitoring Systems (TPMS)
TPMS is an automated system that monitors the air pressure
in a vehicle's tires.
When air pressure in one or more tires
drops 25 percent or more below the correct pressure, a
warning indicator alerts the driver. TPMS typically delivers
these alerts to the driver through one of two types of
warning lights on the dashboard.
1. The first uses the official TPMS symbol, which is a
cross-section of a tire with an exclamation mark in the
The second is a top-view graphic image of a car that
indicates which tires are low.
Tire pressure is monitored through one of two
methods: direct or indirect. Direct TPMS monitors the actual
air pressure inside each tire via a sensor mounted within
the tire. Indirect TPMS measures tire pressure by monitoring
the speed and rotation of each individual wheel. When a
significant variation in speed and rotation is detected in
one or more wheels when compared with the others, it is
often an indication of underinflation. This information is
then transmitted to the vehicle's on-board computer, and the
driver is alerted.
However, while TPMS systems offer increased
safety to drivers through low pressure warnings, they are
not meant to be a substitute for proper tire pressure
We service Tire Pressure
Monitoring Systems (TPMS)