Wheel Care Guide

Wheel Care Guide
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Proper care and maintenance for your wheelsProper care and maintenance for your wheels

Optimize your wheels

Every tire needs the right wheel to ensure it functions properly. Proper maintenance is key to a great set of wheels. Your owner's manual is always the best resource for caring for every aspect of your vehicle, including the wheels.

Learn how to make your wheels last longer with the following wheel care tips:

Prevent winter wheel wear

Winter is one of the worst times for wheels, not just because of the damage that road salt can cause, but also because winter conditions can hide low curbs and potholes. The best option may be to have a second set of wheels for winter. Belle Tire will even clean and store your all-season tires and wheels to ensure they don't become damaged. Our convenient storing system places them in a secure, climate-controlled location until you need them again the following season.

Steel wheels may be a better option in the winter because they are less expensive. Also, they are much heavier than standard wheels which lowers the perceived center of gravity, providing additional traction which may be helpful in winter conditions.

Watch the way you wash

Using automatic car washes can be tricky when it comes to your wheels. Many of them use acid cleaners before or during the wash, and they can be very damaging to your wheels. Steel brushes can also be very damaging to your finishes. In addition, be wary of steam cleaning. Your owner's manual was created to provide you with the information you need to maximize your investment. Don't be afraid to use it.

Avoid scraping

Curbs cause more damage to your wheels than any other manmade or natural element, and curb rash is the biggest problem for drivers. Many of today's wheel designs have spokes or edges that stick out and make it easy for a curb to become your wheel's ultimate culprit. One great way to avoid this happening to your wheels is to perfect your parallel parking technique.

Protect your wheels from theft

American-made McGard Wheel Locks provide 24-hour theft protection for your wheels and tires. The unique one-piece wheel lock functions like an existing lug nut but requires a special key (tool) for removal.

McGard Wheel Locks are strong, safe, and durable and they don't rust. Plus they are easy to use, while providing a high level of wheel and tire security that meet or exceed Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) standards for safety and durability. Find a full line of McGard Wheel Locks, including locks for spare tire and tailgate mounted spares for light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles at your local Belle Tire.

Your one-stop-explanation-shop!

We know buying tires and servicing your vehicle can be overwhelming and darn right confusing. That's why we've assembled all the information to help simplify tire selection, vehicle maintenance and repair.

  • tires on a rack
    Tire Buying Guide

    Choosing the right tire can be challenging. There’s a lot to consider before you buy, so let's make sure you are getting the right tire for your vehicle and your budget.

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    Get more out of your gas tank

    With gas prices being high, a little bit of vehicle maintenance can go a long way in improving your gas mileage.

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    Spring maintenance

    Extreme weather can take a severe toll on your vehicle. After this past winter, it’s wise to check out these essential services to make sure your car is safe and ready for spring.

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    Roadtrip tips

    The open road is calling. Before you answer, check out these helpful hints to make the journey more enjoyable.

  • Michelin tire
    Protecting Your Tire Investment

    You want to get every possible mile out of your tires. We want to help you do it. 


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    Replacing Tires

    Knowing when to replace your tires boils down to two simple words: safety first. Keeping track of your tread depth and the age of the tire are two important factors in determining if they’re still safe and road-ready.


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    Tire Maintenance

    Regular tire maintenance is essential for getting the most out of your tire investment.


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    Tire Types

    Understanding all the different tire types can be overwhelming. Lets take a closer look to find the right tire for you.


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    Tire Sizes

    Before purchasing any tire, you need to be sure you’re getting the right size and type for your specific vehicle. Knowing how to find this important info and what it means will help you make the right call.


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    Tread Patterns & Components

     Learning more about the various features of a tire’s construction can help you determine the perfect fit for your specific vehicle, driving style and surroundings.


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    Inspecting Your Tires

    A good rule of thumb is to inspect your tires once a month. When you bring out the gauge to check your tire pressures, it’s a good time to give the actual tires a checkup too.


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    Alignment

    Aligning your tires regularly helps reduce premature tread wear and improves gas mileage.


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    Tire Pressure

    Having your tires properly inflated is the fastest, simplest and cheapest way to make sure your vehicle is getting better gas mileage.


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    Brakes

    We offer free safety brake checks for everyone. Because keeping up with proper brake maintenance will save you money and keep you safer on the road.

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    Suspension

    Everyone wants a vehicle that drives smoothly and safely. Let’s explore the basics of your suspension system.

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    Battery services

    Our friendly battery experts not only offer replacements and installments, but also free inspections.

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    Tire Pressure Monitor Sysytem TPMS

     If you see the TPMS icon illuminated, check the pressure in all four tires as soon as possible.


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    Wheel Care

    Tires aren’t the only thing that keeps your vehicle rolling smoothly. Proper care for your wheels helps them last longer while making every trip safer.

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    Winter/Snow Tires

    If you’re considering winter tires, also known as snow tires, there are several things you should take into consideration. Here’s everything you need to know about winter tires and how to find a set that’s right for you.


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    Winter Maintenance Tips

    To truly enjoy this holiday season, keep your motorized sleigh running smoothly. Being stranded on an icy roadside is no one’s idea of a winter wonderland. Let’s take a look at some simple steps you can take right now.

Your covered with us!

  • ALIGNMENT SPRING 1
    A plan to protect your alignment

    Potholes, curbs and other road hazards are just waiting to mess with your wheels. After your next alignment at Belle Tire, an additional $35 gets you unlimited wheel alignments for the next 12 months. This helps protect your investment by getting every possible mile out of your tires (and saving you up to $144 during the year).

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    Industry-Leading Tire Protection Plan

    Belle Tire is ready to repair or replace your tire if it fails due to faulty workmanship or materials, or a non-repairable road hazard. This plan is good until the tire has 3/32 inch tread depth remaining, or 3 years from the date you bought it, whichever comes first. Just pay for it when you purchase the tire.

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    Tire Installation Package

    Our experts don’t just install your tires, we send you on your way with access to more free lifetime services than any of the so-called competition. Free lifetime alignment checks, tire rotations, spin balancing, flat repairs and more will help you get the maximum mileage out of your tires. 

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