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You can count on Burke Centre Automotive - serving Burke, VA and Fairfax Station, VA with a wide variety of top-brand tires at competitive prices. Many have come to rely on us for their fast, friendly service you can trust, and expert automotive care. Come see the Pros at Burke Centre Auto, and experience the best!

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How to Buy New Tires

You should replace your tires with the same type of tires that came on your vehicle as original equipment. This includes tire size, type and speed rating.

A local tire dealer like Burke Centre Automotive is probably the best place for the average consumer to shop for new tires. Prices can be reasonable and the service manager will help consumers select the correct tire for their vehicle.

When it is time to purchase new tires, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
  1. Know the size and type of tire recommended by your owner's manual.
  2. Determine your needs and priorities. What type of driving will you be doing? Do you prefer a soft ride, a firm ride, or a mix of the two?
  3. Make sure you purchase a tire that is capable of supporting the load your vehicle might demand. Don't buy a passenger-car tire if you need a light-truck tire.
  4. Don't buy more tire than you need. Consumers often overestimate their tire needs. In most cases, a quality all-season tire will suffice where a touring tire might be suggested.
  5. Keep in mind that any tire selection is a balance between ride quality, noise suppression, fuel economy, wear, load capability, and cost. It's the job of the tire-store expert and the consumer to select a tire that is the right balance of each.

Tire Maintenance

Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road when you drive. It only takes a couple of minutes of maintenance each month to keep your tires working at their best.

Check Your Air Pressure Once a Month

Incorrect air pressure is the leading cause of tire damage. To avoid tire damage, you should check your tires' air pressure once a month.

The correct tire pressure can be found in the following places:
  • Owner's Manual
  • Gas Tank Lid
  • Driver's Side Door Edge
  • Door Post

The air pressure listed on the side of your tire is NOT the correct air pressure for your vehicle. That number is the maximum air pressure for the tire. Remember to check the air in your spare tire as well.

Failure to keep your tires properly inflated can increase wear and will have a negative effect on your vehicle's handling.

When checking and adjusting tire pressure, the following should be kept in mind:
  • Check the air pressure when the tire is cold -- tires become hot even after driving just a mile. If you must drive to add air, check your air pressure before you leave. Air pressure changes 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change. Air pressure goes up in warm weather and down in cold weather.
  • Tire pressure must be the same on the tires of each axle, but may be different on the front and rear axle.
  • Valve caps must be tightly closed to protect the valve from dust and dirt and prevent it from leaking.
  • Replace missing valve caps without delay.

Tire Rotation

Tire rotation refers to the regular practice of switching the position of each tire on the car.

The best way to prevent uneven wear is to have your tires rotated every 6,000 miles or as specified in your vehicle's owner's manual. Tire rotation helps to equalize tread wear and is critical to gain the maximum life from your tire investment.

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.

Tire Inspection

A quick visual inspection of your tires can reveal a lot. Taking a few minutes on a regular basis to look over your car's tires will help identify any unusual or irregular tread wear, signs of cracks, and other damage or potential problems.

Tread Depth

To prevent hydroplaning and skidding, your tires must have proper tread depth. The minimum tread depth is 1/16th of an inch.

Ask anyone, the easiest way to check your tread depth: the penny test. What is the penny test? Take a penny and place it in the tread of your tire. If part of Lincoln's head is covered by the tread your tires have enough tread. If you can see Lincoln's entire head, you should buy a new tire.

You should also check your tire tread for uneven wear. Irregular wear shortens the life of your tires. If you think you have uneven wear you should take your vehicle to your tire dealer.

Featured Tire Brands

Goodyear Tires

Goodyear Tires at Burke Centre Automotive

Originally founded in 1898 to manufacture bicycle tires, in 2010 The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was acknowledged by the Reputation Institute and Forbes magazine as one of the most respected companies in America. Why? Because for over 112 years they have delivered safe, innovative tires, automotive products, and services that drive the highest performance standards and technological advances in the global automotive industry. Visit the Goodyear Tire & Service Network for quality tire products, complete auto care, and special offers.

Dunlop Tires

Dunlop Tires at Burke Centre Automotive

Dunlop Tires is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance tires for cars, trucks, motorcycles and off-road vehicles. Purchased by Goodyear in 1999, Dunlop Tires earned a solid reputation on the fastest race tracks in the world by focusing on performance innovations and breakthrough technologies for over 125 years. Dunlop Tires built upon the success of their original innovative pneumatic tire while championing the sport of motor racing to deliver stronger road grip, increased handling responsiveness, and maximum occupant safety. That heritage is reflected in every high-performance tire Dunlop makes.

Kelly Tires

Kelly Tires at Burke Centre Automotive

As the oldest tire company in America, Kelly Tires was founded in 1894 as the Rubber Tire Wheel Company to manufacture rubber tires for horse-drawn carriages. In 1935, the Kelly Springfield Tire Company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber. 120 years later, Goodyear and Kelly Tires are well-known for their enduring performance, consistent dependability and proven safety record. With their exclusive 30-day test drive program, you can exchange your tires at any time within the first 30 days if you are unsatisfied in any way with your purchase, and get the Kelly Tires that are right for your vehicle.