The Best Tire Shop in Bountiful UT
We have many tire brands available, including Continental, General, Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone, Bridgestone, Kumho, Toyo, Mastercraft, and Nexen brands for your car, minivan, truck or SUV. Every tire package comes with our “Tire Service Guarantee”
There is a lot more to tires then the fact that they are round and black. Affinity Auto Service has very knowledgeable and trained tire staff. We can help you make the right tire purchase for you car, truck, minivan or SUV. Call or stop by next time you need tires.
Tires are the connection between your vehicle and the surface of the road. A critical part of your vehicle’s suspension system, tires are responsible for transmitting the forces of driving, steering, and braking to the surface of the road. Although tires are easily maintained, they are often overlooked. The air inside your tires and the design of the tire influence vehicle performance, tire tread life, and ride comfort. Tire maintenance is vital for getting the most out of your tires by maximizing mileage and tread wear. Our staff will help you understand the basics of tire care and maintenance, like when you should seek tire rotation, balance, and alignment. Our staff will also help you understand tire sidewall markings, teach you the best time to purchase a new set of tires, and show you how to choose the right set of tires for your vehicle. As a tire dealer and tire repair shop, we are experts on tires and understand that proper tire inflation is critical for overall tire performance.
POPULAR TIRE BRANDS at Affinity Auto
Affinity Auto has a wide selection of tire brands. Our low prices and guaranteed tire service for as long as you own your car, Affinity Auto your trusted choice by people everywhere in Bountiful and surrounding areas. Contact, call 801-292-1331 or stop by Affinity Auto today!
Bridgestone or “Stone Bridge” (the direct translation of the name from Japanese) was founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi in Japan. Japan slowly started producing…
Founded by Harvey Firestone in 1900, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company originally supplied pneumatic tires for wagons, buggies, and other forms of wheeled..
FALKEN TIRE, a Sumitomo Rubber Industries brand, was launched in its native country of Japan in 1983 and introduced to the North American market two years later …
The Kelly-Springfield Tire & Rubber Company was founded in 1894 by Edwin Kelly. Soon after, Kelly took his partner’s, Arthur Grant, design from blueprint to…
Fuzion is a subsidiary of Bridgestone, one of the largest tire producing companies in the world. Fuzion provides a variety of high performance summer tires along…
Hankook Tire was established in 1941 in Seoul, Korea. Hankook began production in 1942, originally producing 110,000 tires a year. Today, they produce over 50 million…
Nitto Tire Brand is “Fuel By Enthusiasts”. The company is known for the tires that are manufactured, but also by the way the Nitto tires perform in races…
Giovanni Battista Pirelli founded Pirelli & C. in 1872. The company focused on producing telegraph cables in the 1870s and 1880s. In 1890 Pirelli developed their first bicycle…
For over sixty years Toyo Tires has stood for innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service. Toyo Tire has a relatively short but very successful history…
MICHELIN® founders Édouard and André Michelin were brothers from Clermont-Ferrand and Paris, France. Their small rubber factory was incorporated…
“The everyday tire with performance that’s anything but,” is the heart and soul of BFGoodrich®. The vision of BFGoodrich® is to be innovative and deliver products that make a difference…
The United States Rubber Company was founded in 1892. It was one of the original twelve stocks of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In 1941, they bought a controlling…
Tire Services at Affinity Auto
Computerized Wheel Balancing
Professionals use computerized wheel balancers to pinpoint weight differentiation within a tire and wheel assembly. Computerized wheel balancers…
Approx. Time: 15 Minutes
Tire Purchase & Tire Installation
When tires are completely worn or unable to meet a driver’s needs, the tire purchasing and installation process usually follows. The specific…
Approx. Time: 15 Minutes
Our tire rotation service involves changing the position of a vehicle’s tires in order to reduce massive tread differentiation between…
Approx. Time: 15 Minutes
Our fix a flat tire involves patching or plugging the tire damage ….
Approx. Time: 30 Minutes
A flat tire occurs when a tire deflates. This can occur as a result of normal wear-and-tear, a leak, or more serious damage. A tire that has lost sufficient pressure will impair the stability of the vehicle and may damage the tire further if it is driven in this condition. The tire should be changed and/or repaired before it becomes completely flat. Continuing to drive a vehicle with a flat tire will damage the tire beyond repair, possibly damage the rim and vehicle, and put the occupants and other vehicles in danger. A flat tire or low-pressure tire should be considered an emergency situation, requiring immediate attention. Some tires, known as “run-flat tires”, have either extremely stiff sidewalls or a resilient filler to allow driving a limited distance while flat, usually at reduced speed, without permanent damage or hazard.
A modern radial tire may not be visibly distorted even with dangerously low inflation pressure. (This is especially true of tires with a low aspect ratio, sometimes known as “low profile” tires.) Thus maintenance of adequate tire pressure can have important safety implications despite the fact that most car owners neglect it. Tire designers have tried to make new tires fail-safe so that the failure of the operator to maintain the tire pressure won’t cause a major safety concern, but there are limitations on this.
Tires are specified by the vehicle manufacturer with a recommended inflation pressure, which permits safe operation within the specified load rating and vehicle loading. Most tires are stamped with a maximum pressure rating. For passenger vehicles and light trucks, the tires should be inflated to what the vehicle manufacturer recommends, which is usually located on a decal just inside the driver’s door or in the vehicle owners handbook. Tires should not generally be inflated to the pressure on the sidewall; this is the maximum pressure, rather than the recommended pressure.
Many pressure gauges available at fuel stations have been de-calibrated by manhandling and the effect of time, and it is for this reason that vehicle owners should keep a personal pressure gauge with them to validate the correct tire pressure.
Tires are not completely impermeable to air, and so lose pressure over time naturally. Some drivers inflate tires with nitrogen, instead of atmospheric air, which is already 78% nitrogen, in an attempt to keep the tires at the proper inflation pressure longer, though the effectiveness of this is debatable.
The tire contact patch is readily reduced by both over-and-under inflation. Over-inflation may increase the wear on the center contact patch, and under-inflation will cause a concave tread, resulting in less center contact. Most modern tires will wear evenly at very high tire pressures, but will degrade prematurely due to low (or even standard) pressures. An increased tire pressure has many benefits, including decreased rolling resistance. It has been found, that an increased tire pressure almost exclusively results in shorter stopping distances, except in some circumstances that may be attributed to the low sample size. If tire pressure is too low, the tire contact patch is changed more than if it were over-inflated. This increases rolling resistance, tire flexing, and friction between the road and tire. Under-inflation can lead to tire overheating, premature tread wear, and tread separation in severe cases.
High performance and dynamic drivers often increase the tire pressure to near the maximum pressure as printed on the sidewall. This is done to sacrifice comfort for performance and safety. A tire at higher pressure is more inclined to keep its shape during any encounter, and will thus transmit the forces of the road to the suspension, rather than being damaged itself. This allows for an increased reaction speed, and “feel” the driver perceives of the road. Modern tire designs allow for minimal tire contact surface deformity during high pressures, and as a result the traditional wear on the center of the tire due to reasonably high pressures is only known to very old or poorly designed tires.
It may be, that very high tire pressures have only two downsides: The sacrifice in comfort; and the increased chance of obtaining a puncture when driving over sharp objects, such as on a newly scraped gravel road. Many individuals have maintained their tire pressures at the maximum side wall printed value (inflated when cold) for the entire lifetime of the tire, with perfect wear until the end. This may be of negative economic value to the rubber and tire companies, as high tire pressures decrease wear, and minimize side wall blow outs.
It is dangerous to allow tire pressure to drop below the specification recommended on the vehicle placard. Low pressure increases the amount of tire wall movement resulting from cornering forces. Should a low-pressure tire be forced to perform an evasive maneuver, the tire wall will be more pliable than it would have been at normal pressure and thus it will “roll” under the wheel. This increases the entire roll movement of the car, and diminishes tire contact area on the negative side of the vector. Thus only half the tire is in contact with the road, and the tire may deform to such an extent that the side wall on the positive vector side becomes in contact with the road. The probability of failing in the emergency maneuver is thus increased.
When driving on sand or in deep snow, tire pressure is sometimes lowered to reduce the chance of bogging down.
Furthermore, the tire will absorb more of the irregular forces of normal driving. With this constant bending of the side wall as it absorbs the contours of the road, it heats up the tire wall to possibly dangerous temperatures. Additionally, this flexing degrades the steel wire reinforcement; this often leads to side wall blow-outs.
Low pressure tires can be subject to pinching. If the vehicle drives into a pot-hole, the side wall can temporarily collapse, thereby pinching the tire between the steel wheel and road. This can result in a tire laceration and blow-out, as well as a damaged wheel.
Feathering occurs on the junction between the tire tread and side wall, as a result of too low tire pressures. This is as a result of the inability of the tire to perform appropriately during cornering forces, leading to aberrant and shearing forces on the feathering area. This is due to the tire moving sideways underneath the wheel as the tire pressures are insufficient to transmit the forces to the wheel and suspension.