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Roy Brothers Tire and Auto is your one-stop shop for all your tire needs.

Looking to purchase tires?
We sell new and used tires. We have access to many brands at the most competitive prices.

Got a nail stuck in your tire?
We can assess and repair your tires to get the most life out of them.

Want better gas mileage?
Of course you do and Roy Brothers can help. Ask us about putting nitrogen in your tires!

Do I need new tires?

Tires are manufactured with several layers of polyester bands, a steel band and rubber. With age, one of these layers can begin to go bad and start creating problems. There are several key symptoms to look for to know if your tires are bad or not, including vibration, noise, wobbling and lack of wet traction.

Vibration - Sometime the tread of the tire develops a defect that cannot be balanced out. This is typically caused by a minor separation of the steel and polyester bands inside the tire. When this occurs, it may feel like the tire is simply out of balance, but no matter how many times you balance it, the problem remains. Unfortunately, this problem is non-repairable and the tire(s) will need replaced.

Noise - Tires can make many noises, some are normal wear and tear while others are a sign of a bad tire(s). A constant humming sound that changes with speed is a sign of chopped tread. Chopped tread is a sign of a lack of rotation or a failing suspension component. A thumping sound is a sign of a flat spot in a tire. Flat spots are typically caused either by a defect in the tire or locking up the brakes. Neither of these noises can be repaired and the tire(s) will need to be replaced as the tread has been compromised.

Wobbling - Wobbling is the most obvious tire sign of a bad tire. Wobbling typically only happens at low speeds and you will physically feel the car bounce up and down and you also may see the steering wheel move. This is caused by severe separation of the internal belts. When the belts separate this badly, the pressurized air presses on just the rubber tread. This causes a large bubble on the tread; that bubble is what causes the wobbling.

Lack of Traction - Lack of wet traction is another sign of bad tires. The loss of wet traction is due to the tread wearing down to where there are no more grooves in the tire. These grooves are designed to allow the water on the road to escape from the tread. When the water cannot escape, hydroplaning occurs. Hydroplaning is when the water causes the tire to lift off of the road and lose all traction. At this point, replacement of the tire(s) is required.

If you notice any of these symptoms or if you have any other concerns, call Roy Brothers today.

We sell and install ONLY name brand, quality tires!

We sell all the best tire brands. We have access to many warehouses giving us the most competitive pricing. Call us today for an estimate!

Why Nitrogen?

There are several compelling reasons to inflate your tires with pure nitrogen. By the stats, the difference is pretty clear:

Tire pressures will not change over time because nitrogen is less likely to migrate through tire rubber than is oxygen. Mechanics who work on airplanes and race cars figured out that tires filled with nitrogen rather than air also show less pressure changes with changes in temperature swings. One pound per square inch change in tire pressure can mean a lot to the handling of a 747 during a landing.

In a passenger vehicle, consistent pressure promotes safety, but it also promotes a longer life for the tire. Inconsistent pressure causes the shape of tire to change causing more or less surface area making contact with the road. This leads to uneven tread wear and faster tire degradation.

Water or humidity in your tires is also an issue. Moisture has an even greater effect on pressure with temperature changes as well as corroding the rims. Roy Brothers' Nitrogen Tire Inflation System purges all water from the tire and delivers dry nitrogen.

In conclusion, nitrogen allows your tire pressure to remain more constant. There will be less corrosion on your wheels due to less moisture in your tires. All of this promotes fuel-efficiency, longer tire life, proper handling and braking and therefore, safety.