Bock’s Service… Waseca’s Tire Experts
At Bock’s Service in Waseca, MN we operate as a locally owned and operated independent Tire One Dealer. With that title we have access to an outstanding selection of tire brands, including Mastercraft, Kumho, Yokohama, Pirelli, and more.
From helping you select new tires to locating and solving an alignment issue, our tire professionals can work with you to address your needs and get your vehicle back on the road safely.
*Bock’s Service operates with a Coats® Computerized Wheel Balancing System and a Hoffman® Computerized Wheel Alignment System.
Sales & Tire Mounting
As a Tire One Dealer we have access to a variety of name brand tires including everything from new tires to used tires and all season tires to performance tires. Based on your driving habits, budget, and vehicle type we can assist you in selecting and ordering the right tires for your needs. Upon arrival of your new tires we can provide expert mounting accompanied with necessary balancing services.
Rotation – Taking Turns
You can slow down uneven tread wear by having your tires rotated, which simply means moving them around so that they "trade places" on your vehicle in a systematic way. Rotation is important because each tire on a car carries a different amount of weight, making them wear at different rates. By having them rotated, you basically even out those differences. Your owner's manual will tell you how often to rotate your tires, but as a rule of thumb, it should be done every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. You might want to have them rotated sooner if you see signs of uneven wear.
There are various patterns for rotating tires. A common one for front-wheel drive vehicles involves moving the tires in a criss-cross fashion, with the left front tire trading places with the right rear, and right front trading with the left rear.
Computerized Wheel Alignments
It doesn’t take an obvious incident for your tires to be thrown out of alignment; a jolt from hitting a curb or driving over a deep pothole can easily send things awry. And poor alignment can lead to tire damage in a short length of time. Misalignments can cause uneven tire wear, rapid tread wear, pulling to one side, vehicle vibrations at certain speeds, steering wheel shaking, and other issues.
At Bock’s Service we are provide comprehensive alignment services and maintain a Hoffman Computerized Wheel Alignment System. Contact us to schedule an appointment if you feel your vehicle is experiencing an alignment issue.
Signs & Symptoms of Common Tire Issues
When your tires are worn, misaligned or simply in need of replacement many driving issues can begin to occur.
Most often these issues can be corrected with a few adjustments from one of our technicians at Bock’s Service. These adjustments include ensuring all of your tires are at the proper and same inflation level, performing a tire rotation, or correcting any alignment/balance issues.
Tire Air Pressure
Did you know a tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear to be flat? For this reason and many others it is wise to continually check the air pressure in your tires.
It's important to have the proper air pressure in your tires as under-inflation can lead to tire failure. It results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control and accidents. The "right amount" of air for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and is shown on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner's manual.
Checking Tire Pressure
1. When you check the air pressure, make sure the tires are cool - meaning they are not hot from driving even a mile. (NOTE: If you have to drive a distance to get air, check and record the tire pressure first and add the appropriate air pressure when you get to the pump. It is normal for tires to heat up and the air pressure inside to go up as you drive. Never "bleed" or reduce air pressure when tires are hot.)
2. Remove the cap from the valve on one tire.
3. Firmly press a tire gauge onto the valve.
4. Add air to achieve recommended air pressure.
5. If you overfill the tire, release air by pushing on the metal stem in the center of the valve with a fingernail or the tip of a pen. Then recheck the pressure with your tire gauge.
6. Replace the valve cap.
7. Repeat with each tire, including the spare. (NOTE: Some spare tires require higher inflation pressure.)
NOTE: Air pressure in a tire goes up (in warm weather) or down (in cold weather) 1—2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change.
Information (Air Pressure, Rotation & Alignement) courtesy Tire One – http://www.tireone.com/tiremaintenance.htm, 1/15/13, 3:40pm.