Fontaine and Sons, Inc. provides high quality wheel alignment, tire balancing and tire pressure, located on 611 right outside of Doylestown. When it comes to tire and wheel care, we use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to get all tire care done right the first time.
Improve your vehicle’s handling, increase tire life and drive with safety by checking your tires every month to ensure that they are inflated with the correct amount of air pressure. We offer a wide range of tires for your vehicle. Let our professionals help you find, balance and mount the right tires for your car.
Call Fontaine and Son at 215-766-9750 and let us help you with your tire services.
These are some of the tire services that we offer:
- Wheel Alignment
- Tire Mounting
- Tire Balancing
- Tire Rotation
- Tire Inspection
Fontaine and Sons, Inc. brings the right equipment, combined with over 30 years of knowledge, to provide tire balancing services at the garage located outside of Doylestown. The tire team understands the importance of tire balancing and encourages other wheel care services, such as tire rotation and wheel alignment.
Tires are a critical safety component, impacting traction, handling, steering, stability, and braking. Sudden tire failure can have serious consequences. With 75% of roadside flats preceded by leaks or under inflation, and nearly 250,000 accidents impacted by low tire pressure, maintaining proper tire air pressure can save time, money, and lives.
Tires should be rotated at least once a year to promote even tire wear. Fontaine and Sons, Inc. technicians utilize a special tire rotation diagnostic tool to optimize tire use, reduce tire wear, and save car owners money and time. Depending on the tire manufacturer, a typical recommendation is to rotate tires once for every two oil changes, or approximately every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. The tire specialists at Fontaine and Sons, Inc. can help with your tire rotation needs.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Can Save Lives
Most people ignore their tires, yet tires are undoubtedly a critical safety component of a vehicle. Where the rubber meets the road affects traction, handling, steering, stability and braking. Because of this, a sudden tire failure can have serious consequences, especially if it occurs when operating at high speeds.
- Nearly 250,000 accidents occur in the United States per year due to low tire pressure.
- About 75% of roadside flats are preceded by a slow leak or under inflation.
- According to a recent survey, America could reduce its fuel consumption by 10% and save a collective $2 billion a year by keeping tires properly inflated.
- NHTSA estimates that tire pressure monitoring systems could prevent as many as 79 deaths and 10,365 injuries each year in the United States.
What is the effect of under inflation?
An estimated 23,000 accidents and 535 fatal accidents annually involve blowouts or flat tires. Maintaining proper tire air pressure is not only imperative for safety but can also affect the handling and performance of your vehicle.
Why is it more expensive and time consuming to have tires serviced rather than rotated?
Technicians use special diagnostic tools to test and recalibrate sensors any time a tire is moved from one location on the vehicle to another. A sensor must be tested to ensure it is functioning correctly and must be reprogrammed whenever tires are moved from one position to another during rotation. OEMs recommend a sensor service kit be installed every time a tire is serviced. These kits include replacement parts to properly service the sensor. Sensors are powered by a battery that usually has a life of 6 to 8 years. The sensor must be replaced when the battery fails because the batteries are not replaceable.
What is Tire Balancing?
Tire balancing is one of the recommended services listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Often confused with wheel alignment, tire balancing is important for assuring the best performance from a vehicle and for gaining the longest service life from tires.
Tire balancing provides a smooth ride and assures even tire wear by properly adjusting the tire weight distribution around the vehicle. Tire balancing is different from wheel alignment, which involves the angle of the wheels and their relation to the ground.
As you drive, your tires lose balance, so periodic tire balancing service is needed to return proper balance. Over time, tread wear causes the distribution of weight around the tire to change, which leads to the imbalance. This may be felt in unusual shaking or vibration as you drive.
What Do We Do When We Balance Your Tires?
When you have tire balancing service done, the technicians at Fontaine and Sons will use a calibrated spin balancer, testing non-moving/static balance and the moving/dynamic balance. Tires will be restored to the proper balance in accordance with the test results. Tire balancing is usually done in combination with tire rotation and is typically performed every 5,000-6,000 miles or 6 months.
Routine tire balancing service for your car is especially critical for today’s vehicles which are designed to be lighter weight. The heavier weight of older model cars actually helped smooth out the ride by suppressing vibrations before they were felt. Modern tire design is more responsive, with lower profiles for style and performance. Tire imbalance can cause problems for both the vehicle and tires. Call the certified tire technicians at Fontaine and Sons at 215-766-9750 to have your tires balanced!
Proper tire rotation is essential. If you notice irregular or uneven tread wear, the tires should be rotated to alleviate the problem. Remember, it is important to check your tires and wheels for signs of possible damage and check your vehicle for any mechanical problems and correct if necessary. You should follow the rotation pattern or procedure indicated in your limited warranty and the vehicle owners’ manual. We recommend you rotate tires on front wheel drive vehicles and/or all-season tires on any vehicle every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to equalize the rate of wear. You should rotate your tires earlier if signs of irregular or uneven tire wear arise. Have the vehicle checked by qualified tire service professionals at Fontaine and Son to determine the cause of abnormal wear conditions.