Tires & Tire Repair FAQs
Q: Do I really need a separate set of snow tires if my car has all-weather tires?
A: Snow tires are built to handle harsh winter weather, and they have the muster to conquer icy hills and abrupt, unexpected stops. The decision is really a matter of how often you drive in true winter conditions, although we recommend that you always err on the side of caution.
Q: Can driving in the snow in regular (non-snow) tires damage my tires?
A: Snow tires have a special rubber compound that keeps them flexible when temperatures drop, unlike their all-season or summer counterparts, which tend to stiffen in cold weather.
Q: I drove over a nail and had my tire professionally repaired. Is it dangerous to drive on a repaired tire?
A: As long as the tire was repaired to the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (RMA) standards – which is the only way we repair tires at Midas – you should be good to go. RMA says to repair a flat tire if: 1) the puncture is ¼ inch or smaller; 2) it is located on the tread (not the sidewall); and 3) it doesn’t overlap with an existing tire repair.
Q: How often should I rotate my tires?
A: According to most maintenance schedules, tires should be rotated with every oil change. Check your owner’s manual, or your local Midas service technician can tell you the exact tire rotation time interval to follow.
Q: Why does my TPMS light go on? The tire looks fine to me, and my car is only a year old.
A: If your tires are under- or over-inflated, the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) activates the warning light on your dashboard. When the light is steady, it means you need to have your tire pressure checked. If the light is flashing, it means you need to have your TPMS checked.
Q: How can I tell if I need new tires?
A: If you notice any of the following, it’s probably time: 1) uneven tire wear, 2) cracking or bulging tire treads or sidewalls, 3) anything poking into the tire, 4) tread pulling away from the body of the tire or 5) worn treads that don’t pass the penny test.
Q: How do I use a penny to determine when I need new tires?
A: Stick a penny in the tire tread, top first. If the tread doesn’t touch Lincoln’s head, your tires are worn and likely need to be replaced
Q: My car sometimes shudders when I am going faster than 40 mph. I feel like it's my tires, but I just put air in them. Can you help?
A: We’ll know for sure after a quick inspection at your local Midas store, but based on your description, it sounds like you might need to have the balance of your tires and suspension checked.
Note: Each Midas franchise location is independently owned and operated.