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Tire Repair Done Right

If you have a nail or screw in your tire, I recommend you get it checked out asap. because a slow-leaking tire is not only a hassle, but it can also lead to bigger tire problems if you don’t get it fixed.

A quick plug-job at the local gas station may be tempting, but II recommend getting it done right! That’s because pugging a tire is a temporary tire repair and should only be done in an emergency.

A proper tire repair involves removing the tire from the wheel, inspecting the inside for damage, filling the hole, sealing the inner liner with a patch, and applying a sealer to the buffed inner liner

Also known as a 1-piece tire repair, this is the only kind of tire repair that is approved by tire manufacturers and the Tire Industry Association. Any other kind of tire repair will void your warranty and could compromise your safety. 

I am a Tire Industry Association (TIA) advanced instructor with over 10,000 tire repairs to my name – see how I fix a tire in my shop. 

Remember, if you have a slow leak in your tire, don’t plug it, get it fixed right! At Kenwood, most tire repairs cost about $45 and take about 30 minutes to complete.

Schedule your tire repair here.

When it comes to tire repairs, don’t mess with the local gas station or chain stores, go local! We have the tools and expertise to fix your tire safely, with a minimum of fuss. 

Thanks, Spencer.

BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport tire sipes

What Are Tire Sipes? Is More Better?

Tire sipes are the small slits in the tire tread that give your tires grip in wet and winter conditions. 

On snow and ice, tire sipes act as biting edges. In wet conditions, they act as a sponge to absorb standing water to reduce hydroplaning.

Siping was invented and patented in 1923 by John F. Sipe, a slaughterhouse worker who brilliantly cut slits in the soles of his shoes to stop slipping on wet floors. Siping was not incorporated into tires until the 1950s.

Sipes work on tires the same as they do on shoes. Generally, the more sipes a tire has, the better it is in snowy, wet, and icy conditions, In extreme weather locations, there are tire companies that will add sipes to tires – Check out how Performance Tire Siping is done at Les Schwab Tires with has locations in Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.

But more sipes can also lead to mushy handling on dry roads as the tread blocks squirm under the weight of your car. So what do tire manufacturers do?

The point of this post is to demonstrate that not all tires sipes are alike. Most tires look good and perform well when they’re new, but during the last 50% of tread wear it’s hit or miss, literally!

Check out these General Altimax RT43 tires – the sipes disappear faster than the tire is wearing and at 70% worn, these tires have so few biting edges for winter driving, I would recommend replacing them. 

But didn’t you pay 100% of the price of your tire?

By comparison, look at these BFGoodrich Advantage Sport tires. At 70% worn, the tire sipes are still there!

That’s because BFGoodrich has the technology to give their tires full-depth siping without the trade-off in handling, and that’s what I like about these tires the most. 

BFGoodrich Advantage Sport Sipes

When you need tires, don’t mess around with the chain stores. Check out my shop, Kenwood Tire & Auto Service in West Bridgewater MA to shop for tires and schedule service.

Family-owned and operated since 1963, I’m focused on creating a memorable customer experience. Shop local!

Thanks, Spencer.



internet tire installation

Internet Tire Installation Made Easy

The internet makes buying tires easy:

With a little research, online tire stores like TireRack, TireBuyer, TireAmerica, and SimpleTire can help you can make a good tire choice, and save you some money.

Tire Rack recommended internet tire installer near me
 TireRack’s recommended tire installers near me are mostly chain stores!

The problem with buying tires online is that you need to find someone to install them for you. We welcome internet tire installations, while other tire stores will do their best to make you regret buying your tires online.

For example, Tire Rack’s “recommended installers” are the chain stores and franchises like Pep Boys that you were probably trying to avoid in the first place! 

The best way to find an installer for your tires and wheels is to call around, read reviews, and ask for a recommendation. I recommend checking out the installers on TireBuyer because they partner with local independent internet tire installers like us.

At Kenwood Tire & Auto Service we’ll professionally install your tires no matter where you buy them. For most vehicles, we charge $30-40 per tire for internet tire installation. 

Our customer-supplied tire installation Includes replacing the tire, high-speed balancing including road-force optimizer, and hand-torquing the wheel nuts. With 2 or more tires we’ll reset tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) too.

Stay safe and let me know if you have any questions or comments about customer-supplied and internet tire installation. 


tirebuyer link

TireBuyer | Buy Tires and Wheels Online‎

TireBuyer is an easy way to buy tires and wheels online and get them installed at your local independent tire store.

When you choose TireBuyer, everyone wins! That’s because TireBuyer has the best internet prices on tires, and even pays us a commission for referrals and installation.

How it Works –

  • Shop for tires at TireBuyer to choose from a huge selection of tires – even hard-to-find tires.
  • TireBuyer has a warehouse close to us and your tires are delivered right to us in 1-3 days.
  • Local installation starts at $30 per tire — Including mounting and high-speed balancing w/Road-Force Optimization.

Car, van, SUV, light truck, trailer, lawn, and garden, fleet, commercial, company-cars, livery, and ride-share. It doesn’t matter what you drive, TireBuyer has the tires and wheels for you at the lowest internet prices.

Online convenience and local experience mean you can research, read reviews, compare, and price shop tires, without feeling all alone. In fact, it‘s super easy to start saving on tires and wheels – All you’ll need to know is your vehicle’s year, make, and model.

TireBuyer and Kenwood Tire – Together, we make buying tires easy…

TireBuyer Affiliate Logo

Stay safe and let me know if you have any questions or comments about customer-supplied and internet tire installation

Take care, Spencer.

Severe tire dry rot

Dry-Rot | Tire Cracking Explained

If you have small cracks on the sidewalls or between the treads of your tires, it may be dry-rot and time to replace them.

Just like us, tires weather and age, their rubber becomes less flexible, breaking down creating cracks in the sidewall, tread, or around the rim.

Dry-rot, also known as weather cracking, and ozone cracking is usually caused by age, ozone, and other road-grime.

Dry-rot is usually not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty because just like tire-blooming, dry-rot is more common on vehicles that don’t get driven much. Most manufacturers warranties expire after 6 years.

Tires driven daily usually wear out before cracking becomes an issue. That’s because antiozonant, a rubber additive that resists tire-cracking, tire-browning, and tire-blooming, is only released as the tire is being used.

There is no way to fix dry-rotted and cracked tires, but you can slow down the process by using a tire cleaner and protectant.

I use Dark Fury to clean wheels at the shop. It’s awesome at dissolving brake dust without hurting the wheel finish.

And to keep your wheels looking good after cleaning, you can use a non-solvent protectant like Wizards Tire and Vinyl Shine.

Check out examples of dry-rot in tires –  If you’re concerned about your tires, e-mail me some pictures and I’ll give you my opinion. 

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If you live in Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, or Easton, Massachusetts, stop by my store. Or shop for tires and schedule service online 24/7 at my tire shop,