How to Know When to Replace Your Tires

Like any other part on your vehicle, tires need to be replaced eventually. But how can you tell when it's time for new tires? These are some of the signs to look out for to stay safe on the road and avoid flat tires.

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Signs You Need New Tires

These are some of the most common signs that it's time to replace your tires. However, if you ever have any questions, it's best to consult an experienced technician who can explain more.

Low Tread Depth

Tread is the most valuable component on a tire to give you traction and control. Your tires need enough tread to grip the road, allowing you to brake and accelerate safely and smoothly. Low tread depth is dangerous because it can affect your ability to brake, increasing the likelihood of a collision. On top of the danger, driving with low tread reduces your fuel economy, costing you more over time.

Signs of Damage

Road debris like nails and rocks can easily pierce your tires. Although it's not always evident immediately, an imbedded nail or stone will eventually cause the tire to fail. Other types of damage can include bubbles or bulges, usually caused by rough road conditions like potholes or ruts. Any visible damage should always be addressed as soon as possible.

Irregular Wear

Misalignment is the main cause of irregular tread wear. If your tread is wearing abnormally fast or unevenly, an alignment is usually a necessary step to correct the problem. Unfortunately, if the wear is bad enough, you might have to replace your tires altogether on top of getting an alignment.

Tire Age

How long have you had your tires? Depending on how often you use your vehicle and for what purpose, you might have had your tires for over five years. If that's the case, it's probably time for a replacement. Even if they still look decent, age can play a role in the integrity of your tires. Small cracks, tears, and dry rot are inevitable over time, so it's a good idea to replace the tires before they cause a blowout.

Changing Seasons

Different tires aren't only necessary for snowy conditions. Extreme heat causes excess wear and tear on your tires, and different types of tires can have different ratings for temperature. Even those rated highly can take a beating from hot pavement, so try to check your tires more often during heatwaves.

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Find New Tires at Redwood City INFINITI

If it's time for all new tires, the service team at Redwood City INFINITI is here to help. Whether you are performing the replacement yourself or need a personal touch, you can choose from a wide selection of tires to find your best fit. Our experienced technicians are happy to mount and balance your tires, ensuring a long life ahead. Check out our tire selection online, or contact our service department for fast and friendly service today!

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Where to Get a Front End Alignment in Redwood City CA

All vehicles require maintenance, and you've probably heard of aligning your vehicle as part of that maintenance. But are you familiar with why you should check your alignment? Front-end alignment is an essential part of a well-running vehicle and can greatly impact the longevity and quality of your vehicle.

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Signs You Need Front-End Alignment

So, how do you know if you need a front-end alignment? First of all, front-end alignments are typically reserved for two-wheel drive vehicles, while AWD or 4WD would require a 4-wheel alignment. If you do have a FWD vehicle, these are some of the signs to look out for that it might be time for an alignment.

  • Is your car pulling to one side or the other while you drive? If you have to compensate by turning your steering wheel when you're trying to drive straight, it's probably time for an alignment.
  • Take a look at each tire's tread wear. Are the front or back tires wearing unevenly? Does each individual tire have more wear on the inside or outside? Uneven wear indicates misalignment.
  • Does your steering wheel vibrate while you're in motion? This could be an indication that the front and back wheels aren't aligned with each other and need realignment.
  • Did you just replace your tires? New tires might mean that you should check the alignment. Luckily, this can be done at the time of your tire replacement service to save you time.
  • Frequent travel on dirt or rough roads can slowly put your wheels out of alignment. If that's the case, you should have your alignment checked more often than if you only drive on smooth roads.

Why Is Alignment Necessary?

A front-end alignment is necessary to fix all of the above issues. Often, if your vehicle has poor alignment, you need to pay for the alignment as well as new tires, especially if they have uneven wear. On top of that, a misaligned front end puts extra stress on your suspension, adding to the list of repairs. Routine alignment will save your tires, suspension, wheels, and could even increase your gas mileage. While it's not something that's necessary at specific intervals, you should at least have your alignment checked out as part of routine maintenance.

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Front-End Alignments in Redwood City

The service center at Redwood City INFINITI is well-equipped for alignments of all types. We honor all INFINITI warranties, including providing a complimentary courtesy vehicle in the event that yours requires extensive service. You can trust our experienced technicians to provide the best service for your vehicle, including alignments, oil changes, and more. Schedule an alignment check today to ensure your vehicle operates as it should, and don't hesitate to ask about our service specials! We look forward to helping your INFINITI last.

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Where can I get regular automotive maintenance in Redwood City, CA?

If you're looking for a reliable automotive maintenance and service shop in Redwood City, CA, you can find it all right here at Redwood City INFINITI. Our factory-trained technicians use genuine INFINITI parts to perform whatever regular maintenance you need, so you can drive away assured that you just extended the life of your vehicle.

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Our Redwood City Maintenance Services

Not sure what type of maintenance your vehicle need? No problem! We have a few simple ways to determine the level of service your INFINITI vehicle needs. First, you can use our online scheduling. Answer a few questions like the make, model, and mileage of your vehicle. From there, we can determine which types of maintenance your car could use, or you can pick from our list of suggestions. If you'd rather talk to an expert, our technicians are available to answer your questions and customize a service plan for you.

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Our list of automotive maintenance services includes:

Oil Change

Motor oil and filter changes are the most common type of maintenance. Oil is necessary to keep your engine running smoothly and properly. It lubricates the engine to keep metal from rubbing on metal, but over time, it can become sludgy, dark, or filled with dirt and other debris. Changing your oil and filter is recommended for most INFINITI models between 5,000 and 10,000 miles, or every 6-12 months.

Tire Rotation

We recommend rotating your tires about every 6 months so that they wear evenly and last longer. Uneven wear can lead to flat tires, poor handling, and more frequent replacement.

Engine Diagnostics

Did your check engine light suddenly turn on? Car not running as it should or making strange noises? We can perform engine diagnostics to determine the cause of the problem, then form a solution and perform any repairs or maintenance.

Transmission Repair

Our transmission repair services include fluid top-off and flushing, cable adjustments, and other minor changes to your transmission. If you need full replacement, we can use a genuine INFINITI part to get you back on the road.

Brake Service

From replacing brake pads to rotor repair, our technicians can keep you safe and get you back behind the wheel faster. We can also flush brake fluid, clean the components, and more to keep your brakes working as they should.

Automotive Maintenance at Redwood City INFINITI

Ready to schedule your service? We serve Redwood City and the surrounding areas with fast, professional service. Use our online form above, or call to speak directly to our service department. We're available six days a week, including mornings and evenings, for your convenience. Be sure to check out our monthly service specials to save on your maintenance needs!

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Where can I get new tires for my INFINITI vehicle in Redwood City, CA?

Taking care of your tires is important for a multitude of reasons. There are few things worse when it comes to owning a vehicle than unexpectedly having to replace your tires, but taking care of them can help eliminate this. That’s not to say you won’t eventually need to replace them, but taking good care of them can increase the longevity of your tires and make sure that when you do need to replace them it isn’t unexpected. If it is time for you to get new tires for your INFINITI vehicle in Redwood City, California, you can find them right here at the Redwood City INFINITI Service & Parts Department.

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How do I take care of my tires?

2014 INFINITI Q50 WheelThere are a few great services to stay on top of that will help you take care of your tires and increase their longevity. Stay on top of your tire pressure, get your tires rotated whenever you get the oil changed, and make sure to check your alignment on a regular basis. These three things will help you to get the most out of your tires.

How do I know when I need to replace them?

Naturally, if anything unexpected happens to your tires, such as running over a nail, you’re most likely going to have to replace your tires and there isn’t much that can be done about this unexpected replacement. But taking care of your tires, as we mentioned above, can help the tread on your tires wear out more evenly and thus increase the amount of time you can utilize those tires.

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Eventually, even if you stay on top of the services we mentioned in the previous section, your tread depth will wear out past the point where it’s safe to continue driving on them. That’s when you should bring your vehicle in to get them replaced. You can check your tread depth by sticking a penny in the grooves of your tire with Lincoln’s head face down. If you can still see his forehead, then it’s time for a new set of tires. If that’s the case, be sure to give us a call to schedule an appointment.

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Where can I get my brakes checked in Redwood City, CA?

While you might not think about them as often as you think about getting your oil changed, it’s important to get your brakes checked on a regular basis as well. If you’re looking to get your brakes checked or serviced here in Redwood City, California, or the immediate area, we’ve got you covered right here at Redwood City INFINITI. Our expert technicians are well equipped to take a look at your brakes, assess whether or not they need serviced, then take care of anything necessary.

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When should I get my brakes checked?

Brake RotorTypically, it’s a good idea to have someone inspect your brakes every six months. A lot of times this can simply be done at the same time as your oil change or your tire rotation or perhaps as part of a multi-point inspection. Regardless, it’s important to have someone checking out your brakes regularly as anything going on with your brakes can quickly lead to big time problems, both to your vehicle and potentially to you and any passengers you take along with you.

In addition to keeping them looked at regularly, there are a few telltale signs that you should bring your vehicle in immediately to have someone check out your brakes. While these things won’t always mean something is wrong with your brakes, they’re great warning signs that you should heed just in case.

  • Naturally, if your brake warning light is on, it’s a pretty good idea to bring it in
  • If you notice that your brake fluid is significantly lower than it should be or appears to be very dirty
  • If you notice a strange sound as you depress the brake pedal, particularly grinding or squealing
  • If you notice that your brake pedal feels strange as you press it, particularly less firm than normal
  • If you feel frequent or severe vibrating as you slow your vehicle to a stop
  • If your vehicle pulls off to one side or the other as you are braking

You can also check your own brake pads to see if they’re worn down, if you know how to determine this. The best piece of advice we can give you is… if you have any doubts, just bring it in. It can’t hurt to be overly cautious when it comes to safety. Just bring your vehicle in right here to the Redwood City INFINITI Service Center!

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Where can I get my oil changed in Redwood City, CA?

Our relationship doesn’t end when you drive your new INFINITI vehicle off of the lot for the first time. Here at Redwood City INFINITI, we’re committed to taking care of you and your new vehicle long after the keys are in your hand. Whatever your automotive needs, we’re dedicated to making sure we can keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. So, when it comes time to get your oil changed here in Redwood City, California, we can take care of you right here at our service center.

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When should I get my oil changed?

2022 INFINITI QX60 Exterior Driver Side Front ProfileThis is one of the most common questions asked when it comes to automotive service, most likely because the number has slowly changed over the last several years. Not all that long ago, the answer to this question would’ve been every 3 months or 3,000 miles, but because of advancements in technology and automotive engineering, that’s no longer the case.

Most manufacturers now recommend getting your oil changed every six months or 7,500 miles, whichever comes first. This can vary by make and model, but it’s a good general rule of thumb to follow. To find out for sure how often you should be getting your oil changed, we recommend checking your owner’s manual or simply giving us a call here at the service desk.

If it’s time for you to get the oil changed in your INFINITI vehicle, feel free to schedule an appointment for your earliest convenience right here on our website. You can follow the link up above for an easy form to schedule, otherwise just give us a call here at the desk. Be sure to check out our service & parts specials to see if there are any coupons you can take advantage of before you get here!

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Where to Buy New Tires for Your INFINITI

INFINITI Tires and Tire Services in Redwood City CA

People think about getting gas for their car, changing the oil, and even getting air filters regularly replaced, but they often forget about tires. You ride on that rubber day in and day out. Its grip keeps you safely on the road, even in the rain. When that rubber starts getting thin you may not even notice it, but you’ll definitely want to replace that rubber before you do, as it often becomes noticeable in a rather abrupt fashion. That’s where Redwood City INFINITI comes in with our INFINITI tires and tire services in Redwood City, CA.

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How to Tell When Your INFINITI Tires Need to be Replaced?

INFINITI QX80 at Rebelle Rally with tires in the backWithout being extraordinarily in tune with your car, you aren’t going to be able to feel tire wear in the way it handles, though if you have another similar vehicle it may feel different on more slick surfaces. However, a slick surface is the last place you want to find out you need new rubber.

The better way to tell is by checking your tread depth. At Redwood City INFINITI, we can use our advanced equipment to check your tread depth with extreme precision to tell you how healthy your tires are. If they are healthy, we can provide greater longevity to them by rotating them and making sure everything is in proper alignment. You can also check your tread depth at home with a penny. It’s not the most precise measurement, but it will give you a baseline. Stick a normal penny in the gaps between your tread with Lincoln’s head upsidedown. If the tread doesn’t obscure his head, then your tread depth is too low.

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Why is Tread Depth a Good Indicator of Tire Wear?

Tires are killed in three ways. Puncture, age, and wear. If you drive your vehicle regularly, age isn’t going to be your first issue. It takes several years for tire rubber to become brittle and crack. However, high temperatures or improper inflation can speed up the aging process. Punctures, you are likely familiar with. Large ones can cause a blowout, small ones can cause a flat, and even smaller ones can mean many trips to get your tires refilled. If you are refilling often, you should think about replacement tires before a small problem turns into a big one.

Wear brings your tread depth down slowly over time. When that tread depth is deep, it allows your tread to flex and contour to the road. As it shrinks and wears, your tires will provide less grip, especially on wet surfaces as that depth gives water a place to go so that your rubber still maintains contact with the road. Once you have bald tires, you’ll have very little grip, be risking a blowout, and even a little rain will make the roads feel like ice.

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Why get Your Oil Changed at Redwood City INFINITI?

What Does an INFINITI Oil Change Cost?

No one can claim that they like getting an oil change. Your car never needs one at a convenient time making it always a hassle to give your car the care it deserves. However, if you can get one affordably at a dealership that can work around your schedule, then it turns an annoying necessity into a solvable problem. What does an INFINITI oil change cost at Redwood City INFINITI? We can make it more affordable than you’d expect!

How much does an oil change cost at Redwood City INFINITI?

An INFINITI service tech pouring Mobil oil into an INFINITI modelThe prices of our oil changes vary depending on the deals you can take advantage of and your car’s needs. For example, currently, until 1/31/22, we have a $15 discount on all oil changes scheduled through our online scheduler. If you need a price quote for your model with current specials and offers, feel free to give us a call. You can even schedule your service over the phone.

You can always check out our current service specials and offers right online through the link that we have below. We try to offer service deals on anything you might need not just including oil changes but also battery service, brake pad replacements, wheel alignments, cabin air filter replacements, parts, and more! Check out our specials right now for the most up-to-date deals.

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Advantages of Simple Maintenance at Redwood City INFINITI

At Redwood City INFINITI, you may have heard that we like things to be simple. From the Simple Pricing we offer on our new and used inventory, to our Simple Maintenance. You can get started scheduling your INFINITI maintenance right online and for returning customers, our service scheduler will remember who you are, recommend the service that you need done, and let you skip filling in all your personal information each time. We truly strive to keep things SIMPLE! Schedule your INFINITI service below.

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Our service center is located right alongside our dealership here in Redwood City. With our proximity to the 101 and the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge we are easy to reach from many places in the Bay Area including Oakland, Berkeley, and more!

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Where to get INFINITI maintenance?

INFINITI Oil Change coupons near San Jose CA

Is it that time again? Do you need an oil change or routine maintenance on your INFINITI? Though it should be painless, that is not always the case, unless you come to Redwood City INFINITI. Not only do we make the entire service process simple, easy, and convenient, but our location means we can serve all the surrounding areas including Alameda County and even San Jose to our south. If you are looking for INFINITI oil change coupons near San Jose, CA, then turn to us and check out our service specials with the link below.

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INFINITI maintenance specials near San Jose CA

Service technician replacing battery in an INFINITIRedwood City INFINITI always has deals that you can take advantage of in our service department. We are quick with an oil change, and we almost always have an oil change special running, but we also routinely have maintenance specials on brake fluid fills, coolant checks, transmission service, battery replacement, cabin filters, air filters, and more!

If you need INFINITI maintenance in Redwood City, San Jose, Alameda County, or any of the surrounding areas, be sure to come to INFINITI Redwood City first! Don’t forget you can also rely on us for all other INFINITI service as well. From the routine to the major, we are here for you.

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Schedule INFINITI maintenance online

Woman stirring coffee in a service waiting room at an INFINTI dealershipAt Redwood City INFINITI we are all about making your life easier. You can see it in our friendly salespeople who are always ready to help you whether you are buying a new INFINITI or something from our used inventory. You can also see it in our service personnel who are always honest, straightforward, fast, and friendly.

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On top of that, we make it easy to schedule INFINITI service and maintenance appointments. You can start with our online service scheduler. You just have to give us some basic details about yourself, your car, what you want to be done, select your appointment time, and you can even take advantage of our complimentary Lyft shuttle service within a 10-mile radius.

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Where is Redwood City INFINITI?

Our service center is located right alongside our dealership here in Redwood City. We are at 543 El Camino Real making us just a short drive up the 101 from San Jose. We’re also easy to reach from our friends across the water in Hayward and Newark. Come visit us today either online or at our dealership!

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