Anchor Nissan sells more than 2,000 tires each year of all makes and models such as: BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Firestone, Goodyear, Michelin and many more. Below is all the information you will need to know about tires and the maintenance of them. If you would like to make an appointment with our service department fill out our online form or give us a call at 401-767-5000

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Anchor Nissan suggests you check your tire tread every 3,000 miles. Here are two simple tests:

1) Take the Penny Test: Simply insert a penny into your tire's tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, it's time to replace your tires.

2) Check the Tread Wear Indicator Bar: Located at the bottoms of the tread grooves in several locations around the tire. When a tire is so worn that these bars become visibly flush with the adjacent tread ribs, it's time to replace the tire.

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Know Your Wear Patterns

When wear patterns emerge, they can indicate problems with your tires or your vehicle that reduce the useful life of a tire. Have your tires checked by one of Anchors technicians if you notice any of these:  

Wear on both edges: UNDER INFLATION Under inflation increases the tread wear on a tire's outside edges and generates excessive heat reducing tire toughness. Soft tires also increases rolling resistance which reducing fuel economy. 

Wear in center: OVER INFLATION Over inflation increases wear on the center tread. Cups or dips in the tread: WORN PARTS Cupping or dipping is most common on front tires, although rear tires can cup as well.  

Sawtooth edges: MISALIGNMENT Misalignment causes erratic scrubbing against the road giving the tire's edges a saw tooth or feathered appearance.

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Proper Inflation

Proper tire inflation is essential for safe driving and long tire life. It's wise to check your tires air pressure at least once a month with an accurate tire pressure gauge. Be sure to check pressure while your tires are cold and have not been used recently. Even driving a mile will cause your tire pressure to increase and give you an inaccurate reading.
If you see your tire with a noticeable sag each week this may indicate a possible tire or wheel assembly problem.

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Nissan Tire Rotation

While many people are knowledgeable enough to rotate their own tires, the procedure is especially quick and easy for Anchor's trained technicians with all the latest equipment. Driving routes and habits can increase tire wear.  How you might ask?  We challenge you to consider how often you drive on entry and off ramps to get to your destination.  In many cases you could be taking many on/off ramps with right turns.  That can cause wear patterns to develop.  Rotating your tires spreads that wear out among the four tires so you get the maximum life out of your Nissan tires.  Your vehicle's owner's manual will specify the proper rotation pattern and schedule for your vehicle. If no specific schedule is indicated, a good rule of thumb is to rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles.

Wheel Alignment & Tire Wear

Your vehicle is properly aligned when all of its suspension and steering components are working smoothly and when its tire and wheel assemblies are running straight and true. If you notice uneven tread wear, it could be due to a misalignment and your vehicle should be serviced by one of Anchors technicians on one of our alignment machines that can align your tires within very specific tolerances..
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Balancing Your Nissan Tires

If your tires are unbalanced, you'll notice vibration. This can lead to driver fatigue, premature or irregular tire wear and unnecessary wear to your vehicle's suspension. Your tires should be balanced when they are mounted on wheels for the first time or when they are remounted after repair. Balancing is a process of spinning your wheel and tire on a calibration machine then adding small weights needed to the wheel to adjust for proper balance. You should always get your tire balance checked at the first sign of vibration or shimmy.

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The Tire Shop at Anchor Nissan.

Serving North Smithfield, Providence, Cranston, Johnston, Cumberland and Attleboro.

With all of life's starts and stops, you eventually need a rest. For your Nissan to come to a rest, it needs well-maintained Nissan tires and  brakes. Tires work in combination with your braking system to provide traction and grip creating friction with the road surface.  If your tires are worn smooth and lack treads it can add to your stopping distance.  Our factory trained technicians are experienced in tire replacement, brake inspections and replacement, and they know the right parts that are specifically engineered for your vehicle.

Service Center Hours

  • Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday Closed