At 4th Street Auto & Tire we value the safety of our customers above all else. We want to ensure that you get to where you're going every time with a reliable and safe vehicle. A major problem area for the cars and trucks that come into 4th Street Auto & Tire, are tires. Your tires are your connection to the road, and without them doing their job properly, all the handling development and safety testing that went into your car may not keep you safe. Here is some basic information on your tires and how to know when the time has come for replacements.
Why are old or bad tires dangerous?
As stated above, your tires are an extremely important component of your car or truck. If you've ever been out of control in a vehicle, you'll know how scary being a powerless passenger inside a two ton metal box can be. Driving on tires that are too old, improperly inflated, out of balance, or not suited to weather conditions can spell disaster for your safe journey. Your tires were designed with a very specific task in mind. Using them improperly can have sudden and catastrophic consequences.
Signs your tires need air
This issue can be fairly simple to spot. If your tire seems to be wider at the part which contacts the road, they probably need to be topped up with air. Driving on under-inflated tires wears them out faster due to uneven pressure on the sidewall and can lead to full-on flats and even end up shredding the tire off the wheel! Low tire pressure ruins your vehicle's fuel economy. If you've ever ridden a bicycle with under-inflated tires you know how much extra effort you have to put in to get moving and stay rolling. On the flip side of this, driving with too much air in your tires is also unsafe. While it's unlikely that hitting a large pothole would cause the tire to burst (remember they're built to last for thousands of miles) having too much air pressure in a tire reduces the size of the contact patch, or the area where rubber meets road. This can lead to less grip and control over your vehicle. Every tire manufacturer prints the correct tire pressure on the side of their tires, so it's easy to find out the perfect pressure for your ride.
Signs your tires are out of tread
As with having over-inflated tires, a lack of tread can lead to less control and worse handling for your car or truck. Your tires' tread patterns help them to hold the road as well as channeling mud and water away from the areas that need to do the gripping. Without enough tread depth, your car can ride up on top of water on the road and cause you a complete loss of control. There are a few common methods of measuring tread depth, such as using a penny to gauge whether or not it's time to replace your tires, but we recommend coming into 4th Street Auto & Tire in Long Beach, CA for a professional opinion on the matter. Not all tires are created equal and must be replaced at different times.
Signs your tires are damaged
Signs that your tires are damaged can come from a few sources. A visual inspection can catch potential problems before they become major issues such as nails or rocks embedded in the tread grooves. Always remember that there's a great deal of pressure contained within your tires. If you see any gashes, bubbles or hear the hiss of air escaping it's best to stay away from that tire and enlist the help of a professional. Believe us, you don't want a tire exploding anywhere near you.
You can sometimes feel tire damage while driving. If your car begins to make strange noises as it goes down the road or the handling suddenly becomes worse you should pull over as soon as it's safe. Driving on a flat is a bad idea, and can often lead to more severe damage to your vehicle.
What can and cannot be repaired
Tires are expensive and we take any opportunity we can to repair them safely and save you money. Small punctures can often be plugged and patched (it should always be both!) but sometimes the tire's day is done. If the puncture is on the outer edge of the tire (outside the tread) it's probably unsafe to repair. The same goes for a tire that's been driven on while flat. In this case the sidewall has become weakened and the tire is no longer safe. As with recommended pressures, each manufacturer has guides for what can and what can't be repaired.
At 4th Street Auto & Tire, customer safety is our number one priority. We hope you'll be a little safer with this information. If you'd like to talk about whether your tires may need inspection or replacement, call us at 562-612-3142 or visit us at 901 E 4th St in Long Beach, CA. Happy travels!
We offer most major brands of tires. These are a few of our preferred brands.
Talk to Art, he will treat you right!!
4th Street Auto & Tire cares. They are very knowledgeable on all brands of cars and give you good deals on working with the problems for your car. I love them. Thank you 4th Street Auto & Tire.
A trusted repair. Great friendly staff.
Art and John are the kindest and most honest mechanics that I've ever had the opportunity to work with. I'm very fortunate to have met them. They will always work with you to make sure your car is roadworthy. I will never go to another mechanic again, and I hope you won't either.
Great service, fair price.
They always do the right thing!!!
Very hard workers.
Really fair! Will tell you what needs to be fixed now and what can't wait.
John was very polite, knowledgable and honest. I visited this place two times, and each time I left happy.
This is my go to auto shop! The best in LB. Thank you guys!!!
I've been taking my cars to 4th Street Auto & Tire since 2013, at the recommendation of a close family friend. I've never been disapponted. Everyone is friendly, professional, and honest. The prices are correct, and I have not had any problems with their staff or my car. I ALWAYS make an appointment, because this shop is busy! Great deals on tires, too!
Art gets it right!! Most honest mechanic in the LBC. No drama, no bait and switch, just real experience in automotive. A guy you can trust!
I get everything repaired here. I've got an old jeep and keeping her running is a tricky task, but these guys crush it with good work, fair prices and fast service!
4th Street Auto & Tire in Long Beach has been servicing my car for a long time. They have provided great service in addition to suggesting future services. Their service is always above and beyond!
My daughter and her husband recommended 4th Street Auto & Tire. I was pleased with the service and quick turn around time for an oil change. I may have found my local mechanic going forward.
Always a pleasure, with 4th Street Auto & Tire family. Awesome experience. Thank you Art & 4th St - see you next oil change.
Fair price, great results.
I moved here from Pacific Beach in San Diego due to work about 4+ years ago. 4th Street Auto & Tire was highly recommended, and is conveniently close by to where I live. Art, the owner, is awesome and has been taking care of my 2007 Toyota Tacoma since I arrived here. He or his employees always explain what is needed and inform me how soon I need to take care of it with no pressure. I trust this shop and highly recommend!
I always come here for my lights, brakes, and tire services. I love the road hazard insurance - it is definitely worth it and affordable.
My husband & I have been going to 4th Street Auto & Tire for years now! Thx to Art, John, and the rest of the crew for always greeting us nicely, handling our car troubles, and for being reliable & reasonable :)
Very quick service! Came in to fix a flat and was in and out in 20 minutes. Very quick and courteous. Will go back whenever needed.
In and out in less than 40 minutes. Nice people working. Fair prices. What more could you want for an oil change?
I took my car in to have them check a low tire. They sell Hercules tires and I have tires under warranty. I was greeted promptly, and they were happy to help me. In less than 15 minutes they had checked the questionable tire (it was just low, they filled it) and the other three. In addition they had a look at the brake pads and recommended work there but no high pressure tactics when I said I had another mechanic. Over all a pleasant experience with polite, quick service. When I do need new tires, I will go back.
I've been going to 4th Street Auto & Tire for years. Their service is fairly quick, well-priced, and I've never had to return a car after service due to some error on their part. I anticipate being a happy customer of theirs for years to come.
Reasonably priced and had the car ready within a few moments of the agreed time! Great neighborhood mechanic to keep things local.
Art really goes out of his way for you! I've never felt so trusting and so pleased with any other repair shop!
I am new in town. My tire kept going flat for months, and I finally took it in. I am very lucky this place is in my neighborhood, and I took my car here. They helped me with the best choice for my tire. They were very nice, honest and reasonably priced. Very nice staff, and I will definitely come back in a heartbeat. Couldn't recommend them more.
Super customer service. Fast. Good work.
Love this place!! Art, John, the WHOLE crew....they're stand up guys, honest, personable, and do GREAT business. They always have deals going on, and they work with you on prices. A++ service!!
Referred by a family member who raved about their service recently at 4th Street Auto & Tire. I received a warm welcome from the staff. After looking at and test driving my car, I was given the information needed to make a decision if I wanted them to continue with the work. Since I needed a great amount of work done, I explained that it would be difficult to have repairs done due to the cost. Financing options were offered which was great news to hear. I was offered a loaner car until the repairs were done. Service overall was great. I will recommend others to them.
Went in for an oil change, found out I needed two back tires, air filter etc. They took care of me and got me out of there on time for an appointment I had somewhere else. Every time I go there, they handle business! Thanks Guys.
BEST EXPERIENCE I EVER HAD. They were very professional with customer service and labor. I definitely recommend to anyone to visit this place and get your vehicle worked on here. Thank you for your service and help!
I would recommend anyone to go to 4th Street Auto. They are very helpful; work is done well, and the price is very competitive.
Art is the best, and we love him. He takes care of our cars and is very honest and super reliable. Highly recommend!!! From Chay n Ian
The experience that I had was awesome. I was having car trouble, and my sister told me about 4th Street Auto & Tire where she takes her car. I took my car in, they found the problem and fixed my car. Art was awesome. He walked me through every thing that was being done to my car and made me feel that my car was in the best of care. I have recommended several friends and neighbors to 4th Street Auto & Tires, and I would recommend this shop to anyone that has car issues. If you are having car trouble and need an expert shop for your repairs go see Art.
Everything went smoothly. Quick, inexpensive, good work. I'd go back!
What a deal buy 2 tires get 2 tires free (on select tires only), but still what a great steal if you are in need!!! The owner Art is a very nice gentlemen who really cares about being his neighborhood go to for certain types of auto repair and tires! He is very friendly and makes sure you are comfortable while waiting for you car. In his waiting room he sometimes plays movies to help pass the time while you wait. He is truly a nice and caring guy so to anyone who is in the 4th street area definitely take your car to him! For all the people who are in the surrounding areas it's worth the extra 5-10 minute drive to get the service you need!
Art's 4th St. Auto is reliable, honest and caring. Art always tells me what I need to have done for safety vs. the things that I could get away with putting off but will need to do soon. Prices are fair.
They have great customer service, and they take care of you.
4th Street Auto has some of the most impressive deals in town. The buy 2 tires get 2 tires deal is unrivaled in the area.
These guys are alright. I had a tire that would not hold its air, and I called at 5:30 to see if I could get it fixed. They close at 6...$20 and 20 minutes and it was fixed. it was leaking from the bead. No funny business and great customer service. I highly recommend these guys.
Talk to Art, he will treat you right!!