Think You Need New Tires? Some Tips to Consider

Need New Tires Mesa Arizona

Are your tires looking a little worn? Have you been feeling you might need to update or upgrade your existing vehicle tires because the tread looks worn, or the car is not handling as well as it used to? Another common issue to tell if you need new tires is if the side is cracked, rot. Or has your auto dealer recommended new tires as part of their maintenance plan?

Tire replacement can be handled by your local car dealer, your favorite privately owned local Phoenix auto shop, or a large automotive retailer. There’s nothing wrong with doing a little research to find the most competitive pricing for your next set of performance, off-road, winter, or all-season tires. There are over ninety brand names of tires and vehicle accessories to choose from, and each type of shop charges differently according to their partnerships, and overhead.  At All Brands Auto in Mesa, AZ, our prices will almost always be lower than other shops.  We are not interested in gauging our customers’ money – its why our customers come back year after year (look at our reviews, and you might believe this blog!).  Our costs are low, so we, in turn, will charge you less for your tires!

When researching tires before you call, find and write down the code on your existing tires. The letter and number code may not seem important, but your service center can decrypt it for you. Once they know what you need, you should discuss tire replacement options (brands and types) since every situation and care is unique.

What to Consider When Choosing Tires

Choosing the right tire should depend on what’s right for your driving habits as well as your location. Especially in climates with harsh winters, snowy mountains such as Flagstaff or the White Mountains in Arizona, changing over to winter tires will make driving safer and more efficient.  But if you live here in the Phoenix area mostly year-round, this is a different story.

Need New Tires Mesa Arizona

Ask yourself these questions so you can best communicate to your tire shop

  • Will you be driving in an area that is mostly dry year-round? Will you primarily be driving on pavement that may be prone to occasional rain or snow?
  • Do the roads in your location ice up early and stay iced all winter long? Do you live in an area where road maintenance crews are able to clear snow and melt ice quickly?
  • Do you plan to venture onto more rugged terrain like dirt, rock, mud, or gravel? If so, you may want a more resilient tire product suitable for off-road activity.

So, based on these questions, we suggest that you discuss options with quality auto techs (like we have at our shop) who will guide you to the best replacement tires for your expected driving conditions.

Winter Tires in Arizona

Unless you have all-season tires (most cars here in Arizona have all-season tires), you’ll want to replace your summer tires with winter tires in the fall. If you live in a climate where harsh winter conditions are a concern, you’ll need to choose winter weather tires with good friction. There’s nothing worse than spinning your tires on icy roads, or sliding into a snowbank and getting stuck as you drive back home from your wonderful stay here in Arizona!

Winter tires are more robust than summer tires resulting in better grip and traction. Why are winter tires stronger? They are designed to stay pliable at lower temperatures and then conform to the micro irregularities created by ice or snow when it arrives. But they should be changed over again when warm weather returns.

To prolong the tread life of your tires, you should change winter tires over to summer tires once the temperatures remain consistently above 7C in your area.  

All-Season Tires

All-season tires come in sizes to fit a wide range of popular cars, minivans, and crossover utility vehicles. The advanced tire technology of today’s all-season tires delivers solid traction, making them suitable for all types of weather. The wide footprint technology of all-season tires contributes to a quiet and comfortable ride.

Even so, all-season tires can be chosen based on the terrain you need them for. Choose your new tires based on whether you’ll spend most of your time on paved roads, or if you’d like a tire with slightly more traction to powerfully grip the ground in the mud, rain, snow, or dry weather.

Truck Tires

The off-road-ready tread of truck tires provides tough handling, making it okay to get down and dirty. With the right truck tire, you’ll enjoy smooth handling and maximum grip response no matter if traveling through mud, water, or snow.

Look for a truck tire with self-cleaning channels and deep lateral grooves that will clear away mud and snow for optimized all-terrain traction.

Performance Tires

Need something sportier? You might choose a high-performance sports car tire for your vehicle. Rain or shine, performance sport tires command traction. The top-rated even wear tread of performance tires delivers precision steering and consistent handling with ample control on every turn. Our shop makes sure to carry a lot of these on hand since many Phoenix drivers love their sporty cars and fast driving!

Tire Check Assessment in Mesa

Vehicle tires often need to be replaced every three to five years, depending on the amount of driving to do and the amount of wear they endure. If in doubt about timing your tire replacement, have your auto shop inspect your tires for signs of aging, dry rot or uneven wear.

If your auto shop recommends new tires during a checkup, don’t put it off. Your tires have the greatest effect on the way your vehicle handles, brakes, and manages on ice, snow, rain, gravel, or mud. Your safety and driving confidence depends on having top-notch tires on your vehicle.

Emissions Repair Guarantee to Pass? – YOU BETCHA!!

AZ Emissions/Smog Check Rules


Failing an emissions test is very frustrating.  We understand what an Arizonan car or truck owner deals with… AZ Emissions/smog Check Rules

Which is why we offer a GUARANTEE that your older car will pass your next emissions test if you hire us to do the repairs!

Our specialty  at All Brands Auto is OLDER cars!  We know them inside and out, and love to bring all old types of cars back to health!  Look at our reviews all over the internet for proof. Once you try us out, you will continue bringing your car here for service forever!


  1. Call  for  appointment, or just bring your car in
  2. Get free estimate from our guys to diagnose why it failed its emissions (our shop may be in a tough location, but our prices are definitely EASY on our customers)
  3. Wait or schedule appointment to all repairs done quickly and efficiently
  4. Go back DMV for emissions test – and PASS with flying colors THAT Day!!!

By the way, bad news  according to the Maricopa Waiver Station: “…Waivers cannot be issued to vehicles emitting more than 2 times the applicable emission standard, or that have a faulty catalytic converter; or if the emissions control equipment has been removed or altered.

How to tell if your car or truck needs a brake job

safety inspections services Mesa

What is arguably even more important than your car or truck running well? Getting it to stop correctly during rush hour, on our freeways or at one of our crazy Phoenix stoplights! If your brakes don’t work properly, you are putting yourself, your passengers and everyone you encounter on the road in big danger.  –

And with summer road-tips right on the horizon to get away from the Phoenix heat, it’s even MORE important right now to make sure your brakes is up-to-snuff!

Over time, car and truck brakes always gradually deteriorate and require service to repair them for efficient performance. 

What are the symptoms that you need your car brakes looked at ASAP?

The brakes will feel mushy and unresponsive, or harder than usual to push. You may even hear annoying squeals or grinding noises when you use your brakes.

Don’t ignore any of these indicators, please make an appointment promptly for a brake inspection.  (Please note: When you call a shop, make sure the mechanic does a free courtesy brake check before doing any repairs or replacements!  A dishonest or expensive shop, will not do free courtesy checks)

safety inspections services Mesa

What Are the Most Common Brake Problems We See?

  • Brake fluid inspection – ALERT!!! We WON’T top the brake fluid inspection because low brake fluid is one of the indicators that you need new brakes. If a repair facility just refills your brake fluid, it may lead to an inaccurate diagnosis of your brake’s condition, which could be dangerous!
  • The Brake Fluid needs flushing (by the way, the normal cost is r$110 but on sale right now so call for details!)
  • Brake hose needing replacement
  • Brake pad(s) needing  replacement
  • Brake disc resurfacing or replacement
  • Loose brake caliper mounting bolts and,
  • Faulty rotor surfaces, which is a common cause of brake pulsing, a complaint we hear frequently.

When do you need to get a Brake Inspections or Repair Work?

We highly recommend that you get your brakes checked REGULARLY.   How often depends on how much you drive your vehicle as well as how hard you drive it.  Here are our recommendations for the normal mileage driver who puts on 12-18k miles per year:

  • Brake fluid replacement- replaced AT 30k Miles or 2 years
  • Brake system inspection: at 15k miles or every year

Why Choose All Brands Auto Repair Shop in Mesa, AZ for Your Brake Service Work?

  1. Not only can count on us to inspect your brakes for FREE, but also we are KNOWN for only recommending the services that you need!

—We won’t soak you for new brake pads or discs if all you need is a brake hose replacement!

We pride ourselves on our reputation for honesty, loyalty, fairness, affordability, education —and want you to become a happy customer who returns to us for all your car repairs. (FYI: that most of our customers stay with us throughout their lifetime!!)

  1. We do complete high quality brake work for All Makes of cars and most trucks!  It’s right there in our name – we work on All Brands! Our experienced brake specialists can fix your car, truck or RV, with top quality replacement parts.
  2. We offer an unbeatable service guarantee! Our affordable repairs are backed by the TECH-NET Professional Nationwide Warranty program, which covers most parts and labor for 12 months or 12,000 miles / 20,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.
  3. Cheap Affordable yet top-of-the-line Quality without paying the dealer’s prices! Yes, we use the same parts, and have the same expensive tools found at dealer shops. The difference is we are able to charge less because our costs are less, and we want to treat customers more fairly!  
  4. We run specials!!! Check our home page for specials on brake services and gets the pros at All Brands Auto put a stop to your brake troubles today.

Call us at (480) 962-6117 to speak with our long-term service techs for you in person appointment! Our wonderful guys: Jerry, Ralph or Steve, are standing by to book your brake or regular service appointment.

****Also, be sure to mention A WEB SPECIAL when you call so we can save you even EXTRA money!