Frequently Asked Questions

Automotive FAQs



Does Valley Tire just sell tires?

No. We also service vehicles at select locations and provide on-site service for commercial and industrial customers as well.


I have an older car. Do I still need to rotate my tires every time I get my oil changed?

Yes. You should have us rotate your tires every 3 to 4 thousand miles, no matter how old your vehicle is. Visit the Valley Tire location nearest you, and we'll rotate them for you, free of charge.


How can I find a Valley Tire location near me?

Just click the link to the Locations page at the top of our website. Then, depending on whether you need tires and / or service for your personal vehicle, a commercial truck, or an industrial, farm or heavy equipment vehicle, click on the location / city nearest you. Just a reminder: we provide mechanical service for commercial trucks only at our Trux Tex locations.


Commercial Truck FAQs



How many times can a casing be retreaded or repaired?

It depends on its condition. A one-year old casing that's been subjected to abusive conditions may not be suitable for retreading or repair. On the other hand, a well-maintained casing that's over five years old may have been retreaded or repaired several times. Today's technology allows the retreader to thoroughly examine a casing to see if it's suitable for continued use.


What is the minimum amount of tread depth allowed on all of my tires?

That depends on the wheel position of each tire. Steer tires must be replaced when the tread depth reaches 4/32nds of an inch. Tires in the drive and trailer positions must be replaced when they have 2/32nds remaining. However, we recommended that you replace tires regardless of their position once the tread depth is down to 4/32nds. The shallower the tread depth, the greater the chance that stone drilling and other injuries can occur to the casing, and that can affect the retreadability of the casing.


Is there anything I can do to restore the finish on my steel and aluminum wheels?

The cost of replacing wheels seems to go up every year. That's why aluminum wheel polishing and steel wheel reconditioning have become such popular options. An aluminum polishing system uses a multi-step process to remove the oxidation and restore the finish  of the wheel to its original shine. During the steel wheel reconditioning process, we  shot blast the wheel down to the bare metal, inspect the wheel for cracks and gauge the bolt holes to ensure the wheel is suitable for powdercoating. A zinc primer is then applied, followed by a powdercoated finish that restores the wheel to a like-new condition.


Industrial, Farm & Heavy Equipment FAQs



I know it's possible to retread truck tires, but can I retread my heavy equipment tires?

Yes, and just as with truck tires, there are many different tread designs to choose from, depending on the equipment's application.


I have a skid steer that always seems to have flat tires. Is there a solution?

There are several products that prevent flat tires. Sealers prevent holes no greater than 1/8th of an inch and are used in light-duty tires and tires not subjected to harsh conditions. We recommend the Arnco polyfil system. It can be used in both light-duty and heavy-equipment applications.


What does the "star" system signify on my off-road tires?

The star system is used by radial tire manufacturers to show the load-carrying capacity of the tire. The star rating replaces the ply rating used in bias ply tires and employs a one, two or three-star designation to denote the maximum weight a single tire can carry.