Dorian Quick Lane Tire Buying, Care & Maintenance

We Service ALL makes and models at Dorian Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center



  • Monday 7:30AM - 8:00PM
  • Tuesday 7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Wednesday 7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Thursday 7:30AM - 8:00PM
  • Friday 7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Saturday 8:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Sunday Closed
Tire Buying, Care, & Maintenance

Why should I buy tires from Dorian Quick Lane?


If you're looking for the best price on a new set of tires for your  car, truck, CUV or SUV, Dorian Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center  is here to help. Upon purchasing a new set of tires, our  expert-trained staff with provide you with a complete tire inspection. This inspection looks for proper inflation &  wear and includes a tire rotation, new tire installation,  and tire mounting and balancing.


No appointment necessary.

When should I buy new tires?


Learn about your  tire wear through the penny test.


Place a penny  upside down in your tire's tread grooves. If you can see  Abraham Lincoln's hair, it is time to start considering  new tires. If part or all of Lincoln's face is covered,  you still have more time with these tires on your vehicle.  Be sure to use the penny to check your tire tread in several  locations on your tire to see if your tires are wearing  unevenly.

What does uneven and irregular tire wear look like?


Even with regular  driving habits and appropriate tire maintenance, all tires  will wear out. Having improper inflation, poor alignment,  and other external factors may expedite this process. When  having your vehicle inspected at our Quick Lane facility,  our factory-trained experts can point out any unusual wear  patterns on your tires and show you how to fix the problem  causing this unusual wear before you have to prematurely  replace your tires.

Recognizing  uneven wear:


Toe Wear
Tires have a thin inner/outer edge, meaning  the vehicle is out of alignment
Camber Wear
Tires have exaggerated inner/outer edge  wear, meaning the vehicle is out of alignment
Center Wear
Tires have thin tread wear in the center  of the tire, meaning the tire is overinflated
Edge Wear
Tires have thin tread wear along tire edges,  meaning the tire is under-inflated

How do I choose the right tire?

Your vehicle  should have an owner's manual that contains the correct  tire size information and potential combinations for your  vehicle. Only utilize the tire combinations outlined in  the owner's manual to ensure top performance. It is also  recommended that you equip your vehicle with the same four  types of tires containing the same tread designs, preferably  try to only utilize the same type of tire as what was originally  equipped on your vehicle.


If your owner's manual is unavailable to you, you should be able to find  your tire size information on the driver's side doorjamb.



There are  different types of tires?

Yes, there are many types of tires including:

  • Broad Market Passenger
         • Long tread-life
         • Quiet, smooth ride
         • All-season traction
         • High aspect ratios
         • Passenger car, SUV and light truck applications

  • Performance/Touring
         • Long mileage
         • Smooth ride
         • Higher speed ratings
         • Medium aspect ratios
         • Passenger and luxury car applications

  • High Performance
         • Enhanced handling under demanding circumstances
         • Typically uses Z or ZR in size description
         • Highest speed ratings
         • Low aspect ratios
         • Sports car and high-performance sedan applications

  • Light Truck
         • Designed to carry cargo & heavier loads
         • LT designation followed by size in description
         • Requires higher tire pressure
         • Load index typically designated by character C through  G
         • SUVs, vans and light truck applications


Does this  mean there are different types of spare tires too?

Yes, spare tire sizes vary per vehicle. Make sure you are  aware of what type of spare tire you have in case of emergency.  The different types of spare tires are:

  • Full-size spare
         • Large storage required
         • Most versatile

  • Temporary full-size spare
         • Lighter-weight
         • Shallow tread depth
         • Easier to install but should be replaced as soon as possible

  • Temporary mini-spare (also known as the doughnut)
         • Smaller than full-size tires
         • Low speed rating
         • Limited-distance tire
         • Not intended for highway use

  • Inflation kit
         • Fills tire with substance to temporarily allow the flat  tire to be used

What kind of tire maintenance needs to be done?

Rotating  Tires?

Having your tires rotated  as recommended helps you get the most out of your tires  because it helps to distribute the wear more evenly.  Regularly rotating your tires also helps to uncover  any unknown issues with your vehicle or tires through  the wear patterns including improper alignment, over-inflation  and under-inflation.


Proper  Tire Air Pressure?

Maintaining the correct  recommended tire pressure is important for both safety  reasons and getting the most miles out of your tires.  Check your owner's manual to determine how much air  your tire needs. If you have misplaced your owner's  manual, check the driver side door jamb or inside the  fuel cap door (newer model-year vehicles only). It is  recommended you check your tire pressure at lease once  every month!


Uniform  Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)?

The Uniform Tire Quality  Grading (UTQG) system was created to provide customers  with useful information to help them purchase tires.  Thsi system is made up of tread wear, traction, and  temperature. While the ratings are established by the  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),  tire manufacturers perform the actual validation testing  resulting in some inconsistencies in results.

  • Tread Wear Grade: comparative  rating based on wear rate of tire when tested under  controlled conditions on a government test track.  Tread wear grades cannot be utilized to project  tire mileage due to the large number of variable  that affect tire wear. The higher the grade, the  longer the tread will last.

  • Traction Grade: represent  the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as measured  under controlled conditions on a government test  surface of both asphalt and concrete. Testing does  not take into account cornering, hydroplaning or  acceleration. Grades range from AA, A, B and C going  from highest to lowest.

  • Temperature Grade:  represent the tires' resistance to the generation  of heat. Grades range from A, B, and C from highest  to lowest.


Load  Index & Speed Symbols?

Federal law requires  tire manufacturers place standardized information  on the sidewalls of all tires. This information  identifies some of the basic characteristics of the tire and provides safety certification in case  of recalls. Click here to read more about load index and  speed symbols.

TireCARE Road Hazard Coverage

What is TireCARE Road Hazard Coverage?

Coverage extends to all 13-name brand tires we carry including: BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Continental Tire, Dunlop, Firestone,  General Tire, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Michelin, Pirelli,  Uniroyal, and Yokohama.

TireCARE Road Hazard Coverage includes:

  • No deductible repair or replacement*
  • Protection from glass, nails, potholes, and other  road hazards
  • Up to 3-year protection
  • No mileage limit
  • Mounting and balancing
  • Damaged tire disposal
*Up to one actual tire replacement per covered tire. Minimum tread depth applies. See Dorian  Quick Lane Manager, Chris Mousseau, for details and  coverage limitations.

Why buy the same tire twice?

Protect your wallet with coverage that includes no-deductible repair or replacement of your tires! With our Michigan roads this three-year protection with no mileage limit  seems to be a no-brainer decision.

The Dorian Quick Lane is committed to helping you! We service all make and model  vehicles including, but not limited to: Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, MINI, Nissan, Pontiac, Ram, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Only at your local Clinton Township Quick  Lane.
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