Valley Auto Care / Mr. Tire
Car, Truck and SUV Repair ● Apple Valley MN 55124 ● 952-431-2700
Our auto repair location in Apple Valley is a full service auto center focused on earning not only your business, but also your respect. Tires for your car, transmission repair for your truck, brakes for your SUV, and more - we do it all. We're staffed with certified mechanics that will fix your vehicle right, or the labor is free.
We have over 20 years of experience in the auto repair business, and have made many friends along the way. Our customers continue to be a part of our business because they can count on the wide array of experience, knowledge and tact found at our service center. Rest assured, you'll receive your car back in a timely manner, properly repaired to meet and exceed your expectations. Up to date equipment and a wide knowledge base help keep us efficient and accurate while reducing your down time.
With unbeatable prices and helpful advisors, Valley Auto Care will work hard to ensure that you understand the repairs your vehicle needs to safely return to the road with as little inconvenience as possible. And, in many cases, we’re able to offer complimentary shuttle service!
Have confidence in the knowledge and tact of our friendly, ASE certified staff. Contact us in Apple Valley at 952-431-2700 to speak wth someone immediately, or Ask a Question or Schedule Service online. Thank you for choosing Valley Auto Care of Apple Valley.
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Most Apple Valley drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they’re need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And how can you tell? Tires are pricey and their condition is important to the safe handling of a vehicle, so it’s critical for Apple Valley car owners to know the answers to these questions. First of all, it’s essential to understand that there may be a legal limit to tread wear. If your tires are worn past this limit, you have to replace them to be in compliance with Minnesota auto safety laws. That’s why measuring your tread wear is part of a vehicle safety inspection. In some jurisdictions, tread must be at least 1.6 millimeters or 2/32 of an inch thick. This standard has been in effect since 1968. But this standard has recently been called into question, and some Apple Valley car owners are arguing that it be changed. The safety issue that has brought this standard under scrutiny is the ability of a vehicle to stop on a wet surface. When a vehicle has trouble stopping, most Apple Valley motorists immediately look at the brakes as the source of the problem. But tires are crucial to safe stopping distances because they provide the traction required in a stop. A tire’s contact with the road surface creates traction, which allows for effective braking. On a wet surface, a tire only has traction if it can get to the road’s surface. So tire tread is designed to channel water out from under the tire to allow it to stay in contact with the road. If the tire can’t shift the water, then it starts to “float.” This condition is called hydroplaning. It is very dangerous for Apple Valley auto owners since the vehicle won’t stop no matter how hard the driver presses the brakes. Steering control is also lost. A recent study tested the stopping ability of a passenger car and a full-sized pick-up on a road surface covered with only a dime’s depth of water (less than a millimeter). The vehicles were traveling at 70 mph (112 kph) when they stopped on the wet surface. At 2/32 tread depth, the stopping distance was double that of a new tire. The passenger car was still traveling at 55 mph when it reached the stopping distance it experienced with new tires. Let’s suppose that you’re on a busy Apple Valley interstate in a light drizzle and a vehicle stops suddenly in front of you. You just bought new tires and you brake hard, missing the vehicle with only inches to spare. If you hadn’t bought those new tires, you would have crashed into that vehicle at 55 mph. That is a major difference. What if your tires had a tread depth of 4/32? You would have crashed into that vehicle at 45 mph. Still not a good situation. But it’s better. Now what if you were driving that pick-up truck? You wouldn’t have missed that vehicle in the first place, and you would have crashed at higher rates of speed in both of the other scenarios. The heavier your vehicle, the longer its stopping distance. It’s a matter of physics. The results of this test has led Consumer Reports and others to ask that the standard for tread wear from 2/32 to 4/32. The increased standard will improve safety on the road and save lives here in Minnesota and nationally.
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"Valley Auto care is the diamond in the tough for full service auto repair. They are honest, reliable, accurate, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Not to mention, they offer valuable customer service and actually back up their guarantee (We're staged with certified mechanics that will fix your vehicle right, or the labor is free.). The day I had my car repaired by them and utilized the Valley Auto Care Guarantee, was the day that I became a lifetime client with Valley Auto Care - I have referred them to everyone I know!"