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By: poolspadr
Mitchem Tire
I own a GMC 2500 HD truck. I was having an issue with a clanking noise especially while turning. I took my truck to 4 different places to find the issue. I even took the truck to the local Chevy/GM dealer in town and they told me I needed new leaf springs at a cost of $1500. Really, new leaf springs? I decided to have Mitchem Tire in Ozark look at the truck and Bill the manager had his technician Robert look at it. Robert was able to replicate the noise I was hearing and said it was defiantly coming from the rear leaf springs. He pinpointed exactly where on the springs the noise was coming from. Robert decided to see if GM had a service bulletin for this problem and sure enough he found that their was a bulletin for this exact noise. The noise was caused by worn leaf spring inserts. They ordered me the parts from the dealer and Mitchem charged me $228 parts & labor and it resolved my issue. The dealer didn't even look to see if their was a service bulletin and was going to charge me $1500 to replace the leaf springs. I was very impressed with Mitchem Tire, especially Robert. I would highly recommend Mitchem Tire, they know what they are doing when it comes to tires, suspensions and basic vehicle repairs. Thanks again to Robert & Bill at Mitchem Tire in Ozark.
By: Tyson B.
Fall Creek Tire & Auto
Fast and excellent service.would HIGHLY recommend!
Tips & Advices
Yes. New tires purchased online can often be priced lower than ones at a tire dealership. Buyers can often avoid state sales taxes and locate hard-to-find tire styles and sizes, but will still have to locate a local tire installer and pay sometimes high shipping costs.
The average cost of a set of new tires is $637, with a range of between $525-$725. In addition, installation includes mounting and balancing, alignment, and disposal of old tires.
The vehicle is raised and the old wheels are removed, then the old tires are removed from the wheels. The lug nuts, wheels, and valve stems are inspected and replaced as needed. The new tires are mounted and sealed, then inflated and balanced. The wheels are then replaced on the car. The average installation takes approximately 45 minutes.
Agencies such as the Tire Industry Association promotes tire safety through advocacy and education to the industry including: manufacture, sales, repair, service and recycling. Seek a full-service tire dealer who carries a wide variety of tire types and brands and asks about the type of driving you normally do.
  • Move your car to a safe location.
  • Turn on your car’s safety lights, apply the parking brakes and remove the hubcap if there is one.
  • Loosen the lug nuts with a lug wrench (but do not remove them), raise the vehicle with a jack and then fully remove the lugnuts.
  • Remove the flat tire and replace it with the spare tire.
  • Tighten the lug nuts by hand, lower the car and then tighten them fully with the lug wrench.

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