Tires and Wheels
At METRO, we take pride in being an unusual tire shop
Go ahead and plan your day because Metro Garage has renovated the tire shopping experience. If you are here, we are working on your car because we install the tires we sell by appointment. All new tire installs come with a brake-life inspection. This means you are out of here with new tires and brakes fully inspected, all in under an hour!
We also test tires! Personally. Rigorously.
On a lake behind the airport or on lonely icy roads around Fairbanks, you can find us with a tape and GPS, slamming on the brakes or throwing cars into slides. If we sell it, we have driven it. This is the only way we can feel comfortable making recommendations to our clients and neighbors about such an important subject.
Tire Replacement Fairbanks, AKIt is a nice idea – that one tire is all you need to be safe in all four seasons. But when the rubber meets the road, this idea isn’t practical! It’s a fantasy. Let’s face it, our new climate has made interior Alaska the Anchorage of driving with intersections and highways caked with ice. We literally spend half the year driving around on roads like sheets of glass.
While we are getting real about dangerous driving, let’s talk about windshield time: Fairbanks isn’t big on public transportation which leaves us on our own to get around. At a minimum, the majority of us spend one hour per day commuting. Now let’s say this hour is spent with the anxiety of a white-knuckle grip because you really don’t know if you will slide through the next intersection. This adds up to a winter’s worth of angst.
Come to METRO. Let us eliminate this winter worry! For a few hundred dollars per year, you can spend that hour or two a day feeling relaxed and in control on Fairbanks’ icy roads. It is possible. In fact, with Nokian’s one-month, money-back guarantee, we have never had a customer return their tires.
Experience these symptoms? You might need new tires.
Uneven tread wear
Sliding through intersections
Wheel Alignment Fairbanks, AKWhy does a firm ride matter for road trips in Alaska? Lolling through the frost heaves seems to work fine? A firm ride does matter. Let us tell you why.
Alignment and suspension components that are fatigued result in vehicles with compromised handling abilities. When we unexpectedly encounter a moose or icy patch, we cannot control the lateral movement of the car body with the steering wheel. This is what losing control looks like. Proper alignment requires tight suspension because alignment and secure maneuverability go hand in hand.
Wheel alignment in modern cars is a wonder when compared to even a decade ago. Adjustments to both front and rear wheel alignment are precise and can be fine-tuned to get the smoothest and longest-lasting result. Our commitment to excellence demands that we upgrade equipment as often as vehicle manufacturers do. This is what makes METRO a full-service wheel alignment shop. Front and rear alignment, including visual inspections of the underbody and brake components are routine at our garage.
When do you need an alignment?
Following strut replacement
Following ball-joint replacement
Following steering linkage replacement
After hitting potholes or road debris
After sliding into the ditch
Tire and Rim Swaps Fairbanks, AKAs you can tell, we love tires! After all, tires are the only things keeping you and your 5,000-pound rocket sticking to the ground. Tire changeovers are a fact of life for safe driving. At METRO, we help our clients plan by offering same-day swaps. If your summer/winter tires are already on rims, drop them off ahead of time. We will balance them and have them ready to swap out while you wait. We love to see our clients safe, which is why we do everything we can to make tire changeover season pleasant.
What comes with a METRO tire swap?
Measure and mark tread depth
Inspect for uneven wear or damage
Thoroughly clean rims
Balance rims and tires
Hand-torque all lug nuts to spec