Auto repair appointmentsWe’ve heard your feedback and have upgraded our website to accommodate online appointments!

You can now make appointments online for select services at all seven of our locations throughout Northwest Indiana.

  • Tire balance with rotation
  • Oil change
  • Oil change with tire rotation
  • Tire Rotation
  •  Tire Balance

Each of these services takes an hour or less, so you can work them into your day whenever it’s convenient for you. 

To make an appointment online, just select the Levin Tire & Service Center location near you and click “Schedule Appointment Now.” Then choose the service you’d like to book, select an open day, then choose your preferred appointment time and click “Book it.”

The first time you book an online appointment, the system will take you through the process of creating a new user log in, during which you can include special instructions and even sign up for text reminders for your appointments.

We still happily accept walk-ins too. So if you’re on your way somewhere and notice something doesn’t seem right or you just remembered it’s time for an oil change, stop by and see us.

Make your next service appointment online today!

New Tires When to PurchaseFall is right around the corner, and this is the perfect time to check the tread on your tires. The best time to purchase new tires is in the month of October. Many tire manufacturers offer special pricing to encourage people to get new tires before the winter weather hits.

Even if you don’t need a specific winter tire, buying new tires in the fall will ensure that you have enough traction to safely navigate the season’s slick streets.

Not sure if you need new tires? Check this article for a few tips, or stop by your local Levin Tire & Service Center. We’ll take a quick look and make sure your tread looks good. If everything checks out okay today, just check your tread depth every month. The next best time to buy new tires is in April.

Pro Tip: Modern vehicle suspension technology is designed to work best with four matching tires. If you can swing it, replace all of your tires at once to get the longest drive life out of all of them, and have your tires rotated and balanced at every other oil change.

No Spare TireAs car manufacturers try to cut the weight, improve fuel economy, and increase storage room in their vehicles, many have decided to ditch the spare tire entirely.

That’s not a huge deal if your vehicle comes equipped with run-flat tires or a tire repair and inflator kit, but it’s nice to know before you’re sidelined with a flat that you don’t have a spare tire in the trunk.

Despite the fact that your new car didn’t come with a spare, there might still be a place to put one. In an article on AutoNews.com, one source purchased a full-size rim and tire for her 2014 Jeep Cherokee that didn’t come with one, and it fit perfectly in the space where the air pump was located.

If you wind up with a flat and no spare, call your local Levin Tire & Service Center. We offer free flat tire repair at all of our Northwest Indiana locations. And if we can’t fix it, we’ll give you a good deal on a replacement tire AND a spare.

thread testHow long have you owned your vehicle? Can you recall the last time you changed the tires? Checking the tread depth regularly is an important step in preventative vehicle maintenance.

The minimum tread depth required by most states is 1/16th of an inch, which you can test using a penny.  Turn a penny upside down and place it between the treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you don’t have enough tread left to ensure your vehicle will stop safely in wet weather conditions and you need to get new tires immediately.

For regular preventative checks, we prefer the quarter test. Place a quarter upside down in between the treads. If Washington’s head is covered, you’re in good shape. If you can see Washington’s hairline, your tread depth is at about 1/8th of an inch, and it’s time to start shopping around for new tires.

Contact your local Levin Tire & Service Center shop and we’ll get you set up.
 

Choosing the right tireYou probably never think about your tires until you get a flat or you start to slide on wet pavement, but all of a sudden you’re faced with buying new tires. They all look the same to you, but they vary so wildly in price that you’re having a hard time deciding which tires to buy.

And that’s why we’re here.

Here are a four things to think about when buying new tires.

  1. All tires are NOT created equally. Putting the wrong kind of tires on your vehicle will cost you performance, impact your ride comfort and affect your traction in wet weather.
  2. Just because you can buy tires in the same place you buy your groceries doesn’t mean you should. For about the same price, you can trust a qualified expert to make sure you and your vehicle are getting exactly what you need.
  3. All-season tires are ideal for driving in Indiana. They perform well in most driving conditions. During particularly snowy winters, you may also want to invest in a set of snow tires, which will provide you with more traction and control.
  4. The mileage estimates that the manufacturers associate with tires are just that, estimates. The actual life of your tires will depend on your driving habits, geographic conditions and environmental temperatures.

Are you in the market for new tires? Levin Tire has locations throughout Indiana that specialize in new tires. We know everything there is to know about every tire brand out there, so we can help you make the best choice for your vehicle and your wallet.