Vehicle Inspection

We can take a look under the hood

A vehicle inspection is something that many people tend to overlook, or think is unimportant because cars are believed to be inherently safe these days. However, you never know what could potentially be defective or damaged when it comes to the many moving parts and systems within your vehicle, so it’s best to have it checked by a professional. We recommend having your vehicle inspected, mainly for safety reasons, at least once a year.

Vehicle-Inspection

What it is?

A vehicle inspection can be performed upon your request. With a typical vehicle inspection, we are looking to
ensure that your vehicle adheres to federal and or state safety and emissions standards.

Do you have to get your vehicle inspected in South Dakota?

Luckily, South Dakota has amazing air quality and is one of the few states that does not require emissions testing of any kind. If your vehicle is titled or registered in the state of South Dakota you are off the hook. If you’re from another state here’s a place to check out your local emissions requirements, click here.

Air Conditioning Service & Repair

We'll ensure your AC is Ice Cold!

At Tyrrell Tires we know how annoying it can be if your air conditioning or heating systems are working properly in your vehicle. We are always more than happy to take a look at your vehicle and see what the issue is, there is never a job too much for us! Please don’t hesitate to bring your car in if you think something isn’t quite right with your AC in your vehicle.

Truck and Car Air Conditioning

 

What it is?

  • Your air conditioning and heating system in your vehicle play very important roles when it comes to the comfortability and safety of your vehicle. The A/C and heating systems in your vehicle are very vital to the comfortability of the ride you experience in your vehicle. The heating system is designed to keep you warm in the winter, while the A/C system serves two functions: cool air in the summer, and defrosting your windshield in the winter. Heating systems consist of a heater core, this heater core acts as a small radiator behind the dashboard, then a series of fans and hoses that operate to run the warmth from the engine back to the vents inside the car. On the other hand, air conditioning systems work by transporting coolant to the fan so it can blow cool and refreshing air inside the vehicle. Unlike the air conditioning and heating system in your home that uses electrical power, your vehicle uses the heat from the engine and the engine’s cooling feature to alternate between warm and cold air within the cabin of the vehicle

Why you need to service your A/C:

  • Just like with anything you purchase, wear and tear are going to occur, your A/C system in your vehicle is no different. After so much time and usage, certain components of the system may start to work less or not work at all. Typically, a common issue with air conditioning systems are hose pipes being clogged or springing a leak, causing the A/C to either not be as cold or not cold at all. However, if you try to keep up with routine and proper maintenance, these issues shouldn’t come up.

Complications to look for with your A/C:

  • Air conditioning blowing warm air and Heating blowing cool air
  • Your A/C is blowing warm air
  • The air coming from your vents smells off. i.e. damp, moldy, or stuffy
  • You have your vents at the highest setting and they are hardly blowing any air
  • If during the winter, your cabin does not seem to heat up
  • Complications with the defroster, not working, taking an excessive amount of time to heat up, or blowing in dirty air
  • If your A/C or heat quits working when you are idle, or the car is not moving, it only works while you are driving.

Here’s what a detailed inspection from us will look like:

  • We will check for punctures and holes within the hoses and lines
  • Examine the interior vent air temperature level
  • We will test the compressor belt
  • Test the cooling system pressure
  • Compare the A/C pressure to the manufacturer specifications
  • Test the A/C system for refrigerant cracks and leaks
  • Inspect the: radiator coolant level, hoses, pressure cap, and thermostat
  • Examine the interior and blower

Batteries and Electrical System

Don't get caught with a dead battery!

One of the most important components to your car running properly, and even starting, is the battery. The battery and electrical systems in your car are very vital to the car powering on and all the buttons and components working while it’s on.

Vehicle Batteries and Electrical System

What it does?

  • Your car battery is responsible for starting your car engine, storing power that is generated by the alternator, and powering the secondary electrical systems that your car has. Some of those secondary systems are things like: power windows, power seats, radio, lights, and windshield wipers.

 

Battery Insights

  • The first thing to note with your car battery is the fact that it’s rechargeable! Unlike most other components to your vehicle, your battery and be recharged or jump started as an easy fix. Because of this it’s a great idea to keep some jumper cables or a transportable battery charging system to charge your battery. You never know when your car might decide not to start, or you might need to assist another driver in need.
  • Another important thing about your car battery s that it’s recyclable too. When you have an old car battery that you can no longer use, take it somewhere that recycles them, and it greatly helps reduce the materials needed to make new batteries. Recycling your car batteries reduces dangerous chemicals in landfills.
  • To help take proper care of your battery
    • To keep from constantly running down the battery, turn off those secondary electrical systems when they are not in use, i.e. cabin lights, headlights, and the radio.
    • Make sure to keep the battery and the area around it clean and free of oxidation. It is also recommended to get some sort of corrosion protection for your battery as well.
    • Make sure to check the hold-down clamps and terminals, make sure they are nice and tight.
    • Test the battery condition.

 

The battery and electrical system in your vehicle are very important and vital components to make it run properly and comfortably. Please don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle in to have Tyrell Tires inspect any battery or electrical issues that you think your car may be experiencing. If you’re looking for a new battery, our staff are happy to help you find the right one for your car and decide which brand is best for you.

Belts and Hoses

Squeaks and drips? Don't ignore them!

There are many things that could go wrong or potentially break and be damaged when it comes to the belts and hoses within your vehicle. There are many different belts and hoses located throughout the engine bay, and any of them could break, spring a leak, or crack at any time. With the potential for extreme weather, and the unavoidable damage of depreciation over the years, it’s best to get your belts and hoses checked regularly. Some of the most common causes of breakdowns are leaks where vital fluids have leaked from the car and it won’t start.

When to have them looked at?

  • If you are driving and feel any significant vibrations or “slipping” or “catching” that you seem to notice within the engine.
  • Another red flag is if you notice a loss of power from the motor, this could indicate something being loose or cracked and broken.
  • A squealing or grinding noise within the motor, may also be a cause for concern relating to your belts and hoses.

We recommend that each time you come for an oil change, or about every 3,000 miles, you have your hoses and belts checked out. A typical examination of your belts and hoses should include:

  • Aligning the drive pulley appropriately
  • Checking for loosened or worn clamps
  • Potential cracks or punctures in the belts and hoses
  • Other potential wear issues like: cracking, peeling, glazing, or softening of belts
  • Potential hardening, cracking, and softening of hoses
  • Lastly, a check for proper tensioning

Brakes

Have squeaky brakes? Give us a call!

When it comes to safety, the brakes on your vehicle are one of the most important aspects to keeping you safe. Everybody who gets in a vehicle has a fear of failing brakes, to give yourself peace of mind you should have them routinely checked. Tyrell Tires recommends having your brakes checked once a year, that way you can insure that they are not in need of repair, or replacement.

The brakes on your vehicle are the most essential part of keeping you safe while driving on the road. Because they are used every day, it’s important to keep up with maintenance on your brakes. There are two basic types of braking systems that most vehicles have, traditional brakes and ABS. The typical components to a braking system are: the rotors, calipers, and brake pads or shoes. When you keep up on replacing the pads maintenance is cheaper, but if your pads wear too much you may need to replace the rotors as well.

Truck and Car Brakes Service and Repair

  • Why Brake maintenance is important?
    • Your braking system is a system you use every day in your vehicle, it’s something that requires keeping up on. Sometimes even the slightest difference in your brakes may mean that they need repair, or being looked at. Don’t hesitate to bring your car in to Tyrell Tires if you experience any of the following:
      • Shaking or vibration during braking
      • Requiring additional pressure to brake than normal
      • A high pitched or piercing squeak when you hit the brakes
      • A grinding or scraping noise when you are not using the brakes. This could be an indication of a bearing or brake issue that you need to have checked ASAP.
    • If you live in a hilly place, or drive in a lot of heavy traffic, it’s recommended to have your brakes looked at more than just once a year.
    • To preserve your brakes, you should:
      • Remember to take off the parking brake when not in park
      • Check brake fluid levels
      • If you must add fluid more than once every few months then you might need to take your vehicle in to be checked.
      • Your brakes are the most important thing to keep you safe when operating your vehicle, don’t shrug off little noises or things you think may not be important. You never know when your brakes could fail or be damaged.

CV and Drive Axles

Don't ignore these two essential parts!

At Tyrrell Tires, we have the knowledge and expertise to repair and replace vehicle CV and Drive axles. Your vehicle’s axle connects two wheels together in front and in back. This load-bearing component acts like a central shaft, maintaining the wheel positions relative to each other and to the vehicle body. The axle construction matches vehicle use; trucks and off-road vehicles come with axles that keep the wheel positions steady under heavy stress (ideal for supporting heavy loads), while conventional axles satisfy general consumer needs. No matter what you drive, remember that your vehicle’s axle must bear the weight of your vehicle (plus any cargo) along with the acceleration forces between you and the ground. When it comes to axle inspection, we are your source for professional, knowledgeable service. Bring your car to us and rest assured that the equipment that carries you and your family is safe and secure.

Here is a brief description of the most common axle design:

Drive/CV Axle:

Simply put, the engine drives the axle. Typically found in front wheel drive vehicles, a drive axle is split between two half axles with differential and universal joints between them. Each half axle connects to the wheel by a third joint—the constant velocity (CV) joint—that allows the wheels to move freely. This joint allows the shaft to rotate, transmitting power at a constant speed without a significant increase in friction and heat. CV joints require regular inspection.

Check your axles: Go out to a large space (such as a parking lot), and slowly drive in tight circles. If you hear a clicking or cracking noise, you have a worn joint, and it must be repaired immediately.

Call or send us an email. We’ll have you back on the road, “click-free” in no time.

Electrical

Leave it to the professionals.

Your vehicle depends on a properly working electrical system. At Tyrrell Tires in Rapid City, we can get your vehicles electrical system back up and running! Four main parts make up this system, and they must work together effectively.

These include:

Batteries: Your vehicle’s battery provides the electricity needed to start the engine. We recommend checking your battery with every oil change and replace it every three or four years.

Alternator: After starting your engine, your alternator takes over and generates power for the electrical system and recharges the battery. The electric system powers headlamps, light bulbs, and other electrical accessories.

Starter Motor: Your starter motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy used to start your engine. Basically, once you turn your ignition, the starter cranks the engine to start your vehicle. As a general rule, test your starter every spring to make sure it draws the right amount of current.

Wiring: The wires in your electrical system connect the battery to the starter motor, the alternator to the battery, and the alternator to the starter. These large wires transmit several hundred amperes during cranking.

What can you do at home to help extend electrical system’s life?

  • Clean off your battery and the connections once a month.
  • When purchasing a new battery, buy the same kind of battery and amps as the old one.
  • Turn off your vehicle’s radio when the engine is not running to preserve your battery.
  • If your vehicle needs a jump-start, use a car that is shut (not running). And remember to jump your vehicle with a battery with the same or lower voltage.

If you are having trouble with your vehicles electrical system and need a professional opinion, we are here to help. Our technicians provide quality service in for your electrical system repairs.

Give us a call, email, or stop by today.

Exhaust and Muffler

Replace and/or repair!

Your exhaust system is more than a muffler. Tyrrell Tires specializes in not only fixing stock exhaust systems but also installing your favorite aftermarket systems! The exhaust system is a series of pipes that run under your car connecting to your muffler and catalytic converter. The exhaust system controls noise and funnels exhaust fumes away from passengers.

In some ways, your car’s exhaust system works like a chimney on a house, directing the byproducts from burning fuel away from the people inside. A car’s exhaust system routes waste gases from the engine to the rear of the car, where they are released into the atmosphere. Exhaust gases contain dangerous substances (such as carbon monoxide) and can be hazardous if allowed to flow into your vehicle’s cab.

The exhaust system also converts pollutants into less harmful byproducts, reduces engine noise, and directs exhaust gases to heat air and fuel before the fuel goes into the engine’s cylinders. Finally, the exhaust system provides the correct amount of back pressure into the engine to improve its fuel-burning efficiency and increase performance.

Key components of your exhaust system include:

Exhaust Pipes:

Designed specifically for each model, this pipe is used to properly route exhaust to the back of the vehicle.

Exhaust Manifold:

Acting like a funnel, the exhaust manifold collects the gases from all cylinders and releases them through a single opening. Some engines have two exhaust manifolds.

Catalytic Converter:

The catalytic converter reduces harmful emissions and transforms pollutants into water vapor and other less harmful gases.

Muffler:

The muffler is a metal container with holes, baffles, and chambers that reduces exhaust noise.

Resonator:

The resonator works with the muffler to reduce noise.

Tail Pipe:

Found at the back of the car, the tail pipe carries exhaust gases away from the vehicle.

Contact our professionals for complete exhaust system repairs.

General Repair

Don't ignore the little things!

Having issues with your vehicle? Bring it by Tyrrell Tires as soon as possible and we will diagnose the problem(s) for you. We have a wide range of services and carry top-of-the-line products to accompany them. Our skilled employees will provide you with full service and quality repairs for all your vehicle needs.

Give us a call or email us today.

Mobile Tire Service

We'll come to you!

At Tyrrell Tires, we offer a Mobile Tire Service! Don’t get stuck on the side of the road without a way to get your car or truck back to town. Just give us a call and we’ll come to you!

Performance Parts

Let us customize your ride!

Customize your vehicle with cool accessories. At Tyrrell Tires and Speed Center, we have the parts you’re looking for! Whether it’s cosmetic changes or tuners, stop by today! If it’s for your interior or exterior, we have something for everyone. When it comes to detailing, performance, or maintenance accessories talk to our professionals and we will help to find what you need.

Radiators

Have a leaky radiator?

Have a leaking radiator, bring it into Tyrrell Tires today! We’ll diagnose and repair it (if needed).

Have you ever had a cold or the flu and you’ve spiked a fever, causing your temperature to rise? It’s not fun to feel that way, is it? Being sick and overheated causes a person to be tired, and their performance drops significantly. Now imagine this same situation happening to your vehicle. When your radiator is not working properly, it is like giving your engine a fever. This not only harms performance, but can cause major damage. Your radiator is one of your vehicle’s most vital components. The radiator displaces heat caused by your engine in order to keep the engine cool and running correctly. 

Why should I fix a leak in my radiator?

The first thing that our team of professionals will tell you is that it is best to keep your engine running cool as to allow the engine to run more cleanly and efficiently. This in turn will allow your engine to last as long as possible and keep it safe from abnormal wear and tear. If that leak is not fixed properly as soon as possible, your engine may overheat causing very costly damage including:

  • A blown out top header
  • Destruction of your radiator entirely
  • Cracking or blowing out the engine’s head gasket
  • Total engine seizure

Our friendly and courteous auto care professionals will repair your radiator, when possible, and get you back on the road with confidence. We want to make sure your radiator will keep your engine at the optimal temperature so you can avoid a much more costly visit to our shop. Contact us today to set up an appointment or request a quote for radiator service!

Suspensions, Shocks, and Struts

Let us get you back on the road.

If the steering and suspension in your vehicle aren’t properly aligned, it can make for a pretty rough and uncontrollable ride. The steering system and the shocks are the components that bear the weight of the car, and keep the tires on the road while you drive. It all works together to give you a smooth and controllable ride. At Tyrrell Tires, we recommend having your suspension and steering checked at least once per year to avoid needing any major repairs. Please don’t wait if you start feeling something is off with your vehicle, we don’t want you to risk the safety of yourself and potential passengers.

Indicators you should bring your car in?

  • Tires wiggle or wonder
  • Car continues to bounce after hitting a bump
  • The car pulls to one side
  • Trouble steering
  • Steering seems like it’s sliding
  • Major issues driving over uneven roadways or dips

When you bring your vehicle in to Tyrrell Tires to have any of these issues checked, here are some of the things we will look at on your vehicle:

  • Steering wheel alignment
  • Power steering fluid
  • Struts and/or impacts
  • Tightness of nuts and bolts
  • Issues with alignment
  • Uneven tires or wear on tires
  • Loose or even used power steering belts
  • Tires that aren’t balanced

Our team of specialists will look over every potential cause of the suspension or steering issue, to make sure we find the proper solution and affordable solution for you. Next time you are experiencing suspension and/or steering complications, don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle to Tyrrell Tires!

Wheel Polishing and Refinishing

Restore the Original Look

Looking to restore your wheels to the shine they originally had? Looking to create a new look using the same wheel? At Tyrrell Tires we can help restore your wheels to their factory condition or help you create a customized look to fit your style.

Wheel polishing and refinishing is the art of re-engineering the look of your wheels. We perform all types of refinishing, from simple painting to polishing.

Painting or dipping a wheel can give you the new look you’re looking for. There are many types of painting that can be done to your wheels. Contact us for detailed information regarding the services we provide. Typically refinishing includes:

  • Painted Finishes
  • Hypersilver Paint

Other common types of wheel refinishing:

  • Machined Wheels
  • Polished Wheels
  • Chrome plating

Custom Tires and Wheels

Pick your Vehicle and Wheels/Tires!

Give your Truck or Car a new look today! Select your vehicle and the new Tires and Wheels through our Configurator!

Level, Lift, & Lowering Kits

Customize your ride!

When you’re thinking about adding lift, level, or lowering kit to your vehicle, understand there are many different options depending on your vehicle. Adding a lift, or lowering kit to your vehicle will not only enhance the style, but also improve off-road driving, or optimize performance. Regardless of what you are looking to accomplish with adding a kit, our staff will be happy to assist you in making the decision of which kit you have installed on your car.

 

Lift Kits

  • If you’re looking for a lift kit, Tyrrell Tires is the perfect place to stop in and do some shopping. We have a skilled team of technicians who can not only help you choose the perfect lift kit for your vehicle, but also install it quickly and correctly.
    • We offer these brands and more at our store: Rough Country Lifts, Pro Comp Lifts, Fabtech Lift Kits, etc.
  • When you’re shopping for a lift kit for your vehicle, there are four common types of lift kits that you will see. They are:
    • Coil Suspension Lift Kits: The Coil Suspension lift kit is the most expensive of all the lift kit options, however it’s very worth it. The biggest cost with this type of lift is the professional installation cost, because it’s labor intensive. These lift kits are designed for heavy off-road travel but still give you control on the highway.
    • Lifted Spring Suspension Kits: The Lifted Spring Suspension kits are the most common type of lift kit. This lift kit gives you a few additional inches of clearance and the ability for bigger tires. This type of lift will not affect how the vehicle feels driving down the highway.
    • Shackle Suspension Lift Kits: Shackle Suspension Lift kits are the best kit if you are just looking for the aesthetics of a lift on your vehicle. These types of lifts are not designed to really be taken off-road. Typically, this lift is also very affordable and comes with a lower cost at the price of poorer steering and control of the vehicle.
    • Shackle Reverse Lift Kits: Shackle Reverse Lift kits are intended for off-road use, and they make for a smooth ride off-road experience. Although these lift kits offer a smooth ride through the woods and forest, they do not offer much highway control.

Leveling Kits

  • A leveling kit is to improve the look of your vehicle, and to give you additional safety. Some trucks and other cars are lighter or heavier in the front or back of the vehicle, a leveling kit will help balance this. With a leveling kit, it will balance out the weight and properly align the vehicle, and give your car a more aesthetically pleasing look. When a vehicle is off-balanced it can affect handling, suspension, and tire wear, thus the need for a leveling kit. Come in to Tyrrell Tires today to have your vehicle assessed!

Lowering Kits

  • Installing a lowering kit on your vehicle can increase the appeal of your vehicle and performance. At Tyrrell Tires, we offer a great selection of different lowering kits that our trained technicians are able to install for you. Please don’t try installing one yourself at home, you could potentially damage the undercarriage of your vehicle.

Tire Repair & Rotation

Have a Flat?

Proper tire repair is critical and any puncture or injury to a tire will affect its performance. If you have any questions regarding your tire’s condition, at Tyrrell Tires, we’ll be glad to inspect them for you. 

An improperly repaired tire may fail when driven at high speed causing loss of vehicle control. Flat or damaged tires need to be repaired by qualified personnel. Almost any sharp object on the road can cause a flat tire.

Do not attempt to repair the tire while it is still connected to the wheel. You must inspect the inside of the tire for hidden damage or risk weakening the tire. Punctures in the tread area may damage a greater area of the tire like the inner sidewall. Without removing the tire, it’s hard to see all the damage.

Tire Rotation

The front tires on a front-wheel drive vehicle accelerate, steer, and help brake your vehicle. Front tires tend to wear down faster than rear tires. Typically rear wheel tires last twice as long as front wheel tires. Ideally, we recommend you replace all four tires at the same time. Rotating your tires helps ensure even wearing for all your tires. Contact our staff to get your tires rotated.

TPMS Service

A TPMS or “Tire Pressure Monitoring System” electronically monitors the air pressure inside your tires. Depending on your vehicle, the TPMS reports the tire-pressure information, through a gauge, a pictogram display, or a low-pressure warning light. This system can be divided into two different types—direct (dTPMS) and indirect (iTPMS). As of September 1, 2007, the TREAD (Transportation Recall Enhanced Accountability and Documentation) Act requires that all vehicles sold in the U.S. be equipped with one of these types.

Direct TPMS reports tire pressure in real-time through pressure sensors installed directly in the valve of each tire.

Indirect TPMS uses the car’s anti-lock braking systems (ABS) to approximate tire pressure. Since tire inflation levels affect tire rotation, indirect TPMS also relies on the differences in wheel rotation to detect under-inflation.

Benefits of TPMS:

  • Avoid traffic accidents: Recognize under-inflated tires before they malfunction and create an accident.
  • Extend tire life: Under inflation contributes to heat buildup, tire disintegration, ply separation and sidewall/casing breakdowns.
  • Improve safety: Properly inflated tires add stability, greater handling, and braking efficiencies while providing better safety for the driver, the vehicle, and others on the road.

Having trouble with your TPMS? Give us a call at 605-792-2922 today and our professional team will take care of it for you.

Oil Changes

Give us a call today!

Oil changes are a routine part of maintenance that most people are good at keeping up on. For the majority, your vehicle needs an oil change about every 3,000-5,000 miles in order to avoid engine wear, and keep oil from leaking. At Tyrell Tires we will get you in and out for an oil change, come in today and give us a try!

Your vehicle relies on new oil and oil filters to keep it running smoothly. The oil in your car needs to be kept, clean from debris, full, and not burnt. Oil is very essential to the proper function of your motor, oil lubricates everything within the engine and keeps it running properly. The oil in your vehicle is there as an aid to slow down the wearing of components in the engine that rub together and create friction. By keeping a regular oil change schedule for your vehicle, you are extending the life of your vehicle, and increasing the engine efficiency.

When to change your oil?

  • You check the oil and the dipstick shows the oil to be dirty
  • Check engine light comes on
  • Check Oil light comes on
  • A loud pinging, knocking or other sound coming from the motor

When we change your oil, we are:

  • Changing the oil filter
  • Inspecting the oil filter
  • Topping off all fluids under the hood and inspecting them
  • Lubing all fittings
  • Examining belts and hoses
  • Checking tire pressure
  • Checking entire undercarriage
  • Checking engine for punctures