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When to Get New Tires

July 26th, 2013

When to Get New Tires

You may be wondering when you should get new tires…they are a big investment and you don’t want to jump the gun, right? You also don’t want to push your luck with tires that are worn-out and running on borrowed time. Here are some tips:

  • Run your hands along the surface of the tires. Feel for any irregularities like unevenly-worn spots or a rippled edge to the tread (also called “feathering”). These are indicators of suspension or steering issues that can contribute to tire wear, or an indicator of tires that haven’t been rotated frequently enough. Feel for any tread separation or possible bulges or cracks in the tread surface. If you detect problems like that, the tire is in imminent danger of failure and needs to be replaced right awa ...[more]

How to Read Tire Sizes

July 24th, 2013

Find Tire Sizes

Get a look at your tire sidewall and you’ll see information molded into the rubber, in the form of raised letters and numbers. We’d like to explain to you what that information means, so let’s break it down:

  • Load Index – The load index is a reflection of the maximum weight that is safe for a tire to carry. The load index numbers range from 0 to 279; passenger car tires are usually in the 75-105 range. When it’s time to replace your tires you’ll want to pay close attention to those numbers.
  • Speed Rating – Speed rating designations are assigned by the U.S. government, and are an indicator of minimum standards for accelerating to and holding a certain specific speed. The higher the speed rating number on a tire, the better a v ...[more]
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How to Store Winter Tires

July 22nd, 2013

How to Store Winter Tires

Those of us who live in cold climates often need tires specifically for winter driving, which then need to come off the vehicle in the warmer months. Did you know there are requirements for storing winter tires? Here are some do’s and don’ts to prolong their life:

·       If a vehicle is in storage for months on end, don’t leave the weight on the tires for lengthy periods. Either put the vehicle on jack stands or take it out and drive it once a week or so to flex the tires and disperse the inner chemicals and oil within the rubber compound.

·       Avoid commercial “tire dressing” products. Tire compounds are designed to resist dry rot, ozone cracks or weather checks ...[more]

Posted in: Tire 101, How-to, Tire Care

Honda Accord Tire Sizes

July 19th, 2013

There are millions of these dependable, economical cars on the road, and the fact that they have been available in so many models and different generations means that their tire sizes are going to differ. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Year

Model

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

2011

Accord Crosstour EX

225/65R17 102T

...[more]

How To Check Air Pressure In Tires

July 17th, 2013

Tire inflation is something that is neglected by many drivers, and it’s easy to understand why. Modern radial tires deform very little until they are drastically low on air pressure. A tire can be as much as 30% underinflated and still look completely normal. But why is proper inflation so important?

  • Underinflated tires have increased rolling resistance, which can affect fuel economy.
  • Increased rolling resistance will also lead to overheating, which can be downright dangerous and possibly cause tire failure on a long highway trip.
  • Underinflated tires will affect your car’s steering, drivability, ride and handling. If your car’s steering seems heavy and clumsy, or if your vehicle is pulling to one side ...[more]
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Vintage Tires

July 12th, 2013

Let’s face it – modern tire designs are much, much safer than the tires of a couple of generations ago. Rubber compounds are better, steel belted radials handle better and wear longer than older bias-ply tires, traction is better, tires are less prone to blowouts or failure, and performance during braking, acceleration and cornering is much improved over 60s- or 50s-era tires. Still, if you’re restoring a muscle car or vintage truck, you want tires that are appropriate as far as size and appearance for your vehicle (if it’s a British car, perhaps we should say “tyres”).

If you’ve got a vintage muscle car, the BF Goodrich Radial T/A is an excellent choice, with period-correct raised white letters and 22 sizes to choose from. The Radial T/A is a low-profile classic-look tire that benefits from modern design and manufa ...[more]

Posted in: Tire 101, Tire Talk

Carlisle Lawn and Garden Tires

July 10th, 2013

Lawn and garden tires, of course, are a different design altogether.

Think about what a riding mower does…it doesn’t ever go fast, it has to get good traction on grass, and it has to be gentle on the surface of the grass itself. Lawn and garden tires, then, are usually fairly wide to disperse the weight of the mower or tractor as much as possible. They also typically will use an inner tube and don’t have an especially robust construction since they don’t have to hold up at high speeds (believe it or not, there’s actually a designation in the tire speed rating system that applies to lawn and garden tires).

Lawn tires will usually have a turf tread pattern and balanced profile, for residential zero-turn mowers, golf carts, riding mowers, utility vehicles and the like, designed to baby the most delicate turf conditions. ...[more]

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Best Tires for Rain

July 9th, 2013

Too much of the time, tires just don’t get a lot of thought…but they’re your sole connection between your car and the road. At no time is that connection more important than when wet weather hits. You can argue that most tires are essentially the same…polyester fabric, steel belts, compound of rubber, silica and carbon black…but there’s much more to it than that. Things like tread pattern, tread design and grooves all make a huge difference in wet-weather driving, and can improve your car’s traction and margin of safety. The enemy, of course, is hydroplaning – a film of water between your tread and pavement that can actually break contact with the road and send your car out of control.

An excellent choice for control and traction on wet pavement is the Michelin Pilot Sport A-S +, with aggressive direction ...[more]

Are You Ready for the Fourth of July?

July 1st, 2013



Its that time of year; fireworks and spending time in the great outdoors. It’s a great time to be an American enjoying all the holiday has to offer. As you prepare to head out to enjoy your favorite holiday traditions, make sure you check all your tires before you leave to ensure a worry free weekend.

RV Tires

If you have not taken your RV out in a while, you will defiantly need to check the age and condition of your tires. Hot and cold weather will compromise the sidewalls of your tires rendering them unsafe for driving condition. Check for cracks and hardening of the rubber compound in the sidewalls and tread. RV tires need to be replaced every few years regardless of road wear. If you need to replace your RV tires here’s our top recommendation:

Posted in: Summer Tires, ATV Tires

10 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

June 28th, 2013

Who doesn’t want better gas mileage these days? Maximizing your fuel efficiency will not only save you money, it is better for your vehicle and the environment! With some proper maintenance, and simple tips and tricks, you can make fewer trips to the pump, which will be friendlier on your car, and your wallet.

  • Tires - The right tires for your driving conditions are important. For the best gas mileage choose low rolling resistance tires. These are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and performance by increasing the tire’s grip on the road. Tires for racing and oversized off-roading tires are designed only for specific uses, and shouldn’t be used as your vehicle’s primary tires.

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