What does a tire’s service description mean?
A tire’s service description describes a tire’s load range and speed index- and it’s right there on your tire! The first step is knowing where to look, and the second, what to look for on your tire. On the sidewall of most tires, you will be able to find your tire’s size, indicated by a set of three numbers (ex. 225/50-R16).
Typically, the service description is printed right after the tire size, and can be recognized by a number followed by a letter (ex. 92 V). In this example, the 92 will represent the load index of the tire, in other words the amount of weight each tire can support. The higher the number is in the service description, the more weight the tire can support. The load range on most passenger vehicles and light trucks ranges fro ...[more]Read More
What kind of warranties do my tires come with?
We live in a world full of uncertainty. As a result, many tire buyers want security and protection against damage, quick wearing, or defective products. Naturally, customers want to know how much insurance they are purchasing with their tire. Smart tire buyers always ask about what warranties come with their purchase.
Manufacturer’s Workmanship Warranty
What is it – A workmanship build warranty is a company’s way of backing the product that they sell. In the tire world, it covers any irregular wear, chipping, cracking, broken beads, out of rounds, or other tire defects. Most tire defects are found before installation, so it is always a go ...[more]Read More
How often should you rotate your tires?
Taking care of your tires is very essential to promote the lifespan and also longevity of your costly investment. The recommended rate of tire rotation is generally either every 7,500 miles or 6 months; whichever happens to come first. This is roughly about every other oil change. By rotating tires often, it allows the tire tread to wear evenly. For front-wheel-drive vehicles the weight of both engine and transmission is forced upon the two front tires; causing them to wear more quickly than the rears. Leaving the front tires uneven, which may decrease the traction and handling performance. For the special few who are all-wheel-drive, such as Subaru, Mitsubishi, Audi and BMW your tire rotation is a little more lax.
Many all-wheel-drive vehicles can give you about 8 months before you ...[more]Read More
When Should I Get New Tires?
Not only can the tires on your vehicle affect your gas mileage, they have a direct impact on your safety too. One of the most important things you should know is when to change your tires. Here’s a simple test that will help.
Go check the tires on your vehicle. How do they look? Worn? One quick method uses only a penny:
Insert a penny head-first between tread. Can you still see the president’s head? If it’s mostly hidden, your tread should be good. But if you can see Lincoln’s whole cranium then it’s definitely time for new tires!
In most states tires are legally worn out when they have worn down to 2/23” of tread depth. Worn down tre ...[more]Read More
You just dropped close to a grand on new tires, the last thing you’d want to do is ruin them, right? That would be the thought process of any rational human being, but like us, you’re far from rational. There are a lot of ways to ruin new tires – from getting a nail stuck in the tread, to puncturing the sidewall with a curb – but we want to focus on how people ruin their tires deliberiatly.
Running Excessive Camber:
Camber and stance are trends right now for the cool kids – but tire experts know it eats rubber up really, really fast. Camber refers to the tilt of the wheels as viewed from the front or rear. If camber is out of specification, a tire will wear unevenly on one shoulder. So as you can imagine, having your camber cocked way out will leave you will tires that have outsides balder than the D ...[more]Read More
Tire service life can hinge on a lot of different things. Driving habits, tire maintenance, front-end alignment, condition of suspension components and regular rotation schedules can all have a huge effect on the treadwear and service life of your tires. Also, tires can vary greatly in design and rubber compound; softer, “stickier” rubber compounds will wear much more quickly than other formulations, for instance.
All-season tires, like the name implies, are designed for year-round use and can still provide traction in winter conditions, provided that you don’t see an excess of snow and ice or extreme cold in your area. They’re designed for a comfortable, quiet ride and good performance in most conditions. Tire technology has improv ...[more]Read More
The Internet has changed the tire retail business, just like it’s changed how many people purchase their goods. Some might think that it’s time-consuming, expensive or inconvenient to do their tire shopping online, so they still head down to a chain retailer to get their tires and have them installed. Actually, nothing could be farther from the truth. The reality is that buying tires online is, well... Simple!
Buying tires online eliminates the middleman and the necessary overhead of paying installers and retail help, or maintaining a brick-and-mortar store, passing the savings along to the buyer. It also gives you the option of doing all your homework beforehand, studying up on consumer guides and reviews to make your choices, then taking away the hassle of being high-pressured by a salesma ...[more]Read More
Experts and analysts seem to be in agreement on this: the days of cheap oil are finished. As countries compete with each other for oil on a global market, the price of refined fuel and gasoline in the United States may fluctuate somewhat, but it’s likely to stay above $3/gallon for the foreseeable future. That means that every driver needs to be aware of what they need to do to optimize their gas mileage…and that includes tires.
You probably already know that proper inflation is vital to fuel economy, and that underinflated tires will not only drop your gas mileage, but will negatively affect handling and drivability. Underinflated tires are also unsafe, building heat that can compromise a tire’s service life and possibly cause tire failur ...[more]Read More
Rotating tires is one of the most important (and easiest) things you can do to prolong their service life. But why? Why is it so important?
It’s simple. Front and rear tires wear differently. Parallel parking, cornering, acceleration, three-point turns all put different stresses on the front and rear tires. Not rotating them means that they are going to show different wear patterns, which will affect their tread life and your car’s ride and handling.
Regular rotations mean that your tires will wear more evenly, and will improve your car’s drivability. Chances are you’ll notice a difference in ride and handling with every rotation. So how often should you rotate?
Every other oil change seems like a pretty good rule of thumb (in other words, every 7-10,000 miles). Doing rotations yourself in your ...[more]Read More