Driving a car is a calculated risk. Your car can be dependable and well-maintained with great tires and mechanicals, you can be safety-minded and have your head in the game, but you are still in control of a couple of tons of plastic, steel, rubber and glass traveling at about 80 feet per second. Chances are nothing is going to happen, and obviously you hope it won’t – most people put in their entire years behind the wheel without a serious incident. But if something does happen, you should be ready to handle an emergency. We’re not even talking about something catastrophic like a collision…it could just be a dead battery, a minor mechanical problem or a failed tire. Better to have your car safety supplies and not need them, than to need them and not have them.
- Jump Starters – Nothing’s more disheartening than getting behind the wheel, turning the key and hearing the engine turn too slowly to start (or worse yet, the dreade ...[more]
Balancing a tire is a very simple and easy process that I'm sure anybody can do. If you can follow instructions and simple measurements then balancing tires will be easy for you.
There are many different types of tire balancing machines out there and they all typically work the same way. The tire balancing machine we will be referring to today is the Hunter GSP9200. We are referring to this specific model because it is one of the most commonly used tire balancing machine in most tire and auto service shops.
Let's get started! With so many different types of wheel designs out there, how you balance a wheel assembly will differ. The weights used for tire balancing are tape weights as well as clip weights.
Tape weights ar ...[more]Read More
We hear questions all the time about what specific tire numbers mean that are shown on tires. Information on speed rating, tire width, load rating and more are quite common on every tire you look at. This information is shown on the sidewall and is easy to read, but more importantly, needs to be understood. Feel free to watch this video which demonstrates simply what these numbers represent. You'll become a tire professor in no time!
The graphic to the right has four numbers and two letters, and all of them are important. Here's each number and letter in order, as well as what it represents. A more detailed explanation of each characteristic is below.
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We hear the term retreads and retreading quite a bit in the tire industry. What those terms mean exactly and the benefits of retreading are concepts people rarely grasp.
Retreading is the process by which certain worn tires, called casings, receive a brand new tread. Only specific tires with carefully inspected tire bodies are used in retreading.
Just like manufacturing a new tire, the worn tread is buffed away, and then a new tread is applied to the tire body. There are quite a few different ways to bond a retread to a tire, but as always the result is the same, a new tread is applied through the use of pressure, heat, and time.
Tire retreading has seen steady growth since the early 1990’s. Tire retreading is a booming industry, and is not going anywhere. Currently, there are arou ...[more]Read More
Although picking out new tires can be a daunting endeavor, there are two important pieces of information you can identify that will greatly ease the process. First, you must recognize exactly what it is that you need most from your tires. This means that before you even begin to establish a list of criterion that make up the perfect tire for you, you must be aware of exactly what kind of road issues and driving conditions your tires will be faced with. Be it varying road surfaces, a majority of city driving, high speed driving or other high performance requirements, identifying this need is a definite necessity. Second, you must find a reputable or trustworthy source to purchase your tires from. If you have had a bad experience at a particular shop, you are better off trying a new one than returning to the old one and giving them repeat business. If you suspect that a tire dealer may be placing his bottom line ahead of your best interests then you should feel free to shop around ...[more]Read More
When the summer fades into autumn and the autumn starts to get colder, everyone prepares for winter and all of the things that it brings. Winter means cold weather, and it means that you will need the proper tires to keep you going during the winter. That is why it is necessary to take care of your winter tires.Read More
Whether you own a new car or an automobile that has somehow stood the test of time, regular car maintenance is important to the longevity and usability of your vehicle. Here are a few tips to keeping your car in good condition.
Checking your engine’s oil should be a regular practice and it’s something everyone can do quite easily. Just remember to check your dipstick regularly and make sure that the oil level is between the low and high marks.
Too little or too much oil can be harmful to your engine and may potentially lead to expensive trips to a mechanic.
Similarly, most engines generally require an oil change every 3000 miles. Old oil can gunk up engines, slowing your entire car down, and causing some extensive damage and problems. Fresh oil will keep your engine running as good as new.
Tires can endure a lot of punishment day to day. As a material, rubber wears down quite easily, especiall ...[more]Read More
Did you know that most tire failure is caused by improper inflation? Irregular wear, tire stress, blowouts, reduced gas mileage, loss of control, and accidents are just a few of the negative effects associated with tires that are not properly inflated.
Many of us simply neglect to check our tire pressure until something goes wrong. In fact, millions of us drive around daily not knowing whether our tires are properly inflated or not.
According to industry recommendations, you should check the pressure in each of your tires and spare once a month or before any long trips. Because recommended inflation pressures are for cold tires, be sure to check them only after they have not been driven for several hours, preferably overnight.
A pressure gauge can easily be used to check tire pressure at home. The recommended pressure for your tires can be found in the vehicle’s manual or on the driver door edge, glove box, or fuel door. Remember that you ca ...[more]Read More
There are many difficult maintenance and repair chores associated with your automobile, but tire rotation isn’t one of them … and it’s a service that clearly adds to your bottom line. If you know how to change a flat tire, then you have all the necessary skills to perform your own tire rotation.
The concept of tire rotation is simple- you swap the front tires of your car or truck with the back tires at regular intervals. By rotating your tires you increase the life of the entire set of tires. If your tires were never rotated it’s likely you would experience irregular wear in one or two tires, but by rotating at regular intervals you allow all four tires to wear out at about the same time so they can be replaced with a matching set.
Naturally, if you brought tire professionals from ten reputable tire discounters into a room and asked their opinion, you’d get ten different ideas on tire rotation. There is the opinion one should n ...[more]Read More