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
A regular health check is essential to maintain the safety of your car, and spot any problems that may arise from time to time. It is highly advisable that you run a standard test of various vital mechanical elements of your car periodically. Also, it ensures the best chance of your survival in an accident. Regular health checks can spot problems as soon as they become apparent. They also help you save on the mechanic’s bill.
Periodical health checks also ensure that your car is in top roadworthy condition. They minimize the chance of mechanical failure whilst you are driving. The most basic check you should conduct is a break test. Before testing the brakes ensure that you are safely ahead of any cars behind. Then apply relatively firm pressure to the breaks. This would help you get a feel of the responsiveness of the break pads. If you find that breaking is getting slightly sluggish, there can be considerable erosion of the break pads. In this case, it ...[more]
Improper tire inflation is the single most important factor that causes uneven tire wear. Tire wear will happen naturally thanks to friction that happens during driving, and it's this friction that makes it possible to drive at all. In the absence of friction (e.g., when attempting to drive on an icy surface) your car will not move. Tires are designed to create friction, which produces the force necessary to propel your car, and over time this friction contributes to tire wear.
There are three easy steps to inspecting your tires: Look, Feel, and Test. First, visually inspect all of your tires. Second, feel the tread by hand to detect wear such as cupping, scalloped dips on the edge of the tire, and feathering, treads with a rounded edge on one side and a sharp edge on the other. Finally, test all four tires with a tire pressure gauge for proper inflation. You can purchase a tire pressure gauge for a few bucks at any auto parts store.
So what exactly are ...[more]Read More