Understanding When to Replace Tires is Critical


It may be easy to simply place a penny into the tread of your tire to determine the approximate time of replacing tires but it should not be taken lightly.

This particular penny method to determine tread depth test has been used for years and is widely known as a popular technique to determine a rough estimation of when to replace car tires. The way to determine this is to see if the tread wear falls below the top of the head of the face on the penny. If so, it is time to replace your vehicles' tires for not just one, but all four of your rims.

The ability of a driver to adequately control their car really is dependent on the traction between the surface of the road and the tread of their tires. Contrary to popular believe, tires do not need fancy tread designs or even a lot of tread depth to provide adequate traction on dry road conditions. One good example of this is the 'racing slicks' utilized on stock cars and open-wheel race cars, for profe ...[more]

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How to Reduce Tire Wear on Your Vehicle


Anyone that owns a car knows that tires can be expensive. This is especially so for vehicles that require a special kind of tire, or trucks that have larger tires. Having to take your vehicle in to have new tires put on can be a costly endeavor, when you take into consideration the cost of the tires themselves as well as the price you have to pay for the labor of having them put on.


Fortunately, it is possible to reduce the amount of wear that is placed on your tires and extend the driving time you will get from them. Practicing a few simple habits will greatly help to improve the life of your tires and reduce the need for continually having your tires changed.


One of the most important things that you need to do to reduce tire wear on your vehicle is to keep tires properly inflated. All tires come with a recommended tire pressure. If you are unsure of what this pressure is, or whether you need to use a different tire pressure, you can ask ...[more]

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Did You Know That Improper Tire Pressure May Drastically Affect Your Gas Mileage?


How you treat your tires actually goes a long way in determining what you spend on gas. Tires are often neglected because people do not know that they affect their gas mileage. A good tire maintenance culture will not only make your rides safer, it will also leave a little more in your pocket.

I will give a few tips that will help you improve you fuel economy, they are simple things. You may know about them, if you don't they are here. If you already do, then refresh your memory and get the savings you so much deserve.

You should ensure your car tires are properly inflated. Deflated tires have more friction with the road. This means that the engine has to work harder. For your engine to work harder, it needs more energy. And we all know where it gets its energy from. Make sure your tires maintain the recommended pressure. A drop of 5 pounds makes you lose 2% in your gas mileage. Please, note that they should be inflated evenly as this also affects fuel e ...[more]

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Choosing the Right Tires


The modern car has evolved into a rather complex machine. Compared to the cars of the 1960's, the difference is really laughable. From the age of inefficient carburetors we've come to the age of computer controlled direct fuel injection. Despite all the technological advances, however, the performance of your car often still comes down to the tires.

Your tires are incredibly important to the ride, maneuverability, gas mileage and stopping power of your car. Most people know this to one extent or another, but don't always know why this is so. The answer is simple. The tires are the four points where the car touches the road. Bad tires can make a car unsafe. Great tires can turn a kitten into a tiger.

Tires can be a real pain in the derriere to shop for. First off, there are what seem to be a few million brands. Second, the prices range all over the place from the ridiculously cheap to the insanely expensive. Knowing what to buy and why can be diff ...[more]

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What Type Of Tires Suit Your Drive


Out of all the major parts in your vehicle, tires are most likely to wear out first. The reason for that being constant traction with different types of road surfaces under different types of climatic conditions over a period of time. In addition to that, bad driving habits, lack of maintenance coupled with problematic suspensions, axles, steering and improper wheel alignment all result in the eventual deterioration of the rubber that your car tires are made of.

 

While the latter problems can be avoided, the main factor is still unavoidable and forms the cause for tires to lose tread and malfunction. Treadless tires reduce drive quality while posing a serious threat to the safety of the vehicle by giving rise to skidding and loss of road grip.

 

Under this situation, it is imperative that you choose tires for your vehicle according to the climatic conditions in your region and your drive needs. There are different types of ti ...[more]

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Vacation Driving - Can Nitrogen in Your Vehicle's Tires Save You Money?


Travelers can save money on gasoline by replacing the air in their vehicle's and RV's tires with nitrogen gas. They can also save money on gas in their every day driving as well.  Research has shown that drivers can improve their gas mileage by over three percent when they use nitrogen in their vehicle's tires..

This is not new technology as it has been used for years by commercial airlines as well as in NASCAR cars. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates that nitrogen gas be used in all commercial aircraft tires to eliminate the possibility of water vapor freezing at high altitudes which happens with air filled tires. NASCAR teams also use nitrogen gas in the tires of their racing cars because the tire pressure fluctuates less than it does with air.

How can using nitrogen gas in your vehicle's tires save you a lot of money?

Firstly, you don't need to buy new tires to make the change, your present tires will do ...[more]

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10 Great Tips for Buying Car Tires Online


Cars need tires and it is best to buy new tires. The key is to get high quality car tires at low prices. The market online and offline is filled with a huge variety of tires. Choose tires with care and get a set of tires that are most suited to your car.

 

The first step in buying car tires is to follow recommendations made by the car manufacturer. Unless you are an auto mechanic or formula one car racer what the manufacturer recommends as suitable tires for the car are the best choice.

 

1. Get all the parameters right. From the side of the tires or your car manual jot down : vehicle application; tire width; aspect ratio; radial designation; wheel diameter; load index; speed rating; DOT; ply construction; load and pressure limits; tread wear and traction ratings.

 

2. Be smart shop around for the best deal locally as well as online.

 

3. Check aspects like factory warranti ...[more]

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Reasons Why Tires Fail and What You Should Do


Tires could well be the most important component on your car or truck, given that they affect the performance aspects of the car, including handling and acceleration to ride comfort and braking. Therefore, it's absolutely necessary to maintain your tires and they probably deserve more attention than any other components of the car. However, most drivers just don't think about the condition of their tires. A Department of Transportation study from 2001 stated that 60 to 80 percent of cars are have underinflated tires, 20 to 50 percent of them are driving with tires with low pressure, and 10 to 30 percent of these cars have tires with pressure as low as 30 percent of the recommended pressure. Underinflation is one of the main reasons why tires fail.

Every tire sidewall should have the manufacturer's date code on it. It will be in the form of a four-digit number, showing the month and year the tire was produced. Unfortunately, there's no expiration date. I ...[more]

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Economy Beyond Gas: Three Things You Can Do to Make Your Car's Tires Last Longer


Anything you can do to make your car tires last longer will cut down the cost of driving your car.  Sure, you've heard so much about driving habits that can increase your miles per gallon that you're tired of hearing it, but what about increasing your miles per tire change?  The way you drive, and the way you take care of your tires can go a long way toward saving you money.  And as a bonus, most of the ways to make your tires last longer will also make your car safer to drive, and improve your fuel economy!

Here are three tips to help you get the most life out of your car tires:

Keep your tires properly inflated

Keep your wheels properly aligned and balanced

Turn your wheels only while the car is moving

 

Each of these things will make your tires last longer, and I'll tell you why.

Proper Inflation

Maintaining correct air pressure in your tires has been ...[more]

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Tire Safety: Benefits Of Temperature


Tires play a critical role in the handling, maneuvering and braking of any motor vehicle. No matter what the type...RV, SUV, utility vehicle or commercial truck, tires are the only thing that contacts the road. Obviously, there is much more than just the vehicle resting on those tires...its overall safe operation is as well. By following some basic tire safety practices, you will not only drive with a greater degree of security, you will extend the usable life of your tire investment considerably.

Tire Manufacturers Agree

It is commonly agreed that a primary cause of early tire breakdown and poor tread life is under-inflation. Low tire pressure not only causes excessive heat build-up in the tire, creating dangerous driving conditions, but also shortens tire life. Unwanted heat will rapidly increase tread-wear and can even tear down retreads and destroy tire casings. As much as 90% of all tire breakdowns is the direct result of tire under-inflation

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