When Should I Get New Tires?


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 d ...[more]

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Classic Muscle Cars Vs. Modern Muscle Cars - Whats the Difference?


Muscle cars are always in vogue, with mint examples commanding prices at auction that would make Donald Trump’s toupee stand on end.

The General consensus is that the first muscle car was the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88. Equipped with a high-compression, 135 horsepower V-8 under the hood.

It wasn’t until the 1960s that muscle cars began to flourish.

Fast forward half a century where muscle cars are still striking fear into minivan driver’s. Although the muscle car attitude has stayed the same, a lot of the technology has changed.

We’ve put together a rundown of the top changes that have taken place between the era of the Beatles and the age of Taylor Swift.

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5 Popular Ways People Destroy Their New Tires


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]

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5 Ways YouTube Can Save You Money and Time On Car Repairs


A recent conversation between a shop owner and a Master Automobile Technician turned to diagnostic techniques, and where to get repair information. In addition to the usual repair databases such as ALLDATA and Identifix, the Master Tech mentioned he refers to YouTube on a regular basis. Of course, the shop owner (who was double the tech’s age) cringed at the very thought. After all, how could a bunch of hacks with cell phone cameras possibly be more helpful than ALLDATA? It’s true there is a lot of worthless junk on YouTube, such as cat compilations and videos of morons setting themselves on fire, but there’s a lot of valuable information, too. You just have to know what to look for and how to use it. Here are a few tips for using YouTube for your next auto repair project.

Know your stuff- learn the basics

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7 Baller Super Cars and The Tires They Have


Tires are important; it doesn’t matter how much power you’re making if you can’t get it to the ground. That’s why the most expensive cars in the world use tires that are extremely advanced – and expensive, too.

What kind of tires do the world’s most exclusive cars ride on? To answer this question, we’ve compiled a list of the most lavish cars in the world and their tires. 

Lamborghini Veneno:

Lamborghini Veneno Tires

 

Only two of these $3.9 million dollar cars exist in the United States. Powered by a 6.5 liter V12 engine, the Veneno is capable of over 200 mph. Upfront, it wears Pirelli P-Zero tires in a 255/30 ZR20; outback it’ ...[more]

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12 Of The Best Car Shows On YouTube That You Must Subscribe To


If you're an auto enthusiast, watching videos about cars on YouTube is something you do.  However weeding through the masses of videos can be very daunting.  We've saved you the trouble of trying to find the best channels, as we've put together a list of our favorites.  If you don't see your favorite YouTube channel listed here, comment below and we'll check it out!

Everyday Driver

Todd and Paul from Everyday Driver bridge the gap from hardcore car enthusiasts to the average car guy. They go back and forth with opinions and with insightful details about each car. They may even steer you into your next car purchase!

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7 Tires That Can Help Save Your Expensive Wheels From Curb Rash


 
Curb Rashed Wheel
You just put some sweet new BBS wheels on your car and you're pulling into a parking spot, you look down at your phone at a new text message that just came in and – scrape! The curb munches your brand new rims.
 
All of this could have been prevented had you been sporting tires with rim protectors. Yes, such a thing does exist, and if you have rims worth protecting, these tires are a must. The “protector” part of the tire is simply a thicker rubber molded in at specific locations on the tire sidewall (usually next to the bead area or at the widest part of the tire). So, next time you inadvertently sideswipe a curb while the rubber molding will take the brunt of the impact, saving your rim ...[more]

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Save Big on Tires in April!


At Simple Tire we strive to give our customers the best deals out there.  We have big savings in April on our already low priced tires.  See the list of promotions below.  

 

 

Cooper Tire National Spring Savings:

Get a Visa Prepaid Car for up to $70.  Promotion ends April 15, 2015.

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Average Life of an All Season Tire


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]

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Mud Tire Roundup


First, let’s clear up any potential confusion about all-terrain vs. mud-terrain tires. 

All-terrain tires are designed for a whole range of off-road conditions, which could include large rocks and boulders, snow, gravel, loose dirt, sand, mud, you name it. Mud-terrain are specifically designed for mud. While the two designs are similar, mud-terrain tires have a more “open” tread pattern that helps the tires claw through mud, with open segments (or “voids) designed to eject the mud and debris, giving the tire a clean area to grip with as it turns. Mud tires also use a softer rubber formulation for enhanced traction, flexibility and better contact. 

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