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
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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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
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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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.
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]Read More
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!
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!