How To Measure Tire Pressure


Rubber is a porous substance, and tires will inevitably lose some air over time due to seepage. Tire pressure is something that’s neglected by many drivers, as an “out of sight – out of mind” sort of condition. Low tire pressure, however, costs money in terms of increased rolling resistance and poorer gas mileage. Tires that are habitually run low on air also wear out prematurely, due to heat buildup and an uneven wear pattern.

The good news is that it’s an easy problem to fix.

For 100 years, tires have used the same valve design (known as a Schrade valve), identical to the valves on bicycle tires. They’re still the same design because the Schrade valve does its job well and there has never been a need to improve on it. 

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Tire Pressure and Temperature


You’ll notice that the stamp on your tire’s sidewall specifies inflation for HOT tires. Why is that?

Pretty simple physics, really. Gases expand with heat, meaning both the temperature of a friction-heated tire and ambient temperature of outside air. A rule of thumb is that for about for about every ten degrees Fahrenheit change in air temperature, your tire’s inflation will fluctuate by about one PSI. In most parts of the United States, the difference between winter and summer temperatures can be as much as a 50-degree spread, meaning a potential fluctuation of five PSI. That’s not even thinking about the 20-degree spread between hot afternoon temperatures and cooler nighttime or early morning temperatures in summer.

Tires that are low by 5 psi will  hurt traction, steering re ...[more]

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Tire Safety Tips


Tires are something that many drivers take for granted…but they shouldn’t. Tires are as big a part of your car’s overall safety as anything else. These are all things to keep in mind when it comes to tire safety:

  • Proper inflation – Underinflated tires will cost you money in premature tread wear and increased rolling resistance (which means a hit on your gas mileage). Worse than that, though, underinflated tires will compromise your vehicle’s handling and steering, and can dangerously overheat on hot days or long trips. Modern radial tires won’t begin to show signs of deforming until they are at least 30% low on pressure, so just eyeballing a tire won’t tell you if it’s underinflated. Rubber is porous and even brand-new tires lose air, so make a poi ...[more]

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5 important things to consider when shopping for new tires


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]

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Safety Tips For Winter Tires


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.

If you were to check your tires, you wou ...[more]

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Golden Tips In Buying Car Tires


You have two legs to walk. What does your car have? Yes, you are right. Of course, tires make the car run. But why are you not willing to learn more about tires? Don't you know that it would cost you a lot if you do not have enough knowledge about tires when you go tire shopping?

Whatever the vehicle is, it needs good tires for speed. But if you want a cheap one, you would surely get it. Tires are available in different ranges and types. Keep in mind that good quality will cost you once, whereas buying a cheap one will make you waste money on tire repair after every few days.

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Checking Your Oil and Tires


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.

Oil

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

Tires can endure a lot of punishment day to day. As a material, rubber wears down quite easily, especiall ...[more]

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Proper Tire Inflation: Increase Safety and Save Money


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]

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Can Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Save You Money?


Yes! A tire pressure monitoring system can save you money and here's how--

First, tires that are properly inflated last longer. There is less tread wear on a tire that is properly inflated, so your tires need to be replaced less often. Also, proper inflation helps protect the side walls, resulting in reduced chance of blowouts. Blowouts are dangerous enough, but if you are towing another vehicle, trailer, or boat, blowouts are even more frightening.

Overinflated tires don't "feel" the road as well and are more prone to damage from potholes and foreign road objects. Over inflation also leads to uneven tread wear. Rapid tread wear leads to rapid tire failure and, therefore, expensive tire replacement.

Under inflation causes the tire to "bend" more as it rolls. These tires are much more likely to fail while you are driving.

Second, tires that are properly inflated can save you money on gasoline. The U.S. Departm ...[more]

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