Hydroplaning – What it is and How to Prevent it


 
Tire stopping on a wet road
 
Singin’ in the rain is fun. Slippin’ in the rain … not so much.
 
Showers bring soppy driving conditions. 
Viscous planing can happen after a rain shower or heavy dew saturates a dry road surface. A tire can slide on a thin film of water (even if it’s only half a millimeter thick) between the tire and the road. The tire loses almost all its grip, and slippage is unopposed. This tends to occur at slower speeds on smooth surfaces.
 
And then there’s hydroplaning. 
When hydroplaning, the tire gradually loses contact with the road surface as a thick layer of water is forced under the tire by th ...[more]

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What is Wheel Alignment and How Often Do you Need it?


Tire alignment machine on car
 
 
Wheels are a bit like stars — when they align, things (namely vehicles) go the right way.
 
What Is Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment, aka tire alignment, is the alignment or adjustment of the suspension and steering mechanism of your vehicle. Plenty of things can cause wheels and tires to become misaligned, including road conditions, minor accidents … even your driving habits. 
 
Why Is Wheel Alignment Important?
If your wheels and tires are out of line, various problems can develop within your vehicle’s systems. If your alignment is really bad, your car will immediately pull to the left or the right if you release the steering wheel while driv ...[more]

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Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc. (Kumho) Recalls Certain Solus KH16 Tires Affecting the United States


It has come to SimpleTire's attention that Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc. (Kumho) has issued a recall on the following tires:
 
 
 
The following statement was released on April 19, 2018:
 
Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc. (Kumho) is recalling certain Solus KH16 tires, size P225/65R17 manufactured between 03/26/2017 - 04/01/2017. The tire belts may separate under severe conditions, which can increase the risk of a crash.
 
Kumho will notify owners, and dealers will replace all affected tires, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. 
 
SimpleTire urges anyone who has purchased these tires in the last few years to please ...[more]

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Sumitomo Rubber USA, LLC (Sumitomo) Recalls Certain Tires Affecting United States


It has come to SimpleTire's attention that Sumitomo Rubber USA, LLC (Sumitomo) has issued a recall on the following tires:
 
 
Kelly-Armorsteel-KDA-tire
 
 
The following statement was released on January 3, 2018:
 
Sumitomo Rubber USA, LLC (Sumitomo) is recalling certain Kelly Armorsteel KDA tires, size 11R22.5 Load Range G, manufactured December 4, 2016, to December 17, 2016. The tires do not have the tire size, maximum load rate, speed restriction, number of plies, the word "tubeless" and the load range information marked on both sidewalls. As, such these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119, "New Pneumatic Tires-Other Than Passenger ...[more]

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Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. Recalls Certain Tires Affecting United States


It has come to SimpleTire's attention that Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. (Vogue) has issued a recall on the following tires:
 
 
 
The following statement was released on February 7, 2018:
 
Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. (Vogue) is recalling certain Signature V tires, sizes 245/40R20, 235/45R17, 225/50R17, 225/45R17, 235/55R17, 245/45R17 and 235/65R18, and Signature V SCT tires, sizes 285/45R22, 275/55R20. These tires have incomplete Tire Identification number (TIN) codes on the intended outboard sidewalls in that they are missing date codes. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles." Missing T ...[more]

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Recalls Certain Tires Affecting United States


It has come to SimpleTire's attention that Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Cooper) has issued a recall on the following tires:
 
                                  
 
 
The following statement was released on January 4, 2018:
 
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Cooper) is recalling certain Cooper Cobra Radial G/T tires, sizes P215/70R14, P225/70R14 and P225/70R15, Cornell 1000 tires, size P235/75R15, El Dorado Golden Fury GFT tires, size P205/75R15, Futura GLS Super Sport tires, size P225/70R14, Mastercraft Avenger G/T tires, size P225/70R14, Mastercraft MC-440 tires, siz ...[more]

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Zhaoqing Recalls Antares Comfort A5 Tires Affecting United States


It has come to SimpleTire's attention that Zhaoqing Junhong Co., Ltd. (Zhaoqing) has issued a recall on the following tires:
 
Antares Comfort A5
 
 
 
The following statement was released on November 18, 2017:
 
Zhaoqing Junhong Co., Ltd. (Zhaoqing) is recalling certain Antares Comfort A5 tires, sizes LT 225/75R16 and 118/116S 10 PR. These tires may experience sidewall separation while driving. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles." A tire sidewall separation increases the ...[more]

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Triangle Tire Recalls Trailer Tires Affecting United States


It has come to SimpleTire's attention that Triangle Tire USA (Triangle) has issued a recall on the following tires:

Triangle TR643

The following statement was released on September 6, 2017:

Triangle Tire USA (Triangle) is recalling certain Triangle TR643 tires, sizes ST225/75R15. Due to a manufacturing process error, th ...[more]

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SimpleTire Sponsors the High Five Tour to Thank Americans for their Support of Military Families


Starting this July 4th holiday weekend and running through the rest of the summer, SimpleTire has partnered with Wounded Warriors Family Support for the 2017 High Five Tour.

 

A mobility-equipped 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty is travelling across the United States for four months. The vehicle is equipped with several state of the art devices designed to open up access to the disabled driver. For example, the wheelchair is stowed in the bed of the pickup and a crane style lift lowers and raises the chair to make it available to the driver.

 

Americans are invited to show their support for military families by visiting a tour event and signing the vehicle with a message of encouragement.

 

At each tour stop, SimpleTire coupons are being distributed to attendees. The coupon offers 5% off all tires PLUS $5 of each sale goes to Wounded Warriors ...[more]

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