Kenda Rubber Co. Announces Recall affecting United States


It has come to SimpleTire’s attention that Kenda Tire and Rubber Company has issued a recall on the following tires:

 Kenda Kenetica tires, size P235/75R15 105S KR17.

 

The following statement was released on

Approximately 696 tires were impacted and have the DOT code K3D5ANA5116 and K3D5ANA5216, Kenda said. The tires may have a void between the top steel belt and the tire undertread located at the overlapped steel belt splice. The void can grow under normal use, possibly resulting in a tread separation or a sudden loss of air in the tire, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Kenda will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the affected tires  free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during June 2017.

 

SimpleTire urges anyone who has purc ...[more]

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Sean Wilson joins SimpleTire to Grow Supplier Relationships


SimpleTire adds Sean Wilson as Director of Supply Chain to the expanding team. He is working with suppliers to help them maximize the volume of orders SimpleTire sends their way.

 

Sean started his career in the tire wholesale industry working for Network Tire, and then moved to the retail side, working for United Tire & Service. Responsibilities included sales, brand development, customer service and store support. The skills he honed in those roles are well suited to working with SimpleTire suppliers.

 

Josh Chalofsky, SimpleTire’s COO, says, “Sean’s understanding of the industry, along with his business talents, are going to be of huge benefit to our supplier network. I am excited to see those relationships grow and expand.”

 

One particularly important element that Sean is focused on is having the fastest delivery in the industry. To enabl ...[more]

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SimpleTire.com Donates Funds to Support Military Families


For the 2017 Memorial Day weekend, SimpleTire.com is helping military veterans and their families by making a charitable financial donation -- 5% of all sales for the days, May 27-29th, is being donated to Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS).

Colonel John D. Folsom, USMCR, founder and president of WWFS says, “The support we receive from SimpleTire is outstanding! Their donation makes a real difference in the lives of military families who have had a member wounded or killed while serving.”

Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization that provides support to families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed in combat operations. With an “A” rating from CharityWatch.org, WWFS aids military veterans and their families in healing the wounds that med ...[more]

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Continental Announces Recall for United States


It has come to SimpleTire’s attention that Continental has issued a recall on the following tires:

 

General Grabber 33x12.50R18 LT 118Q

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following statement was released on 1/20/2017:

Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (Continental) is recalling certain General Tire Grabber light truck tires, size 33x12.50R18 LT 118Q, Load Rang ...[more]

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How to know it's time to change your tires


When Should I Replace My Tires?

This is a question that crosses many consumers’ minds when purchasing tires. Many factors play a part in when tires should be replaced.  The main aspects that should go into such a change are as follows:

DATE OF TIRES:  The average lifespan of a tire that would be still be deemed safe and road appropriate is 5 years from the date of installation. This means from the moment they are mounted and balanced, based on the tires mileage expectancy, you should look into replacing your tires within 5 years, as based on highway safety results and the average consistency of the daily driver.  This marks a point in time in which your tires will start to show signs of wear and tear and overall heavy usage that can start to result in a thinner, more wor ...[more]

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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 down tre ...[more]

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What’s the Proper Air Pressure For My Car


Experts and analysts seem to be in agreement on this: the days of cheap oil are finished. As countries compete with each other for oil on a global market, the price of refined fuel and gasoline in the United States may fluctuate somewhat, but it’s likely to stay above $3/gallon for the foreseeable future. That means that every driver needs to be aware of what they need to do to optimize their gas mileage…and that includes tires.

Proper Inflation

You probably already know that proper inflation is vital to fuel economy, and that underinflated tires will not only drop your gas mileage, but will negatively affect handling and drivability. Underinflated tires are also unsafe, building heat that can compromise a tire’s service life and possibly cause tire failur ...[more]

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The Importance of Rotating Your Tires


Rotating tires is one of the most important (and easiest) things you can do to prolong their service life. But why? Why is it so important?

It’s simple. Front and rear tires wear differently. Parallel parking, cornering, acceleration, three-point turns all put different stresses on the front and rear tires. Not rotating them means that they are going to show different wear patterns, which will affect their tread life and your car’s ride and handling.

Regular rotations mean that your tires will wear more evenly, and will improve your car’s drivability. Chances are you’ll notice a difference in ride and handling with every rotation. So how often should you rotate?

Every other oil change seems like a pretty good rule of thumb (in other words, every 7-10,000 miles). Doing rotations yourself in your ...[more]

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What if I Have Mismatched Tires?


As a general rule, your tires should all have the same tread pattern, construction and size, meaning they should all be the same make, model and age. If they aren’t, you’ll compromise on your car’s control, traction, stability and ride. Mismatched tires could mean tires from different manufacturers, winter tires with all-season tires, run-flat tires with conventional tires or tires with different tread patterns.

Until you can invest in an entire set of tires of the same make and model, and if you’ve only got one mismatched tire in the set, you should put it on the rear. If the tire that had a problem was on the front, take one of your rears and put it on the front to replace it, then put the mismatch tire back on the rear axle. This will probably mean the least impact on handling ...[more]

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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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