Essential Tire Tools to Keep in the Car


We all have a toolbox in the garage or inside the house, but what about in the trunk of the car? What if you're on the road and you get a flat tire? Do you have everything you need to take care of it from the road?

It's even more important to keep some tools in the car when you're traveling a long distance because you never know what could happen along the way. Check out our list of essential tire tools to have with you at all times and you'll have a little more piece of mind every time you travel. All of these tools can be stored in the trunk or spare tire area of your vehicle.

Pliers

If you need to remove nails and other foreign objects from a tire, pliers are your best friend. They also come in handy for grabbing small objects in a pinch. ...[more]

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Simple Tire Comparison: Snow Tires vs. Studded Tires


 

Snow Tires VS Studded Tires

Remember studded tires?  Tires with noisy metal studs driven into the tread? They’re pretty hard to beat for traction in really extreme winter conditions. If your area regularly gets ice and heavy snow, if you live on a hill or out in the country where roads are seldom plowed, or if you have no choice but to put in a lot of miles in winter driving conditions, studded tires (or “studdable”) may be the thing you’re looking for. Remember, though, that studded tires aren’t legal in some states, so do your homework before making that decision.

But let’s talk about “snow tires,” or winter tires. They’ve come a long way in the last few decades…the old truck-style snow tir ...[more]

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How to Check Tread on Tires


Tread depth is crucial to your safety! Once the tires on your car get below a certain minimum tread depth, your steering, handling and traction are compromised seriously enough that your car is considered unsafe to drive. Most states cite 2/32” as a minimum tread depth, but the truth is that your traction in wet weather or snow can be treacherous long before the tread makes it to 2/32”.
Most tire brands have “wear bars” embedded in the tread grooves, at a right angle to the tread. Once the wear bars start to show through, it’s definitely time to replace the tires.

The oldest rule-of-thumb test is the “Lincoln head penny” test – insert a penny into the tread, with Lincoln’s head pointed down. If the tread doesn’t come to the top ...[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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When to Get New Tires


When to Get New Tires

You may be wondering when you should get new tires…they are a big investment and you don’t want to jump the gun, right? You also don’t want to push your luck with tires that are worn-out and running on borrowed time. Here are some tips:

  • Run your hands along the surface of the tires. Feel for any irregularities like unevenly-worn spots or a rippled edge to the tread (also called “feathering”). These are indicators of suspension or steering issues that can contribute to tire wear, or an indicator of tires that haven’t been rotated frequently enough. Feel for any tread separation or possible bulges or cracks in the tread surface. If you detect problems like that, the tire is in imminent danger of failure and needs to be replaced right awa ...[more]

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How to Store Winter Tires


How to Store Winter Tires

Those of us who live in cold climates often need tires specifically for winter driving, which then need to come off the vehicle in the warmer months. Did you know there are requirements for storing winter tires? Here are some do’s and don’ts to prolong their life:

·       If a vehicle is in storage for months on end, don’t leave the weight on the tires for lengthy periods. Either put the vehicle on jack stands or take it out and drive it once a week or so to flex the tires and disperse the inner chemicals and oil within the rubber compound.

·       Avoid commercial “tire dressing” products. Tire compounds are designed to resist dry rot, ozone cracks or weather checks ...[more]

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Honda Accord Tire Sizes


There are millions of these dependable, economical cars on the road, and the fact that they have been available in so many models and different generations means that their tire sizes are going to differ. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Year

Model

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

2011

Accord Crosstour EX

225/65R17 102T

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How To Check Air Pressure In Tires


Tire inflation is something that is neglected by many drivers, and it’s easy to understand why. Modern radial tires deform very little until they are drastically low on air pressure. A tire can be as much as 30% underinflated and still look completely normal. But why is proper inflation so important?

  • Underinflated tires have increased rolling resistance, which can affect fuel economy.
  • Increased rolling resistance will also lead to overheating, which can be downright dangerous and possibly cause tire failure on a long highway trip.
  • Underinflated tires will affect your car’s steering, drivability, ride and handling. If your car’s steering seems heavy and clumsy, or if your vehicle is pulling to one side ...[more]

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Trailer Tires 101


Trailer tires see a little bit different kind of service. Trailer tires don’t have to steer or deliver torque to the road, but they do have to handle loads (sometimes very heavy loads). That means that trailer tires have to be pretty robust, and need to hold up at high speeds and long service lives.

We’re happy to offer Gladiator trailer tires! Gladiator makes tires for commercial trucks, RVs and other vehicles, as well as a line especially designed for trailer service. Gladiator tires are radial designs and approved for highway speed use.

  • Gladiator QR25-TS – The advanced tread compound of the Gladiator QR25-TS is designed for reduced heat under heavy loads, as well as improved rolling resistance and fuel econ ...[more]

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Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season


The Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season is a perfect example of what tire technology can achieve, circa 2013.

The Eagle F1 All Season was developed with carbon fiber reinforced rubber compounds in the sidewalls, for rigidity and enhanced maneuverability, while the tread area itself is reinforced with DuPont Kevlar® fibers for noise suppression and ride quality. The all-season tread zone is designed for optimum traction in rain and light snow, with precise steering and cornering ability; a rim protector also helps protect wheels against scuffs or scrapes in accidental curb damage. And while just about all all-season tires feature sipes for traction, the Eagle F1 is designed with Goodyear’s innovative TredLock Technology – a system of microgrooves that multiply the tire’s biting surfaces for wet traction, and lock together for a confident grip while cornering. Aquachutes and wide grooves help clear wat ...[more]

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