Get a look at your tire sidewall and you’ll see information molded into the rubber, in the form of raised letters and numbers. We’d like to explain to you what that information means, so let’s break it down:
- Load Index – The load index is a reflection of the maximum weight that is safe for a tire to carry. The load index numbers range from 0 to 279; passenger car tires are usually in the 75-105 range. When it’s time to replace your tires you’ll want to pay close attention to those numbers.
- Speed Rating – Speed rating designations are assigned by the U.S. government, and are an indicator of minimum standards for accelerating to and holding a certain specific speed. The higher the speed rating number on a tire, the better a v ...[more]
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]Read More
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]Read More
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.
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.
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 can endure a lot of punishment day to day. As a material, rubber wears down quite easily, especiall ...[more]Read More
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]Read More
Any vehicle owners who have owned a car or truck for some time will eventually need to replace their tires. Since tires can be expensive, many car owners decide to save money by looking for some bargains. But the pertinent issue is not how much you save on tires, but how safe are the tires that you are buying. Your personal safety and the safety of your family and friends, depends on the quality of your tires among other safety features of your car.
Price Vs Quality
While price is certainly a major consideration, it should not be the only factor in your tire buying decision. Tires connect your vehicle to the road. When you are driving at higher rates of speed on a freeway or around corners on a mountain road, a blowout may possibly be fatal. Used tires may satisfy your current budget, but isn’t it worth spending a little extra money for the benefit of much greater safety? The ideal solution is to get some brand new tires at a price you ...[more]Read More
(CRI,Shanghai)- In the Asian tire market, the overall situation is boosted powerfully by Chinese and Indian markets though Japanese tire market showed a downturn trend at the end of 2008.
In 2009, the auto sales volumes in Europe and USA declined compared with that in 2008. Nevertheless, with the growth of auto reserving volumes, the demand for replacement tires drives the growth of the whole tire market.
Under this background, tire manufacturers even begin to raise the price. The price has been increased firstly in Goodyear by 6% since December 1st, 2009. Subsequently, Bridgestone Americas, Continental North America and Yokohama Rubber increased their tire prices successively. Since January 1st, 2010, Bridgestone has raised the tire price by 5%. The price growth rate is about 5% for tires of Continental North America and 6% for all tires of Yokohama Rubber. Tire giants such as Kumho, Pirelli and Michelin also follow up.
In India, there is huge de ...[more]Read More
Article by Wil Yeo
Car enthusiasts often replace the factory supplied standard wheel and tire set of their car to look different or sportier from the standard factory model.
If you want to give your car a new look and you are considering changing your tires, you need to decide first what kind of look you want for your car as well as their suitability. In addition, you will also need to decide the wheel size that you want to put on your car.
Do you want a different wheel size or the same wheel size? Do you want a wider or a taller wheel size, noting that wider wheel rims cater to wider tires for your car. Bigger tire means having better acceleration and cornering ability on dry pavement. Taller rim fits with a lower profile tire enabling you to retain the same overall tire diameter.
The next thing that you need to consider is the style that you want for your car’s wheels. In this aspect, your decision is purely subjective. You can ...[more]Read More
There are many difficult maintenance and repair chores associated with your automobile, but tire rotation isn’t one of them … and it’s a service that clearly adds to your bottom line. If you know how to change a flat tire, then you have all the necessary skills to perform your own tire rotation.
The concept of tire rotation is simple- you swap the front tires of your car or truck with the back tires at regular intervals. By rotating your tires you increase the life of the entire set of tires. If your tires were never rotated it’s likely you would experience irregular wear in one or two tires, but by rotating at regular intervals you allow all four tires to wear out at about the same time so they can be replaced with a matching set.
Naturally, if you brought tire professionals from ten reputable tire discounters into a room and asked their opinion, you’d get ten different ideas on tire rotation. There is the opinion one should n ...[more]Read More