Tire Rotation Encourages Even Tread Wear


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]

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Tires Are the Backbone of Your Car


Tires are part of the backbone of a car, truck, piece of construction equipment or bicycle. Tires add traction, braking, steering and load support to vehicles while also absorbing shock and creating a smooth and comfortable ride. They are o-shaped parts that can be pneumatic or solid and fit around the wheels of the vehicle to protect the wheels and add to their effect. A solid tire consists of rubber, metals and plastic parts.

In the past tires have been made of steel and sometimes even iron and were placed on wooden wheels. They were used for carts and wagons. The steel or iron was melted in a fire so it could be easily molded onto the wooden wheel of the cart or wagon. As time has gone on the advancement of tires has done the same, becoming more developed and safer.

There are tons of different types of tires, all of them bringing different features to the table. There is the all-season, all-terrain, spare, run-flat, off-the-road and mud and road tires. Al ...[more]

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Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Help You Keep the Wheels on the Road


These are all important warnings to receive to help prevent damage to your vehicle and to keep you safe- and then there are your tires. It’s not unusual while on the road to see other cars with one or more tires that look low on tire pressure. You may be driving one of those cars. Wouldn’t you want to be warned?

Of course you would, and thanks to your car’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) you can receive immediate feedback on your tire’s inflation level. Since too little tire pressure can lead to tire failure, this is a major safety concern. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) every year in road accidents about 533 fatalities are caused by tire defects. Adding TPMS to every vehicle could avoid 120 of the 533 yearly victims and spare as many as 8,400 injuries every year.

Not only does a TPMS help improve your car’s safety, but it also has a positive impact on your car’s performance ...[more]

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How to Read Your Tires and What They're Trying to Tell You


Improper tire inflation is the single most important factor that causes uneven tire wear. Tire wear will happen naturally thanks to friction that happens during driving, and it's this friction that makes it possible to drive at all. In the absence of friction (e.g., when attempting to drive on an icy surface) your car will not move. Tires are designed to create friction, which produces the force necessary to propel your car, and over time this friction contributes to tire wear.

There are three easy steps to inspecting your tires: Look, Feel, and Test. First, visually inspect all of your tires. Second, feel the tread by hand to detect wear such as cupping, scalloped dips on the edge of the tire, and feathering, treads with a rounded edge on one side and a sharp edge on the other. Finally, test all four tires with a tire pressure gauge for proper inflation. You can purchase a tire pressure gauge for a few bucks at any auto parts store.

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How to Choose the Perfect Set of Winter / Snow Tires


The installation of winter snow tires is probably the first on anyone’s car winterization checklist. However, a lot of us are not familiar with how to choose the perfect snow tires for our cars. Of course, getting snow tires for your vehicle is not as simple as going to the tire shop and picking the first four tires that you see. Instead, there are several factors that must be considered to make sure that snow tires you will buy are the ones that you actually need.

How do I know if it is a snow tire anyway?

You can know whether a tire is built for snowy roads if the tires’ side walls are printed with a logo that shows a snow flake that is surrounded by the outline of a mountain with three peaks, with middle peak being the highest. Upon seeing this symbol, you can be sure that that particular tire is a snow tire. After this, the next criterion must be considered.

Okay, so they’re snow tires, now how do I choose among them?

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How To Find The Best High Performance Tires For Your Car For All Seasons


When you are driving around in your car, four things greatly impact your safety, your tires. And, unless you are lucky enough to live in the tropics, it's pretty likely that the seasons change where you're driving, bringing with them a shift in driving conditions. By purchasing a good set of all season tires you can avoid accidents and even save your own life! Good all season tires kept in good repair will keep your car hugging those curves and stopping on a dime, so it is of utmost importance that you acquire a set and maintain them properly.

To maintain your tires properly, you need to do more than simply replace them as their treads begin to wear down. Tire maintenance requires more than this of you, but nothing that is too strenuous once you understand what needs to be done. You have to rotate your all season tires as often as needed, so that the tires do not wear unevenly and maintain enough traction to ensure a sage ride. You should also drive in a way th ...[more]

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Understanding When to Replace Tires is Critical


It may be easy to simply place a penny into the tread of your tire to determine the approximate time of replacing tires but it should not be taken lightly.

This particular penny method to determine tread depth test has been used for years and is widely known as a popular technique to determine a rough estimation of when to replace car tires. The way to determine this is to see if the tread wear falls below the top of the head of the face on the penny. If so, it is time to replace your vehicles' tires for not just one, but all four of your rims.

The ability of a driver to adequately control their car really is dependent on the traction between the surface of the road and the tread of their tires. Contrary to popular believe, tires do not need fancy tread designs or even a lot of tread depth to provide adequate traction on dry road conditions. One good example of this is the 'racing slicks' utilized on stock cars and open-wheel race cars, for profe ...[more]

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Did You Know That Improper Tire Pressure May Drastically Affect Your Gas Mileage?


How you treat your tires actually goes a long way in determining what you spend on gas. Tires are often neglected because people do not know that they affect their gas mileage. A good tire maintenance culture will not only make your rides safer, it will also leave a little more in your pocket.

I will give a few tips that will help you improve you fuel economy, they are simple things. You may know about them, if you don't they are here. If you already do, then refresh your memory and get the savings you so much deserve.

You should ensure your car tires are properly inflated. Deflated tires have more friction with the road. This means that the engine has to work harder. For your engine to work harder, it needs more energy. And we all know where it gets its energy from. Make sure your tires maintain the recommended pressure. A drop of 5 pounds makes you lose 2% in your gas mileage. Please, note that they should be inflated evenly as this also affects fuel e ...[more]

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Guide To Inflating Car Tires


Full-service gas stations belonged to the past. One cannot judge if the tires need air just by looking at them or even by kicking them because they are not cycle tires. It is a person’s responsibility to check and add air in tires every month.

Things Needed
-    A garage or gas station that has a facility of Pressurized Air
-    A Tire Pressure gauge

Step 1
First, one has to go to a garage or gas station that has a facility of pressurized air with a gauge.

Step 2
The car should be parked in such a way that one can reach all the four tires with the air hose.

Step 3
The air-pressure specifications of the car's tires have to be found. There is a sticker located on the door jamb of driver's side, trunk or in the glove box.

Step 4
The plastic cap on the air valve would have to be unscrewed. It should be put in the pocket so it does not get ...[more]

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Changing A Car Tire Made Easy


Changing a tire in case of a flat is a good basic skill to know if you're a driver. It takes some time but you save on the cost of calling for roadside assistance. It'll also save you the wait and you can get to where you're going without being to seriously held up.

You'll always want to review your vehicle owner's manual for the correct procedure for changing a tire on your particular model and make. The following are only general guidelines for a tire change so always consult your owner manual first.

Locate your Tools

. The tools needed for a tire change:
. Jack
. Rubber mallet
. Wheel nut wrench
. tire iron, pry bar or large screwdriver
. Wheel lock key (if you have a wheel lock)
. Wheel chocks or bricks

Caution: Safety First

You should never go underneath a vehicle that is only supported by a car jack. If you must do this, make sure you have get an approv ...[more]

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