All About Wheel and Tire Care and Purchasing

4 Signs You Need To Replace Your Tires

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Signs You Need To Replace Your Tires

Tires handle a great deal of wear and tear while in use and degrade over time. The condition of your tires directly influences the performance and responsiveness of your vehicle. Ensuring that your tires are in good working order is essential to maintaining your safety and performance while driving. Understanding the main signs to look for that suggest that you need to replace your tires can help you safeguard yourself and your vehicle. General Wear The most common sign that you need to replace your tires is simply general wear, in which the treads have become too shallow to properly grip the road while in use. This can be hard to see at first glance. Tirerack.com suggests that you use a penny to measure the depth of the tread, putting the head side upside down. If you can still see the head, the tread is too worn to safely drive on and you should have your tires replaced. Alternatively, many tires have tread wear indicators built into them, which are flat bars that appear as the tread wears away. If you can see these bars (which run against the tread of the tire), it’s time to get a new set of tires. Bulging Any signs of small bulges or indentations on the surface or sidewall of the tire means that the rubber is wearing extremely thin and will soon wear through. These areas tend to have increased pressure on them, which means that at high speeds they can blow out and cause a flat, a serious safety issue. Replace your tires as soon as possible to mitigate the risk of this happening. Vibrations If you notice that your vehicle or steering column is vibrating while you are driving, especially at higher speeds, it may be because your tires are wearing too thin or unevenly. You should check your tires to see if the wear is the problem, and if so, replace them as needed.  If your tires are not the problem, there is another problem related to your steering, which you should consult a mechanic about and fix as soon as you can. Cracks Examine the surface of each tire, including the sidewalls, for any small cracks or punctures. These do not have to be large cracks to be serious – any sort of air leakage from your tire can rapidly expand or blow out while under pressure. Check any indentations or grooves as well, as these could be signs of damage. Any physical damage to any part of your tire will require that you change your tires out.  For more information, contact Dial-A-Tire Inc. or a similar...

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Art On Rims: 3 Wheel Upgrades To Add Color To Your Ride

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Art On Rims: 3 Wheel Upgrades To Add Color To Your Ride

If you’ve always wanted to drive rainbow wheels, you’re living at the right time. Take off those boring factory tires and wheel covers, and put some color on the road with a combination of these 3 artistic upgrades: New-hued alloy wheels Strip your car’s wheels down and go for a brand new set of performance rims to provide a base of color. To get the maximum performance upgrade, order lightweight alloy wheels if you normally drive only on relatively smooth streets and highways. If you live where there are a lot of rough roads and potholes, steel rims are a sturdier choice. The alloy rims are offered in more widths, colors, and styles, but steel rims aren’t just fuddy-duddies either. There are gleaming chrome steel rims and stylish steel rims in carbon gray. Standard rims can be coated in any color of the rainbow using durable, roadworthy paints. You tire store may offer this service or will hook you up with an auto painting professional. Colored arch protectors Once you’ve got your base of color with new rims installed, protect the vital guts of the tire with arch protectors. Arch protectors look like giant rolls of bubblegum tape. These coiled discs are placed over the rim but under the wheel covers. Available in a spectrum of colors, the vibrant hues peek through the covers to give your tires a polished, solid look. Their alloy composition keeps debris and flying objects from damaging your rims. You can order arch protectors in the same color as your car for one effect. Order them in the same color as your rims and wheel covers for a different look. To get a rainbow effect, have rims, arch protectors and wheel covers in 3 different colors on each wheel. With 4 tires, that gives you 12 different color choices. Multiple choices in wheel covers Wheel covers come in minimalist styles, flashier styles, and pure bling material. Some are matte carbon black with colored accents while others are simple chrome stars that barely cover the lug nuts. Wheel covers are available in the primary colors of red, white and yellow, and can be custom-ordered in nearly any other shade. Special edition wheel covers are made available from time-to-time for specific models of vehicles. If you really want to go full Michelangelo, order some artsy colored tires to put on those new fancy wheels. Imagine pink rims, mint green arch protectors, pale yellow wheel covers, and baby blue tires. The possibilities are endless. Your local wheel balancing professionals are the best source of custom after-market wheel products and advice on the safest and most stylish upgrades for your vehicle. One company you might consider contacting for this service is Henry’s...

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Inspecting Used Tires For Safety: What To Look For When Buying Used Tires

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inspecting Used Tires For Safety: What To Look For When Buying Used Tires

Used tires are not only more affordable, but they can also be far more convenient to purchase than brand new tires. This is especially true in cases when you only need to replace one of your existing tires. However, if you are not careful, you could find yourself dealing with some serious safety issues not long after putting a used tire on your car. This is because not all of the used tires you will find at local tire yards are safe for use. Thankfully, the tips outlined below can help you to find the very best used tires a local supplier (such as F & H Tire Co) has to offer and ultimately ensure that you drive away with a safe tire on your vehicle.   Tip #1: Check The Sidewall Of The Tire For Evidence Of Dry Rot Old tires can suffer from what is known as dry rot. When this happens, the tire will no longer be able to safely carry the weight of your vehicle and will give out much sooner than expected. In the event that the tire blows while driving, this could put your safety and the safety of other drivers at risk. While dry rot occurs from the inside out, it is possible to spot evidence of this problem by checking the sidewall of the tire. When a tire is suffering from dry rot, the sidewall will begin to crack and look dried out. While it is easiest to spot this type of damage on whitewalls, it is possible to detect the damage on any tire. Simply gently feel the sidewall with your hand in order to detect small cracks in darker tires which are able to better conceal the damage. Tip #2: Don’t Ignore Any Lumps Or Knots On The Outside Of The Tire If the rubber of the tire has begun to pull away from the sidewall or the interior cables, you will typically see a lump or bump in the rubber exterior of the tire. While these seemingly minor cosmetic problems may not raise a red flag due to their less than severe appearance, they can actually be a sign of a very serious safety problem within the tire. Therefore, you should always refuse to purchase any used tires that contain lumps, bumps, bubbles, or knots in the rubber of the tire. Tip #3: Don’t Just Check The Tread In One Place Most vehicle owners will know how to check a used tire for proper tread depth. The problem is, many vehicle owners will only check the tread in one location and simply assume that the tread on the rest of the tire is sufficient. There are many issues that can cause a tire to wear unevenly, the only way to ensure you are getting a used tire with sufficient and even tread all the way around is to take the time to check this tread in multiple locations. Be sure to check both along the length of the tire, as well as both the interior and exterior edge of the tire...

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Tire Maintenance: A Simple Guide To Prolong The Life Of Your Tires

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your tires, especially good tires, are meant to last for about 25,000 to 50,000 miles. But, you can extend that by almost 50 percent. All you have to do is take care of your tires just a little more. The Importance Of Your Tires Hopefully, you have not experienced a tire blowout as you are driving. And, if you have, you understand how dangerous a blowout can be. Blowouts, skids, and loss of your vehicle control are associated with bad tires. And a recent study found that bad tires may contribute to automobile accidents. Simple Driving Tips To Preserve Your Tires Consider the following tire-wise tips: Remember that high speeds increase heat, which will deteriorate the tread of your tires. So, stay at the speed limit when you drive. Burning rubber, as cool as it may sound, will also deteriorate your tire treads. So, avoid speeding off. Gently press on your brakes. Abrupt stops will burn your tire treads due to the excess friction and your braking system pressing on the tire. Talk to your tire specialist to find out what your tire-load capacity is, or check your vehicle’s manual. Overloading adds pressure to your tires, making them lose tread. Avoid parking your vehicle too close to the curb, as you might end up pressing the sidewall of your tires on the curb. This will add too much pressure to your tires. Do Not Forget Tire Maintenance Ensure that your tire specialist performs the following regular maintenance. Perform a tire rotation as indicated by your owner’s manual. Tire rotation helps even out the wear on tires. This is important because the front tires receive most of the wear because they carry the turning pressure. And rotating your tires helps alleviate the front tires, which helps extend the life of all your tires together. Be sure that your tires are properly inflated. Check for tread wear. You want your tire tread deep and not bald. You can do this on your own. All those bumps on the road will misalign your tires at some point. This will cause unnecessary pressure on one side of your tires, which will cause uneven tread-wear. Look for cracks on the sidewall, which could mean that your tire is in danger of a blow out. Taking care of your tires doesn’t take special skill, just a little knowledge and the helpful advice of your tire specialist. Contact a local tire company, such as Action Al’s Tire...

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3 Bad Habits That Can Ruin Tires

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tires are something that many car owners spend little time thinking about. And why should they? As long as their tires are in working order, many drivers feel that there is no need to spend time on maintaining them. However, tires are a big player in the safety of any car. Driving on poorly maintained tires can lead to accidents and can seriously damage a car. There are 3 bad habits in particular that can lead to tire failure and other car troubles. Not Checking The Air Pressure One of the biggest mistakes that many car owners make is not checking the air pressure in their tires on a regular basis. Low air pressure in tires can be very problematic. Underinflated tires can cause uneven tire wear and are more likely to be involved in tire related car crashes. Keeping tires inflated at the proper level is also important for fuel efficiency. Tires that are inflated to the proper pressure can improve gas mileage by up to 3.3%. Luckily checking tire pressure is very easy. Tire pressure gauges are available at most auto stores and are inexpensive. Drivers should consider checking tire pressure at least once every couple of weeks.     Skipping Tire Rotation Another bad habit that many car owners have that can ruin tires is skipping tire rotation. Rotating tires involves switching the tires from one part of the car to another. Usually this means moving the front tires to the back and the back tires to the front. The reason this is done is because tires in the front of the car wear differently than the tires in the rear. Rotating tires can help increase the lifespan of each tire. It is especially important to rotate tires after tire installation. The newer tires should be rotated with the older tires if only one or two have been replaced. Skipping Wheel Alignment Wheel alignments are something that many drivers skip regularly. A wheel alignment makes sure that the wheels on a car are perpendicular to the road. When getting a car serviced, it is easy to skip the extra cost of a wheel alignment but over time this can actually cost money. When a car is not in alignment, it can lead to extra wear and tear on the tires. Skipping alignments can actually lead to a need for tires to be replaced more often than they would otherwise need to be. Alignments are an important part of regular maintenance. Tires are an important, but often overlooked, part of any car. By checking air pressure regularly, getting tires rotated, and getting wheel alignments drivers can greatly extend the lifespan of their tires. Contact professionals, such as those from Lee Tire, for any further...

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Useful Steps When Renovating Your Older Car

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have an old car, you might get the itch to renovate it. This process can go smoothly when you take these steps: Purchase Parts at an Auto Salvage Yard If you are looking for affordable parts for your older car, the best place to get them is at an auto salvage yard. These parts are used, so they are not going to cost as much. You also have a lot of parts to choose from, whether you are looking to enhance your car’s engine, transmission or interior. In terms of the engine, you might consider investing in a cool air intake system. This system is designed to bring more cool air to your car’s engine, which gives your car more power and torque. Driving your car down the street is going to be more enjoyable. For an enhanced sound, consider getting a stainless steel muffler from the salvage yard. Not only do these mufflers give your car a bolder sound, but they are durable and will last for a long time. Rotate the Tires Instead of replacing the tires on your older, you can save money simply by getting them rotated at an auto repair shop (such as Meyer’s Tire Service Inc). Doing this lets your tires last longer because each tire wears down more evenly. First, professionals suspend your car on a lift system, which gives them easy access to your wheels. Each wheel is then removed and placed on a different position on your car. The process doesn’t take very long, and the professionals can test drive your vehicle to make sure the rotation process was completed correctly. Apply a Car Wax Older cars typically have paint that may have faded because of the sun and other elements. Fortunately, you can give your car a shine that you can be proud of again by applying a car wax all over the body. First, you need to clean and dry your car thoroughly. It’s best to use a microfiber towel when drying, as the synthetic fibers on this towel effectively soak up water. You can then dry quickly. Purchase a wax that comes in the form of a liquid, as this wax is easy to administer. You also need to rent out an orbital polisher. After applying liquid wax all over your car, use the orbital polisher to work in the wax. Wash the wax off and finish up by drying the water with the microfiber towel. Having an older car may seem like a negative, but this just gives you the opportunity to renovate it. You can make the renovation process go smoothly thanks to these...

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Shipping Tires: Three Material Handling Products That Make Your Job Easier

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rubber tires and the wheel hubs they cling to have been as important to human transportation and commerce since the invention of the wheel itself. The only problem is that tires and wheels tend to be heavy, bulky and not easy to move. You know this already from working in a plant that produces these products. Unless you are Mr. Universe, you cannot pick up and move more than one or two tires at a time. To get them to move faster and in larger quantities, you need the following material handling products. Steel Shelving on Casters This particular product not only works well to store all of the tires and wheels your company produces, but also it doubles as a product transportation unit. You can send new products out to tire and wheel shops, and then they send used and spent tires and wheels back to you for recycling on the same rolling racks. Inside the plant, they are easy to wheel across the floor and into a warehouse or onto the loading docks to fulfill shipment orders. You can clearly see how much product is going out and take inventory as it sits on the shelving. Conveyor Belts Nothing speeds up production like a good old conveyor belt. Even though you already have this product in your plant, advancements in efficiency and work flow control may make you want to update what you have. Your employees can examine each tire and wheel as they go by for defects and pull them before they get to the end of the line. Rolling Dump Bins Regardless of what you use these for, they make short work of collecting large quantities of product and placing them where they are supposed to go. You can use them for faulty product removal, recycling old tires as they come in off the trucks, or for storing excess product when you do not have enough steel shelving on casters to sort, organize and store what comes off the line. Looking for More Sometimes these products are not quite what you need. When you are looking for more than just these three material handling products for your plant, manufacturers of industrial containers and plant aids will have something that fits with your needs and expectations. There are even a few manufacturers that will custom-make material handling products if you cannot find what you are looking for or if the products you were using are no longer on the market. For more information, contact a business such as House Of Wheels...

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3 Auto Repair And Preventative Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to automobiles, most incidents that require repair are completely preventable with a little bit of maintenance. For instance, 10 percent of calls for roadside emergency with automobiles are due to flat tires, which are typically avoidable with tire maintenance. Other common issues for vehicle break downs include overheated engines and filed transmissions. If you want to figure out how to avoid some of these preventable vehicle woes, consider the following tips for car maintenance.  #1: Use The Penny Test For Your Tires And Keep Them Fresh With automobile tires, your car is more susceptible to blow outs and flat tires when you are driving around on low tread. Every tire is different, but a rule to follow when it comes to tread involves a simple penny measurement. Take a penny and stick it into the groove of your tire. If you see that Abraham Lincoln’s head is submerged at any point, it indicates that your tires has the proper amount of tread. The minimum tread depth for a suitable tire is 2/32 of an inch. If his head is poking out without being covered, your tire has lost most of its tread and needs to be changed. To get a tire change, make a trip to the auto repair shop like Bob’s Tire Co and provide them the year, make and model of your car, so that you can get the worn tires replaced.  #2: Get Your Car’s Oil Changed And Check Coolant Levels When your engine overheats, it can be because your engine is dry and dirty. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to get your oil changed. An oil change from an auto repair shop can cost about $20 to $55. Getting frequent oil changes will allow you to have a clean engine with lubricated pistons and bearings. This will keep the engine clean and free of debris, so that you get better performance. Another reason your engine overheats is because you might need more coolant. Check the coolant reservoir located beside the engine and make sure that the fluid reaches the measurement mark. If it doesn’t, simply stop by your auto parts store and buy some more, so that you can add it to your engine accordingly.  #3: Get The Transmission Checked Your car will remain in good shape as long as you get the transmission serviced approximately every 30,000 miles. When you take your car to the shop for a transmission check up, the mechanic will drain your fluid and add new transmission fluid, in addition to inspecting the part, so that you can avoid part failure.  Following this advice will help you to keep your car on the road and in great...

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