So…Many…Kinds…of Tires

October 27th, 2016

Different Types of TiresEver think about all the different vehicles that use rubber tires? Tractors, industrial equipment, everything else that rolls on rubber?

Each specialized type of tire requires a specialized design for its specific purpose. Aircraft tires, for instance, have to be very robust and handle a great deal of weight and stress, but for only a short period of time. Aircraft tires are often filled with an inert gas such as nitrogen, for more stable inflation levels, and are designed with specialized fusible plugs which provide a safer failure mode (rather than a sudden, catastrophic tire explosion).  

Off-the-road tires, for vehicles such as graders or mining equipment, operate at low speeds but have to be able to withstand severe service conditions while ha ...[more]

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Make Sure Your Car's Ready For Winter!

October 14th, 2016

You know that winter and bad weather are coming. Is your car ready? Here’s a quick checklist of things to get up to speed on:

Motor oil: Motor oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, making it harder to circulate to upper engine parts at startup. If you haven’t ever used synthetic oil Driving in the winterbefore, this might be a good time to start. The flow properties of synthetic oil are a lot more consistent, meaning it doesn’t thicken in sub-freezing temperatures or thin out when it’s hot outside.

Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year. If your wipers are showing cracks or chips or losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them. Don’t forget to refill your washer fluid reservoir…you’ ...[more]

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How to find your Tire Size

October 2nd, 2016

If you’re in the market for new tires, one of the first things you’ll need to do is identify the correct tire size for your car. In fact, choosing the wrong tires for your car could impact optimal vehicle performance and safety. Fortunately, it’s rather simple to identify what tire size you need. Your car’s original tire size can be found in the owner’s manual and on the vehicle's tire information placard (located on the driver's side door jamb), but you can also check your current tire’s sidewall. The sidewalls of your tires provide information about your tires dimensions, load index and operational purpose. 

 

The markings on your tires can be broken down to understand your tires size and features. 

 

Let’s break a popular passenger tire size down to find out what those letters and numbers mean: 

P235/70R16 90H

 

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