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Resolve for Improved Auto Repair in 2015

January 1st, 2015

Resolve for Improved Auto Repair in 2015

Nothing can revive goals and plans for improvement quite like a New Year’s resolution. Use these simple tips to set attainable goals for both personal safety and vehicle performance in 2015. Easier than a rigorous diet or fitness plan, auto repair and regular vehicle maintenance is a productive step to productive travel and preparation for daily automotive commutes. With assistance of auto repair technicians and professionals, establishing improved auto repair is simple for vehicle owners. Follow these steps to auto repair sustainability in 2015!

1. Preparations

Sustaining proper auto repair requires preparations by both vehicle owners and professionals. Whether you resolve to maintain proper scheduled maintenance such as: oil changes, tire rotations or fluid replacements, each step leads you nearer to vehicle dependability. Educate yourself about frequencies of auto repairs and learn when each servic ...[more]

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Tire Safety

June 13th, 2014

 

 
Pressure
 
Underinflation is a tire's #1 Enemy.
It results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control and accidents. A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear to be flat!
 
Learn more about Air Pressure
 
Alignment
 
Is your vehicle pulling to one side, or shaking?
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.
 
Rotation
 
Promotes uniform tire wear.
Regularly rotating your vehicle's tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle owner's manual has a specific recomm ...[more]
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Checking Air Pressure

May 14th, 2014

 

It's important to have the proper air pressure in your tires, as underinflation may lead to tire failure. The right amount of air for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and is shown on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner's manual.
 
1. When you check the air pressure, make sure the tires are cool - meaning they are not hot from driving even a mile. (NOTE: If you have to drive a distance to get air, check and record the tire pressure first and add the appropriate air pressure when you get to the pump. It is normal for tires to heat up and the air pressure inside to go up as you drive. Never "bleed" or reduce air pressure when tires are hot.)
 
2. Remove the cap from the valve on one tire.
 
3. Firmly press a tire gauge onto the valve.
 
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Understand Tire Speed Ratings - Columbus, GA

April 24th, 2014
The Origin of Speed Ratings We can thank Germany's famous Autobahn for tire speed ratings. Tire speed ratings range from A (the lowest) to Y (the highest). But the chart is not completely in alphabetical order. For example, H is between U and V, with the common perception that H stood for "high performance" at one time. As manufacturers continue to add speed to their vehicles, tire speed ratings evolve to match the speeds. For example, Z was the highest rated speed at 149+ until W & Y were used to match the higher speeds of exotic sports cars.
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Cord Impact Break

March 14th, 2014

The carcass contains textile cord topping layers between steel belt and inner liner. If the textile cords of carcass are damaged due to sudden impact with a road hazard or a pothole, the sidewall of tire may arise like bump. This is why the internal air pressure pushes the surface through the gap in the cord. This is called Cord Impact Break(Bubble).

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Plus Sizing

February 14th, 2014

Tire upgrading, or plus sizing, is a practice where performance-minded drivers upgrade their original equipment wheels with wider, bigger wheels. Why? It can make the vehicle look sportier. Plus, it offers better handling when done properly. There are two ways to plus-size:

  1. Plus 1, 2, Etc.
  2. Plus Zero

Plus 1, 2, Etc.

The most popular form of plus sizing is increasing your vehicle’s wheel diameter and your tire’s rim diameter.  An example is changing from a 14” wheel to a 15” wheel. This is called “plus 1.” (Going from 14” to 16” is plus 2, etc.) To make plus-sizing work, the tire’s aspect ratio decreases while the wheel diameter increases. (Note: The overall diameter ...[more]

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Reading Your Sidewall

January 14th, 2014

1. Tire Specs

This describes the fundamental characteristics of your tire. Size, construction, speed rating and more.

Tire Class - "P"

This designates the type of vehicle the tire fits. P is for passenger metric. Other letters are LT (for light truck), T (for temporary spare) and ST (for special trailers). If your tire has no letter, it signifies that your tire is a euro “metric” size.

Section Width - "225"

This is the width of the tire (or thickness) in millimeters, if measured from a tire’s widest point of its outer sidewall to the widest point of its inner sidewall. Why millimeters? It originated in Europe, which uses the metric system.

Aspect Ratio - "55"

This number (in inches) ind ...[more]

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Snow/Winter Tires

December 2nd, 2013

Snow tires (winter tires) are tires designed for use in winter conditions, such as snow and ice. They are an alternative to the use of snow chains.

snow-tire

Snow tires are usually tires with a different rubber composition from all-weather tires. Cold-weather tires include a greater percentage of natural rubber and silica so there is not as much hardening as found in synthetic rubber in cold conditions: they provide better traction at lower temperatures. Snow tires provide more small-tread areas, increasing traction on snow and, in wet conditions, allowing water to escape from under the tire more easily. This reduces the risk of hydroplaning. In much of Scandinavia, snow tires have metal studs to improve grip on packed snow or ice, but such tires are prohibited in most other countries for the damage they cause to the roa ...[more]

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Tire Care

September 17th, 2013

Cleaning Tires

Nothing makes a car look sweeter than a shiny set of tires. But don’t put your investment at risk by using just any cleaner. Make sure to only use non-petroleum based products to clean the tires. A number of wheel cleaners may contain harsh acids, alkalis and/or detergents that can damage wheels and paint. However, there are products out there that are safe for all brands of tires as well as environmentally responsible. You can find them at an auto parts dealer near you.

Tire Storage

If you have multiple sets of tires, proper tire storage is a must. (Just setting them off in the corner of your garage isn’t enough.) Proper storage ensures that your tires’ appearance and performance are maintained. Before you store your tires, be sure to inspect each one for damage or uneven wear.

How to Store Your Tires

  • Store your tires in a clean, cool and dark location away from heat or gas. Pr ...[more]
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Tire Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature - Columbus, GA

April 1st, 2013

The UTQG rating is made up of three components:

 
Treadwear
 
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test track. A tire graded 200 would last twice as long on the government test course under specified test conditions as one graded 100. It is an oversimplification to assume treadwear grades will be proportional directly to your actual tire mileage. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use and may vary due to driving habits, service practices, differences in road characteristics and climate.
 
Traction
 
Traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B and C. They represent the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on ...[more]
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