4 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

4 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Depending on where you live, winter car prep may just mean turning the key. However, if you’re facing ice, snow or cold temperatures, you will need to review the condition of your car to make sure you’re not at risk of an accident or of being stranded. Tires Bald tires or tires that are too worn to hold their air pressure consistently are a serious risk in the wintertime. If you have to drive in snow, bald tires will not clear well and you will be at risk of a skid. For regions that get a lot of rain in

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A FLAT TIRE

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According to the AAA, a flat tire accounts for about one-third of all roadside emergencies. They estimate that approximately seven U.S. drivers suffer experience a flat tire every second. Nevertheless, only 70 percent of the vehicles on the roads have spare tires to replace them in times of emergency. However, even the AAA notes that changing a flat tire, in theory, is a far cry from dealing with the realities. In the real world, those lug nuts don’t want to come loose if they were last tightened with an impact gun or have rusted. Even if they were properly torqued,

Look for These Warning Signs if you hit a Pothole

look for these signs if you hit a Pothole

Potholes are a dreadful reality in the United States. States like West Virginia and Pennsylvania are known for having some of the worst potholes around. Many parts of northern West Virginia are particularly bad because they seem to leave them in a continual state of disrepair. Nevertheless, you can hit a pothole just about anywhere without even spotting it to slow down or avoid it. And when you do hit those potholes, some serious damage can result. Common Damages If your tires are relatively new, you have steel rims, and you maintain recommended air pressures, a pothole may have less

Tire Wear Indicators

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It is critical to have adequate tread on your vehicle’s tires to ensure proper traction and to prevent premature failure. A blowout or other problems related to low tread can have catastrophic results. All tires are required to have tire wear indicators so that you can easily tell when they need to be replaced. How Treadwear Indicators Work The standard measurement for tire tread depth is in 32nds of an inch. Most new tires have a tread depth of approximately 10/32″. You should replace a tire immediately once it wears down to 2/32″. In most states, tread depth below 2/32″

The Dangers of Driving on Under Inflated Tires

The Dangers of Driving on Under Inflated Tires

Driving on under inflated tires is one of the leading causes of tire blowouts and tire-related accidents. Creating awareness of the dangers is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly one-third of drivers may be driving with at least one low tire at any given time. Safety should never be compromised in an automobile because it not only puts your life in danger but the lives of passengers and other motorists on the road. In the best-case scenario, you will wear out the tires prematurely and merely be taxed for your negligence. However, blowing out a

How to Check You Tires for Uneven Wear

Check You Tires for Uneven Wear

If you have invested a lot of money into your tires for that comfortable ride or performance in inclement weather or on the track, examining your tires for premature uneven wear is critical to retaining your investment. In fact, even if you are driving on a standard all-season, you can take a few minutes every month to double-check your treadwear on the tires during the daylight hours and take preventative measures. Many times, you simply need an alignment, tire balancing, or adjustments to the air pressure. Letting these problems progress unnecessarily taxes your income and can reduce your safety. Let’s

How Many Miles a Tire Should Last

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It is perhaps one of the most talked-about subjects amongst both everyday consumers who just purchased their first new Camry and seasoned automotive enthusiasts who spend their days swapping out ultra-exotic low-profile wheels on their customized imports in order to squeeze every last drop of performance out of them: How many miles a tire should actually last. Like everything else that operates in the “wear-and-tear” world, there are a number of factors that come into play here. However, while tentative in nature, it’s important to point out that tires do in fact have an expiration date. The “factors” that we mentioned are

How Much Does It Cost To Replace Your Car’s Tires?

How much does it cost to replace your Car tires

If you are in the market to replace your tires, you may be in for a bit of sticker shock. Over the past few years, the price of replacing your tires has gone up. Regulations have been passed down over the years, which has made the process complicated. In some states, they have phased out lead wheel weights and introduced tire pressure monitoring systems. Larger rims have also increased the prices, and tires and their installation can be more expensive than what you are thinking. Brand of Tire When you start to look for your tires, you will need the

When Is It Time To Replace My Tires

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Wanting to know when to replace my tires is a common question most drivers have. Sporting the wrong or worn tires can literally put the lives of you and your loved ones at risk. The following is a guide on how to know when you need to replace them. Tire Tread Depth The most traditional and effective way of determining whether you need new tires is by looking at the remaining tread. Most professionals recommend getting new tires when there is 2/32″ to 5/32″ of tread depth remaining. Remember, the amount and type of tread you need will largely depend

Specific Car Tire Types And Their Benefits/Weaknesses

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Here in sunny Florida, you won’t have a lot of need for snow tires. Yet, when it comes to choosing the right tire, there are still quite a few tire types to consider. Summer tires, all season tires, low-rolling-resistance tires, and tires with special tread patterns have different advantages and disadvantages. PartsMax has considered all the features and concluded what is the ideal tire for Florida weather. If you live in a colder climate, another type of tire may work better for you. Different Tire Types All-Season Tires While all-season tires are popular around the country for their versatility in