Springtime means that summer is just around the corner, but until then we will have to endure the rain, constant temperature changes and spring mud.
Spring isn’t all bad, it also means that the birds are back singing, the dull white and grey of winter bursts into vibrant green, and of course, who could forget to give everything a good dose of spring cleaning.
This year, as part of your spring cleaning routine, you should extend your efforts to your vehicle. Spring maintenance is vital for the health of your vehicle, especially your tires.
Tires are arguably the most important part of your vehicle, without them it doesn’t matter what you have under the hood, your tires are what give you proper speed and control. But they are also one of the most often neglected parts of a vehicle.
Winter driving takes a toll on any vehicle. Combining salt, ice, snow, mud, and freezing temperatures it creates a potent mix of potentially damaging conditions. Expect the melting snow to reveal rust, scratches, dents, or worse! Tires are by no means immune from the harsh effects of winter.
Here are four spring tire maintenance tips for your car this season:
1) Take Off Winter Tires
If you haven’t already, then now is the time to switch your winter tires for all-season or summer tires. Driving winter tires on dry, warm roads in spring and summer will reduce fuel efficiency and increase wear and tear. Over time that wear and tear will reduce the lifespan and effectiveness of your winter tires, or even potentially cause a catastrophic blowout.
While taking off your winter tires you should examine them to determine if they are suitable for next winter, or need to be replaced. Similarly, before re installing your all-season or summer tires you should first inspect them to make sure that they are up to the job.
Use the criteria laid out in the following steps to make this judgment.
1. Service your car
Have you thought about what the road salt could do to your car if piled up? Without you realizing, your car has undergone so much these past few months with all the holiday travels. Servicing is essential before all the dirts and salt piling up. Make sure your service center performs a good check on the car's battery, breaks and all the fluids are topped up.
2. Check all the lights
Make sure the headlights, tailights and foglights are well maintained during this season. Visibility is affected as the days get shorter, most especially in the heavy downpour, it could be dangerous if other vehicles can't see you.
1. Start off well rested and well fed! Caffeine is not an answer as it wears off quickly and then you will need more. Your caffeine high can make you jittery and short tempered. This is not the optimum way to start any journey that includes road risks like traffic, weather, etc.
2. Mandatory: Pull over and take breaks every couple of hours and take a walk whether you think you need one or not. Stretch your legs, use the bathroom, splash some cool water on your face, have a snack, do some deep breathing, roll down the windows in your car and replace the air inside your cabin...tired? Take a nap.
3. Got a co-pilot? How about changing drivers for a bit? This is ideal because then each of you can watch the road and each other to make sure the driver is alert. When driving alone, turn on the radio or put on a CD, and keep your window open just an inch. Please don't use your cruise control if you're driving alone at night -- concentrating on your speed can help you stay awake.
4. Park your vehicle off the road if you have to pull over. Never park on the shoulder or in the breakdown lane for any reason unless, of course, it's an emergency.
Originally posted on Metropia.com
With the increasing price on gas every year, every driver wants to know how to improve fuel economy.
You are probably familiar with a few techniques to maximize your fuel economy, but did you ever consider how the tires you’re rolling on take a part in it?
Rolling resistance is what it’s all about when you look to your tires for fuel economy. The laws of physics dictate that stationary objects want to remain that way, so moving those objects demands energy. The more resistance your vehicle has to get moving, the more fuel it will burn.
Here are ways you can reduce the amount of rolling resistance your tires produce and get around more efficiently:
1. Air pressure
Tires that are deflated by 8 psi can increase rolling resistance by as much as 20%! Check your tires for the appropriate air pressure on a monthly basis. Manufacturer’s specifications will be visible on the outer wall of your tires, so follow that guideline when you fill your tires.
Written by: Marie-William Simard, Rédactrice Web, PMCtire
Getting your car ready for the upcoming winter in advance helps ensure that an unexpected cold snap or snowstorm won’t leave you stranded.
Winter probably has the least optimal conditions for any kind of driving whatsoever, unless you're trying to drive your car in the dessert or the moon. Snow, ice, and slush make it really easy for your car to skid or slide. Fortunately however, with tires designed for this kind of weather, we can avoid these events. So why not change your tires early and have the peace of mind?
1. Benefit from a Full Inventory
If you think that our Winter tire inventory won’t be ready till November or December, you're in for a surprise when visiting in our store. Instead of getting the leftover tires later, choose the tires that are best suited your needs now.
2. Buy the Right Type for Your Vehicle
If you drive a luxury sedan, it’s even more important to get the right type of tires earlier. Most winter tires for Audi, BMW, Porsche are very limited in terms of options. They are not manufactured in large quantities and quickly fly off the shelves. Come and get your tires changed sooner than later.
3. Avoid the Rush of the First Snowfall
Once that first snowfall arrives, it’ll be hard to find a garage that’s not totally booked. Be the smart one, book an appointment with us today and avoid the rush.
Our service ranges from wheel alignment, tire sales and service, brake service and so much more. Book an appointment today and talk to our knowledgeable technicians. We would be happy to assist you with your car tires.
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Stored tires should be protected against environmental effects such as sunlight, high heat, ozone and other potentially damaging conditions. Weather checking/ozone cracking can occur during direct and extended exposure to damaging effects of the environment, such as ozone and heat from sunlight. Ozone cracking can also be caused by exposure to electric motors, welding equipment, or other ozone generating sources. Tires with severe weather checking/ozone cracking or any cracking that extends to the tire casing cords/plies should be removed from service.
Indoor storage is recommended, however if tires must be stored outdoors:
Tires mounted on a stored vehicle
Store the vehicle such that all weight is removed from the tires. If vehicle weight cannot be removed, unload the vehicle to minimize the weight. Maintain the recommended tire inflation pressure, including the spare. The surface where the vehicle is parked/stored should be firm, reasonably level, well drained and clean. Vehicle should be moved every three (3) months so the tire flex area is changed.
Returning tires from storage back to service
Despite being one of the most important components of your vehicle, most people don’t know much about their tires. Here at National Tire Wholesale, we believe that more attention should be payed to these amazing pieces of technology. In particular, here are ten facts that we believe everyone should know about those little rubber doughnuts you rely on every day.
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
Did You Know You Drive on Tires?
Spare Tires a Dying Breed?
… As Well As Inflatable Tires?
Rubber to the Road
Everyone knows your tires are your only contact to the road surface, but have you ever thought about how much of your tires actually stick to the road? While most vehicles have fairly large tires, in actuality the contact patch (the part of your tires that actually are in contact with the road) are only about the size of sheet of paper!
Speed Doesn’t Come Cheap
Temperature Affects Your Tires…
…Except if They’re Filled With Nitrogen
Making the World Go ‘Round
When purchasing new or used tires, size is the first issue you want to address and we are talking about more than "Will it fit in my wheel well?"
The size of your tires affects mileage, braking, wear and tear on your power train and accurate speedometer readings. Installing the right size replacement tires on your car or truck is an important step to achieving the performance the engineers who designed your vehicle intended.
To discover the original tire size for your vehicle, we suggest you check this tire size calculatortiresize.com/calculator/
Don't feel any pressure though! We always ensure the tires we sell you are the right ones for your needs.
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Hello, we found this amazing artist who is using recycled tires to make sculptures while making art more eco-friendly and we thought we'd like to share!
While most artists have to spend money on their materials, Blake McFarland doesn't have this problem – he sculpts animals from recycled tires.
"This material is just abundant everywhere," Blake says. He uses about 100-400 tires for an average sculpture and it takes him up to a month to complete it.
Blake loves the fact that tire sculpture art is not only visually appealing, but also eco-friendly. This is one of the main reasons why he picked tires as his medium.
If you're not inspired already, take a look at some of Blake's other sculptures!
To learn more about Blake, check out his website at www.blakemcfarland.com
Thanks for reading! - Gorm
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At National Tire Wholesale we offer a whole range of services, from oil changes to wheel alignments and much more! Here are a few reasons why you should stop by National Tire Wholesale to get an oil change and why it is important to get your wheels aligned!
As oil collects heat, varnish and carbons during the course of protecting and keeping the engine running smoothly, it eventually becomes less like liquid and more like sludge. No matter how good the oil is, eventually it degrades as the additives get used up. That's when you should have your oil changed.
How often and what kind of oil should be used?
If you don't think you have the time or money to get your oil changed and you choose to wait, eventually the oil will get worse and worse, becoming more like sludge and clog your engine. Engines are expensive to clean, and replacing a worn-out piston is not an auto repair bill you want to receive. Bottom line: It's worth the time and minimal cost of maintenance.
Keep you and and your car safe on the road with a proper wheel alignment.
What causes a vehicle to go out of alignment?
Misalignment conditions occur when the suspension and steering system are not operating at the right angles. The most common cause of this is spring sag and suspension wear on older vehicles. You can also throw your alignment off balance when you hit a pot hole, curb or get into any kind of minor or major collision.
Many automotive warranties require you to produce proof that you have had your wheels aligned regularly, or the manufacturer will not honor them. Virtually all tire warranties are void if the owner neglects to get and document regular wheel alignments.
Keep your tires in great shape by bringing your car or truck to National Tire Wholesale. Our trained technicians are skilled in a wide range of tire services. You can get your tires rotated, repaired, replaced, and more. Your vehicle is a large investment, and it’s worth the proper care.
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