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This Season, Beware of Potholes

June 1st, 2016

 

Flat Tire RepairAs the weather warms up, the road hazards of snow and ice seem to fade with the cold, but with changing seasons come new risks to be aware of. Springtime tends to be wet and rainy, with melting snow and ice, and climbing temperatures. This becomes a perfect recipe for creating potholes, those sneaky annoyances that can wreak havoc on your tires. During the winter, cracks form due to moisture and ice expanding weakened fractures in the road surface. As the cracks get worse they can become torn out of the road by the weight of passing cars, winter chains, or studded tires. In areas with heavy spring and winter rainfall sinkholes can form with the potholes, creating even deeper road hazards. Because potholes can form on any road surfa ...[more]

Oil Change Service: Why Your Vehicle Loves It!

June 1st, 2016

Oil ChangeThe absolute easiest thing that you can do for the life of your vehicle is to be diligent about getting regular oil changes. It is the most vital part of routine maintenance and will keep your vehicle running smoother, performing better, and help prevent many of the most common causes of breakdowns. Under normal driving conditions, most mechanics will recommend changing your oil about every 3,000 miles, or every 3 months. Oil changes are typically a quick and simple service that can be done in a matter of a few minutes at your trusted automotive shop or something that you can do at home with the proper tools. With a full service oil change, your mechanic will usually check or replace your air filter, visually inspect your belts and hoses, check fluid levels, check your ...[more]

Tires 101

June 1st, 2016

Tires talk. What do they say about your tire savvy?

You can learn a lot about a persons knowledge of safe driving habits just by looking at his or her car tires. When you get behind the wheel in any season, are you confident that your tires can handle the weather and road conditions?

Scenario #1: You have all-season radials on your car in January.

Your tires say you like to live dangerously.

To be safe on the roads in winter, you should be prepared for the worst weather possible. In Northeast Ohio, that ranges from freezing rain, sleet and ice to inches (and sometimes even a foot or more) of snow. Although all-season radials may give you good performance under many conditions, they will not give you the grip, braking and handling you need for winter. Purchase a set of four identical snow tires imprinted with the mountain snowflake ...[more]

Tire Maintenance Tips

June 1st, 2016

Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road when you drive. It only takes a couple of minutes of preventive maintenance each month to keep your tires working at their best.

Check Your Air Pressure Once a Month
 
Incorrect air pressure is the leading cause of tire damage. To avoid tire damage you need to check your tire's air pressure once a month.
 
The correct tire pressure can be found in the following places:
  • in the car' owner manual
  • gas tank lid
  • driver's side door's edge
  • door post
The air pressure listed on the side of your tire is NOT the correct air pressure for your vehicle. T ...[more]

Wet Road Tips

June 1st, 2016

Wet RoadsDriving in the rain can be dangerous; in fact thousands of car accidents each year are caused by wet driving conditions.

Routinely check your tires...
 
It is a good idea to always check your tires before you hit the road. To ensure your tires are working at their best, make sure you do the following routine maintenance:
 
Keep your tires properly inflated.
 
The correct air pressure for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and can be found on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owners manual. The number list ...[more]

Winter Driving Tips

June 1st, 2016

driving in snowProblems always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. Sufficient planning and preparation can make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a potentially dangerous situation.

The leading cause of death during winter storms is auto accidents. General Tire wants you to be safe and avoid dangerous situations. Below are preventative tips to keep you safe on the road this winter. You may not be able to control Mother Nature but using caution and common sense can prevent an accident.
  • Always know the weather before you get on the road. Remember to be extra careful when driving on bridges and overpasses; they are the first to freeze over. Be aware of black ice. Black ice occurs when the road appears to be dry but is da ...[more]

Winter Driving Tips

June 1st, 2016

driving in snowProblems always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. Sufficient planning and preparation can make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a potentially dangerous situation.

The leading cause of death during winter storms is auto accidents. General Tire wants you to be safe and avoid dangerous situations. Below are preventative tips to keep you safe on the road this winter. You may not be able to control Mother Nature but using caution and common sense can prevent an accident.
  • Always know the weather before you get on the road. Remember to be extra careful when driving on bridges and overpasses; they are the first to freeze over. Be aware of black ice. Black ice occurs when the road appears to b ...[more]

Basic Tire Care

June 1st, 2016

A little tire care goes a long way...

Americans spend millions of dollars each year purchasing tires. Unfortunately, they don't spend much time caring for them. However, performing some simple tire maintenance will keep you safe and add value to your car, as well as save you money and possible problems down the road.

To maximize the use and wear of your tires:

  • Make sure they are properly inflated to your vehicle or tire manufacturer’s specifications and check for wear. Tire damage is most often caused by improper inflation. Not only does it contribute to uneven and premature wear, it decreases your fuel economy. To determine the proper tire pressure, consult your owner’s manual or read the tire’s sidewall. Every other week, you sh ...[more]

Air Pressure

June 1st, 2016

Air Pressure is important

Your tires will last longer if you maintain the proper air pressure. In fact, keeping them correctly inflated is the most important thing you can do.
 
To check your tire’s air pressure, you will need an accurate tire gauge. You can find one at your local tire dealer or automotive supply store.
 
Step 1: Finding the proper inflation:
Always use your manufacturer’s air pressure / inflation guidelines. To find this information, look:
  • In your owner's manual
  • On the edge of the driver’s door or door frame
  • Inside the glove box door
  • On the sidewall of the tire
Although your tire will have inflation information printed on the sidewall, it is ...[more]

Winter Tires

June 1st, 2016

5 Winter Tire Tips

Winter weather in Northeast Ohio ranges from freezing rain, sleet and ice to inches (and sometimes even a foot or more) of snow. When you're driving in these dicey conditions, you need winter tires with the right grip, braking and handling to stay as safe and confident as possible on the road.
 
Made with softer rubber compounds that stay flexible in the cold and tread patterns that dig into snow and ice, winter tires help you steer and stop better. They also keep anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and all-wheel drive capabilities performing at their best.   
 
At Tire Source, the snow tire source, we recommend purchasing snow tires to help keep you and your loved ones safe when temps drop below 45 degrees. We offer the following five winter tire tips on picking out tires and properly maintaining them:
...[more]
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