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TPMS Tips

June 1st, 2016

Tire Pressure Monitor System Overview

You might not know it, but your vehicle is most likely equipped with a tire pressure monitor system (TPMS). The tire pressure monitor system allows you to know if, and when, your tires are under-inflated. A simple warning light alerts the driver of an issue. 
 
Thanks to the TREAD Act, the U.S. requires certain vehicles, excluding tow trucks, step vans, and heavy-duty trucks, to be equipped with a tire pressure monitor sensor alerting the driver when tire pressure gets low. Even with this law, many drivers cannot recognize the warning signs coming from their tire pressure monitor sensor.
 
The Importance of Proper Tire Pressure
 
The correct level of tire pressure is a key component in getting from one place to another. Over 200,000 accidents occur annually ac ...[more]

Signs of Uneven Tire Wear

June 1st, 2016

Uneven or Irregular Tire Wear

You've probably heard about uneven or irregular tire wear and think that it's just part of the regular life of your tire. The fact is normal tire wear will appear even across the tread of your tire (remember to go by the quarter rule and not the penny rule). If you notice any uneven or irregular tire wear, you should visit your local Tire Source store, because you are more prone to challenging driving conditions, like the inability for your tires to grip correctly (especially in icy, snowy or wet conditions), compromised tire structure, and inconvenient break downs or flat tires.
 
Causes of Uneven or Irregular Wear
 
How is uneven wear caused? Usually, it's contributed to one of the following reasons: 

Recommended Tire Tread Depth

June 1st, 2016

As residents of Northeast Ohio, we are no strangers to wet, icy, and snowy road conditions. Even with advances in tire technology, and routine visits to your local Tire Source to maintain and prolong the life of your tires and vehicle, not understanding the importance of proper tread depth on your tires can lead to challenging driving conditions. In fact, even tires that are at half the depth of when you first purchased them begin to increase your likelihood for challenging driving conditions.

What's the Big Deal About Tire Tread Depth?
 
When your tires are on a dry road surface, they can easily grip and stay connected to the road surface. With snowy or wet conditions, those treads are a vital component to how your tires maintain adequate contact with the road. Treads exist to improve contact with the road and to push rain, water, or snow throu ...[more]

Tire Source Auto Services Commercial

June 1st, 2016

Tire Source is ready to provide you with excellent car repair and auto service at any of our five area locations. The video below highlights the experience you can expect to have when using our Canton/Akron auto service and car repair. Our Akron/Canton car repair shops have been designed with you in mind including comfortable guest areas, free shuttle service, and quality car maintenance services.

Let us show you why tire buying and car repair can be a pleasant experience. Visit one of our auto service shops located throughout the Akron, Canton, Medina, and Montrose area today!

How to Change a Flat Tire

June 1st, 2016

You've got a flat tire. This type of situation rarely occurs at a convenient time or location. If you need to change the tire while in transit, make safety your top priority. Try to get as far off the road as possible and turn on your four-way flashers to alert passing motorists of your disabled vehicle. Also, don't park at the crest of a hill because other drivers may not be able to see you as they approach.

Once you've made yourself as safe as possible, recognize that you're going to get dirty during this process, which includes the following steps:

Step #1: Prep before attempting to remove the flat tire.

Get out your jack, lug wrench and spare tire. In a car, all this equipment is usually under a panel in the trunk or rear hatch. With a pick-up truck or SUV, however, the spare tire is normally underneath the rear of the vehicle, and the jack and wrench are either under the hoo ...[more]

What are the Best Summer Tires?

June 1st, 2016

During the summer months, at the peak of travel season for much of the United States, you will probably be spending extra time in your vehicle as you explore new destinations or return to your favorite summertime spots. To get the kind of ride you like best on longer trips, it is important to equip your car with tires that will deliver the driving performance you want.

For most people, that means sticking with all-season radial tires. As the name suggests, all-season tires are designed to deliver good handling, braking and traction in most types of weather, wet or dry, hot or cold. With the exception of the chilliest winter months, when snow tires are recommended, all-season tires are the convenient choice you and your car or truck can depend on throughout most of the year.

However, if you are looking for an easy, effective way to improve the overall responsiveness of your vehi ...[more]

Top 5 Maintenance Tips Every Car Owner Should Know

June 1st, 2016

Whether your car is brand new or a few years old, there are several simple yet important things you can do to keep your vehicle safe and in good running order. The following car maintenance checklist is designed to help you get the most out of your car while avoiding major auto repairs for as long as possible.

Tip #1: Always follow the manufacturers guidelines on oil changes.

Every automobile manufacturer provides recommendations on the number of miles between oil changes. Todays rule of thumb is every 5,000 miles, although many vehicles are designed to go longer. Changing the oil in your car regularly will protect the engine and its parts, keep it running smoothly and even make the car a little more fuel efficient. Plus, you may be required to have the oil changed at specific intervals in order to maintain your cars warranty, if applicable. ...[more]

Winter Emergency Kit

June 1st, 2016

Driving in Winter: Always Be Prepared

Driving conditions are always unpredictable. However, winter care emergencies and weather-related accidents and delays can keep you stranded in the cold for hours.

Thats why its good to prepare a winter emergency kit. If you breakdown, have an accident, face a long delay or just have to wait for roadside assistance, these items will be good to have at your disposal:

  • Cell Phone: Probably the most important item in your kit.
  • Bag of sand, salt or cat litter: You can use this under your tires for better traction.
  • Shovel: In case you need to remove snow from around your tires.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags.
  • Lighter or waterproof matches.
  • Non-perishable food: Try items such as high-energy protein bars or a nut and raisin ...[more]

Winter Car Care and Driving Tips

June 1st, 2016

Preparing for Old Man Winter: A Winter Checklist

When driving in extreme cold, your car needs winter car care to ensure that it will start and keep you going through harsh weather conditions.

Autumn is the perfect time to get your car ready for cold weather driving. Because storms and cold weather can hit at any time, here is a basic winter checklist of items that, at a minimum, will keep you and your car driving throughout the season of ice and snow.

Also, be sure to check out our winter driving tips, as well as your owners manual for any other manufacturers recommendations and other car inspections or maintenance schedules. The list below provides a basic list of what to check in preparation for winter. See your Tire Source auto repair shop locations for a comprehensive vehicle review.

Copley Middle School Goodyear Blimp Tour

June 1st, 2016

Tire Source sponsored a Goodyear blimp tour of the Wingfoot Lake Blimp Hangar. Students from the 5th grade of Copley Middle School had a chance to visit the blimp hangar and see face to face The Spirit of Goodyear Blimp. The students also viewed a short film about the history of the Goodyear blimps. Another point of attraction at the blimp hangar is the construction area. Students had the chance to see old and current drawing plans for blimp construction.The highlight by far was the students seeing The Spirit of Goodyear just a few feet off the ground with a large United States Flag waving on its side. Tire Source hopes to continue offering student Goodyear tours to other local schools for some time to come.

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