Don’t Let Tire Problems Put the Brakes on Your Valentine’s Date

June 1st, 2016
Don’t let tire problems get in the way this Valentine’s day. How is your tire pressure? Do my tires need to be rotated? Is it time for an alignment? Do I need new tires? While these questions can seem daunting, with the help of tire professionals and various routine self-checks, any driver can maintain proper tire care and not miss that big date this Valentine’s Day. From tire rotations to air pressure, learning what signals might indicate tire replacement or repair is important for every vehicle owner. 
 
Let’s begin with tire air pressure. Perhaps one of the most obvious tire maintenance steps most drivers neglect until it’s too late is checking your tire’s air pressure. Even careful drivers with perfect tire upkeep lose around 1 psi (pound per square inch) per month, culmi ...[more]
  Posted in: Tire 101

4 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Mom’s Ride

June 1st, 2016

So we all know that May is devoted to Mother’s Day. In honor of mothers everywhere, here are a few helpful suggestions for you to show mom just how much you care.  
 
1. Oil Change - Getting Mom’s car an oil change would be a nice way to help her get the most miles out of her car. Regular oil changes keep moving parts lubricated, reducing friction and heat buildup, and prevent deposits of sludge and gunk from building up on internal engine assemblies. 
 
2. Wiper Replacement - Even the best windshield wipers need to be replaced every 12 months or so. We’ll get a look at the wi ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Self-Inflating Tires…Soon To Be A Reality?

June 1st, 2016

Driving around on underinflated tires is just a bad idea all the way around. Underinflated tires increase a car’s rolling resistance, meaning a drop in fuel efficiency since it takes more energy to move the vehicle down the road.

A single tire that’s down by ten pounds of air means a 3.3 percent drop in fuel economy…multiply that by all four tires, and you can figure on giving up ten percent of your gas mileage. The added friction and rolling resistance also means more heat is generated, and heat is the enemy of the internal structure of a tire. That heat will damage a tire to the point of failure. Studies show that underinflated tires are a full 25 percent more likely to fail, and at least half of one-car accidents involve a tire problem as a factor. And still, it’s estimated ...[more]

  Posted in: Tire 101

Invest in the Future of any Vehicle with TPMS - Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

June 1st, 2016

tire-pressure-tpmsAs most drivers can contest firsthand, tires are not invincible. Composed from many separate layers of steel-encased rubber fabrics and durable materials, tires eventually wear down and can cause vehicle owners costly repairs or even replacement. Understanding what measures should be taken to properly maintain tires will both lengthen tire life and support vehicle functionality and longevity. Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) introduce revolutionary tire protection technology to constantly report on tire pressure in each tire for vehicle safety and sustainability.

Without assistance from a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), tires become more susceptible to avoidable damages due to low t ...[more]

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When Should You Replace Your Tires?

June 1st, 2016

Tire Tread DepthYour tires are one of the hardest working elements of your vehicle, but how often do you check and make sure they’re acceptable and safe? It’s easy to overlook the underside of your car, but tire tread is simply too important to forget about. Remember, your tires are the only point of contact with the road for your entire vehicle, and the only thing that keeps your car from flying off of the road, when you’re going around a corner! Your tires keep you safe, secure, and keep your vehicle performing properly. In other words, they are vital to your car.

Check your tire tread depth. The tire tread is made up of little valleys and sipes molded into the tire at its creation. These are made to dire ...[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]

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]