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]
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Determining the Age of a Tire

June 1st, 2016
When it comes to determining the age of a tire, it is easiest to identify when the tire was manufactured by reading its Tire Identification Number (often referred to as the tire’s serial number or DOT number). Unlike vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and the serial numbers used on many other consumer goods (which identify one specific item), Tire Identification Numbers are really batch codes that identify several components.
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires that Tire Identification Numbers be a combination of the letters DOT, followed by ten, eleven or twelve letters or numbers that identify the manufacturing location, tire size an ...[more]

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]

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]