Mixing Tires – Bad Idea

June 1st, 2016

In a perfect world, all four tires would wear out at the same time. In the same perfect world, everyone would be able to afford a whole set of tires all at once. Unfortunately, things often just do not work out that way. 

Sometimes you may just have to replace tires as you can afford them, one or two at a time, but there are some important things to bear in mind if you have to do that. 

If you can only afford to replace one or two tires, it’s essential that you go with tires that are identical (or at least as close as possible) to the car’s remaining tires. That means that internal construction, size, tread pattern and design should be close to the same. Don’t mix winter tires with all-season tires, don’t mix run-flat tires with ...[more]

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Top Five Tips for Springtime Tire Maintenance

June 1st, 2016

Our spring tire care checklist can help keep you safe on the road as the weather warms up.

Spring in Ohio means rain, potholes and more frequent travels, all of which impact the performance of your tires and your vehicle. That is why it is important to add proper tire maintenance to your spring cleaning checklist.

Here are five important tire maintenance tips for making sure your tires are ready for this seasonal transition:

1.Swap out winter tires for all-season radials. 
In the spring, you need to remove snow tires. Because they are made with softer rubber compounds and deeper tread patterns, winter tires can be noisier than all-season tires and will wear down more quickly in warm weather.

2.Check tire pressure once a month and before any long trips.&nb ...[more]

4 Things About Tires You May Not Have Known

June 1st, 2016

Tires all look sort of the same…round and black…and people tend to think tires don’t change much over the years. That’s really not true, though – engineers and designers are constantly working on advances in tire designs for more miles, better fuel economy and better performance.

Here’s a rundown of current trends in tire technology you may not have been aware of:

  • Tall, skinny tires are coming back. If you’ve ever ridden a beach cruiser bike vs. a racing bike, you know that skinny tires have lower rolling resistance. Carmakers are going in that direction, too – the BMW i3 electric/plug-in hybrid uses Bridgestone Ecopia tires, with higher inflation pressure and a taller, skinnier profile. Tall, skinny tires also redu ...[more]
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