27 Feb

Exploring the Importance of Regular Tire Rotations

The life of your tires depends on your commitment to having them rotated on a regular basis. By rotating your tires, you can extend the life of the rubber and maximize the performance of your vehicle. To start enjoying these benefits, use this guide to learn why you should rotate your tires – and how to complete this important task on schedule.

Why Rotate Your Tires?

At each corner of your vehicle, the tires wear differently due to structural variances and other factors. Even with a proper alignment, you must rotate your tires to ensure the rubber wears evenly across the expected life of the tire. Otherwise, the tires could start to experience excessive wear that could potentially cause leaks or blowouts.

When you have your tires rotated on a regular schedule, the even wear helps retain the smooth, predictable ride you expect from your vehicle. Tire rotations also help preserve the performance and fuel efficiency of your vehicle, both of which can decline with excessively worn tires.

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Your ideal tire rotation interval depends on your vehicle type, tire compounds and driving habits. In general, however, tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles to ensure your tires continue to wear evenly. Many people simply have their tires rotated whenever they come into the shop for an oil change. For precise timing, your trusted auto tech can help you figure out the perfect tire rotation schedule for your vehicle.

Your tech’s approach to rotating the tires may vary according to your tire size and type on your vehicle. If you have directional tires or staggered sizes, for example, your auto tech will need to modify the tire rotation approach to meet the needs of your vehicle.

With a commitment to having your tires rotated on schedule, you can extend the life of your tires and preserve the performance and ride quality of your vehicle. Even with proper care, your tires will eventually reach the end of their lifespan and require replacement. When it comes time to replace or upgrade your tires, you can find what you need from Tire Crawler.

18 Feb

Give your tire the Presidential Treatment.

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Have you ever heard someone say you can check your tires with a penny?  Well, it may not be 6 sigma accuracy (99.99966% accurate), but it’s a close enough approximation for everyday driving.  Let’s see how it works.

The depth gauge is an important tool for us in the automotive profession.  The tool is useful to tell us the amount of tread remaining on a tire.   When a tire is down to the wear indicators it is at 2/32nd inch tread and should be removed from the vehicle.

“That’s great”, you say.  “I’ll Just look out to see when the tread intersects the wear indicators then I’ll know when my tire’s life is over.”  Not really, and that’s where you need the gauge.  There are several wear indicators spread over a tire’s surface, but they’re not everywhere.  If a tire is worn unevenly or choppy the area where there’s an indicator may have a lot of tread and the tire could be down to 2/32nd inches elsewhere.

This is where President Lincoln come in.  I’m blabbing on about gauges you don’t own, but you do. In fact, there are probably a few gauges under the driver’s seat.

The depth gauge to the right is measuring the gap to Mr. Lincoln’s head, about 2/32nd, a little closer to 3, but that’s splitting hairs.  The image below shows President Lincoln in action showing us a tire in need of replacement.  I used this tire on purpose to demonstrate a point.  It doesn’t matter where the tire is below 2/32nd inch tread, just that it is.  So, When you perform this test, make sure to do it in a few spots.

This tire shows some classic under-inflation wear.  It has lots of tread in the middle and none on the shoulders.

So get out there and check your vehicle out and give your tires the Presidential Treatment.




Denny
TireCrawler.com
TIA Certified instructor

14 Feb

3 Benefits of Acquiring New Passenger Car Tires

New passenger car tires can do a whole lot more than simply look phenomenal and elevate the appearance of your vehicle. With a new set of tires, you can also improve the ride quality, gas mileage and traction of your ride. Explore these three benefits of acquiring new passenger car tires to why it might be time for an upgrade.

Ride Quality

As tires wear, especially if the wear does not occur evenly, the ride quality of the vehicle tends to plummet. The ride may feel harsh and choppy over the mildest of surfaces as the tires struggle to track properly along the roadway. With the replacement of your old, worn tires, you can restore the smooth ride quality of your vehicle in an instant.

Gas Mileage

Uneven tire wear can increase the rolling resistance of your tires, causing your vehicle’s gas efficiency to decrease. The high rolling resistance can also increase strain on your powertrain and potentially cost you money in repairs in the future. You can save yourself money, then and now, by replacing your tires at the first sign of excessive wear.

Traction

With a new set of tires, you can optimize your vehicle’s traction, increasing its ability to traverse challenging surfaces with ease. The efficient tread patterns offer a biting edge that grabs onto the roadway and keeps you confidently moving forward.

Acquiring New Tires for Your Tire

If you want to replace your passenger car tires, you can acquire a new set from your trusted tire retailer, Tire Crawler. We offer the leading tires for passenger cars of all kinds. Our tires can ensure your vehicle retains a firm grip on the road while offering great gas mileage and ride quality characteristics. To get started in finding your perfect tires, browse our available options for your specific vehicle, make and model.