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.

14 Jun

Introducing the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S

Discoverer AT3 4S infographic

Introducing the all new Cooper Discoverer AT34S. The Cooper Discoverer AT34S utilizes Adaptive-Traction Technology with grip that handles the toughest terrain. Cooper’s Adaptive-Traction Technology works in sever weather, hot or cold, wet or dry.

The AT34S lasts a long time too, with a 65,000 mile tread life warranty and a 45 day test drive period.

Mountain Snowflake qualified for severe snow conditions

 

 

The AT34S also has the three peak mountain snow flake designation, providing you with excellent traction in poor weather conditions.

Click here to check out the full size offerings today.

Cooper Discoverer Specs

2 Nov

Upsizing your truck? Check the load range and service description!

Load Ranges, Service Descriptions, and Upsizing.

I have addressed service descriptions before, but I want to combine this with load ranges today to dispel some of the misconceptions about these items.

First, what is a load range?  Simply put the Load Range is synonymous with ply rating.  Long ago, tires would have several plies of belting material, for example 6 belting plies gave us a 6 ply tire or C load range.  Simple.  Not so much anymore.  You will see six plies in a tire, but what about a load range E or 10 ply tire?  This tire might have actually had 10 plies back in the day of bias construction, but not anymore.  Tires are made with less material these days and don’t require the additional belting material.  Thus, a load range E 10 ply rated tire is just that rated at 10 plies.  See what Toyo has to say in the following info-graphic.

Ply rating and load range definitions.
Source: Toyo Tires Medium Truck Tires 2015 Product Data Book

 

Second, What is the service description?  The service description is made of two components, the speed rating and the load index.  The speed rating tells us how fast we can go on the tire and the load index tells us how much weight the tire carries.  The service description looks like this – 123R.  A tire with this description will have a max load per tire of 3417 lbs and a top speed of 106 MPH.  When replacing tires, you can increase both*, but it’s recommended not to downgrade the speed rating or the load index.  Otherwise, you lower the top speed the vehicle with a lower speed rating, and when you downgrade the load index, you take capacity away from the vehicle.

Service description and speed rating
Source: 2007 Tire Guide

A rule of thumb in the industry has always been, if its bigger and has the same load range it will carry more weight and will work.  Let’s take a look at how easy it is to unwittingly downgrade the load capacity of the truck based on this outdated thinking.

Example Vehicle:  2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty with 20 inch wheels
Original Tire:  LT275/65R20  E 126S
Height: 34 inches tall
Replacement Tire:  35X12.50R20 E 121Q Open Country M/T
Height: 35 inches tall

So, why would I say this is tricky?  Because when a person like myself sees the two sizes and load ranges, we would automatically think the 35 will work because it’s bigger.  However, we see from examining the Load Ranges and Service Descriptions that this not the case.

Think it’s not a big deal and its close enough?  Toyo, in an example like this, would not cover the tire for warranty since it has been miss-applied.   So make sure you’re looking at not just the Load Range but also the Service Description when upsizing your vehicle and choose the right tire.

 

*Increasing the load index or ply rating of a tire does not increase the load capacity of the vehicle.  It only increases the load capacity of the tire.

10 Aug

Be Prepared. Keep an Emergency Kit

On the road again, then….UGH! Calamity strikes. Or, just a minor hiccup.

Make sure not to doom your road trip and be prepared in case of emergency.  This seems like such a no brainer when so far from home, but does your vehicle have an Emergency Roadside Kit?  And really, who says you have to be far from home?  You really just need to have an issue that doesn’t fit into one’s normal routine.  Although these tips come from NHTSA’s Summer Driving Tips 2016, they apply to every day and every season in your vehicle.

They suggest keeping an Emergency Roadside Kit.  The first item is something you probably carry every day anyway and that is a cell phone.  But do you have the second in your vehicle?  The charger for your cell?

Here is their complete list:

  • Cell phone and car charger.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Flares and a white flag
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Jack(and ground mat) for changing a tire.
  • Work Gloves and a change of clothes
  • Basic Repair tools and some duct tape (for temporarily repairing a hose leak!)
  • Water and paper towels for cleaning up. (Being a new dad, I’d put wipes in there too.)
  • Nonperishable food, drinking water, and medicines
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Maps – what if your Mobile Phone ran out of power or no service, no more Google maps.
  • Emergency blankets, towels, and coats

Source: NTHSA Summer Driving Tips 2016

3 Aug

California Child Car Seat Laws Changing for 2017

Hello Everyone,

Tirecrawler wants your family to be safe.  When putting kids in car seats, you should keep them rear facing as long as possible.  The State of California is making this mandatory for children under the age of 2 as of January 1, 2017.  Please read this informative flyer from the state outlining important child seat issues.

Denny
Tirecrawler.com
TIA Certified Instructor

2017-california-child-seat-changes

 

14 Jul

Buckle Up Baby

Precious Cargo

Fun, Fun, Fun… before
you hit the road to enjoy the summer weather, make sure to buckle up to get there safely.

According to NTHSA:

Buckle up. Every trip. Every time.

Be a role model as a driver and buckle up.  Insist your passengers do the same.

Keep your precious cargo safe.

Kids 13 years and younger should ride in the back seat.  Ensure the child seats in your car are properly installed.  In addition, make sure they are in a seat designed for their size and weight.

NHTSA has Child Passenger Safety recommendations on their website to show one how to choose the right car seat for your child.  Also, you can find places to check your child’s seat to see if it is properly installed there too.  For more info visit www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm.

Other child safety tips from NTHSA are:

“Never leave your child unattended in or around your vehicle.” &
“Always remember to lock your vehicle when exiting so children do not play or get trapped inside.”

Denny
TIA Certified Instructor