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Proper Storage of Winter Tires

Proper Storage of Winter Tires can extend the life of your tiresProper storage of winter tires during the summer months can help extend the service life of tires.  Once the weather warms up and snow has melted from the roadways, it is fun to replace stocky winter tires with sporty summer tires ready for beach weather.  To help guide you through storing your winter tires until next year, we have surveyed the service bulletins and owner’s manuals of most of the major tire manufacturers to provide you with a general guide of the tire industry’s best practices for tire storage.  While it may be impossible or impractical to follow each of these suggestions, particularly when storing large numbers of tires, the below information can help inform your decisions when storing tires for the summer. (more…)



Preparing Your Vehicle and Tires for Winter

When fall comes to an end and winter is approaching, you need to begin to prepare your vehicle for the snowy streets and colder climate.

 

When fall comes to an end and winter is approaching, you need to begin to prepare your vehicle for the snowy streets and colder climate. Make sure you take the following steps to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the wintery roads that you are sure to encounter.

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Summer Tire Storage: Tips and Best Practices

Proper Storage of Summer Tires can extend the life of your tiresProper storage of summer tires during the winter months can help extend the service life of tires.  Once the weather cools off and snow and icy conditions are on the horizon, it is time to remove your summer tires and place your winter tires into service.  To help guide you through storing your summer tires until next season, we have surveyed the service bulletins and owner’s manuals of most of the major tire manufacturers to provide you with a general guide of the tire industry’s best practices for summer tire storage.  While it may be impossible or impractical to follow each of these suggestions, particularly when storing large numbers of tires, the below information can help inform your decisions when storing tires for the winter. (more…)



Too Much or Too Little Air Pressure can Cost you Money

It is recommended that you check the pressure of your tires at least once each month. It may be necessary to check your tire pressure more oftenMaintaining your tire pressure is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can perform. Properly inflated tires save fuel and improve the safety of your car. If your car’s tires are not properly inflated, your fuel economy can drop drastically, your tires will need replacement more often, and it can cause a less comfortable ride.

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What to do when your Tire Pressure Monitoring System Warning Light Turns On

TPMS Warning
First and foremost, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is not a replacement for routine tire maintenance. It is, however, a good supplemental emergency warning system that you should take seriously. While these systems do have significant limitations, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning light indicates a potentially serious problem. (more…)



Check Tire Pressure Every Month

Check Tire Pressure Every MonthMaintaining the proper tire pressure in your tires is crucial to your safety and your pocketbook.  Most tires lose between 2 and 5 pounds every month.  Considering that most passenger tires use approximately 30 pounds of pressure, a minor problem can quickly escalate into a dangerous condition.  (more…)



Tire Failure Photo: Unsafe Patch Repair

Never attempt to patch a tire yourself after a tire failure.

Click here for an enlarged version of this unsafe patch repair.

This week’s Tire Failure Photo comes from Spencer in Sedalia, Missouri. 1  The tire rolled into the tire repair shop with a two-inch slice in the sidewall.  After the roadside failure, the consumer attempted to repair the tire by using four tire patches.  Although the repair held air for a short period of time, it was ripe to cause a major accident.  Thankfully, the consumer immediately took it to a repair shop where the tire was replaced.

Spencer offers the following advice for consumers and tire repair shops, “No good shop should ever let a car leave with a tire like the one pictured. Even if the customer doesn’t want to buy a new tire, make sure they know how extremely dangerous it is, and offer to mount their spare on the car instead.”

 

Comments from the Tire Safety Group on Tire Failure Patches

Experiencing a flat tire is a common, and likely, experience for most drivers.  Regardless of the cause of the flat tire, DO NOT attempt to patch it yourself. 2  Either replace it with a spare tire (click here for our guide) or have the vehicle towed to a reputable tire repair shop that complies with the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association guidelines for proper tire repair 3:

Do not repair a tire with a puncture on the sidewall

Tire repair facilities often disregard the RMA’s instruction relating to dismounting the punctured tire for inspection and repair. Still others attempt to perform repairs to damaged areas outside the tread area, on the tire’s shoulder or sidewall. Both these practices are unsafe and improper. The Tire Safety Group urges all consumers to avoid tire repair facilities that fail to fully comply with all RMA tire repair guidelines.

 


Notes:

  1. http://www.reddit.com/r/Justrolledintotheshop/comments/1ha2mx/quality_patchwork_that_rolled_into_the_shop_today/
  2. For the purposes of this article, we are only talking about true flat tires.  Not a tire with minor air loss caused by a small puncture.  However, even a tire with minor air loss should be inspected and repaired or replaced by a reputable tire shop.
  3. Puncture Repair Procedures for Passenger and Light Truck Tires, available online at http://www.rma.org/tire_safety/tire_maintenance_and_safety/tire_repair/


How to Change a Flat Tire – 2013 Edition

flat tireThis article will provide some tips and best practices for changing a flat tire.  You are driving down the road and suddenly hear that familiar thump, thump, thump. Your car’s handling is rough, to put it mildly, and you know you have a flat tire. You need to change it, but you need to change it safely. (more…)



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