Mixing Tires – Bad Idea

February 25th, 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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Do Your Homework on Tire Safety

August 13th, 2015
We see it all the time…people tend to not think about their tires until something goes wrong. Sometimes, this can mean sitting on the side of the road waiting for help, and other times it can mean more serious consequences. Here are a few things to remember for tire safety as the summer winds down and back-to-school season starts.

Check your tire pressure regularly. This one is really important. Your car’s tires will lose air through the valve over time, and an underinflated tire will hurt fuel economy due to added rolling resistance. Low tires also affect handling and will generate enough heat that they can shorten the tire’s lifespan. Get a quality tire gauge (the dial type, not the pencil type) a ...[more]
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Seven Things You Need To Know About Tires

July 31st, 2015

We often see customers who are a little overwhelmed by the tire buying process. There are so many types of tires for different vehicles and different driving styles, all at different price points. Here are a few things every driver needs to know about tires:

·   A tire is constructed from the inside out, starting at the inner liner. There are 20 to 25 different components in every tire; fabric belts are wrapped around the inner liner, with steel belts, more fabric belts and other materials layered between the tread surface and the inner liner. These layers provide strength, noise suppression and ride quality.

·   Newer low-profile tires are popular with many drivers, if only for aesthetic/style reasons. It’s important to know low-profi ...[more]

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Determining the Age of a Tire

February 14th, 2014
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 and manufacturer's code, along with the week and year the tire was m ...[more]
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Choosing the Right Tire - Yorktown Service Plaza

November 25th, 2013

Choosing the Right TireWe know you've heard it before, but it's critical enough to repeat: the tires you choose for your vehicle are important. It is critical to understand that the tires on your vehicle are the one single link to the road surface. To keep the rest of your vehicle performing at its peak, your tires are the very foundation of your vehicle.

Different quality tires will last for different periods of time, depending on wear and tear. Regular maintenance is key to longer tread life, but tread wears down over time and with use. Once you get to the point where you need to replace your tires, there are several choices that you can make. The easiest choice is get the exact size and make that originally came on the vehicle, when it was new. Beyond that, you might consider going to a better quality tire ...[more]

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Maintaining Your Spare Tire and Replacement in Case of Flats or Blowouts While Driving - Yorktown Service Plaza

August 31st, 2012

If you have ever before had a blowout, you recognize how stressful it can easily be. The strain is at that point worsened, if you have no understanding on just what to do or how to replace your spare tire. Despite a vehicle's make or style, every automobile is geared up with a spare tire. If your automobile does not, probabilities are the previous owner tossed it or ruined it as well as never replaced it. A spare tire is like insurance. You don't require it, until something happens. In this article we talk about the importance of having an excellent spare tire, as well as maintaining it so you can properly utilize it in case of an unexpected emergency.

Even if you have fix-a-flat, having a spare tire will consistently be the very best option for a flat tire. There are times when you receive a flat, and all you need to have is a bit more air or some fix- ...[more]

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Quick Guide to Passenger Tires and other Tire Types - Yorktown Service Plaza

August 14th, 2012

With the numerous kinds of tires on the market place today, the passenger tire is the most typically utilized and also economical tire type obtainable. Passenger tires are commonly utilized in passenger automobiles and also minivans.

Just about every tire manufacture out there offers traveler tires. As an example, Michelin with their Michelin Destiny, as well as Yokohama with their A drive. There are even different sorts of passenger tires that give various sorts of efficiency for your driving needs.

All season tires are engineered to handle colder, hot, wet, and dry temperatures. You can recognize an all season tire by its tread, and on the sidewall. The tread on an all season tire usually has even more sipes (cuts within the tread block) within the tread, as well as a much more varied tread design. On the sidewall it either shows all season on ...[more]

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