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Can Today’s Blow Become Tomorrow’s Blowout?

In addition to constantly supporting the vehicle’s weight, even when it’s parked, tires will be stretched about 32 million times as they roll through a typical 40,000-mile lifetime. Tires will also experience subfreezing-cold through scorching-hot temperatures, as well as be exposed to direct sunlight, ultraviolet rays, harsh chemicals, acid rain, snow, slush and ice. In […]

Replacement Tire Selection Guidelines

Replacement Tire Selection Guidelines While it’s always best to replace a vehicle’s tires as a complete set, accident damage, road hazards and economic constraints can make it necessary to replace them individually as well. However, mixing tire brands, tire models or even significantly different tread depths can challenge a vehicle’s drivability. Therefore how many tires […]

Why 32nds of an Inch?

Why 32nds of an Inch? The tire industry standard used for measuring tire tread depths in the United States is in 1/32nd-inch increments (millimeters are used in countries observing metric standards). New tires fitted to cars, vans, crossovers and light-duty light trucks are typically molded with a beginning tread depth of 10/32nd- to 12/32nd-inch. Tires […]

Popular Tire Selling Strategies: Original Equipment (O.E.) Matching

Popular Tire Selling Strategies Original Equipment (O.E.) Matching While all tires appear round and black, how much traction they provide in adverse weather, how quietly and comfortably they ride, as well as how long they last can vary greatly. Every tire’s performance depends on its manufacturer’s design technology, rubber compounding capabilities and production proficiency. Since […]

Popular Tire Selling Strategies

Popular Tire Selling Strategies Good/Better/Best While all tires appear round and black, how much traction they provide in adverse weather, how quietly and comfortably they ride, as well as how long they wear can vary greatly. Every tire’s performance depends on its manufacturer’s design technology, rubber compounding capabilities and production proficiency. Many automotive service providers […]

Adjusting Tire Pressures – Compensating for Current Conditions

Adjusting Tire Pressures – Compensating for Current Conditions According to the laws of physics, a closed system’s gas volume and pressure only remains constant as long as its temperature remain constant. Since a tire’s air chamber is a closed system filled with a gas, tire inflation pressures react (rise or fall) in line with changes […]

Maintain Tire Wear Quality and Monitor Tread Depth

Maintain Tire Wear Quality and Monitor Tread Depth Tires are parts of a vehicle that wear out over an extended period of time. Today’s U.S. averages of 13,500-miles driven annually and 45,000-mile tread lives means it takes the typical driver a little over three years to wear out a set of tires. However it’s important […]

Reasons for Tire Removal

Reasons for Tire Removal Like every other wear component on a vehicle (brakes, batteries, belts and wiper blades, etc.), tires must be eventually replaced because a combination of wear, damage or exposure to the elements will eventually take their toll. Brake pads wear thin, batteries lose power, engine belts crack and wipers streak. When it […]

Tread Pattern Anatomy

Tread Pattern Anatomy As the part of a tire that rolls in contact with the road, tread patterns incorporate a variety of features molded into their rubber compound that support the vehicle’s load while resisting heat and wear. Tread patterns are often classified by the design of their ribs, blocks, lugs and/or grooves that have […]

Tire Tread Pattern Types

Tread patterns help tune a tire’s traction and handling capabilities to its intended driving conditions. While the most common tread patterns address traction in multiple driving conditions, others are designed further enhance traction to meet specific dry, wet or winter driving challenges.