Auto Tips

Driving Tips – Everything About Tires:

Checking for Wear
The simplest way to check for wear is to do the penny test. Place a penny inside the tire tread with the top of Lincoln’s head facing towards the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is worn and needs replacing. The legal limit for tire tread is 2/32″.

Checking Alignment
It’s always a good idea to regularly check your tires for proper alignment. This way, you’ll ensure your tires will last the full life for which they were intended. Call us for an appointment FREE alignment check today.

Checking Tire Pressure
Check your tire pressure monthly when tires are cold. Air pressure changes 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change. Always keep the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended air pressure in all your tires, including your spare.

Selecting the Right Tire
When purchasing a tire: buy the right size; consider factors such as load-carrying capacity as well as traction, tread wear and temperature grades. There is a difference between the lowest price and the best value.

You need to know what kind of tire you need. . . highway, all season, snow, performance, or all season performance? This you can decide based on your vehicle’s requirements, and also your driving habits. There are some basic questions to ask yourself. Do you like your old tires? Do you do mostly highway or city driving? Does it snow regularly where you live? Does it rain a lot?

It is a good idea to learn to read the sidewall of your tires. The sides of tires contain a wealth of information about the performance characteristics of a tire. Reading the ire size.

TireStar Reading IRE Size

P:
Passenger car tire. If there is no P before the size it would indicate it is a European metric tire. An LT before the size would designate a light truck tire.
205:
This is the Section Width in millimeters. This measurement is taken from sidewall to sidewall.
65:
This number refers to the height of the sidewall, or the Aspect Ratio. It is a percentage of the section width. In this example, you would take 65 percent of 205 millimeters and this would give you the sidewall height.
R: Radial tire construction.
15 Wheel diameter in inches.
Additional Tire Size Information:
The tire size displayed on this website may include these abbreviations:
At the beginning of the tire size:
B – Cosmetic blemish
At the end of the tire size:
OWL – Outlined White Letters
RWL – Raised White Letters
RBL – Raised Black Letters
ORWL – Outlined Raised White Letters
W, WW, WSW – Whitewall, White Side Wall
B, BLK, BW, BSW – Blackwall, Black Side Wall
BSL – Black Serrated Letters
VSB – Vertical Serrated Band
XNW – Extra Narrow White Width
XL – Extra Load
REIN – Reinforced
C – C load range for LT designated tires
E – E load range for LT designated tires

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