We all tend to not give much thought to our tires. It’s easy to take them for granted, right up to the time you find yourself stuck on the shoulder with a shredded tire! Here are some things to check to make sure your tires are up to the task of holiday travel:
--Check for uneven tire wear on the front tires. A tire that’s worn on an outside or inside edge , or has a “sawtooth” contour to the tread face, is a sign of a wheel alignment problem. If a front tire is unevenly worn, have your front end alignment checked – and if it’s not too severely worn, have the tires rotated.
--Since we mentioned it, you should be having your tires rotated regularly anyway. A 5,000 mile interval is recommended for proper tire wear, and is required on your tire warranty. The 5,000 mile interval ...[more]
Every year, about 290 million tires are discarded; of those, about 233 million are recycled in one way or another. Shredded tires can be used for playground surfaces, welcome mats, hot-melt asphalt, bark mulch and even made into building material for “green” construction.
But what can you do with your old tires? Here are some ideas:
--Fill a tractor tire with sand to make a great sandbox for kids
--Hang a tire from a rope as a tire swing
--Stack a couple of tires on top of each other, bolt them together and paint them a cheerful color, then use them as a planter
--Lay two rows of tires next to each other, somewhat staggered, and use them for broken-field running as part of football conditioning
Ever think about all the different vehicles that use rubber tires? Tractors, industrial equipment, everything else that rolls on rubber?
Each specialized type of tire requires a specialized design for its specific purpose. Aircraft tires, for instance, have to be very robust and handle a great deal of weight and stress, but for only a short period of time. Aircraft tires are often filled with an inert gas such as nitrogen, for more stable inflation levels, and are designed with specialized fusible plugs which provide a safer failure mode (rather than a sudden, catastrophic tire explosion).
Off-the-road tires, for vehicles such as graders or mining equipment, operate at low speeds but have to be able to withstand severe service conditions while handli ...[more]
You know that winter and bad weather are coming. Is your car ready? Here’s a quick checklist of things to get up to speed on:
Motor oil: Motor oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, making it harder to circulate to upper engine parts at startup. If you haven’t ever used synthetic oil before, this might be a good time to start. The flow properties of synthetic oil are a lot more consistent, meaning it doesn’t thicken in sub-freezing temperatures or thin out when it’s hot outside.
Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year. If your wipers are showing cracks or chips or losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them. Don’t forget to refill your washer fluid reservoir…you&r ...[more]
Here in Alabama, we really look forward to football season every year! When there’s a snap in the air and the leaves are starting to turn, that’s when it’s time to load up the truck and head to the game…and set up for a tailgate party with some delicious snacks and cold drinks.
At Don Duncan’s All American Auto & Tire in Montgomery, AL, we want to help you get down the road with our Oil Change Special. Through the month of October, $34.95 will buy you:
--Oil change with five quarts of premium conventional oil, lube and filter
--24 point safety inspection
Your oil should be changed every 5,000 miles to prevent sludge buildup and protect vital engine components. And since no vehicle has 50/50 weight distribution fr ...[more]
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