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So You Think Some Traffic Laws Are Nuts?

December 29th, 2016

Yes, there are plenty of traffic laws in certain areas that don’t make much sense. Here, though, we present a collection of traffic laws from other parts of the world that are just bizarre:

--In Thailand, the law states that no driver, male or female, shall ever drive without a shirt.Weird Traffic Laws

--In South Africa, “the driver of a vehicle on a public road shall stop such vehicle at the request or on the signal of a person leading or driving any bovine animal, horse, ass, mule, sheep, goat, pig, or ostrich on such road.” Or face a $500 fine.

--Splashing a pedestrian with water is illegal in Japan.

--In Montana, you can forget about driving with a sheep in the truck unless the sheep has a chaperone... and the state of Alabama had the presence of min ...[more]

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A Brief Explanation of Tire Information

December 15th, 2016

Ever wonder what the designations stamped on your tire sidewall actually mean? We’d like to break it down for you.

Let’s take for instance, “P195/60R15 87S”. This is a full service description of a tire.

In this case, “87S” denotes a tire’s load capacity and speed rating. The higher the number, the greater the load capacity – an 87 load capacity means that tire can support 1,201 pounds. Speed ratings range from L (75 mph) through V (149 mph), and an S speed rating means the tire is good for 112 mph. W, Y, and Z-speed rated tires are available for extreme performance cars and are rated as high as 186 mph.

As for the rest of the information:Tires Montgomery, AL

--“P” denotes Passenger Tire

--195 is the tire’ ...[more]

  Tags: tires, tire pressure
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Your Car’s an Investment – Protect It

November 24th, 2016

You rely on your car every day, and you have a lot of money tied up in it. It’s probably one of the more valuable things you own…so make sure you get the most out of that investment:

Oil changes: Changing your motor oil at regular intervals will ensure long engine life by cutting wear and friction and helping to prevent the buildup of sludge Auto Repair Montgomery, ALand carbon on internal engine assemblies.

Cooling system: Older cast-iron engines could overheat with no serious consequences, but not so with today’s aluminum blocks and heads. Your engine’s coolant has a finite life and should be changed and flushed at regular intervals to prevent accumulation of scale and corrosion in the radiator, heater core and water pump.

Fi ...[more]

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Are Your Tires Up To The Task of Holiday Road Trips?

November 17th, 2016

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 Tires in Montgomery ALtire! 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]

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What To Do With Those Old Tires

November 10th, 2016

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 kidsRecycled tires montgomery, al

--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

--Bo ...[more]

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So…Many…Kinds…of Tires

October 27th, 2016

Tires Montgomery, ALEver 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]

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Make Sure Your Car's Ready For Winter!

October 14th, 2016

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 Winter Care Montgomery, ALbefore, 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]

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Don Duncan's All American Auto & Tire -- Super Dealer!

October 3rd, 2016
Guess who's a Bridgestone/Firestone Super Dealer? Don Duncan's All American Auto & Tire, that's who!
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Get Ready for Tailgate Season With Our Oil Change Special!

October 2nd, 2016

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

--Tire rotation

--24 point safety inspection

--Interior vacuum

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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No Spare Tire?

September 29th, 2016
Believe it or not, many new vehicles come without a spare tire. Manufacturers have a few different reasons for that, including weight savings, space efficiency, Spare Tires Montgomery, ALand cost. When you're stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it? 
 
Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant. 
 
Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that's designed to coat the inside of the tire due to centrifugal force once you get rolling again, hopefully sealing the puncture. These products, such as Fix-A-Flat, have been on the market for decades and tend to work pretty well on a minor puncture. They're not a permanent fix, however. Your speed should be lim ...[more]
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