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  • What is the Best Tire for Tread wear?
    Looking for a tire with the best tread wear? Tires have a special treadwear rating system, Uniform Tire Quality Grade Standards (UTQG). The UTQG was created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to help consumers have a way of understanding a tires tread life expectancy, as well as traction and temperature capabilities.
    Author: David Parker - Date: January 20, 2012

  • Comparison Shopping for Tires online

    We compare prices and selection of tires at 5 different online stores: Costco, Walmart, Sears, Discount Tire & Tire Rack

    Author: David Parker - Date: January 12, 2012

  • Q: Can I mix Winter Tires and All Seasons on my Truck?
    Q:Can I mix all season tires with winter tires on my truck? I was thinking about having 2 winters on the back and all seasons on the front.
    Author: David Parker - Date: January 10, 2012

  • Nitrogen in Tires
    Racing cars use it, so do aircraft's and even the space shuttle. So why shouldn’t you use nitrogen to fill your tires? There is no reason why not, but is it worth the trouble and expense? Let’s look at both sides of the argument. The believers say:
    • Using nitrogen in tires removes the oxygen, water vapor and other gases present in “ordinary” air. Nitrogen is made up of the biggest molecules in “ordinary” air and so the amount of seepage through the rubber body of the tire is reduced. Proper inflation is maintained longer.
    • This is important because most people do not check their tire pressure as often as they should. Correct tire pressure results in less tire wear, better mileage and improved car handling.
    • Filling nitrogen in tires removes the impurities present in the air that can degrade the life of the rubber the tires are made of.
    • Nitrogen is less affected by heat and will reduce heat build up in the tires.
    • Nitrogen is an inter gas and will not burn, lessening the fire risk in case of an accident.
    The doubters say:
  • Nitrogen makes up 78% of “ordinary” air. So does filling only nitrogen in tires make any great difference?
  • Most of the seepage that occurs from tires is either through the valve or from around the rim edge and not through the rubber, so the thicker nitrogen molecules really make no difference.
  • Encouraging people to check the tire pressure less often than they do will result in less attention being given to the tires and consequently less chance a problem being detected in time.
  • Tire wear occurs due to use. The lower amount of impurities resulting in filling nitrogen in tires is of little or no consequence. Other factors will end the life of a tire before the impurities do.
  • Modern tires are designed to operate at elevated temperatures, so the minimal advantage of marginally lower heat buildup is of no importance.
  • A car is used in the open. If a fire occurs, there is enough oxygen in the atmosphere to feed the fire. Having a little less in the tire will make no difference.
  • Nitrogen pumps are hard to find. The normal driver, when he notices the pressure is low, will fill his tires from the nearest pump, negating even the marginal benefits of using only nitrogen in tires.
  • It can cost up to $10 to fill nitrogen in a tire. For the very minor benefits nitrogen offers, it does not make economic sense. However some places have no charge for a nitrogen fill, like Costco if you have a membership.

Author: David Parker - Date: November 2, 2009

  • Tackling Tire Terminology
    Tires are the only part of the car that keeps in contact with road, so what they do is vitally important. As with anything technical they have a fully loaded dictionary of lingo and terminology that can seem bizarre to the uninitiated. But knowing what some of the terms refer to is useful, particularly when buying new tires.
    Author: David Parker - Date: October 1, 2009

  • Run Flat Indicators - Can they save you money?
    A tire pressure monitoring system (AKA run flat indicators) tell you when your tires' pressure is too low. Now that it's after September 1st, 2007, all light motor vehicals sold in the US have to have some kind of Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM).
    Author: David Parker - Date: September 4, 2007

  • Need to save Money on Gas? Proper tire inflation is the trick to save!
    Proper tire inflation saves money!
    Author: David Parker - Date: July 13, 2006

  • Aircraft Tires
    Do you need new tires for your aircraft?
    Author: Kathryn Wells - Date: November 9, 2005

  • How does Sears stack up when it comes to selling tires?
    We took a very common tire in a common size, and compared the price at Costco, Sears, Walmart, Discount Tire, and an online tire store, TireRack and compared prices. Sears had the best price on the tire although with each place you get different benefits.
    Author: Francis Stanford - Date: November 26, 2004

  • BF Goodrich - long lasting, smooth riding tires
    Its coming in 2005 - the new online BF Goodrich tires store. The BF Goodrich website is rich in content and shows a real dedication on Goodrich's part in providing the customer with pertinent information and guidance when trying to choose new tires for their vehicle. They have a great list of products as well as an interactive page to take you step by step to the tire that would best suit your vehicle for safety and performance.
    Author: David Parker - Date: October 5, 2004

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