Archive for the Tire Education Category
It goes without saying that no matter what size tire your vehicle requires, quality new tires typically are not cheap. That being said, there are several basic ways to protect your new or used tire investment. First and foremost, consider improving your driving habits. If you have driving habits that include fast turns, fast starts and fast stops, be aware that all these actions cause more tire wear. Driving at excessive speeds will also limit your tire tread life.
Vehicles registered in the State of Texas are required to receive an annual inspection. All vehicle inspections include a comprehensive safety inspection to ensure basic road worthiness. Any vehicle registered in a county classified by Federal EPA as being in non-attainment status (17) are required to have an emissions test in addition to the safety inspection.
The cost of the annual inspection is determined by the county of registration and the what type of inspection is required.
Gasoline powered vehicles 2 through 24 years old are required to have an emission inspection. If you are in a county that requires an emission test and your vehicle is newer than 2 years or older than 24 years, you are still required to have a safety inspection.
Every motor vehicle registered in the state of Texas and operated on the streets and highways in the state and required to be inspected shall be equipped with tires in proper and safe condition.
The other day we had the SPEED channel on in our waiting area and there was a show on the TV where they were making recommendations about various cool ways to modify your car. One of the things they mentioned was the benefit of filling your tires with nitrogen instead of air. I have always filled my tires with air and don’t have any problem checking and refilling them when necessary but every now and then people will call or come in to TEXAS TIRE SALES and ask if we offer Nitrogen Inflation. We decided to provide a little food for thought as to the benefits… or not, of putting Nitrogen in your car’s tires. Is there really a benefit or this just a way for tire dealers to squeeze a few more dollars out of the customer? You decide.
Tire tread separation is a potentially dangerous condition wherein the tread of the tire separates itself from the casing or body of the tire. Most all of the tires made for the cars, light trucks, mini vans and SUVs that we drive today are steel belted radial tires. The most common defect in steel belted radial tires is tire tread separation.
We have several people that visit Texas Tire Sales asking us to “plug” a hole in their tire. We patch tires at Texas Tire Sales but we do not “plug” tires at either of our Tire shops. I have never plugged a tire on any of my personal vehicles. I personally don’t feel that it is the safest or most effective procedure for repairing a leaking or damaged tire.
Yes, plugging a tire is cheaper than patching by about 5 or 6 dollars and that is likely the main reason many people request plugs. The old adage, “You get what you pay for” may speak volumes in this particular comparison of plugs vs patches as plugging a tire may not be less expensive in the long haul.
Does your car pull to one side? Does the steering wheel vibrate? Do you constantly have to make steering corrections to keep your car traveling straight ahead? If so, chances are you need an alignment. Many handling problems can be corrected by complete four wheel alignment. Another symptom that a car is out of alignment is uneven or rapid tire wear. To determine if you need an alignment, first check each tire and look for uneven wear patterns. The trouble with this method, however, is that if you notice a wear pattern, it may be too late to save that tire. It is a good idea to have your alignment checked periodically because regular wheel alignments will usually save you as much or more in tire wear as the wheel alignment costs.