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Why are My Car Tires Wearing?

Tires are made of a number of different components: sidewall, inner tube, liner, belts, piles. While each of these is important to the overall performance of the tire, drivers generally look at the tire’s tread in order to measure how fast their tires are wearing down. Understanding why tread wears at all is a matter of understanding how tires work.

The biggest enemy of tire tread aren’t sharp objects or road debris. It is heat. Tires are made of rubber and when you expose rubber to heat, the tread burns or wears off. The simple friction caused by a tire rubbing against pavement generates heat. This means that every time you drive your car, you are wearing down the tires. … Read the rest

American Classic Cars

Summertime finds many Americans hitting the road. Whether they are going on road trip vacations or cruising for fun with friends, they want to be enjoying the warm weather and longer hours of daylight by getting out on the streets and highways. Summer is also the time when motorheads like to show off their wheels, with car clubs holding rallys and tours or meeting in parking lots to display classic and vintage cars.

There are some clubs that focus on foreign made vehicles, but there is nothing like an American classic car to evoke waves of nostalgia in people of all ages. Pontiac, Ford, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, AMC, Dodge — these are the names that car lovers seek out. And … Read the rest

How to Dip Factory Car Rims

The economy is tight and people are trying to figure out ways to save money by taking on certain repair and enhancement projects on their own. While much of the attention is given to home improvement, there is much that people can do for their car without paying a professional. Many people are learning to change their car’s oil, rotate tires, or even do minor car repairs, all in the name of saving money. They also get more than a bit of personal satisfaction from a job well done.

There are some projects, however, that may sound simple, but actually require specialized equipment or knowledge. One such project is dipping car rims . This allows car owners to dip plain … Read the rest

Who Sells Cooper Tires

If you’re like many car lovers, you’ll have heard your friends recommend Cooper tires. They are well-made and durable. Oftentimes they run smoother and more quietly than similar models offered by other tire makers. It is also possible to find them at on sale or in package deals that make them extremely affordable, given the level of quality and performance that they provide.

The problem you may be having is figuring out where to buy them. Unlike some of the more commonly known brands, they are not necessarily available in every city or town. Even if a local dealer carries some cooper tires they may not have the exact tire or size that you need for your vehicle. This may … Read the rest

How Long Do Car Tires Last?

The good news is that quality car tires are built to last. The even better news is that you can prolong that life by taking good care of the tires. In fact, some tests have shown that proper tire maintenance can extend the life of tires by as much as thirty to fifty percent.

When you are looking at tires for sale , each manufacturer should indicate the general longevity of the tire. This information should appear on the label. In most cases, tires can last between 25,000 and 50,000 miles.

Choosing the right tire can change how long until you need to replace them. Sometimes you can get tires that will last another 15,000 or 20,000 miles by spending … Read the rest

What Needs to be Checked on a Car Before Buying Tires

Even if you’ve never had to buy tires for a car before, you can do so like an expert with just a little bit of research. You should spend some time looking at tire reviews and safety ratings online to help you determine the best ones to buy. You will also need to check a few things on your car before making your purchase.

You should be regularly checking your tires not just to make sure they are properly inflated, but to find any cracks, bulging, or other damage. Discolored tires or those with a worn tread should definitely be replaced. Any serious damage that can’t be easily patched is also an indication that you need new tires. As you … Read the rest

How to Clean Dirty Chrome Wheels

If you have invested in sprucing up your car by purchasing high quality chrome wheels , you are going to need to take care of them. Wheels get dirty fairly easily. In some climates rust also becomes a factor. If you let that rust and dirt build up, it can wear off the chrome finish over time. Regular cleaning is essential and relatively easy.

The first thing to know is that putting your car through an automatic car washer or using power washing tools can actually damage the chrome finish. It is much better to use a regular hose or water from a bucket.

Start by rinsing off any dirt or grime with water. A hose works best for loosening … Read the rest

How Car Tires are Made

The majority of modern cars are the road use pneumatic tires, primarily composed of rubber, with additional chemicals added to the process. With over a billion tires made each year in factories across the globe, it is obvious that the general manufacturing process is going to be similar for all tires. Assembly line production is standard practice in the tire industry worldwide. While must of the manufacturing has moved overseas, there are still a number of companies operating tire manufacturing plants in the United States.

Each finished tire is a combination of a number of individual components. A tire is made up of the bead, the body plies, a belt package, sidewall, inner tuber or liner, tread, apex, and cusion … Read the rest