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When is the Last Time You Rotated Your Tires?

We have a complicated relationship with cars.  It’s one of give and take; the car gives us freedom to go where we please and a comfortable environment to do it in, and all it asks in return is a little bit of attention through maintenance.  The longer you wait to perform basic tasks like oil changes, the more upset your car gets, and the bigger the problem when one manifests.

But here’s one thing that you can do to keep your car in good working order: tire rotations.  They sound intimidating, but it is actually a very simple process that takes only minutes and can make your can handle, accelerate, and brake better.  On the other hand, not rotating tires means that you will need to replace them more often, and you sacrifice some safety and ride comfort by having the oldest, most worn tires in the spot that puts the most stress on them.

The logic behind rotating your tires is simple.  Tires on a car or a truck do not wear evenly.  Depending on the kind of car you have, the front tires may wear out faster than the rear, or vice versa.  Even individual cars will have certain “wear patterns,” and a tire in the rear of the car may wear down in different places than the front tire on the same side.  If you rotate the tires at regular intervals, then you are making sure that the tires with the best traction are in the place where they can do most good.  Plus, rotating tires makes them last longer, so you won’t have to spring for a new set nearly as often.

How is it done?  Well, at Performance Plus Tire, we have a technician remove all four wheels and tires and put them in a new spot.  The most common rotation is simply taking the front wheels and moving them to the back, but the exact pattern varies between different makes, models, and brands of tire.  After that, the technician makes sure to tighten the wheels according to factory specs, and you can be on your way in a better performing, safer vehicle.  It’s simple, fast, and can save you a lot of headaches in the future.  That’s not too shabby for something that you only need to do every 5,000 or 10,000 miles.

Need a rotation?  Not sure, but want a professional opinion?  Need the job done and don’t want to get your hands dirty?  Performance Plus Tire would love to help!  Visit our superstore and we will make sure the job gets done right.

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When Should Car Tires Be Replaced?

Some questions in life have more than one answer: “”Who has the best pizza?”, or “How many times can you wear the same shirt?”, and of course “When should car tires be replaced?” You can ask anyone those three questions and you’ll almost be guaranteed to get a different answer every time, but only one of those questions can have significant impact on your life. And no, it’s not the question about the pizza regardless of how great it tastes. The question that can really have an impact on your life is “when should car tires be replaced?”, and it’s not enough to just accept the first piece of friendly advice you hear as fact; rather its best to consult the experts. There are two types of people in the world: people that replace car tires when they should, and people that replace car tires when they have to because of damage. Waiting to replace your vehicle’s tires until they are past their recommended mileage or waiting until there is some sort of problem is obviously not the safest method to take. And of course mileage is not the only factor to consider, in fact, tire condition should take precedence when replacing your vehicle’s tires. A lot of numbers are generally thrown around when discussing when should car tires be replaced whether it be every 25,000 miles, 30,000 or more. It’s generally a good idea to change your tires at these regular intervals but it might not always be necessary though. Many people are surprised to hear to not all tires need to be changed at the same time though; when making tires, manufactures use the Treadwear Number to assign a value to how long a tire will last. A tire with a treadwear number of 100 won’t last as long as a tire with a treadwear number of 400 for instance. If your only goal is maximizing the time that your tires will last then choose a tire with a high treadwear number, but there’s more to choose the best tire for your vehicle than it’s treadwear rating. Treadwear is something that is not necessarily tired to a tire’s price either a set of cheap tires can have a high treadwear number while others can have a low treadwear number; instead of price treadwear often varies depending on tire purpose.  A tire’s treadwear is just one statistic that manufactures use to indicate the quality of the tire and if you would like to known more about about the To find out more about the Uniform Tire Quality Grading, or UTQG, then just check out our in-depth explanation.

One of the most common and easiest methods that people use to check when it’s time to replace their tires is something called the penny test. The penny test involves taking a U.S. Penny and putting it in between the grooves of your tires – if Lincoln’s head is not completely covered if when you place a penny upside down then it’s tire to replace your tires because there is less than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth left.

Another surprising fact is that most of the United States and other countries it is illegal to drive with tires that have less than 1/16  or even a 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining. Driving a car is a huge responsibility and part of that responsibility is ensuring that your tires are in optimal driving condition. So if you happen to be getting close to that time when you should have your tires replaced then a good are a pair of tires to consider are Nankang tires.

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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 note the visible wear, you want to assess if it is uneven. Check both the inside and outside of the tires and make sure the wear is even. If it’s not, you may have a problem with the alignment of your vehicle . Uneven tread may also indicate a problem with the suspension system. Make sure you get those problems fixed or your new tires will wear out just as quickly.

The most important thing to check is the size of the tires. It is perfectly fine to buy cheap truck tires rather than the most expensive set. As long as they are properly sized for your vehicle, you will get good use out of them. There are two places on the vehicle to find this information. The first place is the existing tires. They will have a series of numbers indicating the correct size and type of tire for your vehicle. If you don’t trust that the dealer or previous owner used the factory recommended size, you can look inside the door on the drivers side of the car. There should be a manufacturer plate that gives the specifications.

Once you know what size tires you need and have taken care of any system problems in your vehicle that can affect tire performance, it’s just a matter of getting the best deal you can find for the tires you want.

It’s National Tire Safety Week!

According to an article from motorage.com, it’s that time of year again, for the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association’s National Tire Safety Week.

Many major tire companies are very active in the association’s events including National Tire Safety Week. Some are Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli.

The National Tire Safety Week is now in its eighth year. And this year their campaign slogan is “Be Tire Smart, play your PART.”  The campaign is designed to help drivers do the simple maintenance that is needed to avoid more dangerous and permanent damage to your tires.

Think about it. Your tires are the only thing that touches the road when it comes to your car. It’s important to check your tire pressure and make sure it’s at the proper level.

“Improper air pressure in tires can lead to a multitude of problems, ranging from uneven and accelerated tire wear to structural tire damage. An underinflated tire also has the potential to affect tire performance, including making a vehicle less fuel-efficient.”

And with gas prices creeping back up towards three dollars, the more fuel efficient your car can be the better.

Checking your tire pressure is one of the easiest things a consumer can do to keep your vehicle in tip top shape.

“Goodyear outlets will be distributing Be Tire Smart, Play Your PART consumer booklets that stress the importance of inflation pressure, wheel alignment, tire rotation and visual checks of a tire’s tread.”

Here are some of the top safety tips from the article to keep your tires in the best shape possible:

  • Check tire pressure,
  • Rotate tires regularly,
  • Keep proper vehicle alignment,
  • keep tires balanced,
  • check tire tread depth,
  • and replace worn tires.

Other great ways companies are celebrating is Michelin is offering a sale on their energy saver A/S tire hoping it will get folks to think more about buying new tires and tire safety in general.

And with all the summer road trips, it’s never a bad idea to check out the condition of your tires.