Tire Care Tips for the Winter

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Ready Your Tires for the Winter

 

Caring for your tires is crucial for driver safety. Using improper tires for different road conditions, neglecting your tires or putting off repairs can negatively impact your driving experience. Now that winter is here, you will need your tires to be at 100 percent to travel safely on the snowy and icy roads. The best way to care for your tires is to follow TreadHunter’s helpful tips below.

 

Wear and Tear

While rushing around during the holiday season, it’s easy to forget about your tires. It’s important to be aware of the age of your tires and to check your tire tread depth. There are a few ways in which you can check on the treads without having to take your car to the shop. Grab a penny, or any coin, and stick it into the groove of your tire. If you can see the president’s head, then you will need new tires. With the treads worn down, the car will not be able to grip the road nearly as well, causing you to slide all over the road with or without inclement weather.

 

Check Your Tire Pressure

Making sure you have the right amount of pressure and air in your tires is also a key factor. The only tool you will need is a tire pressure gauge to check if there is adequate pressure in your tires. To find out how much air is required for your tire, there should be a small sticker placed on it that tells you the correct number. Cold weather may also cause your tire pressure to drop so keep an eye out for that during your weekly tire pressure checks.

 

Avoid Getting a Flat

One of the best ways to avoid getting a flat is to pay attention to the road. Paying attention can help you avoid large bumps and potholes as well as large rocks and branches that can cause you to get a flat. Some hard to see objects such as nails and sharp rocks also can get wedged into your tire and slowly release air. In that case, a patch for your tire is required. It may be a little tricky to do by yourself, so having one of your local mechanics take care of it will most likely be your best bet.

 

Proper Tire Care Will Help You Save Money

Keeping up with your tires can save you a few dollars in repairs and replacements. Not only do you save money, you also save on fuel economy, as durable tires do not use as much fuel as those that are poorly maintained. Additionally, if your tires are worn down, you could find yourself in an accident. Not only will you be covering the cost for new tires, you’ll also be paying for a new car. Not to mention your insurance rates will skyrocket. Taking a small amount of time out of your day once every few weeks will greatly benefit your car and help you avoid a disaster.

Purchase New Tires Today at TreadHunter

If you’re in need of new tires, at TreadHunter, we offer a vast variety of different tire brands for many different vehicles. Getting new tires are important, especially for the winter – so contact us today!

Where and Why to Change Your Car’s Oil

Allowing a Smooth Ride

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Your car’s oil performs a few basic engine functions, ensuring that all the engine components run smoothly. It brings heat away from the combustion engine, prevents the accumulation of carbon and varnishes, and is essential to your engine’s long-term sustainability. Routine inexpensive oil changes will also save you huge sums of money down the road.

The Importance of Changing your Car’s Oil

Regularly changing your car’s oil is one the best things you can do for your vehicle’s engine. Neglecting routine oil changes may result in an accumulation of carbon deposits and sludge in cooler parts of the engine that get released from the old oil. Your pistons or camshafts may become seriously damaged, potentially requiring expensive oil cleaning or piston ring replacement. Make sure your oil is regularly changed to avoid this from happening in the first place.

Oil Acts as a Lubricant

Heat breaks down oil and makes it gummy and watery, preventing it from lubricating properly. The longer this process takes place, the dirtier the engine becomes. Changing your oil fixes these problems by flushing away grit and dirt from your vehicle. The new oil cools and lubricates better, reducing friction and removing heat. Changing your oil will optimize your engine’s performance and longevity.

When to Change your Oil

Knowing when to change your car’s oil is far from being an exact science as there are many different factors at play. It all depends on how you drive, the age and condition of your car and its exposure to certain environments. Driver manual recommendations range from 3,000 to 10,000 miles. Changing your oil after 5,000 miles is a good estimate, however you ultimately want to check your vehicle’s odometer to inform how often you should change the oil.

When More Frequent Oil Changes are Necessary

Unfortunately, you may be in a situation where you need to change your oil more frequently than other drivers. If you drive on dirt roads, live in an extremely hot or cold climate or have an old engine that burns oil, you will need more oil changes than usual. You will also need more oil changes if you frequently carry heavy loads and drive at high speeds and fast accelerations.

Where to Get Your Oil Changed

If you don’t feel comfortable changing your oil yourself, you can always get it changed locally. Find a local trusted car mechanic in your neighborhood. You can get recommendations from family members, friends and neighbors. Make sure you find a place that’s not too overpriced. Your mechanic should be a skilled and reliable professional who will change your oil as effectively as possible.

Use TreadHunter’s Services

If you ever need a new tire in addition to an oil change, TreadHunter is your perfect solution. Our online tire search allows you to choose the tire you want based on size, car make, model and year. When you make an appointment with us, other services like oil changes become available. Find the cheapest prices near you and sign up for a free membership at TreadHunter today!

5 Reasons Why You Need To Rotate Your Tires

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By the end of this article, you will understand the meaning of the phrase: Healthy tires, healthy car. Tires must be rotated and inspected every 5,000 miles. You would not walk for months on end in sneakers with a hole in the bottom, would you? A tire rotation is the shoe repair your car needs to function properly.

Tire rotation is the process of changing the position of tires on a car. This necessary process ensures even wear on all of the wheels. During a professional tire rotation, the mechanic will not only rotate the tires, but also adjust the air pressure accordingly and examine the brakes.

On any vehicle, wheels will wear out varying on their placement. Since the majority of cars keep their engines in the front, the front tires bear more weight than the rear ones. Front wheel tires also experience extra wear due to braking and steering. This means rotations are an easy way to keep things running smoothly and avoid accidents related to tire pressure and tread.

Two Processes, One Visit

Tire rotations can be done alongside oil changes, as a tire rotation needs to be done every 5,000 miles. Many companies offer a combination discount for oil changes and tire rotations, so be sure to check out local and national deals to help save some pennies.

Retain Warrantees

Tire companies have warranties for their products. It is important to read these agreements because tire rotations are required to keep the warranty valid. If your warranty is not valid, you will be spending more money if the tire fails unexpectedly. Further, replacing a tire can lead to wear issues on the other tires, especially if it is a different type than the one originally provided.

 

Spend Less On Gas

Speaking of money, the pressure checks during a tire rotation can help you save on gas, big time! According to Fuel Economy, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated with the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by .3% per 1psi drop in pressure of all four tires.

Extend Tire Life

Another consequence of lack of rotation is underinflation. You cannot tell if a tire has the correct inflation just by looking at it, as a tire can be as much as 50% underinflated without looking flat. Underinflation leads to reduced fuel economy, poor handling, delays while applying brakes, and extra stress on tire components. Tire failure due to underinflation is also a cause of many accidents on the road.

Less Accidents

Low spots, bald spots, and low treads form when tires become worn out. These conditions cause the vehicle to lose traction on the ground. Tread’s purpose is to funnel water out from underneath the wheels. When the tire has low tread, the car can slide out of control. This is known as hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning is not the only risk, however. Did you know that according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire issues account for 1 of 11 crashes on the road, including tread separations, blowouts, and bald tires? Tire safety, and therefore tire rotations, play a big role in protecting you on the road.

There are a lot of tires out there. For the best deals on tires with top-notch service, order your tires through TreadHunter. Or, call us at (888) TIRES-55 (888-847-3755).

Car Cleaning 101

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As the weather warms up this summer, it is the perfect time to get your car squeaky clean. Car washing is necessary for keeping your car’s appearance clean. However, precautions must be taken to ensure that your car’s finish is free of scratches and degrade. Here is a list of helpful tips for successfully washing your car in a safe and effective manner.

 

Don’t Wait

It is important that you wash your car before crud begins to accumulate. Clean away dead bugs, bird droppings, tree-sap and various atmospheric chemicals from your car as soon as possible. This will prevent acids from leeching off the wax of your car, ultimately destroying the paint job. Keep this from becoming a problem by washing your car as soon as it becomes noticeably dirty. You can use bug and tar remover to assist in the cleaning process.

 

Fill the Reservoir with Vodka

Yes, you read that header correctly. It’s not just shot glasses that need refilling of hard liquor; it’s your dirty car as well. At some point your windshield-washer reservoir will need to be refilled. Mix together 3 cups of vodka, 4 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing detergent in a jug. Screw the cap and shake it up. Pour the appropriate amount of customized liquid needed into your vehicle’s windshield-washer reservoir.

 

Stay out of Direct Sunlight

Make sure you stay away from direct sunlight as you wash your car. Before you’ve had a chance to rinse your car, the sunlight will dry the soapy water from your car quickly, leaving watermarks. To prevent this problem from arising, stay in a shady area as you wash your car. Drying your car by hand is most effective.

 

Seeing Clearly

Combine 1/4 cup of household ammonia with 1 quart of water into a plastic bottle with a tight cap. Store this bottle in your car to clean your windows and windshield when they get dirty. Use a sponge to absorb the solution and apply it to your dirty windows and windshield. Dry them off with paper towels or a soft cloth.

 

Two Buckets are Better than One

Wash your car using two buckets. One bucket should be designated for clean soapy water, while the other should be used for dirty water. After cleaning portions of your car, rinse your sponge or mitt into the bucket of dirty water. Then absorb the sponge into the clean bucket as you continue washing. This will prevent the dirt from ending up on your car again.

Use these easy tips to keep your car clean all summer long. Are your tires in need of more than just a cleaning? Search for tires using our convenient search tool, and get them locally installed. Tire buying has never been this easy.

 

Breaking in Your New Tires

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We have all heard it before. Whenever you buy a new car, you are supposed to take it easy for the first 500 miles and try to avoid long stints on the highway. This is partly because you do not want to put a lot of immediate strain on the engine and transmission. The tires are also another reason you should take it easy for the first 500 miles.

Why You Need to Take It Easy

When tire manufactures produce tires, they need to spray the inside of the molds with some form of lubrication, otherwise they would not be able to remove the tires from the mold. Even after completely drying the tires, the residue from the lubricant remains on the tire. This lubricant is designed to greatly reduce or eliminate any type of friction that the tire has from the mold. This means that your tires are also unable to grip the road properly.

Taking the first 500 miles easy on your new tires will allow it to wear off without risking the safety of the vehicle occupants, or causing the vehicle to spin out of control and cause an accident. It does not matter if the car is brand new or 20 years old; when you get new tires, you have to take it easy for the first 500 miles.

Why Does My Car Drive Differently with New Tires

A lot of people will notice that their car or truck drives differently once they get new tires. The two most common reasons for this are:

  • The old tires had little or no tread left and you are not used to firmer control that comes from new tires.
  • Older tires that had decent tread life left had been properly broken in and had less flex to them. New tires flex and spread more at first, which makes them feel far less responsive initially.

Another reason is, often times, tire manufacturers trying to find a way to make one tire work for several different types of vehicles. If you went for a discounted brand of tire, you are going to notice a difference in performance (good or bad), regardless.

Other Effects of New Tires That Should Be Noted

One of the other major changes to your vehicle that you will notice right off the bat is that your gas mileage will drop. Ever notice how about 6 months or so after you purchase a new car, the mileage you get starts going up? That is because your tires are properly broken in. The deeper your tread, the more resistance is placed on the road, which causes deceleration. As the tire tread wears down, less resistance is generated, thus increasing how long your car can maintain speeds. This means less fuel consumption to maintain travel speeds, increasing your mileage.

New tires are about as well liked as bald tires; however, you can’t add more tread to a tire. Once it is used up, it’s gone. Replacing your tires will help begin the process anew. Properly breaking in your tires will help you get to that sweet spot, where you get better handling, control, grip and mileage.