Tips For Proper Tire Maintenance

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Tips For Proper Tire Maintenance

Tips For Proper Tire Maintenance  

Learn to inspect your tires. Look at the depth of the remaining tread, while you are looking for uneven wear. Look for signs of a separated tire. Pay attention to how the tires ride.While every part that makes up your vehicle is important, some are more important than others — including the tires. Since tires also can be quite expensive and are essential to your safety while driving, you want to take care of them as best you can. Many people don’t think about tire maintenance, instead waiting until the “low air” tire sensor or another person tells them a tire is low. By then, you already could have done some damage to the tires.

Inflation

One of the most important steps in tire maintenance is ensuring that every tire is properly inflated. If tires have too much air, the center will wear sooner than the outside edges. You also will have less rubber contacting the road, which makes driving in slick conditions, including rain, that much more dangerous.

If the tire pressure is too low, the outside edges will wear faster. You also have some handling problems with low tires. Always check the tire pressure visually before you drive the vehicle, or after it sits for a couple of hours. Check it with an air pressure gauge at least monthly, too. You can find the recommended tire pressure on the sidewall of the tire, or on the sticker on the driver’s doorjamb.

Alignment

Hitting potholes or bumping the curb hard enough could knock your vehicle out of alignment. You should have the alignment checked at least once per year. If you know you hit a pothole or curb hard enough, however, have the alignment checked as soon as possible. Other actions that could affect the alignment include driving over gravel roads that are particularly bumpy or even a rough railroad track crossing.

 

Wear and Tear

Even when you keep tires properly inflated, you’re going to get some wear and tear — and tires seldom wear evenly. You might have one front tire that seems to wear faster than the others. To keep the tire wear even, rotate the tires every six months or at intervals of 10,000 to 12,000 miles.

Tire Inspection

 

  • Shaking in the steering wheel at a certain speed — usually between 55 and 75 mph — indicates that the tires are not properly balanced. Balance the tires as soon as possible, as an unbalanced tire could wear faster.
  • Shaking at slower speeds indicates that you may have a separated tire. Tires are made of rubber layers that are glued together. In many cases, a bubble will appear on the sidewall, indicating that the layers are separating.
  • Check the depth of the tread, which in the U.S. is measured in 32nds of an inch. If the depth is approaching 2/32 of an inch, it’s time to replace the tires. Instead of trying to measure the tread with a ruler, stick a quarter in the tread. If the tread does not reach the top of Washington’s head, it’s time to replace the tires. You also can look for the wear indicators, which are squares of rubber located between the tread on the tires. If the tread is even close to the wear indicators, it’s time for new tires.

 

Replacing Tires

If you have a tire damaged to the point that you must replace it, yet the other tires still have plenty of life left, be sure to use the same size and type of tire. When possible, it’s better to replace all four tires at the same time. If you just spent hundreds on a set of tires a month or three ago, however, you can replace only the damaged tire.

The Importance of Tire Maintenance

Keep your family and yourself safe by checking your vehicle’s tires often. Watch for balancing, separation and tread issues. When you have the tires rotated, ask the technician to balance them, too. In most cases, they will, but don’t assume it will be done. Keeping an eye on your vehicle’s tires allows you to see minor issues before they become major issues, while also helping you extend the life of the tires.

 

Ryan Holtzer is Chief Executive Officer of Tires By Web, a leading tire and wheel e-commerce company. Before joining Tires By Web in 2004, he completed General Electric’s Financial Management Program and has served as a Black Belt in GE’s Six Sigma Initiative.

 

Sources/links:

 

https://www.insurancehotline.com/tire-maintenance-guide-10-simple-tips-for-longer-lasting-tires/

http://www.carsdirect.com/car-repair/tire-alignment-how-to-know-when-you-need-it

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/new-tire-tests-show-the-quarter-is-the-new-penny-car-news

 

 

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Car and Truck Recycling Facts

Car and Truck Recycling Facts

According to auto and truck recycling statistics, the car you are driving today will be a source of many recyclable materials tomorrow when it comes that time to recycle your ride. Fact: 80% of a car can be recycled and a good bit of the recycling takes place while your car is still in service, through automotive aftermarket recycling. Below are some basic facts pertaining to auto, Car and Truck recycling.  As a Automotive recycler we encourage you to recycle every part of your vehicle and always purchase Used Auto Parts when you can. Save money, Save the planet, Recycle.  Why buy new when used will do.

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  • Every year, automobile recycling industry in USA and Canada provides sufficient steel to produce roughly 13 million new vehicles.
  • Every year, over 25 million tons of materials are recycled from old vehicles.
  • Automobiles are the most recycled consumer product in the world today.
  • The car recycling Industry is the 16th largest in the United States, contributing $25 billion per year to the national GDP. The US automotive recycling industry employs around 100,000 people and earns around $25 billion a year. There are around 7,000 vehicle recycling facilities around the USA.
  • In the U.S., nearly 12 million cars are recycled. This number makes cars the most recycled item in the country.
  • In Europe, every year, nearly eight million vehicles are recycled.
  • Every year, the North American automotive recycling industry saves around 85 million barrels of oil from getting used in making new or replacement auto parts.
  • The current international automotive recycling industry is about 75 years old.
  • According to reports, the gross annual revenue in 1997 in USA was $7.05 billion and in Canada was $1.15 billion. In the same year, auto recyclers in USA and Canada acquired approximately 4.7 million vehicles for recycling. In that year, 6 million car tires and 11 millions of car oil were recycled. And automotive recyclers spent approximately $50 million on environmental compliance.
  • Across North America, automotive recycling provides around 40 percent of ferrous metal for scrap processing industry.
  • Every year, the amount of hazardous fluids and oils reclaimed safely by auto recyclers is equal to 8 Exxon Valdez disasters!
  • Most auto recyclers are small businesses. More than 75 percent of all automotive recycling companies employ about 10 people.
  • Automotive recyclers supply retail and wholesale customers with quality auto parts that cost 20 percent to 80 percent less than comparable new auto parts.
  • Every year, more than 14 million tons of recycled steel in derived from junk vehicles. On an average, a car has around 25 percent of body made from recycled steel.
  • Every year, around 27 million cars that reach the end of their useful life from around the world are recovered for recycling.
  • Just about 80 percent of a vehicle (by weight) is recycled and the remaining 20 percent that can’t be recycled is termed as “auto shredder residue (ASR)” which includes ferrous and nonferrous metal pieces, dirt, glass, fabric, paper, wood, rubber and plastic. Every year, around 5 million tons of ASR is disposed of in landfills.
  • In Europe, 75 percent of a car is recycled; making the ASR items 25 percent of the car. According to an estimate, in Europe, recycling facilities will recycle 95 percent of each car, by weight.
  • Approximately 90 percent of aluminum of a vehicle is recovered and recycled. Although this aluminum recovered from old vehicle represents less than 10% the vehicle by weight, it accounts for nearly 50 percent vehicle’s scrap value.
  • Automotive recycling industry supplies around 37 percent of all ferrous metal to blast furnaces and smelters across the United States of America.
  • Approximately 98- 99 percent of car batteries can be recycled. But most car owners simply return their car battery to the shop from where they replace car battery.
  • Car tire recycling is viable and material can be used to produce sandals and roadways.
  • Automotive recycling reduces accident rates by buying out of order vehicles from the road and keeping roads and highways clear of disabled and abandoned automobiles.
  • Increasingly, car windshield recycling is becoming practiced.

All of the above-mentioned facts and figures about auto recycling demonstrate that the worldwide auto recycling industry a vibrant and entrepreneurial industry.

Source: http://recycling.about.com/od/Recycling/fl/Auto-Recycling-Facts-and-Figures.htm

 

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25 Of The Best Junkyard Parts that belong on your Jeep

Check out 25 of the best junkyard parts that belong on your Jeep. See why you need a Spicer overdrive 18, Ford 9-inch, Chevy v-8 and more for your rig in this month’s issue of Jp Magazine!

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Vehicle Tempertures in the Summer

Vehicle Temperatures in the Heat of the Summer .

Do you know just how quickly your cars temperature heats up? Even with windows open. In the Heat of the Summer sometimes we forget and leave things in our vehicles that the heat will ruin or perhaps maybe you decide to take you furry family members. Just don’t forget and leave them in the car, they cannot stand this high temperatures for no time at all. Here is a Estimated Vehicle Interior Air Temperature vs. Elapsed time that’s tell you what temperatures get up to in your car while your away.

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Hot Summer Car Care Tips

Hot Summer Car Care Tips

The arrival of summer marks an ideal time to make sure that your car or truck is in good working condition. The hot temperatures the summer heat can bring is tough on our vehicles. It can effect everything from the paint down to the tires. Below are a few tips you can follow so that you are not stranded in the heat. Protect your car against the hazards of summer.

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  • Fluids

-Coolant, this is the number one thing you should stay on top of during summer months. This is normally easy to check or add and is generally done through the coolant reservoir located under the hood. You can consult to your owner’s manual for specific location. Be sure the level is between the minimum and maximum markings. Never open the radiator cap or coolant lid when the engine is hot.

-Motor oil, motorist can regularly check these on your own about once a month. Be sure your engine is cold or has been off at least 10 minutes. Pull out the dip stick and wipe it clean. Insert the dipstick back into the pipe and then pull it out again. Note how high the oil film reaches on the dipstick and the condition of the oil, and add or change the oil as needed. When you check your oil, if it is dirty or smells of gasoline, it should be changed. You don’t add oil into the tiny tube that the dipstick sits in. Look for a screw-off cap on top of the largest part of the engine. It could be blank or it could be labeled “Oil Cap” or something similar, and it might even indicate which grade of oil you ought to be using in your car. Unscrew that cap and add oil as needed.

Also be sure to keep up periodic maintenance like oil and filter changes and inspection or replacement of the air cleaner and fuel filters. Not only are these essential to the durability of your engine in the long term, but neglecting them will cause poor fuel economy in the short term, too. Performing regular maintenance means it will take less fuel to make that long highway trip. Maintaining proper tire pressure and using cruise control on the highway can further improve fuel economy, keeping your summer fuel costs down.

– Wiper Fluid, Windshield washer fluid is one of those maintenance items that you might overlook. Until you try to look through a dirty windshield while driving, that is. Find your washer fluid reservoir-it’s usually a white, translucent container with a windshield/water symbol on the cap. Note that if your vehicle has a rear wiper, there may be a second reservoir for it as well. Remove the cap(s) and check the fluid level in the reservoir(s). If it’s full, you don’t need to add any. If the fluid is low, carefully pour some into the reservoir(s) until it almost reaches the top. Do NOT use water if it freezes it can clog and damage reservoir and hoses. Replace the cap(s) and press down until it pops into place.

  • Tire Pressure

Tire pressure is also important, especially in summer months. As the outside temperature climbs, the air in your car’s tires expands, so check your tire pressure when the tires are at a normal temperature – before you set out on a road trip. Also, be sure to use the proper tire pressure for your car, not the maximum pressure listed on the tire sidewall. Check the recommended tire pressure label in the door jamb or glove compartment, or consult your owner’s manual. Tires that are over- or underinflated can reduce the vehicle’s handling capability or generate excess heat, causing a blowout. Although most newer cars have an on-board tire pressure monitoring system, get a good quality tire pressure gauge – a dial-type analog unit or digital gauge, not a straight, pen-type one – and check them yourself every few months. Don’t forget to check the pressure in your spare tire, too. It’s like an insurance policy. You never know when you might need it.

  • Air Conditioning 

Have your air conditioning checked annually. If your car’s a/c is not getting cold you could have a leak in the system. You can add refrigerant but it will only solve the problem temporarily, so you may want to invest in proper repair. Some a/c systems have a cabin air filtration system. Check your owner’s manual to see how often the filter should be changed. And if you see a little water dripping from your car, don’t worry. The a/c system drains condensation when it’s working properly. Also try to keep your car cool when your not driving.

The heat can cause cosmetic damage to your car and make it harder to cool off inside when you get in it to drive. You can protect it by regularly waxing your vehicle using a polish with UV protection to reduce sun damage and paint fading. You can protect your interior by placing a sunshade that keeps sun from coming in the windshield and fading, drying and cracking the inside of your vehicle and keep it cooler for when it’s time to go.

 

Following these simple tips will help your vehicle to perform its best this summer and will keep you from getting stranded in the heat.

 

 

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Four Mechanic Questions You Should Ask When Your Car Is in the Shop

Four Mechanic Questions You Should Ask When Your Car Is in the Shop

Here are four mechanic questions you should always ask when your car is in the shop beyond the ever-essential “how much will it cost?”

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