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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

 

EBAY New Car Smell Standridge Auto Parts www.standridgeauto.com

Cleaning your Car Battery Terminals – Car Care Tips

Cleaning your Car Battery Terminals

Car Care Tips

Keeping your Car Battery Terminal clean will keep you on the road. When your Battery is corroded it hard on the battery to start your car. Follow these steps to avoid unnecessary expenses and worry.

  1. Make sure your car is turned off. This will reduce the likelihood of accidentally grounding the cables.
  2. Determine the terminal configuration of your battery. There are two types.
    • If the terminals are on the side, you will need a 5/16-inch (8 mm) wrench to loosen both cable nuts.
    • If the terminals are on top of the battery, you will need either a 3/8-inch (10 mm) or 1/2-inch (13 mm) wrench.
  3. Loosen the nut on the negative (-) cable clamp. Unfasten the cable from the post.
    • Do the same for the positive (+) cable. If you have trouble removing either cable, attempt to twist them while pulling up at the same time.
  4. Examine the car battery for cracks that may be leaking acid. If any are found, you need to replace the battery.
  5. Check the battery cables and clamps for tears. If a large rip is found, you may have to replace these parts.
  6. Mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda with 1 cup (250 ml) of very hot water.Dip an old toothbrush into the mixture and scrub the top of the battery to remove corrosion buildup.
    • You can even dip the ends of the battery cables in hot water to dissolve any corrosion on the cable ends themselves.
  7. Use the toothbrush to scour the car battery clamps and posts. Remember to soak your brush in the baking soda solution as much as needed.
  8. Rinse the battery and cables with cool water. Make sure all the baking soda and corrosion is washed away. Dry the battery and clamps with a clean cloth.
  9. Lubricate all exposed metal on battery terminals, posts and clamps. Use petroleum jelly or a commercial battery terminal protection spray.
  10. Reattach the positive (+) cable clamp to the proper terminal. Tighten the nut with your wrench.
    • Repeat with the negative (-) clamp. Test if terminals are tight enough by twisting each one by hand.

If you ever have an emergency and need to clean them real quick here’s 4 steps to follow.

  1. Keep a pair of gloves and correct-size wrench in your trunk or back seat.
  2. Loosen each terminal slightly with your wrench. Do not entirely remove the cables.
  3. Pour cola over the battery from the center outward in one direction. Repeat going in the opposite direction.
  4. Allow it to soak for two minutes, then rinse off with water. Tighten the terminals and try to restart the car.

Hope you will take the time to clean your battery so your not stuck out in the cold weather.

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