Spring is the peak of pothole season, and no one is immune to their sneaky destruction. Day to day, everyone runs into this monster known as the pothole. They wait until the last second to sneak up on an innocent driver, and then it’s too late. These little road gremlins stalk their pray with their dips, bumps, and sharp edges, waiting to get a grip on your tires. They can cause damages from misalignment to a blown tire. While potholes are the tire’s sworn enemy, they aren’t going away any time soon.
The best way to defeat any enemy is to know the enemy. These little demons are initially made in the winter. Roads will freeze and thaw. This causes erosion of the dirt beneath the asphalt and diminishes the strength of the pavement. With additional traffic adding onto the erosion, the road begins to crumble and break. Craters then begin to form over time into something we know as the pothole.
Potholes can cause serious d ...[more]
How old are your tires?
If you ever make the decision to buy used tires or return a tire you purchased, knowing the age of your tire can become useful.
Tires normally deteriorate with the wear of normal use. When you buy used tires, you are aware that they have been put up for a certain time period. Although they aren’t worn, the age is just as dangerous. The rubber in tires breaks down with age due to UV and environmental exposure. Age can leave your tires brittle and your sidewalls damaged. Both of these factors can lead to eventual dysfunction and failure of your tires.
Step One: Find the DOT number on your tire.
- This is listed on every tire.
- Find the letters that say DOT. Once you have found that, then it will be followed by a series ...[more]
If you’ve taken that first step in winter safety and have invested in a new set of winter tires, congratulations! Independent Tire Dealers wants to share few things with you that you are going to want to remember about your winter tires, especially if this is your first time making the transition.
· You are likely to notice a change in the feel and sound of your tires. Winter tires have more of a grip on the road, so they are likely to sound louder than all-season tires, depending on the tires you buy, and on your vehicle. If you add winter chains or studs, the volume of the sound will increase. Keep in mind that this is just the sound of the traction, and that you will be grateful for that sound in the middle of the next winter storm.
When your car's "Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting your mechanic to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.
The Check Engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong. Older vehicles may not have this, but any newer vehicle is equipped with a tiny all-knowing computer that will be your lifeline in communicating any problem with how the engine is running. Your Tire and Automotive service department can diagn ...[more]
Winter driving can be a cause of anxiety for even the most experienced driver. Poor road conditions can happen suddenly, and underestimating hazardous driving scenarios is a lead cause in most winter accidents. There are some steps, from the start of your daily commute to the end, which can help ease some of that anxiety. Keeping your vehicle well prepared and knowing a few hazard prevention tips may become the difference between a stress free winter and finding yourself in a hazardous situation without the tools to get out.
Starting out for the day means making sure you have some essentials in your vehicle for emergencies and prepping your vehicle for the cold. If you need to warm up your vehicle in the morning to defrost the windows and get the heater running, keep in mind that all you need is about five minutes, max. Longer than that and the constant idle may put unnecessary strain on your engine and end up using excess gas. Keep your doors locked and a spare key on ...[more]
Another winter storm coming? Before you rush to the store for the last gallon of milk and loaf of bread, you’ll want to be sure your car is ready to battle the elements. Follow these tips before venturing out into the winter wonderland.
- Check your Cooling System. Have your mechanic check your hoses, belts and anti-freeze. A weakened hose or belt can break and leave you stranded, or a weak solution of anti-freeze can ice up and damage your cooling system. Hoses shouldn’t have cracks or become softened. In extreme temperature drops, keep an eye on your hoses and belts, as low temperatures can cause additional breakage or weak spots.
- Check Your Battery. Make sure your car's battery connection is clean, tight and corro ...[more]
Winter Tires at Discount Prices
Now is the time of the year to seriously consider winter tires for your vehicle. We live in an area with winter storms, snow, ice, or freezing rain, winter tires are the best protection you have against slips, skids, and spin-outs. Before the heavy storms hit later in the season, right now is the best time to get your winter tires at discount prices. Winter tires are an important investment because of their added safety benefits. But why pay more when Independent Tire Dealers has low prices on winter tires right now? You’re getting added safety, better deals, and preparing yourself early for the unknown hazards that winter weather brings to drivers. Don’t hesitate, a good set of four winter tires may save you time and bring ...[more]
Independent Tire Dealer Announces New Products; Check Out What’s New at Independent Tire Dealer- ITDRoll.com
ITDRoll recently sent out a press release introducing a couple of new tires:
(PRWEB) November 26, 2013Independent Tire Dealers is an industry leader in service and customer satisfaction. Your local Independent Tire Dealer is a place where you can obtain honest, dependable, trustworthy service performed by technicians that know what they are doing and with over 200 locations, you are sure to find one near you. This collective group of independent tire dealers is proud to announce the addition of brand new tire lines to add to their already extensi ...[more]
We know you've heard it before, but it's critical enough to repeat: the tires you choose for your vehicle are important. It is critical to understand that the tires on your vehicle are the one single link to the road surface. To keep the rest of your vehicle performing at its peak, your tires are the very foundation of your vehicle.
Different quality tires will last for different periods of time, depending on wear and tear. Regular maintenance is key to longer tread life, but tread wears down over time and with use. Once you get to the point where you need to replace your tires, there are several choices that you can make. The easiest choice is get the exact size and make that originally came on the vehicle, when it was new. Beyond that, you might consider going to a better quality tire or ...[more]
Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel? Many people have concerns about taking their cars on long trips, especially if their cars are getting on in years or mileage. The truth is … long trips are actually easier on your car than day-to-day driving, but a breakdown far from home can really ruin your fun. A few simple checks will stave off many common problems. As with most things, it's best to start early. Here is a simple check list for preparing your car for Holiday travel.
Two to four weeks before you go
- Get any major repairs done. If your car needs major repair or maintenance, do it at least one month, before you travel. That will allow plenty of time for any problems rela ...[more]
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