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What Load Range Tire do I need?

What Load Range Tire do I need?

  Every Tire made has a Load Range or Ply Rating. The Ply Rating comes from the original way Bias Tires were made. The Plys were cotton fiber layers. The more Cotton Layers the more Load carrying capacity they had. This is no longer ture with the modern Radial Tire. They are made with fewer Layers of material that are much stronger. Tire Manufacturers still use Ply Rating to designate the load the Tire can carry. The Tire Manufacture uses Load Range as well as ply rating. These Load Ranges use alphabetical designation. B load rating is a Standard load or 4 ply Rating. C Load Range is a 6 Ply Rating. E Load Range is a 10 Ply Rating. These Load Ratings will be visible on the Sidewall of the Tire. As well will be the Maximum Cold Tire Pressure. Passenger Tires have three different load ranges and can be a 2 or 4 Ply Tire. They will also have the designation of LL for Light Load, SL for Standard Load and XL ro RF for Extra Load. Make sure you look at the Tire Door Placard that is on t ... read more

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Why is my car's AC not that cold?

Why is my car's AC not that cold?

  Sometimes the Air coming out of the passenger's side is Cooler than the Air coming from the Vents on the driver's side. Most of the time the cause of this is the Car's Air Conditioning System is low on Freon. The Air Conditioning System in your Car is a Sealed System. The AC System will only be low on Freon if something is damaged or something comes loose. The only way to detect a Leak is with an Electronic Leak detector as Freon is colorless and odorless. The other way is to inspect the System components for Oil Residue. Some AC Systems will have a Ultra Violet Dye in the system and the Leak can be detected by a UV light. To determine if you are low on Freon you will need to come into one of the Stamps Auto Tire Pros. A Technician will Evacuate your Air Conditioning System. The will then Weigh the Freon Taken out to see if you are low. They will check to see if they can find any Leaks. If the AC System is low and a Leak is not found. The Certified and Trained Techni ... read more

How do I know when I need New Tires?

How do I know when I need New Tires?

Two big deciding factors in determining when you need to replace your Tires is Tread Depth and Tire's Age. Tires that are 6 year old or older are past their Service Life. The Rubber can come apart or the Tire may Blow out. To check the age of your tire, find the DOT number on the side of the tire and find the last 4 digits of the Number. The first two represent the week the tire was built. The last two digits represent the year the Tire was Manufactured. So for example a (DOT AF WD9E 0517) this tire would have been manufactured in the 5 week of 2017. Even though the Tread Depth is above 3/32 a tire may need to be replaced just because of Age. The other Factor is Tread Depth. Every tire has a wear bar that designates 3/32. If the Tread is getting close to the Wear Bar it is time to be looking for New Tires. If you are having problems finding the wear bar you can use a Penny to check your Tread Depth. Put a penny in the Tread with Lincoln's dead down into the Tread. If you can se ... read more

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Why is my Car Oil Black?

Why is my Car Oil Black?

Heat cycles from the engine will cause your Car's Engine Oil to Darken. The more Extreme Heat you drive in and the more frequent you have Heat Cycles, the quicker your Oil will Darken. A Heat Cycle is when the Engine starts cold, hits operating temperature and then cools  back down. Oil will turn darker over time due to Oxidation. Oxidation is when the Oxygen in the air interacts with the oil and causes it to chemically breakdown. Heat will speed up the process of Oxidation. Soot however will cause the oil to turn Black. Every modern Engine Diesel or Gas will produce Soot. Soot is a byproduct of incomplete Combustion. The longer you go between Oil Changes the more Soot you Oil has suspended in it. Soot is generally too small for your oil filter to filter out. If you accumulate too much Soot, the Soot will lump into larger groups and will cause Engine Wear. Some Oils Darken quicker than others due to the different Additives they have in them. So Color can be misleading. The onl ... read more

Why is my Car Air Conditioner not Blowing Cold Air?

Why is my Car Air Conditioner not Blowing Cold Air?

    When Temperatures climb to over 100 degrees, your Car's AC System works overtime. With your Car's AC system working to overcome that Arizona blazing Heat. You may experience less than Cold Air coming from your Vehicle's Vents. This sometimes is very simple to correct and sometimes it is very Expensive to Repair. Reduced Performance in the AC System may be from normal Wear and Tear. Or it can come from Damaged or Malfunctioning Parts. A Leak can develop from a Hose or a Component and cause your Freon to be Low. Running your AC System on a Low Charge will Damage the Compressor. It is important to have your AC System routinely checked for Performance. Having your AC System Checked will save you Money in the long run. When the Compressor runs with low Refrigerant it lacks Lubrication. The Lack of lubrication will Create Catastrophic damage to your AC System. The Reduced Performance can come from part of your Vents or Blower Motor. Some include a broken Blend Doo ... read more