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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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Are Six Year Old Tires Safe?

Are Six Year Old Tires Safe?

Tread Depth was the standard for Tire Life. When the Tire Tread was Low then you needed New Tires. Today, Tires are mostly made of Rubber. Rubber starts to Degrade as soon as the Tire is Manufactured. At about 5 years the Rubber in the Tire Degrades at a faster Rate. Even if  you Store the Tire in a Temperature controlled Room, the Tire is Degrading. Make sure you check the Age of brand new Tires. Heat, Cold, Sun and Ice can increase the Degrading Process. Most Car and Tire Manufacturers recommend replacing Tires every 6 Years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that an average of 90 people are killed and 3,200 are injured in the US every year in Crashes involving Old Tires. In 2013, Paul Walker was killed while Driving a Porsche Carrera GT with 9-year-old Tires.  These 9 year Old Tires  compromised their Drivability and Handling characteristics. Stamps Auto Tire Pros recommends maintaining the proper air pressure in your tires. We can also check ... read more

Why Does Gas Mileage Drop with New Tires?

Why Does Gas Mileage Drop with New Tires?

After installing New Tires You may experience a reduction in your Vehicle's Fuel Efficiency. The Tire Tread of the New Tire has more Rolling Resistance than Tires with Worn Tread. Rolling Resistance is the amount of energy you need to transfer to the Tires to keep the Tires moving at a consistent speed. New Rubber in a New Tire is more Flexible and takes more Energy to maintain that Speed. After several warm up cycles of the Tire the Rubber has a tendency to break in and have less Rolling Resistance. Other Engineered components of a Tire can also reduce Rolling Resistance.  The U.S. Department of Energy shows that using low rolling resistance tires can have a fuel savings of up to 10%. There can be some drawbacks to purchasing low Rolling Resistance Tires.  Low Rolling Resistance Tires can have a shorter Tire Tread Life and may have some Road Noise.  Low Rolling Resistance Tires have a different type of rubber than in conventional tires. The Construction is also diff ... 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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What causes Struts to go Bad?

What causes Struts to go Bad?

  Struts are strong enough to take a lot of punishment. After tens of thousands of miles, your struts will wear out. The Struts are constantly going up and down as you drive down the Road.  The rougher the roads the Quicker the Struts will wear out. Some of the signs your Struts are Bad are Cupping going diagonal across the Tread of the Tire. When you Stop, your car Bounces more than once is also an indicator your Struts are Bad. You May also Feel every Bump in the Road or you can see that the Struts are Leaking Fluid. The Leading cause of Struts going bad is Wear. The design of a Strut is to go up and down only so many times before it will Fail. Most Strut were out at 50,000 miles. Some Struts Life will be Shortened by rough driving conditions. Other Causes for Struts to go Bad are manufacturing defects or Physical Damage. This Damage can come from an accident or from Road Debris.  If your Struts are Bad your Braking Distance will be much longer. You will Wear other St ... read more