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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 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

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

Why does my Car Brakes Shudder?

Why does my Car Brakes Shudder?

When your Rotors Become Warped. You will feel a Shudder when you apply your Brakes. Rotors become warped due to various reasons. Excessive heat is the primary cause of Brake Rotor Warpage. Heat can come from long term Braking down hill. It can also come from Failing Wheel and Brake Components.  Rusty, Dirty or Seized Brake Caliper Slides are some of the Failures that happen. Failing or the Wrong application Brake Pads can also cause excessive Heat. When the Brake Shudder starts to happen you will need to at least Machine the Rotors and Replace the Brake Pads. At This point make sure that you investigate the Original Cause of the Failure. Then Repair or Replace the Failed Part. The best thing to do is to bring in your Vehicle to Experience and Trained Brake Technician. They will be able to Diagnose your Brake Problem. They can then make Recommendations to make Sure the Failure does not happen again

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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