4 Things About Tires You May Not Have Known

April 28th, 2016

Tires all look sort of the same…round and black…and people tend to think tires don’t change much over the years. That’s really not true, though – engineers and designers are constantly working on advances in tire designs for more miles, better fuel economy and better performance.

Here’s a rundown of current trends in tire technology you may not have been aware of:

  • Tall, skinny tires are coming back. If you’ve ever ridden a beach cruiser bike vs. a racing bike, you know that skinny tires have lower rolling resistance. Carmakers are going in that direction, too – the BMW i3 electric/plug-in hybrid uses Bridgestone Ecopia tires, with higher inflation pressure and a taller, skinnier profile. Tall, skinny tires also redu ...[more]
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Cars That Last 250,000 Miles or More

April 14th, 2016

If you’re old enough, you probably remember the cars from the late 70s and early 80s that weren’t good for much more than 120,000 miles before they started to develop real problems and were junkyard bound. Today, thanks to improvements in design, metallurgy, manufacturing techniques and machining, those days are over and it’s not at all unusual to see vehicles with well over 200,000 miles on the odometer and still running strong.

Here’s a quick rundown of some vehicles to consider which have a track record of being good for 250k miles or more:

  • Toyota Corolla: Probably not a surprise to fans of Toyotas, the simple, no-frills Corolla hasn’t changed much since the early 00s…but Toyota’s approach to the tried-and-true Corolla ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Sooner or Later it Happens to Everyone

April 8th, 2016

“ Sooner or later it happens to everybody…a flat tire. It’s even more frustrating when it happens on the side of the interstate. In this case, the air pressure went low in this tire and the customer kept on driving. If you look at where the arrows point, you’ll notice that there are several prominent bulges…and the same was on the backside of the tire. What happened here is when the tire went low on pressure, the weight of the vehicle on the wheels basically cut the body plies inside the tire. It still held air when it was inflated, but the bulges are a result of the air pressure pushing against the rubber without any body plies to add strength. This is a dangerous condition and could have resulted in a blowout while driving into the store. It possibly could have been avoided if they had pulled over and changed the flat with the spare ...[more]

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