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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Closed: Cool For School Event: Goodwrench Tire Safety - Good Tips and a Giveaway

Tire Pressure

Maximize your tires' performance and durability by monitoring and maintaining correct air pressure.

Air is a gas, expanding when heated and contracting when cooled. For most of North America, fall and early winter are especially important times for checking tire pressure – as the ambient temperature falls, tire pressure goes down.

A good rule of thumb is that every 10 degrees Fahrenheit temperature change, tire pressure changes about 1 psi – higher as temperature rise, lower as they fall. Also, check your vehicle's Owner's Manual for recommended tire pressure.

Under-inflated tires can cause:

Premature or irregular wear
Poor handling
Reduced fuel economy
Over-inflated tires can cause:
Unusual wear
Poor handling
Reduced fuel economy
Checking Air Pressure

Check your vehicle's tires at least once a month, when the tires are cold (let the vehicle sit for at least 3 hours). Look in your owner's manual for the recommended tire inflation for your vehicle. Use a quality gauge. Don't "eyeball" tires – radial tires can look fine even when they're under-inflated.

Be sure to look for objects that have become wedged in the tread – they can work themselves further into the tire and cause air loss.

And don't forget to check the spare!

One lucky person will win an official baseball cap that the Goodwrench technicians wear and tire-tread card that the technicians use!!
Tire info you should know from Goodwrench:

- According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA,) 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries occur every year due to tire-related problems.

- Keeping your family vehicle’s tires inflated to the recommended pounds per square inch (psi) will not only save on gas, but will provide a safer ride.

- It’s important to keep in mind that during the warm weather of summer, hot road surfaces can cause the pressure to increase in a tire. As a general rule, for every 10-degree rise in temperature, a tire’s pressure increases one psi.

- Invest in a quality tire gauge! Eyeballing tires to measure pressure can be misleading, as radial tires often look fine even if they are under-inflated.

-And by the way, be sure to rotate your tires on schedule. Since each tire performs different tasks (such as steering or front versus rear wheel drive), tires wear at different rates, and you’ll get more life out of the tires you bought this way.

As summer comes to an end & Fall/Winter is just around the corner it's time again to make sure our cars are safe. Tim & I both keep tire gauges in our cars so we can check our air pressure. As many of you know this is important for the life of the tire & also gas mileage.


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