Reasons Why Tire Inflation Is So Important

April 13th, 2017

Even just a pound or two of underinflation in your tires can be a problem. Why, though? There are several reasons. 

Tire Inflation

Fuel economy: If you ever rode a bicycle with a low tire, you know that it feels like you’re riding through wet cement due to the added rolling resistance. The same thing is happening with your car, and compromising your fuel economy. Over the course of 10,000 miles per year, that can add up to 150 gallons of gas or $500 out of your pocket!

Handling: Low tire pressure means poorer control and longer stopping distances. At high speeds, in particular, this can be downright hazardous.

Premature tire wear: Underinflated tires are under a lot of stress, especially their steel ...[more]

  Tags: tires, tire pressure
  Posted in: Tires 101

Why Are My Tires Loud?

April 6th, 2017

The never-ending drone of tires on pavement is more than just irritating. It can actually be dangerously hypnotic, lulling a driver into drowsiness. But why are some tires so noisy to start with?Noisy Tires in Boulder, CO

There are a few factors at play here.

Tire designers go to great lengths to suppress road noise, and it’s difficult to do. There’s a lot of friction between the rubber surface and the road, with several hundred pounds of vehicle sitting on those tires. In addition, the air chamber in a tire tends to resonate like a drum and actually amplifies road noise. Tire engineers use computer models to help “tune” tires to keep these noises down. It’s kind of a dirty little secret that the cheaper the tire, the noisier it’s likely to be. Inferior materials an ...[more]

  Posted in: Tires 101

A Brief Explanation of Tire Information

December 15th, 2016

Ever wonder what the designations stamped on your tire sidewall actually mean? We’d like to break it down for you.

Let’s take for instance, “P195/60R15 87S”. This is a full service description of a tire.

In this case, “87S” denotes a tire’s load capacity and speed rating. The higher the number, the greater the load capacity – an 87 load capacity means that tire can support 1,201 pounds. Speed ratings range from L (75 mph) through V (149 mph), and an S speed rating means the tire is good for 112 mph. W, Y, and Z-speed rated tires are available for extreme performance cars and are rated as high as 186 mph.

As for the rest of the information:Tires Boulder, CO

--“P” denotes Passenger Tire

--195 is the tire’s ...[more]

  Tags: tires, tire pressure
  Posted in: Tires 101

Self-Inflating Tires…Soon To Be A Reality?

March 31st, 2016

Driving around on underinflated tires is just a bad idea all the way around. Underinflated tires increase a car’s rolling resistance, meaning a drop in fuel efficiency since it takes more energy to move the vehicle down the road.Tires Boulder, CO

A single tire that’s down by ten pounds of air means a 3.3 percent drop in fuel economy…multiply that by all four tires, and you can figure on giving up ten percent of your gas mileage. The added friction and rolling resistance also means more heat is generated, and heat is the enemy of the internal structure of a tire. That heat will damage a tire to the point of failure. Studies show that underinflated tires are a full 25 percent more likely to fail, and at least half of one-car accidents involve a tire problem as a factor. And still, it&r ...[more]

  Posted in: Tires 101

Get The Most Out Of That Set Of Tires

January 28th, 2016
Your tires are a pretty big investment. Even with the cheapest set of tires, you’re going to be spending upwards of $400 on the tires, mounting, balancing, disposal fees and taxes. Since you laid down that kind of money, doesn’t it just make sense to make sure you get the most miles possible out of them? 
Here’s some advice on long tire life:
Tires Boulder, CO
 
Regularly check your tire pressure. This one is really, really important. Underinflated tires will wear unevenly and reduce your fuel economy due to increased rolling resistance. That increased rolling resistance also means more heat, which will break down the tires’ internal structure and shorten their lives. All it takes to shorten a tire’s ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101