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Origins of the Whitewall Tire

October 13th, 2015
Tires in Hanover, PAYou don’t see whitewall tires that often anymore. Most newer vehicles are riding on plain blackwall tires, without even the thin white stripe of years ago. It’s too bad, because for years the fat whitewall was a sign of class and elegance for many drivers. Did you ever wonder how whitewalls originated, though? 
In the days before nylon and other synthetic rubber compounds, tires were made entirely of natural rubber. Various chemicals were used in the tread formulation for longer wear; one of the best was zinc oxide, a pure white substance that turned the tire completely white. Early tire companies soon found, though, that white rubber didn’t have enough endurance (not to mention being impossible to keep clean), and carbon black was added. 
 
Carbon black is th ...[more]
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How To Update Your Auto Repair Routine

September 30th, 2015
Time has a way of sneaking up on everyone, and so does mileage on a vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly put lengthy interstate trips on your car, you can easily rack up 15-18,000 miles a year. Even though today’s cars don’t need as much maintenance as cars from a generation ago, it’s still something you can’t neglect. Here’s a reminder of some important milestones for service on your vehicle: 
 
Monthly 
• Check tire inflation
• Check oil and transmission fluid levels
• Check all lights
• Check windshield washer fluid
 
Every 5,000 Miles
• O ...[more]
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Are All-Season Tires Really All-Season?

September 11th, 2015
We frequently get questions about all-season tires when consumers are trying to make the right purchasing decision for  a set of new tires. As the title of the blog asks…”are all-season tires really all-season?”
 
The answer is: it that depends on what part of the country you’re living in.
 
All-season tires are a compromise from the very start. They’re designed for a forgiving ride, low noise, decent handling and good road manners. Maybe not as much as what a good set of grand touring tires can deliver, but pretty respectable…and also with an aggressive tread pattern which 
channels water away from the tire’ ...[more]
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Mark Auto Repair off Your Back-To-School To-Do List

August 27th, 2015
The kids are going to be headed off to school again before you know it, and then of course, the holidays will start coming one after another between Labor Day and the end of the year. There’s a lot to stay on top of, and auto repair should be one less thing for you, the grownup, to worry about as the year marches on. Here are some suggestions for things you might want to take care of before it all starts rolling again: 
 
• Oil Change – Can’t remember the date of your last oil change? Then it might be a good idea to go ahead and set up another one. Dirty motor oil is so loaded with carbon and other contaminants it will begin to form sludgy carbon deposits on internal engine assemblies and moving parts. 
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We Are the Only Wheel Shop You Need

August 15th, 2015

Wheels in Abbottstown, PA In the late 50s and early 60s, hot rods had captured the imaginations of drivers everywhere. Hot rodders were thinking of new ways to personalize their vehicles and make them unique…but in those early days, their options for custom wheels were fairly slim. Slotted aluminum rims, chrome-reverse wheels and Cragar’s iconic Super Sport five-spoke cast wheel were among the few choices that were available.

 One thing was certain, though – along with custom paint, aftermarket wheels were soon recognized as one of the best ways to make a vehicle truly stand out. For hot rodders, custom wheels offered more than good looks and visual appeal; their brake ventilation, light weight and extra width for traction could offer an edge in performance.

Today, there are custom wheels available to f ...[more]

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Do Your Homework on Tire Safety

August 13th, 2015
We see it all the time…people tend to not think about their tires until something goes wrong. Sometimes, this can mean sitting on the side of the road waiting for help, and other times it can mean more serious consequences. Here are a few things to remember for tire safety as the summer winds down and back-to-school season starts.

Check your tire pressure regularly. This one is really important. Your car’s tires will lose air through the valve over time, and an underinflated tire will hurt fuel economy due to added rolling resistance. Low tires also affect handling and will generate enough heat that they can shorten the tire’s lifespan. Get a quality tire gauge (the dial type, not the pencil type) a ...[more]
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What No One Told You about New Tires

August 1st, 2015

Tires in Abbottstown, PA

Yes, tires are still round, black and filled with air…but there’s been a lot of progress in tire technology in the last 25 years, and still more on the way:

  • Tread compounds: By the year 2025, vehicle manufacturers will have to comply with Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards of 54.5 mpg. While there are many ways of meeting that goal, tires are an important part of the picture. Tire engineers are using new tread compounds to lower rolling resistance and help squeeze out a couple of MPGs of fuel economy. While cuts in rolling resistance are difficult to attain, a 5 percent drop in rolling resistance translates to a 1 percent gain in fuel economy. Also, nanotechnology and infusions of silica and sunflower oil are b ...[more]
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What Makes All-Season Tires So Great?

June 30th, 2015

So your closet has a pair of flip-flops for the summer, a pair of heavy boots for the winter, and a comfortable pair of sneakers for most of the rest of the year. If you live in a climate that doesn’t have harsh winters, you might just be able to wear those sneakers year-round...and all-season tires are the equivalent of your comfortable sneakers.

So what makes all-season tires so special?

Winter tires are excellent for severe conditions like heavy snow and even ice. They feature specially-designed tread patterns and “sipes”, hundreds of tiny slits which offer biting edges for traction in snow. This means shorter stopping distances, better handling and better control in winter weather. Winter tires are not d

esigned for temperatures above 40 degrees F ...[more]

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Six Hot Tips on Cool Air Conditioning

June 24th, 2015

Summer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your car’s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn’t work at all. Let’s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer…

Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all the windows for the first minute or two to help move hot air out of the car more quickly, giving the AC system a chanc ...[more]

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Why Buy Tires at L & M Tire & Wheel?

June 2nd, 2015

Why Buy Tires at L & M Tire & Wheel?

 

When you’re shopping for tires in Abbottstown, PA, we know you have plenty of choices available. That’s why we’re so glad you came to check out L & M Tire & Wheel for your tire needs.Tires in Abbottstown, PA

At L & M Tire & Wheel, we’ve been selling tires in Abbottstown, PA since 1987. Along with providing tires in Abbottstown, PA, our shop also services Gettysburg, York, East Berlin, Littlestown, Dillsburg and Hanover, all with the same commitment to excellence in customer service and the same wide selection. That includes brands like Uniroyal, Bridgestone, Michelin, Cooper, Firestone, BF Goodrich and many other premium tire lines.

In addition to tires in York, PA, L & M Tire & Wheel also offers ...[more]

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