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Wheels and Tires, a Perfect Marriage

April 24th, 2017

One of the most popular DIY upgrades for cars, trucks and SUVs is a new set of wheels.  There are a dizzying array of sizes, colors, materials and designs to choose from and just as many tires available to fit them.  While it is tempting to go online or to your local showroom, pick out a great looking set of wheels and order them up, the choices you make when buying a new set of wheels can have the unintended effect of changing the way your car handles, steers and holds the road.  In fact, choosing the wrong wheels can make your car downright dangerous.

When the engineers that designed your car chose the wheels and tires to put on the showroom floor they had a lot of things to think about.  They considered the basic design of the suspension, how the car would operate over bumpy roads, how it would grip in rain and snow and how much work the suspension would have to do to control the position of the wheels.  ...[more]

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New Year's Resolutions...For Your Car!

February 7th, 2017
Finally...some resolutions that aren't that hard to keep!
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A Look at the Michelin Latitude Diamari

March 7th, 2016

At L & M Tire & Wheel, we’re proud to carry the Michelin line of tires, and one of the best products from Michelin is the Latitude Diamaris. The Michelin Latitude Michelin Latitude Diamari in Abbottstown PADiamaris is a summer/performance tire for luxury SUVs, crossovers and sport trucks; it’s an OEM tire for vehicles like the Land Rover Range Rover HSE and BMW X5, among others. Some of the features of the Latitude Diamaris include:

·         Silica-enhanced high performance tread compound, with asymmetric tread pattern for enhanced grip on wet or dry surfaces

·         Larger shoulder blocks at the outside, with a continuou ...[more]

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A Look At The Cooper Discoverer A/TW

January 27th, 2016

At L & M Tire & Wheel in the greater Hanover, PA area, we sell a lot of Cooper tires, and one of the most popular choices for light trucks is the rugged Cooper Cooper Discoverer ATW in Hanover PADiscoverer A/TW tire. The Cooper Discoverer A/TW offers excellent year-round performance on- or off-road, with low noise, a forgiving ride and decent road manners on the pavement. It incorporates an advanced tread compound and a whole slew of innovative design features that have earned it the Severe Snow rating.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the features of the Cooper Discoverer A/TW:

 

·         A network of full-depth, full-length corrugated sipes ...[more]

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Tire Sidewalls Explained

November 2nd, 2015
Tires in York, PAAt L & M Tire & Wheel, we occasionally hear customers asking about the information on tire sidewalls. There are actually quite a few designations on a tire sidewall, so let’s break it down a little. 
 
Take, for instance, a tire with a sidewall stamp of P255/55 R 15 97 T, a very typical tire for many vehicles. Here’s what that indicates: 
 
  • P – denotes a passenger tire. In other instances, LT stands for Light Truck, T for Temporary Spare, and ST for Special Trailer.
  • 255 – This is the “section width” of the tire, measured from sidewall to sidewall in millimeters. In the case of this tire, the width of the tread itself is 255 millimeters. 
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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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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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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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Don’t Let Tire Problems Put the Brakes on Your Valentine’s Date

February 6th, 2015
Don’t let tire problems get in the way this Valentine’s day. How is your tire pressure? Do my tires need to be rotated? Is it time for an alignment? Do I need new tires? While these questions can seem daunting, with the help of tire professionals and various routine self-checks, any driver can maintain proper tire care and not miss that big date this Valentine’s Day. From tire rotations to air pressure, learning what signals might indicate tire replacement or repair is important for every vehicle owner. 
 
Let’s begin with tire air pressure. Perhaps one of the most obvious tire maintenance steps most drivers neglect until it’s too late is checking your tire’s air pressure. Even careful drivers with perfect tire upkeep lose around 1 psi (pound per square inch) per month, culmi ...[more]
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