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No Spare Tire?

September 29th, 2016
Believe it or not, many new vehicles come without a spare tire. Manufacturers have a few different reasons for that, including weight savings, space efficiency, Spare Tireand cost. When you're stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it? 
 
Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant. 
 
Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that's designed to coat the inside of the tire due to centrifugal force once you get rolling again, hopefully sealing the puncture. These products, such as Fix-A-Flat, have been on the market for decades and tend to work pretty well on a minor puncture. They're not a permanent fix, however. Your speed should be limited after using ...[more]
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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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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, Tires in Abbottstown, PAdisposal 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:
 
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 ...[more]
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Oversize Tires – A Good Idea, Or No?

December 2nd, 2015
Truck Tires in Gettysburg, PARolling down the highway in your lifted truck…it’s just cool. You have a commanding view of what’s ahead, you get respect from other vehicles on the road and, of course, you have plenty of ground clearance to get over and around things when you take it off the highway. There’s a down side, though. 
 
The lift kit by itself isn’t enough; if you’ve still got the same stock-sized tires and rims, you won’t have enough ground clearance for the front and rear differentials. The only way to achieve that is with oversize tires and rims, and this is where things will start to get complicated. 
 
  • Brakes: The bigger, heavier tires mean more rotating mass and more unsprung weight, whic ...[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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Don’t Forget Your Spare

October 29th, 2015
Oh, the lowly spare tire. It doesn’t get much respect. 
 
Today, a lot of vehicles don’t even come with a spare tire anymore, not even the little “donut” space-saver spare. Instead, to cut weight and free up space, they come with a compressor and a can of a Fix-a-Flat-style product in hopes that you can get back on your way again. Great idea, unless your tire has a sidewall puncture or is shredded…
Anyway, if your car is equipped with a spare, you shouldn’t just ignore it. Tires have a shelf life, and time will take its toll on any tire, including ones that are never on the ground. Even brand-new tires have a sell-by date; the industry agrees that tires that are older than six to eight years old are pr ...[more]
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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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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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Get Ready for Summer Road Trips with New Tires

May 28th, 2015

Summer’s going to be here before you know it, and that means time for family road trips! 
 
We know there’s a lot to think about when you’re planning a vacation...money, accommodations, scheduling, keeping the kids occupied in the car...but one thing you definitely should not neglect in those plans is your tires. 
 
Summer road trips are hard on tires. You have to figure you’re in a car that’s likely loaded to the gills, driving for hours and hours to get to your destination in 90-plus-degree weather. That’s a good way to end up with overheated tires, and heat is the enemy of even the best tires. Here are a few things to consider before you load up the car and get going: 
 
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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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