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Are Winter Tires Really Worth It?

January 14th, 2017
You know winters in Pennsylvania are rough. Are winter tires really everything they claim to be?
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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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Winter Safety Tips – Don’t End Up In the Ditch!

January 14th, 2016
Some people love winter. They love the snow, the snap in the air, the short days and cozy nights at home. Others can’t stand it, for many of the same reasons. Winter Driving Tips Abbottstown, PARegardless of whether you love it or hate it, though, chances are you’re going to have to get out and drive in it at some point. We’ve got a few suggestions to help you through the winter safely: 
 
Make sure you’ve got a well-maintained car. This includes fresh windshield wipers, proper tire inflation, a strong battery, a properly-maintained cooling system and a fresh oil change. If your tires aren’t up to the job of winter driving, you might consider switching to wint ...[more]
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Winter Tires – Yea or Nay?

December 31st, 2015
In a lot of parts of the country, the winters are tough enough that all-season tires just won’t get the job done. All-season tires are a compromise; they offer good Winter Tires Abbottstown, PAyear-round traction with a quiet ride, good handling and road manners. They tend to perform well in wet weather and light wintry conditions, but when the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, all-season tires are out of their league. That’s when it’s time to consider winter tires. 
 
Today’s winter tires are a long way from the heavy, noisy, clumsy “snow tires” or “mud grips” that your dad might have had on his station wagon 40 years ago. Modern winter tires are designed for noise, handling, steering response and ...[more]
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Winter Tires? Or All-Season Tires?

November 12th, 2015
Winter tires versus all-season tires…which is the right choice for you?
 
The two designs are quite different and deliver different levels of performance and winter-weather traction, so let’s discuss. 
All-season tires are designed as an all-around compromise. They feature a tread pattern that evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning, with plenty of small, textured slits (sipes) to add extra biting edges for traction in wet or slushy conditions. 
All-season tires are designed with a harder tread compound th ...[more]
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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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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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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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Determining the Age of a Tire

February 14th, 2014
When it comes to determining the age of a tire, it is easiest to identify when the tire was manufactured by reading its Tire Identification Number (often referred to as the tire’s serial number or DOT number). Unlike vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and the serial numbers used on many other consumer goods (which identify one specific item), Tire Identification Numbers are really batch codes that identify several components.
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires that Tire Identification Numbers be a combination of the letters DOT, followed by ten, eleven or twelve letters or numbers that identify the manufacturing location, tire size and manufacturer's code, along with the week and year the tire was m ...[more]
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Breaking in New Winter Tires

January 28th, 2014
 
Breaking in Winter Tires
 
Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step in winter safety and decided to invest in a set of winter tires. There are a few things you are going to want to remember about your winter tires, especially if this is your first time making the transition. A few things you may want to know: 
 
  • Depending on the kind of tires you select, you may notice a change in the feel/sound of your commute. Because winter tires have more of a grip on the road, they might sound louder depending on your vehicle. If you notice it at all, don’t panic. You are only hearing the added contact. If you add studs or chains to the mix, the sound will increase as well, and you may feel as if you are driving an armored tank down the road. Keep ...[more]
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