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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Winter is Coming

October 15th, 2015
The days are getting shorter, there’s a snap in the air, and before you know it, the winter months are going to be upon us. Is your vehicle ready? 
 
Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers are only good for about a year; normal wear, the sun’s UV rays and the elements take their toll on them. Get a good look and check them for chunks, strips or chips missing, and replace if necessary for a streak-free field of vision in wet weather. Hint: a fresh application of 
Rain-X on your windshield and window glass can help visibility greatly. 
Brakes: Are you hearing any squeaks, squeals or ...[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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