The Holidays Are Coming – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

November 26th, 2015
Where did this year go? Before you know it, it’s going to be time for the holidays, and that can mean travel in some pretty trying conditions (and we don’t just mean restless kids in the back seat). Is your vehicle ready for some interstate miles?

 
Tires: It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to ensure even wear. With that in mind, it’s easy to just schedule a tire rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle will be up in the air on a lube rack anyway. Have you checked your inflation lately? Your proper 
inflation levels will be on a sticker on the driver’s side ...[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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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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