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How old are my cars Tires?

How old are my cars Tires?

Need to know how old your tire is? The Tire Identification Number can tell you. Where can you find it? What do the letters and numbers mean?  "DOT" stands for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Displaying this symbol means that the tire meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tire safety standards. The DOT serial number is located on the sidewall near the edge of the rim. DOT is followed by a series of digits that identify where the tire was manufactured, size, and the specific code, along with the week and year the tire was manufactured. The first two digits are the week of manufacture and the second two digits are the Year. As you can see in the Example the tire pictured was manufactured during the 34th week of 2019.  This is important information for your safety. We have all seen the carcasses of tires on the side of the highway. Many times this is due to old tires that should have been replaced failing while ... read more

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What Should My Tire Pressure Be?

What Should My Tire Pressure Be?

                                        Tire pressure is measured in PSI or Pounds Per Square Inch. Maintaining proper tire pressure is vital for fuel economy, tire wear, and proper steering/handling/braking. You may have a tire warning light on or you have seen a low tire. To determine the proper tire pressure you simply need to locate the vehicle's tire placard. As pictured the tire placard is located in the driver's door jamb.                                                  The manufacturer's tire placard will indicate the tire size, load rating, speed rating, as well as proper tire pressure. The listed tire pressure should be checked and adjusted when the tire is cold. Tire pressure will rise as the tire ... read more

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Why You Should Be Aware of Tire Wear

Why You Should Be Aware of Tire Wear

With use, tires wear out. This is a normal process as the tread becomes shallower and overall performance starts to change However, irregular tread wear can occur for a variety of reasons. This can lead to having to replace your tires sooner than expected, costing you a handsome chunk of change Regular checking the tread depth and wear condition on each of your tires will let you know when it's time for a rotation and detect other potential maintenance requirements to get the most out of your vehicle If your tires could use some attention, it's time to pay a visit to tire experts like Frank's Servicenter. In this article, we're talking you through why it's so important to be aware of your tire wear so that you can go forth on the road confidently! Tire Wear: Why it Matters Improper tread depth on your tires can lead to unsafe driving conditions. Not only does this put you at risk, but those around you as well Most states have a ... read more

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