How does summer heat affect your tires' air pressure?

June 20th, 2014

Tires in TN & VANo one wants to be stuck on the side of the road in the blazing summer sun changing a flat – especially on vacation. So make sure your tires are inflated to the appropriate pressure. This means keeping your tires at the pressure recommended by the manufacturer (check your vehicle’s owner manual for this information), not to the maximum pressure found on the tire's sidewall.

Having over-inflated tires can be dangerous in the summer heat. Tire pressure typically goes up about one pound per square inch (PSI) for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit that the temperature rises. Friction also causes tires to get hotter as they roll.

So if you go for a long road trip on a sizzling summer afternoon with your tires at maximum inflation, it could be a ...[more]

  Posted in: Tires 101

What is a Wheel Alignment and When do you Need One?

June 1st, 2014

Wheel alignments TN & VA

 

On a smooth road, a vehicle should track on a straight path. If the vehicle pulls or veers to one side, it is time to check the alignment.

A vehicle’s tires become out of line by accidently hitting a curb or pothole. A minor accident or collision can impact the vehicle’s frame and cause more severe damage to the car’s alignment.

Sometimes, the degree of misalignment isn’t obvious, however, the slightly off-center orientation can prematurely wear out tires because of the constant drag placed on the tread. This premature wear can drastically reduce the life of the tire....[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair, Auto Repair 101