Monday, December 12, 2011

When you have to change a tire?

There are a variety of different reasons why you should change your tyres and it's common for people to be unsure of when this renewal is due! This article will highlight the main reasons for you to turn to new tyres to ensure that your vehicle remains safe on the road. Making sure your tyres are in good condition is essential. In addition, ensuring your tyres suit the climate is important too. You should make sure that you have winter tyres fitted in poor weather conditions.

It's not rare that tyres get punctures - unfortunately this will happen from time to time. It's imperative that you ensure you change your tyre if it has a puncture. Although modern cars are really sturdy and cope well with most things, the chance of getting a puncture is still there. Often you can just repair a puncture - but sometimes you'll have to resort to purchasing new tyres, you should see a specialist to determine your outcome.

Over time, your tyres will become worn down and the tyre tread will decrease, once it has hit the point where it's below 1.6mm they become illegal and your tyres are dangerous to drive on - you should make sure you replace your tyres before they hit the legal limit. Tyre's tend to start to show signs of aging and factors that will affect the life of the tyre include temperature, maintenance, conditions of storage, use, load, speed, pressure and driving style. They're built to give thousands of miles of excellent service, but you should ensure that you're taking good care of them if you want them to have a long life expectancy. When they're over 5 years old, you should really go to see a specialist to make sure that they're safe.

There are many things that can damage them, this includes the road, kerbs, potholes or sharp objects -you should make sure that you change your tyres if the tyre becomes damaged because this will affect your safety.

Sometimes, tyres become abnormally worn for a variety of different reasons. This could indicate suspension misalignment, under-inflated tyres or over-inflated tyres. They can become abnormally worn in patches, in the centre and even at the edges. You should make sure you contact a specialist if you notice any abnormal wear as often this can be a sign of more serious problems and you should make sure you do not drive on these tyres. You should change to winter tyres if you're in areas where the climate is poor.

So whether you're switching your tyres to winter tyres to ensure that you're safe - you should always make sure that your tyres are suitable. It's also worth bearing in mind that you shouldn't have winter tyres on your vehicle in summer.

Inside Out Car Valeting

Sometimes irrespective of how clean your car is, it simply doesn't matter. This was painfully obvious in the recent collision in Japan, estimated to be the world's most expensive car crash, involving eight Ferraris, three Mercedes Benz cars, a Lamborghini Diablo and last but not least a Toyota Prius. The cars looked beautifully maintained but car cleanliness came second to obeying the traffic rules especially with regards to speeding, which in this case certainly didn't pay.

If you're fortunate enough to be the proud owner of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini in all likelihood there is someone who regularly cleans your car for you. However if you don't own a sports car it certainly does not mean that you do not want to be pleased with your vehicle's appearance, even if you have to take care of the valeting yourself. To replicate the work of a professional valeting service and get your cars bodywork and interior to gleam and shine you need good quality valeting products.

Valeting supplies range from the usual car shampoos and wash and wax products to heavy duty degreasers and tar and glue remover. You can find a suitable valeting product for all your car cleaning needs. I was taught to always use the top-down and inside out approach to car valeting. The reason for the top down approach is that most of the dirt and grime is located closer to the ground and inside out means that any cleaning on the interior of the car is done before working on the bodywork.

Sparkling windows also make a huge difference to your cars appearance and also the visibility when you are driving. There are funky products with names like 'Bugz Off' that help to take off dirt caused by beetles, moths, flies and other insects that connect with your windows. For my little car I would have liked some 'Spiderz Off' as I have a few making nests behind my side mirrors that I would like to stop from coming back. Windscreen cleaning products that also have de-icing and anti-freezing properties are very useful and you simply add them to your windscreen wash reservoir and let it do the work.

Wheel cleaning and tyre dressing products also add that special touch to a well valeted car. They tend to be not so much fun to clean but once the job is done the outcome is truly one to admire. For a beautiful gloss without too much fuss you can try a foam tyre dressing product. Keeping the interior and exterior of your car clean and well maintained not only prolongs its lifespan but also adds to the resale value when you are in the market for a new set of wheels.

How to Choose the Right Snow Tires

Winter driving has its own hazards including snow, ice and general slippery conditions. Even roads that appear to be dry can pose a danger as "black ice" secretly builds up with you unaware and perhaps unprepared for what is on the road. You can't do anything about road conditions, but you can choose the right kind of tires to help you get through the winter months. Your safety as well as the safety of your passengers and other drivers may be at stake.

Review your owner's manual -- The type of snow tires your car should use are largely dependent on what the manufacturer suggests. That information should be found within your owner's manual or with related information included in your car. Check your glove box for those details.

Local conditions -- If you live where it seldom snows, then the type of tires you choose will vary from what a person in the snow belt would choose. For the latter category, high performance all-season tires should do. For people who live where winter precipitation is frequent, then severe snow service tires are a must. These tires are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol and are the types of tires driven on European highways.

Studded snow tires -- Frequent snow and tough rough conditions mean one thing -- you should put studded snow tires on your car. These tires are not legal everywhere and you will be required to remove them after a certain date. For example, in the state of Washington studded tires are only permitted from Nov. 1 to March 31. Use these tires outside of this date range and law enforcement personnel may fine you.

Lightweight studs -- Besides studless and studded tires, lightweight studded tires are an option, and may provide a happy medium between these two tire types. You'll get sufficient grip and these tires don't need to removed when studded tires must come off or your car.

If you're not certain what tires to buy, consult with a tire professional who can discuss with you the right tires for your car and your driving conditions