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Duffy's Repair Service Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Duffy’s Repair Service automotive blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most Ashland and Henrico car owners tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes isn’t enough. Safe Henrico drivers need to have tires with enough traction to translate braking power into stopping power. Let’s focus on stopping in wet Henrico conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can’t move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water. That’s called hydroplaning. If it’s really bad, Henrico car owners can actually spin out of control – endangering themselves and the other drivers around them….

Richmond Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of Ashland auto owners driving around on under-inflated tires. Admittedly, it’s hard to tell when a radial tire is under-inflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your SUV tire’s considered significantly under inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds. New laws required auto manufacturers to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System – or TPMS system – in all cars and light trucks by the 2008 model year. The system has a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25% below auto maker’s pressure recommendations. This technology has been used by Richmond race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from under inflation by closely monitoring tire pressure…

Ashland Tire Repair

Most Ashland car owners have experienced a flat tire. You know it’s inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn’t just a big safety issue for Virginia drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high Ashland gas prices, we’ve all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to get the best possible fuel economy. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.  There’s another danger to under-inflated tires for Ashland drivers. Low tire pressure puts added stress on the structure of the tire itself, causing it to break down prematurely. Also, under-inflated tires generate more heat which also reduces tire life. So get those slow leaks fixed quickly – don’t just keep airing them up every few days. You want to avoid pricey tire damage. Tires can also be damaged by road hazards in and…

Tire Replacement: What Ashland Drivers Need to Know

Looking at getting some new tires? The choices at Ashland tire stores can be a little overwhelming. Suppose you have an SUV and are trying to decide between all season tires or some that are also rated for off-highway. Do you get off the payment on the outskirts of Ashland more than most? If so, some additional off-road traction would be nice. Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there’s nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you’ve got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there. Let’s suppose you zip around Ashland in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather’s good. When Virginia weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For…

Shake It Up in Ashland!: Why Wheel Balancing

Your browser does not support video Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, us Ashland motorists generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle’s wheels in balance. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance. This means that as the wheel spins, there is a slight wobble to the path of the tire. For best handling performance and safety on the road, Ashland car owners want to minimize this wobble as much as possible. So we balance our tires. To balance a tire, your friendly Duffy’s Repair Service service advisor spins it on a machine or drum to determine where it is off-balance. He then attaches weights that counter-balance the uneven weight. Most Ashland drivers…

How Much is Enough for Richmond Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

Your browser does not support video Most Richmond auto owners know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they’re need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And how can you tell? Tires are expensive and their condition is important to the safe handling of a vehicle, so it’s essential for Richmond car owners to know the answers to these questions. First of all, it’s essential to understand that there may be a legal limit to tread wear. If your tires…

Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money On Tires

Richmond motorists want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation. When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you’ll feel it in the steering wheel. If it’s a rear wheel you’ll feel it through your seat. To fix this, your service advisor at Duffy’s Repair Service puts weights on your wheels to balance them out. That brings us to tire rotation. The front tires on a SUV wear out faster than the rear tires. As they push through turns from Ashland to Henrico, the shoulders of the front tires wear down. So rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate over the life of the…

Tire Tread Depth for Ashland, Virginia Drivers

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out. The Feds don’t have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider two-thirty-seconds of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Two other states, including California, consider one-thirty-second to be the minimum and six states have no standards at all. Call us at Duffy’s Repair Service; (just call 804.798.5922) to find out what your requirements are in the Ashland, Virginia area. Since 1968, U.S. law has required that a raised bar be molded across all tires. When tires are worn enough that this bar becomes visible, there’s just 2/32” of tread left. But does that older standard give Ashland motorists enough safety? Consider this: Consumer Reports recommends tire replacement…

Getting New Tires In Ashland?

There are so many tire choices in the Ashland, Ashland, and Henrico area, selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for Richmond motorists. And even though it’s kind of fun to have new tires on your SUV, they’re a significant investment for most Richmond folks so you want do it right. Tip: talk with your friendly Duffy’s Repair Service tire professional. He’ll help you sort through the choices. Here are some of the issues you’ll talk about: One is size – you know, all those numbers on the side of the tire. The right size is important. All new vehicles are required to have stability control which, along with other important safety systems, is calibrated to work with specific tire sizes. Your Ashland tire professional can help stay within vehicle manufacturers’ specifications or program a different tire size into your SUV’s computer….

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

Hey Richmond, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our Virginia streets? How can you tell on your SUV? While there may be legal requirements for the Richmond area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates. 2/32 is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, there’s just 2/32 of an inch – 1.6 millimeters – of tread left. It’s that level of wear that’s been called into question recently. We’re referring to the Consumer Reports call to consider replacing tires when tread reaches 4/32 of an inch, or 3.2 millimeters. And the recommendation is backed by some very compelling studies. The issue is braking on wet surfaces in and around…

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