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Tire Safety & Maintenance

Learn how to keep your tires in good shape; keeping proper inflation, balance and alignment. Learn to recognize and prevent tread depth issues, irregular tread wear and other forms of damage before they can affect your safety.


Help! My Car Shakes and Nobody Knows Why!
Every tire tech has a mystery vibration story. That one shake you can't lock down no matter what. Is it tires? Wheels? Alignment? Gremlins? Here's how to diagnose it.

The Science of Tire Aging
Tire aging is much in the news lately, with consumer safety advocates on one side and industry representatives on the other. Lots of information gets thrown around. But who is right? Here's the skinny on the science of aging tires.

Irregular Tire Wear: Causes, Indicators and Remedies
Irregular tire wear is a frustrating little gremlin that can steal your tires' performance and tread life if you let it. The problem is that irregular wear comes in so many different flavors. The causes of strange tire wear can range from air pressure to improper balance, from misalignment to bent wheels.

How to Measure Your Tread Depth
How to measure tread depth any one of three ways, quick and dirty, quicker and dirtier and the right way.

The What, Why and How of Wheel Balancing
Wheel balancing, also known as tire balancing, is the process of equalizing the weight of the combined tire and wheel assembly so that it spins smoothly at high speed.

Goodyear's New Air Maintenance Technology
Goodyear recently announced it's new Air Maintenance Technology for large truck tires, a system which automatically adjusts tire pressures while the truck is in motion. The technology is stunningly simple in theory, and we're going to discuss why it works even when it seems like it really shouldn't.

How to Drive in the Snow
Don't sweat the white stuff.

Proper Braking: ABS vs. Non-ABS
How to brake properly on snow or ice using both ABS and Non-ABS systems.

Tire Safety Tips
Tips on proper tire inflation, balance and treadwear.

Winterize Your Car!
Winter Is Coming; and with it comes a flood of writers like me repeatedly beating a cliched “Game of Thrones” reference into a bloody pulp. But I hear there should be, like, snow and ice and stuff too.

How to Change a Flat Tire
It can happen anytime; you're stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. You can wait for a tow truck, or you can change the tire out for your spare yourself and be on your way. Here's how to do it safely and easily yourself.

How to Check for Tire Recalls
Are your tires being recalled? How can you tell? What should you do if they are? And what's a TIN? Find the answers here.

Tire Repair: Plugging vs. Patching
There is a great deal of debate going on nowadays about the proper way to repair tires, whether plugs are sufficient for small repairs or whether plugs are dangerous and patches are the only proper way. In fact, this is a debate that has gone on for literally decades. Plugs are an easy and cheap way of repairing small nail holes, while patches...

How to Drive Through a Tire Blowout
Do you know what to do if a tire blows out while you're driving? Doing the wrong thing can kill you. Learn how to "drive through" a blowout.

Where to Install Paired Tires
Whether to install a pair of new tires on the front or rear axle is one of those questions where there are more opinions than actual possible answers. However, getting it wrong can be downright dangerous.

How to Store Your Tires
It's a perennial issue with extra sets of tires and/or wheels: What's the best way to store them when they are not being used?

Low Tire Pressure
Keeping Your Tires Inflated Could Help Save the Planet, and Your Life

Tire Air Pressure: Tips and Tricks
Air pressure is one of the most important, and most overlooked maintenance items for most drivers. Take a look at some tips and tricks from the industry.

TPMS Advantages and Disadvantages
The Pros and Cons of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
A look at the best of the aftermarket TPMS sensors now available.

TIA and NHTSA Discuss Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors
The NHTSA has replied to the TIA in a very important letter to anyone who has to deal with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. Find out what the NHTSA said and how it can affect you!

How To Not Buy An Unsafe Used Tire
There are a whole lot of unsafe used tires out there on the market. Here's how to avoid ending up with one.

TPMS Guide
Sigma automotive's excellent guide to the laws and technology of TPMS systems

Tire Rack: Sidewall Separations and Bubbles
An excellent Tire Rack article on one of the most common causes of tire damage: Sidewall Bubbles.

Achey Breakey Parts: TPMS And Corrosion
While TPMS systems certainly do the job they are supposed to do, first-generation sensors are plagued by corrosion problems that can destroy your expensive parts. Here's how to avoid the worst of the corrosion issues.

Fix-A-Flat: Miracle Or Nightmare?
Fix-A-Flat is marketed as basically being the equivalent to an instant spare tire, an aerosol can containing a mysterious substance that will not only patch a hole in your tire right by the side of the road, but inflate it as well! But is it really as good as it claims to be?

Donate Your Tires!
There are quite a few good small charities where a donation of slightly or even mostly used tires can make a big difference.

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