Appalachian Tire Products Blog

Tire Services You Need, But Only A Professional Should Do

Appalachian Tire wants you to experience driving pleasure and safety. To help you enjoy maximum performance and driving security, we recommend the following services. While most people can check and inflate their tires, the following should be left to the experts:

Tire Balancing If your tires are unbalanced, you'll notice vibration. This can lead to driver fatigue, premature or irregular tire wear and unnecessary wear to your vehicle's suspension. Your tires should be balanced when they are mounted on wheels for the first time or when they are remounted after repair. Check your tire balance at the first sign of vibration or shimmy.

Vehicle Alignment Your vehicle is properly aligned when all of its suspension and steering components are working smoothly and when its tire and wheel assemblies are running straight and true. If you notice uneven tread wear, it could be due to a misalignment and your vehicle should be serviced.

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Safe Driving Tips for Fall

The changing color of the leaves and the gray, rainy days of fall create a very particular kind of driving risk. Keep yourself and your family safe by remembering the following:

Stopping on wet roads can take up to four times the normal distance. Also, your tires may skim over the surface of the road with little or no traction. Give yourself (and the other drivers) plenty of space and room to stop.

In a sudden downpour, driving fast may cause your tires to lose grip with the road. Better to slow down. Slowing down in the rain will help keep your tires on the road and your vehicle out of the ditch.

When rain water mixes with oil or grime on the streets, slippery conditions can appear and may result in unexpected skidding. Slow down and pay attention to the possibility of skidding.

Wet leaves on the road provide NO traction at all. Be aware of this (and other) potential hazards as you drive.

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Tire Maintenance

Tires are designed and built to provide many thousands of miles of excellent service. For maximum benefit, tires must be maintained properly to avoid tire damage that may result in removal from service before the tread is worn down to minimum depth.

The following are things every driver can do to ensure long life for your tires:

Check Your Tire Inflation. Proper tire inflation is essential for safe driving and long tire life. It's wise to check your tires' air pressure at least once a month with an accurate tire pressure gauge. Be sure to check pressure while your tires are cold and have not been used recently. Even driving a mile will cause your tire pressure to increase and give you an inaccurate reading.

Check Your Tire Tread. There are two popular ways to check for signs of tire tread wear. One easy way is the penny test. Simply insert a penny into your tire's tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down and f ...

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Tips for Tire Safety & Maintenance

Keep yourself safe and help your tires last longer with these tips.

STUCK? Don't keep spinning your tires. Avoid excessive tire spinning when your vehicle is stuck in snow, ice, mud or sand. The centrifugal forces generated by a free-spinning tire/wheel assembly may cause sudden tire explosion, resulting in vehicle damage and/or serious personal injury to you or a bystander. Never exceed 35 mph/55 kph, as indicated on your speedometer. Use a gentle backward and forward rocking motion to free your vehicle for continued driving. Never stand near or behind a tire spinning at high speeds, for example, while attempting to push a vehicle that is stuck or when an on-the-car spin balance machine is in use.

CHECK YOUR TIRES FOR WEAR. Always remove tires from service when they reach 2/32" remaining tread depth. All new tires have treadwear indicators which appear as smooth banks in the tread grooves when they wear to the 2/32" level. Many wet weather accidents res ...
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Fuel Saving Tips That Will Help Improve Gas Mileage

Everyone wants to save money. A great place to start is at the gas station. The following tips will help you improve your gas mileage. Better mileage means fewer trips to the pump.

Tip #1: Check your tire pressure at least once a month. Correct tire inflation pressure is critical for good fuel economy, tread life and vehicle performance. And be sure to check your tire pressure before a road trip. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations printed on the vehicle door placard or in the owner's manual. It's important to check the spare tire, too.
Tip #2: Check your air filter for clogs. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve a vehicle's gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.
Tip #3: Using the grade of motor oil recommended by the vehicle manufacturer can improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent.
Tip #4: Keep your vehicle properly tuned. Regular vehicle maintenance can improve gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent. ...

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