Carpenter Tire, Inc. Bloghttp://carpentertire.com/blogMost recent posts.Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:56 -0400en-ushourly1How To Maintain A New Carhttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/how-to-maintain-a-new-carhttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/how-to-maintain-a-new-car#commentsThu, 25 May 2017 14:00:56 -0400http://carpentertire.com/blog/view/how-to-maintain-a-new-car<p> So you got a new set of wheels &ndash; congratulations! You&rsquo;re going to want to hang onto it as long as possible, so you&rsquo;ll want to keep it maintained as well as you <img alt="Car Maintenance" src="http://carpentertire.com/images/display/744/Car-maintenance.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />can. Here are some suggestions:</p> <p> First, read the owner&rsquo;s manual carefully and stick to manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations for service intervals. There are certain things that are critical enough that failure to adhere to recommendations can void a new car warranty. Don&rsquo;t let that happen!</p> <p> For instance, just about every manufacturer recommends synthetic oil for their engines; it provides better protection in just about every respect, and it&rsquo;s more stable at high and low temperatures. If your owner&rsquo;s manual prescribes a 10,000-mile oil change, stick with that and be sure to use the brand and grade of motor oil called for in the manual.</p> <p> Apply a good coat of wax to your vehicle, and another one on top of that. A properly waxed vehicle does more than just look good, it helps repel grit and grime that can damage the finish as well as preventing oxidization of the paint in sunny locales.</p> <p> Clean the radiator from time to time. You can just use the spray setting on a hose to get rid of bugs and grime that may have lodged in the radiator and could possibly impair cooling. If there&rsquo;s a stubborn bug that won&rsquo;t come off, use a brush but be very careful not to damage the delicate fins of the radiator!</p> <p> Check the air filter every few months. Take it out and hold it up to a bright light &ndash; if no light passes through, the air filter has become dirty enough to need a change. A dirty air filter can kill performance and fuel economy.</p> <p> The good news is that today&rsquo;s new cars need less maintenance than ever before, and don&rsquo;t even have the extensive break-in period of cars from a generation ago. Stick to manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations and you can&rsquo;t go wrong&hellip;and you&rsquo;ll have a car you can count on for many years to come! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/how-to-maintain-a-new-car/feed0What Tires Are Right For Your Truck?http://carpentertire.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-your-truckhttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-your-truck#commentsThu, 11 May 2017 13:47:16 -0400http://carpentertire.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-your-truck<p> So you&rsquo;re in need of a set of tires for your truck? No problem! The question is, though, what kind of tires are going to be best?<img alt="Truck Tires" src="http://carpentertire.com/images/display/743/truck-tires.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 230px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> First, you&rsquo;ll need to think about what you use that truck for. Will you regularly be hauling heavy loads or pulling a trailer? Do you expect to keep it on the pavement for the most part, or will you occasionally go off-road? If you go off-road, will it be on soft dirt or will you be plowing through brush, mud, and rocks? And finally&hellip;what&rsquo;s your budget?</p> <p> If you&rsquo;re wanting to keep it on the pavement most of the time and your truck is a daily driver for errands, school, soccer, and grocery runs, all-season tires are probably the right choice. All-season light truck tires can rival the best passenger tires when it comes to noise level, handling, ride quality and road manners&nbsp;while offering good, reliable traction on wet or dry pavement.</p> <p> All-terrain tires feature a more aggressive tread pattern than all-season tires and are capable of at least limited off-road use. While they have enhanced traction and load capacity, many all-terrain tire designs still have good noise suppression, ride quality and handling on the pavement. Many all-terrain tires feature the industry&rsquo;s M + S stamp, meaning they offer good performance in mud and snow.</p> <p> Mud tires are a next step up from all-terrain tires. Mud tires usually feature a blocky tread pattern with a high void ratio, meaning they can shed mud from their treads as they spin so there&rsquo;s always a clear area to dig into soft surfaces. Many mud tires are also designed with reinforced sidewalls for extra toughness and resistance to gouges, punctures, and abrasions in off-road use.</p> <p> In the end, the choice is yours, of course. Just think about your truck, your driving habits, your expectations and your budget. There are plenty of great choices out there for light truck tires, at all price points! Make an appointment with us and let&rsquo;s talk about the next set of tires for your truck!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-your-truck/feed0Spark Plugs – How Often Should They Be Replaced?http://carpentertire.com/blog/view/spark-plugs-how-often-should-they-be-replacedhttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/spark-plugs-how-often-should-they-be-replaced#commentsThu, 27 Apr 2017 13:31:12 -0400http://carpentertire.com/blog/view/spark-plugs-how-often-should-they-be-replaced<p> In the old days, a tune-up was necessary about every 35,000 miles. It would usually consist of setting the ignition timing, replacing the mechanical breaker points in the ignition, cleaning and adjusting the carburetor and replacing the plug wires and spark plugs. Today, of course, the carburetor&rsquo;s job is done by fuel injection and the ignition timing and spark are controlled by the engine computer. Few vehicles still have plug wires anymore either, as the distributor was replaced by the computer and a coil-on-plug design which delivers a spark at each spark plug.</p> <div> <p> But what about the spark plugs themselves, though? How often do they need to be replaced now?</p> <p> Manufacturers tout an 80k-100k mile service interval on spark plugs now, thanks in part to improvements in plug design and materials. That might be stretching it, however. Remember that if you have a 100,000-mile spark plug, its electrode is worn down 4/5 of the way at 80,000 miles. A worn electrode means a wider spark plug gap, which can mean a loss of power and fuel economy.</p> <p> Worse, though, spark plugs that have been in the engine&rsquo;s cylinder head for years and tens of thousands of miles have a tendency for their threads to seize. A seized spark plug can be pretty difficult to extract from the head&nbsp;and can mean a hefty repair bill before it&rsquo;s all said and done.</p> <p> If your vehicle was originally equipped with a specific type of spark plug, it&rsquo;s a smart idea to keep that design of plug when you replace them. It&rsquo;s also a good idea to check a few other things under the hood when it&rsquo;s time to replace the plugs, including</p> <img alt="Spark Plug" src="http://carpentertire.com/images/display/742/spark-plug.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /> <p> --Air filter</p> <p> --Cabin air filter</p> <p> --Belts and hoses</p> <p> --Charging system</p> <p> --Starter</p> <p> --O2 sensor</p> <p> --All vacuum lines and junctions</p> <p> Today&rsquo;s cars may be a lot less maintenance-intensive, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean &ldquo;maintenance free.&rdquo; Remember that a well-maintained car is a reliable and strong-running car&hellip;and don&rsquo;t put off maintenance like spark plugs just because it doesn&rsquo;t need to be done very often!</p> </div> /blog/view/spark-plugs-how-often-should-they-be-replaced/feed0Reasons Why Tire Inflation Is So Importanthttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/reasons-why-tire-inflation-is-so-importanthttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/reasons-why-tire-inflation-is-so-important#commentsThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:15:14 -0400http://carpentertire.com/blog/view/reasons-why-tire-inflation-is-so-important<p> Even just a pound or two of underinflation in your tires can be a problem. Why, though? There are several reasons.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="Tire Inflation" src="http://carpentertire.com/images/display/741/Tire-inflation.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> <strong>Fuel economy:&nbsp;</strong>If you ever rode a bicycle with a low tire, you know that it feels like you&rsquo;re riding through wet cement due to the added rolling resistance. The same thing is happening with your car, and compromising your fuel economy. Over the course of 10,000 miles per year, that can add up to 150 gallons of gas or $500 out of your pocket!</p> <p> <strong>Handling:&nbsp;</strong>Low tire pressure means poorer control and longer stopping distances. At high speeds, in particular, this can be downright hazardous.</p> <p> <strong>Premature tire wear:&nbsp;</strong>Underinflated tires are under a lot of stress, especially their steel belts. Take a paper clip and work it back and forth until it snaps. Feel how hot it gets when the metal is stressed? The same thing happens with the steel belts in your tires, which are already heating up anyway due to normal wear. This heat and stress will cause uneven tread wear and can even cause tires to fail altogether.</p> <p> Proper tire inflation can give you as much as a 3.3 percent increase in fuel economy, or even more. Remember that you can&rsquo;t really detect low air pressure from looking at a tire&nbsp;until it gets really low (under 20 psi or so). Remember also that air will migrate out of a tire through the valve stem and the tire sidewalls just through normal wear; you should get a quality tire gauge (not the ones built into the hose at the gas station) and check the tire inflation at least once a month. Air expands when hot, so remember to check tire pressure when the tires are still cold.</p> <p> Tire pressure isn&rsquo;t at the forefront of most drivers&rsquo; minds, but it&rsquo;s still important. Having to replace a prematurely-worn-out set of tires or to dump more gas into your fuel tank seems like a pretty dumb way to spend money, doesn&rsquo;t it? Do yourself a favor and be mindful of your tire inflation levels!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/reasons-why-tire-inflation-is-so-important/feed0Flat Spots? Let’s Clear Up Some Myths About That…http://carpentertire.com/blog/view/flat-spots-let-s-clear-up-some-myths-about-thathttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/flat-spots-let-s-clear-up-some-myths-about-that#commentsThu, 12 Jan 2017 16:43:45 -0500TCShttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/flat-spots-let-s-clear-up-some-myths-about-that<p> So your vehicle&rsquo;s been sitting for a while&hellip;you get in it, start the engine and pull out of the driveway when you notice a hard, rough (but very regular) vibration that only gets worse with speed. It doesn&rsquo;t feel like it&rsquo;s coming from the driveline or suspension &ndash; so what is it?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It could be that the tires have developed flat spots.</p> <p> With the weight of the vehicle pressing down on the tires for long periods, a section of the rubber and belts can become softer (or harder) than the rest of the tire. This can be exacerbated by cold weather, or just by parking on a cold concrete floor.</p> <p> Low-profile tires with short sidewalls can be more prone to flat-spotting, as can tires with an H or higher speed rating. In most cases, you can just grit your teeth and drive and the flat spots will work their way out of the tires&hellip;but not always. In some severe cases, the flat-spotting is permanent.</p> <p> So, what can you do?</p> <p> There are all sorts of old-wives&rsquo;-tales about parking your vehicle on sheets of plywood or carpeting or sandbags to prevent flat spots. Unfortunately, they are all pure nonsense.</p> <p> If you&rsquo;ve got a vehicle that&rsquo;s going to be stored for a long time, the only way you can avoid flat spots is to have the vehicle up on jack stands at all four corners. That&rsquo;ll take the weight off the tires completely. Unfortunately, that&rsquo;s also pretty inconvenient.</p> <p> The other solution? There&rsquo;s a product called &ldquo;FlatStoppers&rdquo; which supports the tire using a curved shape, distributing the vehicle&rsquo;s weight evenly and reliably.</p> <p> It may seem like a lot of trouble, but it beats the alternative&hellip;which is a set of tires that are potentially ruined with flat spots that won&rsquo;t come out again!</p> /blog/view/flat-spots-let-s-clear-up-some-myths-about-that/feed0So You Think Some Traffic Laws Are Nuts?http://carpentertire.com/blog/view/so-you-think-some-traffic-laws-are-nutshttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/so-you-think-some-traffic-laws-are-nuts#commentsThu, 29 Dec 2016 16:42:45 -0500TCShttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/so-you-think-some-traffic-laws-are-nuts<p> Yes, there are plenty of traffic laws in certain areas that don&rsquo;t make much sense. Here, though, we present a collection of traffic laws from other parts of the world that are just bizarre:</p> <p> --In Thailand, the law states that no driver, male or female, shall ever drive without a shirt.</p> <p> --In South Africa, &ldquo;the driver of a vehicle on a public road shall stop such vehicle at the request or on the signal of a person leading or driving any bovine animal, horse, ass, mule, sheep, goat, pig, or ostrich on such road.&rdquo; Or face a $500 fine.</p> <p> --Splashing a pedestrian with water is illegal in Japan.</p> <p> --In Montana, you can forget about driving with a sheep in the truck unless the sheep has a chaperone... and the state of Alabama had the presence of mind to make it illegal to drive while blindfolded.</p> <p> --On the island of Cyprus, it&rsquo;s illegal to raise a hand from the steering wheel. No waving at anyone, no eating or drinking anything while you drive.</p> <p> --Danish drivers are required to check under the car before starting it&hellip;just in case anyone is sleeping under there.</p> <p> --In Spain, if you need glasses to drive, you&rsquo;re required to keep a spare pair of glasses in the vehicle at all times.</p> <p> --In Singapore, it&rsquo;s illegal to ever come within 50 meters of a pedestrian. 50 meters equals about 162 feet. Good luck with that.</p> <p> So, do you still think there are some weird traffic laws in your locale??</p> /blog/view/so-you-think-some-traffic-laws-are-nuts/feed0 A Brief Explanation of Tire Informationhttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/a-brief-explanation-of-tire-information-1http://carpentertire.com/blog/view/a-brief-explanation-of-tire-information-1#commentsThu, 15 Dec 2016 16:44:00 -0500TCShttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/a-brief-explanation-of-tire-information-1<p> Ever wonder what the designations stamped on your tire sidewall actually mean? We&rsquo;d like to break it down for you.</p> <p> Let&rsquo;s take for instance, &ldquo;P195/60R15 87S&rdquo;. This is a full service description of a tire.</p> <p> In this case, &ldquo;87S&rdquo; denotes a tire&rsquo;s load capacity and speed rating. The higher the number, the greater the load capacity &ndash; an 87 load capacity means that tire can support 1,201 pounds. Speed ratings range from L (75 mph) through V (149 mph), and an S speed rating means the tire is good for 112 mph. W, Y, and Z-speed rated tires are available for extreme performance cars&nbsp;and are rated as high as 186 mph.</p> <p> As for the rest of the information:</p> <p> --&ldquo;P&rdquo; denotes Passenger Tire</p> <p> --195 is the tire&rsquo;s width from sidewall to sidewall... in millimeters</p> <p> --60 is the aspect ratio... the proportion of the height of the tire cross-section as compared to the width of the tread area</p> <p> --&ldquo;R&rdquo; stands for Radial construction</p> <p> --15 is the wheel size... in inches</p> <p> There&rsquo;s other information on the sidewall of a tire, such as its Mountain &amp; Snow rating (if applicable), date of manufacture code and maximum allowable pressure. For the average consumer though, it&rsquo;s good to know the meaning of the service description so you can be an informed tire buyer when it&rsquo;s time to replace them. Remember, your vehicle was designed for a very specific tire size, and it&rsquo;s best to stay with that size when you go shopping for new tires!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/a-brief-explanation-of-tire-information-1/feed0What To Do With Those Old Tireshttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/what-to-do-with-those-old-tireshttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/what-to-do-with-those-old-tires#commentsSat, 10 Dec 2016 16:49:21 -0500TCShttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/what-to-do-with-those-old-tires<p> Every year, about 290 million tires are discarded; of those, about 233 million are recycled in one way or another. Shredded tires can be used for playground surfaces, welcome mats, hot-melt asphalt, bark mulch and even made into building material for &ldquo;green&rdquo; construction.</p> <p> But what can&nbsp;<em>you</em>&nbsp;do with your old tires? Here are some ideas:</p> <p> --Fill a tractor tire with sand to make a great sandbox for kids</p> <p> --Hang a tire from a rope as a tire swing</p> <p> --Stack a couple of tires on top of each other, bolt them together and paint them a cheerful color, then use them as a planter</p> <p> --Lay two rows of tires next to each other, somewhat staggered, and use them for broken-field running as part of football conditioning</p> <p> --Bolt two tires together, then affix a round glass top for an instant patio table</p> <p> --Tires can be hung or slightly embedded in the ground and used as planters (note: don&rsquo;t grow vegetable plants in tires)</p> <p> --With a little imagination and some other building materials, you can use old tires to set up an entire playground of climbing structures, obstacle courses, and other fun designs</p> <p> While tires are tough, they can still be cut with a Sawzall or other heavy-duty saw. Whatever you decide to do with used tires, it&rsquo;s important to recycle them somehow. Used tires collect water and can quickly become mosquito breeding grounds in the summer. You&rsquo;ll be doing your part to help the environment and make the world a better place.</p> /blog/view/what-to-do-with-those-old-tires/feed0Your Car’s an Investment – Protect Ithttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/your-car-s-an-investment-protect-ithttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/your-car-s-an-investment-protect-it#commentsThu, 24 Nov 2016 16:36:55 -0500TCShttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/your-car-s-an-investment-protect-it<p> You rely on your car every day, and you have a lot of money tied up in it. It&rsquo;s probably one of the more valuable things you own&hellip;so make sure you get the most out of that investment:</p> <p> <strong>Oil changes</strong>: Changing your motor oil at regular intervals will ensure long engine life by cutting wear and friction and helping to prevent the buildup of sludge and carbon on internal engine assemblies.</p> <p> <strong>Cooling system</strong>: Older cast-iron engines could overheat with no serious consequences, but not so with today&rsquo;s aluminum blocks and heads. Your engine&rsquo;s coolant has a finite life and should be changed and flushed at regular intervals to prevent accumulation of scale and corrosion in the radiator, heater core and water pump</p> <p> <img alt="Antique Car" src="http://bratztire.com/images/display/544/old-car.jpg" style="height: 199px; width: 300px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Finish</strong>: A good coat of wax does more than keep your car looking good. It also helps prevent rust from forming, helps to repel debris and dirt and keeps the paint in good shape.</p> <p> <strong>Filters</strong>: The air filter is crucial to protecting your engine from dirt and particulates&hellip;but once the air filter gets clogged, it can smother performance (literally) and hurt fuel economy. The fuel filters and carbon canister filter should also be checked and changed if necessary.</p> <p> <strong>Timing belt</strong>: Many vehicles are designed with a timing chain to coordinate the crankshaft and camshaft; timing chains usually last the life cycle of the vehicle. Timing belts, however, have a finite service life and even a few thousand miles past that recommended change interval is borrowed time. A broken timing belt can very literally result in a wrecked engine.</p> <p> A little preventive maintenance and forethought can go a long way toward getting the most miles out of your vehicle!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/your-car-s-an-investment-protect-it/feed0Website Launch Announcement: Carpenter Tire, Inc. Launches New Sitehttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-sitehttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-site#commentsTue, 21 Oct 2014 16:05:05 -0400TCShttp://carpentertire.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-site<p> We are excited to announce the launch of our new website. The site features a fresh look, easy navigation and more focus on what the customer needs.</p> <p> The new site offers inventory listings with pictures and specs. You can search a variety of ways including by vehicle and size.</p> <p> With the addition of our blog, we are able to help inform and educate our customers on important tire and service information.</p> <p> We invite you to visit our new website today.</p> /blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-site/feed0