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Truck tyre tips 101 | How to choose the best wheels for your vehicle

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Truck tyre tips 101 | How to choose the best wheels for your vehicle

Are you thinking of getting your truck a new set of wheels? New truck tyres can be a great way to spruce up your vehicle’s appearance and improve driving performance. However, you have to be careful when choosing them so you don’t end up with the wrong kind of tyre for your vehicle. Below are a few tips to help you make the best choice. Determine where they’ll be used There are tyres designed specifically for different driving conditions. For instance, wet areas require wheels that have deeper treads than drier places. The tread is able to trap water and flick it away from the road’s surface, allowing for better contact and traction between the tire and the road. For snowy conditions, you might even need tyres with deeper lugs and grooves that enable the wheel to bite better into the snow. If you’ll be driving over long distances, choose wheels that have a higher speed rating (a tyre’s ability to prevent heat build-up) for better control and handling at higher speeds. In order to make the right choice when selecting your wheel, remember to carefully assess where you’ll spend most of your driving. Check the code Did you know that every tyre comes with a code? You can usually find it on the tire’s side wall. This code tells all the capabilities of the wheel. For instance, if it begins with LT, then that tyre is meant for use on light trucks and would be a good option for pickups or SUVs. In addition, a code can also tell which seasons the tyre is best for. So, in case it ends with M+S, then it is suitable for pretty much any season. Furthermore, a good code should also contain the load and speed rating, radial construction, and dimensions of the wheel to guide you in making your decision. Choose the correct size The size of your tire plays a critical role in determining your driving experience. Therefore, rather than buying to impress, focus on buying to fit. Even though big tyres have an aggressive monster truck appeal, they may not always be the best option. Their large surface area gives you less control around very tight turns. On the other hand, too small tyres could decrease the overall stability of your vehicle. Get wheels whose size is as close to the stock ones that came with your vehicle in the first place in order to get the best...

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Choosing Castor Wheels for Your Wheelchair: A Guide

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Castor Wheels for Your Wheelchair: A Guide

If you are in the process of choosing new castor wheels for your wheelchair, you may be wondering about the different material that can be used in their construction. You will also want to choose a material which will not damage the flooring in your home or workplace. Below is a brief guide to the different material which can be used to make castor wheels for your wheelchair. Rubber Rubber is a material which is commonly used to manufacture wheelchair castor wheels. Rubber is a soft and durable material which can be used on hard floors such as concrete or stone, as the rubber provides excellent shock absorption. However, it does not perform so well on softer ground. If you do decide to go with rubber wheels, you should consider the colour carefully. Black rubber will leave dark marks on light flooring. If you use your wheelchair in a moist environment, rubber castor wheels may not be for you, as they can distort and crack when wet.  Nylon Nylon is also often used to manufacture castor wheels. Nylon can offer a degree of rolling resistance, so they are best used on flat and hard surfaces. However, unlike rubber castor wheels, nylon wheels are moisture resistant, which means you can use them outside without risking damage to the wheels. One major drawback of nylon castor wheels is that when used on laminate or plastic flooring, they can create loud squeaking noises as you manoeuvre your wheelchair around your home or workplace. While this doesn’t affect the castor wheels, it could prove to be annoying as you listen to it as you move around. Polyurethane The final material which can be used to create your castor wheels is polyurethane. Polyurethane is more expensive when compared to nylon or rubber. However, this material has the benefit of being extremely versatile. You can roll polyurethane wheels over a vast range of indoor and outdoor floor surfaces without encountering any problems. The material is also soft, so it does not create any seeking sounds when used on hard floors. However, it is durable enough to operate on muddy, wet or softer surfaces. Polyurethane also doesn’t make marks on floors, regardless of their colour, which means you can use your wheelchair on any surface. If you are unsure about the best material to choose for your wheelchair, you should contact a wheel specialist who will be able to offer help, advice and...

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What Are Performance Tyres and Who Needs Them for Their Vehicle?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are Performance Tyres and Who Needs Them for Their Vehicle?

When shopping for new tyres for a car or truck, you may need to choose between performance tyres and passenger tyres. Passenger tyres may be most commonly used on everyday family vehicles, minivans, and light trucks; whereas, performance tires may be chosen for sports cars, heavy-duty trucks, and for those who drive in extreme weather conditions. Note a few facts about performance tires so you can know if you would need them on your vehicle and if they’re worth the extra cost overall. 1. Enhanced traction Performance tyres have enhanced traction meant for low speeds, meaning not for racing on a track. This enhanced traction may include deeper treads that cut through snow and ice, and which allow for better control on wet pavement. The tread pattern on performance tires may also be different than those on passenger tires; the pattern may include more crisscross designs and Z-shaped patterns, rather than treads that simply run around the tire. This too helps to increase the traction of the performance tires. 2. Stiffer sidewalls Performance tyres usually have a lower profile and a larger diameter for the wheel sizes. In turn, this gives the tyres a stiffer sidewall. This allows for better handling and traction around curves and turns, as the tire will not allow the vehicle to pull away from the turn when the sidewall remains firm. The sidewalls of performance tires can also be enhanced with beads and added casing. This too can keep the vehicle under control during turns and especially at high speeds and on slick pavement. 3. Choosing performance tyres Since performance tyres are often more expensive than passenger tyres, you may wonder who needs them and if they’re worth the cost. One thing to remember is that, the heavier your vehicle, the more difficult it might be to control it on curves and turns. The weight of the vehicle will resist the turn and make a heavy-duty truck or passenger van more likely to skid and slide. Performance tyres can be the right choice for heavy vehicles for this reason. Also, if you drive in inclement weather or on soft soil, on sand, in the mud, and the like, performance tires might offer more traction to keep your vehicle under control. For those who regularly go off-roading, even in a light-duty passenger car or jeep, the performance tires might reduce your risk of getting stuck in soft soil and...

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How to Buy Car Tyres for Less

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Buy Car Tyres for Less

Many car owners are surprised to find that the final cost they incur to buy and install new tyres is much higher than what they had originally budgeted. This article discusses how you can keep the cost of buying and installing new tyres affordable. Ask for the Total Cost of the Tyres Tyre sellers often bill customers for different aspects related to the new tyres that they have bought. For instance, there may be a separate charge for tyre valves and labour for fitting the new tyres. These costs are then added to the purchase price of the new tyres. You can keep the cost of acquiring and fitting new tyres affordable by comparing what different tyre sales outlets charge you to drive the vehicle away with new tyres. This method will help you to get the most competitive total cost. This is because some stores can have a very attractive tyre price but levy a high labour charge. Stick to the Type of Tyre That Has Worked Well for You It can be daunting to pick a tyre from the huge array available at tyre outlets. The best way to avoid spending more than you had budgeted is to do your homework before going to shop for a tyre. For instance, buy the same type of tyre as the old ones if you had no complaints about how they performed when they had not yet worn out. If you had a complaint (such as having a rough ride) about the old tyres, check the website of the carmaker for the recommended type of tyres for your model and make of vehicle. This information will save you from buying more expensive tyres than you need. The difference in cost may be small when you consider one tyre, but it will add up when you buy a full set of tyres. Don’t Hesitate to Haggle Many tyre stores do not have a fixed price for the tyres they sell. You should therefore negotiate with the salesperson before you pull out your wallet. You can increase your negotiating power by being armed with information about the prices of several online and offline tyre sellers. A salesperson will be more likely to give you a better deal if you show him or her that you know what the competitors are charging for the same tyres. Tyres are an important component of your vehicle, so you should do everything that you can to get the best tyres without spending more than is necessary. Use the suggestions above so that you buy tyres for less than what other, less-informed buyers...

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3 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Tyres

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Tyres

It is very quick and easy to keep your tyres in good condition. However, many people disregard them and don’t think about tyre maintenance until they have a flat tyre or a similar problem. Not properly maintaining your tyres will lead to reduced performance and greatly increase the risk of fatal accidents. Here are some simple ways you can maintain your tyres and extend their life. Maintain Necessary Pressure Having the necessary pressure in your tyres is vitally important. When tyres are improperly inflated, they become more susceptible to suffering damage which will increase the chances of the tyre spinning out of control. Tyres that are under inflated will also increase levels of fuel consumption. Checking your tyres pressure should be a regular occurrence, ideally once a month. If you are getting ready to go on a long trip, you should ensure that the tyres are at optimal pressure levels. Always check them when the car is cold as the pressure can be affected after a journey. To determine the correct level of pressure for your specific tyres, refer to the car’s owner manual or check inside the fuel cap. Ensure They Are Properly Rotated The front tyres of a car carry more weight than the back tyres, mainly due to the engine being located in the front of cars. This means that the front tyres will wear out a lot quicker than the rear tyres. Therefore, you should periodically rotate your front and back tyres. Check your car manufacturer’s guidelines on how often the tyres should be rotated. There are four types of tyre rotation commonly seen: straight rotation, cross rotation, wheel drive and tyre rotation. Meet Tread Depth Standards The tyre tread depth is important as it helps divert water away from underneath the tyres, thereby improving tyre traction with the road. This will allow the driver to remain in full control in difficult driving conditions and prevent things such as aquaplaning from occurring. The tyre tread wears out over time, especially when a car is driving along uneven and rough roads a lot of the time. There are requirements for the minimum depth levels of treads, with each country having their own specific requirements. It is vital that you meet these standards. If you do not, you need to replace your tyres. If your tyres tread level has become extremely smooth and almost level with the tyre itself, then it is time to have them...

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Why New Tyres Are So Important for Your Car or Truck

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why New Tyres Are So Important for Your Car or Truck

Getting new tyres can be expensive and this is probably why many car owners put off replacing them even when needed. After all, a worn tyre doesn’t stop you from starting and driving your car, so you may reason that you can avoid replacing it until it actually goes flat. This can be a very dangerous mistake to make and one that winds up costing you even more money once you do get your car to the shop. Note why this is and why new tyres in good repair are so important for any vehicle. 1. Braking Brakes work by squeezing the rotors, which are large metal plates on the inside of the tyre, against the tyre itself. If the tyre is flat at all, the rotor can’t press against it and, in turn, the brakes may not work.  Additionally, if tyres are flat or worn, they cannot grip the road very well and this is needed when the car’s brakes are applied. You may find that your car slides and skids when you apply the brakes against a flat or worn tire and may not slow down at all. 2. Alignment  When one tyre is flat or worn, this can cause the car to pull in the direction of that tyre. In turn, the other tyres on the car may suffer uneven wear along the tread and these may need to be replaced sooner than they should, just because one tyre is worn out. This poor alignment can also mean struggling to keep your car under control as you steer; if it pulls to one direction, your car may drift or you may struggle to turn properly. 3. Bumps in the road Driving on a flat or worn tyre can be very dangerous when you hit a bump in the road. Those tyres provide cushioning for your car’s shocks and the axle, and without this cushioning, either can break. A bump can also cause a worn tyre to actually blow out, as it puts pressure on an area that is already thin. If you hit a pothole or other bump with a sharp edge, this too means added risk of the tyre actually blowing out since the rubber is thin and weak. During a blowout, your car could skid or slide or rubber could go flying in any direction.  Never overlook the importance of having new, quality tyres in good repair on your cars for all these...

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Four Cheap and Easy Home Remedies for Jumpstarting Car Batteries

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Cheap and Easy Home Remedies for Jumpstarting Car Batteries

In between car service appointments, if your battery stops working and your car refuses to start, there are several easy home remedies that can jumpstart your car and breathe extra life into your battery. Of course, you can reach for the jumper cables, but there are several other things you can do as well, and they cost hardly anything at all Try these cheap home remedies for ailing batteries: 1. An Aspirin Spark If your car won’t start, run to the medicine cabinet in your bathroom and grab a couple of aspirins. Open the hood and drop the aspirins directly on top of your battery. Their acids will mix with the battery’s acids to create a charge. While not completely foolproof, this method often creates just enough of a spark to get your car started. 2. A Solar Jump Start Don’t have aspirins? Don’t worry — the sun may be able to help. Car batteries start more effectively when they are warm. Put your car in neutral and push it out of the garage and into the sun. Try starting it about two minutes later. There’s a good chance that the heat will help it start. However, if your battery does this repeatedly, it may be time to talk with a car service person about putting in a new battery. 3. A Thorough Cleaning Rather than treating your car with aspirins or bathing it in sunlight, consider why your battery doesn’t hold a charge. In some cases, batteries get corroded, and then they struggle to work. Typically, corrosion can build up around the terminals and block the current from moving from the battery into the cables. Use a toothbrush to scrub the terminals with hot water and baking soda — in a pinch, you can use a can of dark coloured soft drink as your cleaning agent. Remember to dry the battery thoroughly so that the moisture from cleaning doesn’t create more rust or corrosion. 4. A Well Deserved Break Finally, to protect your car battery, consider giving it a break. If you aren’t planning to use your car for a while, disconnect the battery. That prevents it from getting unnecessarily drained, and as no one will be looking at its clock, it doesn’t matter if that goes dead while the car is not in use. Keep in mind that a break will help lengthen the lifespan of a battery, but it won’t cure a battery that refuses to start. If none of the above options help to jump your battery, take your car in for...

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Car Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Car Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Many people have been guilty of ignoring signs that their car is in trouble and needs expert mechanical help. However, burying your head in the sand rarely pays off; the problems ordinarily don’t go away. Unfortunately, the reverse often happens: they magnify. By ignoring symptoms, a simple problem such as a low level of one of the car’s needed fluids can turn into major damage. Here are four things your shouldn’t ignore. The Check Engine Light Comes On The check engine light can come on for a variety of reasons, both minor and major. Your mechanic has a diagnostic tool that can read the car’s computer to determine the exact error code and problem. Your car might be overheating, for example, due to low levels of radiator coolant, and this will set off the engine light. Possibly a simple hose has developed a leak because it is rusted or corroded, and by ignoring the check engine light, you could cook the engine, which leads to massive damage.  Odours Coming From Your Car  It almost goes without saying that your should pay urgent attention to any strange odors you notice while driving. The exhaust system works to direct toxic fumes generated by the engine through a system of pipes and components underneath the car and out of the tailgate at the rear. If the exhaust system develops a leak, toxic fumes can enter the car cabin. The repercussions of ignoring an odour thus might be that the health of you and your passengers is at risk.  Of course, it also means that the exhaust system has a problem which can deteriorate if left unattended. Fluids Leaking From Your Car If you notice any spots or patches of leaking fluids on your driveway, ignore only at your peril. Many of your car’s systems have particular oils and fluids to keep them operating.  Clean transmission fluid is one such vital liquid. It is clear red in colour and contains anti-corrosive elements so it can perform its task of lubricating and cooling the transmission system. If levels get too low, the transmission can overheat, causing extensive damage. If levels get low enough, the engine can seize. A simple leak ignored can thus become a major mechanical fix. Sounds Originating From Your Car You should never ignore unusual sounds coming from your vehicle. Rattling or clunking noises, for instance, can indicate that the brackets or parts of the exhaust system have become loose. This can result in them eventually hitting the road and becoming damaged.  The catalytic converter is an expanded container that processes the fumes as they travel through the exhaust system to make them less toxic. Ignoring a rattling from underneath the car can mean that this relatively fragile and expensive component needs to be replaced. It generally doesn’t pay to ignore symptoms that your car is displaying in the hope that any problems evaporate, and you can save money.  Like in life, sometimes problems are best-faced head on. You might find that the symptoms can be fixed during a car service with only a minor or moderate...

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