Archive for October, 2013

Is it Safe to Mix Tire Pairs?

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There are a number of reasons why you might want to mix different brands of tires. Oftentimes, either the front or rear pair will wear out before the others. A pair that matches your current tires might not be available, could be too expensive, or may not be the type that you want. But is it alright for your vehicle if your tires do not match?

different tires

So, is it okay to mix tires?

First of all, no one would recommend that you mix different makes, models, or types of tires. If you wear out your left shoe, you don’t just slap on whatever is laying around–you invest in a new pair. However, if you’re going to buy an mismatched pair of tires, you want a model that is as close to what you currently have as possible. Even tires from the same company and product line can have significant distinctions in design that greatly impact their performance. Some tires are better-suited to performance cornering and braking, while others have a tread made for all-season traction and handling. Mixing distinct types of tires will not give you the best driving results. Traction and friction are key components of a tire’s performance. Just imagine how destabilized your driving will be if your back tires slip while your front tires grip.

How to mix tires if you must

Whether for financial reasons or as a short-term solution, you may have to use different types of tires on your vehicle. If this is the case, it is best to match axle pairs when installing two new tires. Many people believe that the new tires should always be put on the main drive axle, which is in the front for a front-wheel drive vehicle and the rear for a RWD, but the safest option is to put new tires in the rear. The reason for this is that having reduced traction in the rear can lead to oversteer, which is much more dangerous and difficult to control than understeering.

The lesson here today? Try not to mix tire pairs, but if you do, make sure to match axle pairs. If you are looking for new tires in Temecula check out Discount Tire Centers today.

Would You Live in a House Made of Tires?

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While tires are typically used on automobiles, some people with an excess amount of rubber have built houses out of used tires. Check out the benefits of these rubber residencies and how they are impacting the environment.

house made of tires

Economical Recycling
Why would you make a house of tires? Well obviously people need a place to live, but it’s also a great way to recycle. An average tire-house will use 2,000 tires, which puts a lot of dead rubber to use. Additionally, a tire house is prime real estate for new solar designs, which can save BTUs.

Negative Carbon? It’s True
Because tire homes actually remove materials from the planet (e.g. bottles, cans, and of course tires) that would otherwise take up energy to recycle, a tire house is actually carbon negative. Talk about a tiny footprint on the environment.

Of course you’ll still have to live in a house made of tires, which has it’s benefits and problems. Take a look.

If you are looking for tires in Pasadena, check out Discount Tire Centers today. And leave us a comment: would you live in a house made of tires?