Posts Tagged ‘tire news’

Airless Tires to Be Released in 2014: Could This Mean An End to Flat Tires?

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Flat tires are one of the biggest general problems a vehicle can have, but an end to the madness is in sight. Off-road vehicle manufacturer Polaris has announced a new kind of tire they plan to begin production on in 2014.

 

 

These tires are known as “airless tires.” The tires will be manufactured as options for all-terrain vehicles first. Just think of driving around Tujunga with tires that don’t require air!


What are some of the advantages airless tires provide?

One of the many advantages of this type of tire is that its rubberized outer tread can be modified to suit a number of purposes. This could result in tires designed for higher performance and fuel efficiency. Airless tires also provide a quieter, more comfortable ride, and only require outer tread replacement, making them an eco-friendly tire option.



Would you want to purchase airless tires? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

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In The News: Tire Problems Lead to 2013 Nissan & Honda Recalls

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honda driving in the countryside

Both Nissan and Honda announced recalls on car models: Nissan has recalled some 2013 Altima cars – the reason? Potential problems with their spare tires. Apparently the spare on over 123,000 cars might be seriously over or under inflated, which might lead the tires to fail without warning. Yikes.

Drive an Altima? Nissan dealers will take a look and fix the tire pressure of the spare if necessary, beginning May 3rd. Contact Nissan at 800-647-7261.

Honda is going through a similar recall on the Fit Sport vehicles from 2012 and 13. This recall affects the electronic stability control (ECS) systems, which on affected vehicles might create excessive yaw and high steering angles when combined with certain tires. This might lead to a crash – hence, the recall of over 43,000 cars. Honda dealers can update the ESC system software at no cost to the consumer, beginning May 17th. Contact Honda at 800-999-1009.

Has all this talk of tires got you thinking it’s time to purchase tires for sale in Whittier? Visit Discount Tire Centers! And leave us a comment: have you been affected by the recall? Ever had your car recalled? Tell us about it with a comment here.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Allen.

Spare Me! Dude, Where’s the Spare Tire?

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monster truck tires

 

When’s the last time we heard an entirely positive news story come from the automobile manufacturers, especially General Motors? It seems like it’s always a sales pitch, a recall or a bailout, and here’s another one to add to the pile: in order to cut costs and make vehicles lighter, car companies are cutting the spare tire as a standard feature on new models. Yikes!

It doesn’t take a genius to imagine this might result in some sticky situations. In fact, Reuters reported that 12 percent of the 3.5 million calls AAA receives are due to problems with tires. We can almost picture the situation: You borrow your friend’s new car for the weekend, get a flat, call AAA (handy), and… boom. No replacement tire. Yuck.

So what can the savvy motorist do? Three things:

  1. If you’re buying a new car, get the spare tire option. You’re going to want one.
  2. If you’re buying a used car, always check to make sure the spare is there.
  3. Check your car now to make sure your spare tire is there and in good condition. If it’s not, get one.

Though it’s not all bad. Because a spare tire and its jack typically add an additional 25 pounds to a car’s total weight, this ‘no spare tire’ trend will make your car slightly more fuel efficient (it’ll add about one MPG).

What do you think about this? Are you okay with your car not having a spare tire? Or would you rather pay extra and be on the safe side?

For all of your tire needs (spare or otherwise!) or for tires in Canyon County, call Discount Tire Centers at 1 (800) 808-4737.

Photo courtesy of Oakley Originals.