The Truth About Tires...MORE THAN MEETS THE STREET.
Tires and cars have reached such a high degree of development that drivers tend to forget the tire is the only point of contact a vehicle has with the road. Tires bear the vehicle load, roll, steer, transmit forces, and serve as a main shock absorber. Proper inflation pressure affects all the tire's functions. Furthermore, the wrong pressure adversely affects all its performance areas. Inform your customers how to check inflation levels and properly care for their tires.
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1. The tire steers the vehicle with precision regardless of road and weather conditions. The vehicle’s ability to keep a straight path depends on the tire’s ability to maintain its course. The tire has to absorb transverse forces without deviating from the vehicle’s trajectory. Generally speaking, each vehicle has a particular inflation pressure for the tires of each axle. By respecting the differences in pressure between the front and rear axles, optimum driving precision can be obtained.
2. The tire supports the vehicle when it is stationary, but when it is in motion the tire must resist considerable load shifts during acceleration or braking. A car tire has to carry over 50 times its own weight.
3. The tire “drinks up obstacles” absorbing bumps ¡n the road to make life more comfortable for driver and passengers as well as helping the vehicle itself to last longer. The main characteristic of the tire is its flexibility, especially in a vertical direction. The great elasticity of the air contained in the tire enables it to withstand successive deformations caused by obstacles and uneven road surfaces. The correct pressure therefore ensures a reasonable degree of comfort while maintaining the correct steering capacity.
4. The tire rolls more evenly, in greater security, with lower rolling resistance, giving greater driving pleasure and controlled fuel consumption.
5. The tire transmits forces: the engine’s power output and the braking forces. How well these forces are transmitted depends on the quality of those few square centimeters of tire in contact with the ground.
6. The tire lasts i.e. continues at its best performance levels for millions of revolutions of the wheel. The wear pattern depends on how the tire is used (load, speed, road surface, condition of the vehicle, driving style, etc.), but especially on the quality of that contact with the ground. That is why tire pressure plays such a major role.
- The size and shape of the contact area
- The distribution of forces to the different parts of the tire in contact with the ground.
The tire’s six functions guarantee security, comfort and economy. To function properly and ensure tire security, comfort and economy the user should check inflation levels of each tire regularly. The tire’s precious air escapes molecule by molecule through the (albeit low) natural porosity of the rubber as well as through accidental causes such as leaks in the valve or at the rim, or slight damage to the tire, etc. Proper inflation pressure affects all the tire’s functions. Furthermore, the wrong pressure adversely affects all its performance areas. Inform your customers how to check inflation levels and properly care for their tires.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is your car out of alignment?
. Your tires look bald or the tread looks worn
. Your steering wheel pulls or drifts from a straight line
. Your car wanders on an even road
Do your wheels need to be balanced?
. When you accelerate or decelerate, the steering wheel vibrates
. You can feel a vibration in the seats or floorboard at certain speeds
. The wear pattern on your tires ¡s scalloped or cupped
. You can hear a humming sound on smooth roads
Should you replace your tires?
. Your tires are cracked or bald
. The tread on your tires is worn
Do you need a rotation?
. You experience uneven braking and poor handling
. The tread on your tires is worn
There is more riding on your tires than a smooth ride. Bringing your Toyota into Tarbox Toyota for regular tire maintenance can improve gas mileage, extend the tire life, prevent excessive or uneven tire wear and give you peace of mind. How do you know when it’s time to stop by Tarbox Toyota?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should visit the Toyota-certified technicians at Tarbox Toyota today! When you purchase select new tires from us, you’ll receive Road-Hazard Protection. This protection covers the repair or replacement of tires damaged by an unavoidable road hazard, such as nails, pot holes or debris. Your Toyota’s tires are a specifically engineered component of your vehicle, helping to provide its unique driving characteristics. That’s why it’s important to use tires that are exactly matched to your Toyota. Purchasing your tires from Tarbox Toyota is your assurance that you’ll get those tires—and only those tires.