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Car Tires

Tire Rotation: Is It Really Necessary?

Tire manufacturers recommend rotating your vehicle’s tires consistently. AA Auto Tech discusses whether following this recommendation is actually necessary.

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How to Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Tires

Keeping your tires in safe, working condition is critical for the safety of you and your passengers. Old tires do not grip the road properly, and when it’s wet outside, or you need to stop suddenly, less-than-perfect tread can put you in danger. Not to mention, old tires can wreck your gas mileage, not only putting a burden on your vehicle, but on your bank account, too. If you know you need to change your tires at regular intervals, but you just aren’t sure when to do it, the experts at AA Auto Tech can help. Below, we detail what to look for when you think it might be time for a new set of tires.

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When Should You Replace Your Tires?

If your tires are beginning to wear, it is highly recommended that you replace them before winter weather strikes. This helps your tires to navigate slick and icy roads. However, you may be unsure as to when you should replace your tires. Here are a few of the signs that your tires may need to be replaced.

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Signs Your Tires Need to Be Replaced

As your car rolls along down the street, the tread on your tires wears. Eventually, the tread wears down to a point where the tires need to be repaired because they can no longer grip the street and can cause you to slide. However, the timeframe for when this occurs varies based on many factors. The road conditions you drive in, the size and type of tires you have, how often you rotate the tires and the weather elements that the tires are subjected to can all cause the tires to wear faster. Because of this, it is important to know what signs indicate that your tires need to be replaced. Here are a few of those signs.

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Is a Tire Patch or Plug Better?

If you have run over a nail or other type of road debris, you may suddenly have a flat tire. But before you replace the tire, you should check to see if it can be repaired. Many times, if the puncture wound is small and clean, the hole can be repaired and you can avoid the costs associated with having to buy a new tire. There are two ways to repair holes in tires. This includes a patch or a plug. Here is a bit of information about both of these tire repair options and which is better in various situation.

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What Do Your Tires Do For You?

Tires play a large part in your vehicle's overall health. Tires have an impact on your car's safety, smoothness of ride and fuel efficiency, which is why it is very important to keep your tires in good shape and replace them quickly when they are no longer usable. Take a look at some of the things that tires do for you, and learn more about how to know when it is time for new tires.

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Signs Your Tires Need to Be Replaced

When your tires are worn, they need to be replaced. If you fail to have tire replacement done when it is needed, your tires may blowout or the tread may wear so thin your tires slide on slick roads. Unfortunately, many of us don't know the signs that indicate tires have reached the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced. Learning these signs and periodically checking your tires for these signs can help prevent many tire problems you can encounter.

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Snow Tires Make A Big Difference!

Snow tires are manufactured with more natural rubber and less synthetic rubber. The benefit is that snow tires remain flexible at colder temperatures, and are thus able to grip the road better than regular street tires. The key is their cold weather interaction. These are not mud tires that are designed to take you off-road at a tractor pull. These are tires that are designed to make driving safer during the colder months of the year. Auto tires that have a higher concentration of synthetic rubber become stiff and unbending during cold weather driving. 

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