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Category Archives: Tires and Wheels

The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

  Welcome to the The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet TRUCKEE conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, TRUCKEE drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc tire has very deep channels and can easily move ... read more

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TRUCKEE Tire Repair

Most TRUCKEE residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it's inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn't just a big safety issue for TRUCKEE drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high CA gas prices, we've all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to save on gas. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.  There's another danger with under-inflated tires for TRUCKEE residents. Low tire pressure puts added stress on the structure of the tire itself, causing it to break down prematurely. Also, under-inflated tires generate more heat which also reduces tire life. So get those slow leaks fixed quickly – don't just keep adding air every few days. You want to avoid tire damage. TRUCKEE residents should only hire qualified tire professionals to perform repairs - we have a whole team of them at The Auto & Tire Doctor ... read more

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Below 45 Degrees in TRUCKEE: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and TRUCKEE drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. CA drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the TRUCKEE area are much better designed for the wide range of conditions that come with CA winter weather. They are made with a rubber compound that helps them stay flexible in cold weather. Regular tires become hard and stiff at TRUCKEE temperatures below 45°F (7° C) which reduces their traction. That's a concern in winter, especially with snowy or wet conditions. But it also means that TRUCKEE drivers are better off with winter tires in cold weather even when it's dry.The tread design on winter tires has been improved to move snow, slush and wat ... read more

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Getting New Tires in TRUCKEE?

There are so many tire choices in the TRUCKEE area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most TRUCKEE area folks so you want do it right.Tip: talk with your friendly and knowledgeable The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc tire professional. He'll help you sort through the choices.Here are some of the issues you'll talk about: One is size – you know, all those numbers on the side of the tire. The right size is . All new vehicles are required to have stability control which, along with other important safety systems, is calibrated to work with specific tire sizes. Your TRUCKEE tire professional can help stay within manufacturer's specifications or program a different tire size into your vehicle's computer.And you'll want to discuss how and where you drive to determine the type of tire you need: summer, winter,  all season ... read more

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