How to choose the right tires and wheels

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Your car has a powerful engine, sophisticated transmission, elaborate suspension and countless other automotive technological advancement under the sun, right? However, here is something about your car that you may not think about very often. Your tires are the single connection to the surface of the road. Read more at http://www.belletire.com/blog

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How to choose the right tires and wheels

  1. 1. How to Choose the Right Tires and Wheels<br />August 2011<br />
  2. 2. Your car has a powerful engine, sophisticated transmission, elaborate suspension and countless other automotive technological advancement under the sun, right? <br />However, here is something about your car that you may not think about very often. Your tires are the single connection to the surface of the road. <br />
  3. 3. Tire technology advances<br /> Luckily, we can all rest assure that tire technology is at an all-time high and it keeps getting better. For example, many new developments from tire manufacturers such as Bridgestone, address important features including wear life, wet performance and dry performance, fuel efficiency, ride comfort and noise reduction. <br />
  4. 4. Need new tires?<br />If you have bought a new or used vehicle and have come to the point where you need to replace the tires, here are some tips to consider:<br />
  5. 5. Simple Tire and wheel tips<br /><ul><li> Find a tire store that you trust enough to recommend the</li></ul> type of tire that fits your needs <br /><ul><li> Get the exact tire size and make that came on the</li></ul> vehicle when it was new<br /><ul><li> Consider going to a better quality tire or one that</li></ul> improves dry and/or wet handling that is still the same<br /> size as the OE tire<br /><ul><li> Know your expected needs and driving uses</li></li></ul><li>Need help with your expected needs and driving uses?<br />Consider these attributes and important questions:<br />#1 Tread life considerations <br />How long do you think a set of tires should last? Tires usually last between 25,000 and 50,000 miles. Taking the time to rotate tires and maintain adequate tire pressure will help increase the tread life. <br />
  6. 6. #2 Weather and terrain requirements <br />Where do you live and drive most of the time? Most of us live in a climate where inclement weather is a factor seasonally. For example, if you live in Michigan or Ohio, you'll want to look more closely at a capable all-season tire than if you live in Arizona or New Mexico. For those of us that live in Snow Belt states, an all-out snow tire for the winter that you swap for standard tires in the milder months is a great option. Many tire stores can help store your off-season tires, during idle months.<br /> <br />
  7. 7. # 3 Speed rating <br />Do you think you are going to need a tire that is speed rated for anything over 100 mph? Here is a list of tire speed ratings. It is not recommended to use any products in excess of posted legal speed limits.<br /> <br />
  8. 8. #4 Ride Quality <br />A low-profile tire, referring to the height of the sidewall, such as a 50 or a 40-series looks great, but can be harsh over bumps or potholes (when compared to a 55 or 60.) A lower profile tire also exposes the wheel to damage more easily.<br />
  9. 9. # 5 Noise <br />Some tread designs are noisier than others and varies significantly between tire brands and tread designs. If most of your driving is on lower-speed city streets, then this may not be much of a factor. However, for highway driving, you will want to consider options, especially if you drive an SUV on paved streets most of the time. <br />
  10. 10. Switching to different wheels?<br />Consider both the style and performance improvements:<br /><ul><li> Some people merely want a different look for the wheel while using the same tires that came on the original wheels
  11. 11. Use the plus sizing concept for style and performance</li></ul>Besides appearance, the plus concept is a key reason to switch wheels. Plus sizing your tires and wheels is a great way to improve your cars exterior but it also improves the performance. <br />
  12. 12. Benefits of new wheels.<br />The benefits of a good-quality alloy wheel are numerous. For example, you end up with reduced unsprung weight compared to steel wheels. This is a factor affecting a vehicle's road holding ability and improves brake cooling. The metals in alloy wheels are tremendous conductors of heat and improve heat dissipation from the brakes. The risk of brake fade is also reduced under more demanding conditions such as vigorous driving twisty roads. Additionally, alloy wheels can be designed to allow cool air to flow over the brake calipers and rotors.  <br />
  13. 13. Talk with a tire technician, today.<br />These considerations are important to overall driving enjoyment. Be sure that you and the tire technician communicate accurately about your requirements and enjoy the road ahead.  <br />
  14. 14. About Belle Tire<br /> For more information about Belle Tire, please visit http://www.belletire.com or join our online communities: YOUTUBEFacebookTwitter<br />14<br /> Visit http://www.BelleTireAdvantage.com to become a Belle Tire Advantage member and save $20 on anything we sell visit:<br />

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