Tires

Video: 3 Aspects of Tire Care

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: In order to maximize the lifespan of your tires, you’ll need to address three critical aspects of maintenance. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Josh Cherry of Big O Tires – Pleasanton to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Josh Cherry: We see a lot of uneven tire wear on vehicles now. Part of that is air pressure, all the potholes in the road. So, one thing to try and get the best wear on your tires would be, make sure you check your air pressure on a regular basis; do your tire rotations if you can with the vehicle; and also, Read more

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3 Aspects of Tire Care

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — A common cause of premature tire failure is uneven wear, which can result from a variety of factors. The best way to prevent this from happening is to stay on top of tire maintenance. In particular, be sure to address these three aspects:

Air pressure
In order to perform optimally, tires need to have the correct air pressure (also known as PSI), so be sure to check your tires regularly. This is easy to do—simply unscrew the caps on your tires’ air valves and use a tire pressure gauge to check the PSI. To determine the correct PSI level for your tires, reference your owner’s manual; you can also find it printed on your driver’s side door jamb. Read more

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Video: Tips for Tire Inflation

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to inflating a vehicle’s tires, many people don’t realize that there’s an alternative to commercial air. Today, we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Josh Cherry of Big O Tires, to learn about the benefits of filling your tires with nitrogen.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Josh Cherry: One tip for better gas mileage and tire wear is to check your tire pressure. Basically, pull the cap off, get a good working gauge, push it on there, and it will give you the pressure. Most vehicles are going to be about 35 pounds. Another thing that you can use is nitrogen. Read more

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Maximizing Vehicle Performance with Proper Tire Pressure

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

PLEASANTON — One of the simplest ways to maximize your vehicle’s performance is to check and maintain the air pressure in your tires. In addition to improving fuel economy, keeping your tires correctly inflated helps ensure even tread wear and better road safety. Checking your tire pressure is easy—all you have to do is unscrew the valve stem cap and use a tire pressure gauge to get a reading. Compare your gauge’s reading to the one recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer, which can be found on the driver’s side door jamb of your car or in your owner’s manual.

When inflating your tires at a gas station, be sure to use your own gauge for checking tire pressure, Read more

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The Importance of Properly Functioning Shocks

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ORINDA — Shocks are an important yet often overlooked aspect of a vehicle’s operation. The basic function of shocks is to absorb the turbulence (bumps and jolts) of driving on the road—not only to provide a more comfortable ride, but also to reduce stress on other components of your car. However, when shocks become worn out over time, they can compromise vehicle performance.

One of the first things to fail in a shock is the dampening, which, in addition to rebounding bumps while driving, keeps the tire firmly mounted on the pavement, creating what’s known as a “contact patch.” When dampening becomes diminished, this contact patch becomes diminished as well. Not only does this lead to uneven tire wear, Read more

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Video: At-Home Auto Care

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CAMPBELL — Host, Sarah Rutan: Two important parts of caring for your vehicle include tire pressure and air filters. Today, we’re in Campbell with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bill Faulconer of Renson Automotive to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Bill Faulconer: Here’s a couple simple tips you can do at home very easily. First of all is tire pressure. Tire pressure is set by the manufacturer, a lot of them right around 32 psi, and that is the minimum strictly for comfort and what they feel is for safety. But by raising that pressure just slightly, you can get better fuel economy. And a simple way to do that is with a tire pressure gauge. Read more

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Do-It-Yourself Vehicle Maintenance

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CAMPBELL — Many aspects of auto maintenance are best left to a professional, but there are some things you can easily do yourself. Here are two do-it-yourself measures you can take to improve your driving experience:

Tire pressure maintenance
While regulating tire pressure is important for safety, performance and tire longevity, many drivers don’t know that it can also affect fuel economy. While vehicle manufacturers set recommended tire pressure at a minimum specification, raising the pressure slightly above this number can actually improve your car’s gas mileage.

To maintain the air pressure in your tires, you’ll need a tire pressure gauge. Pocket gauges are simple and inexpensive, but a digital gauge offers improved reading accuracy. Read more

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