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Tire Pressure Monitoring System Types

If you have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in your car or truck, you probably know what it does. You may not know that there are a lot of different types of TPMS, though. Here’s what you need to know. Different types of Tire Pressure Monitoring System There are a few common types of TPMS that auto makers use in their cars and trucks. Knowing what type of system you(…)

What is TPMS?

If you’ve ever bought a set of tires or had a flat tire on your car or truck, you’ve probably had an auto mechanic or automotive clerk ask you if your vehicle has “TPMS.” If you’ve ever wondered what TPMS is, or if you know what it is but just want to know more about it, Blain’s Farm & Fleet has the answers to your questions. TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system)(…)

How to Change a Flat Tire

You jump in your car and head out for the day. You get halfway to your destination, and all of a sudden, your car is not handling like it should. You pull off to the side of the road and get out. That’s when you’re confronted with a problem: you have a flat tire. A flat tire doesn’t have to keep you stranded for hours while you wait for a tow truck.(…)

How To Measure Tire Tread Depth

A few fractions of an inch in the depth of your tire tread can make a huge difference. It can be the difference between hydroplaning on a wet road and making your way safely through the rain. Not only will worn out tread make your vehicle less safe, it will also keep it from handling as well as it should. Especially if you have an off-road vehicle or a sports(…)

Tire Pressure Gauge Guide

Find out which tire pressure gauge is right for you with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Are you looking for the most accurate tire gauge? The least expensive? The one that can be stored easiest? There are three different kinds of tire pressure gauges to choose from. With this list of pros and cons, you can find the right tire pressure gauge. Pencil/Stick Tire Pressure Gauge A pencil tire pressure gauge(…)

Tire Pressure: How To Check It

Checking your tire pressure regularly and maintaining the correct air pressure in your car’s tires is important for your car and your safety. If you own a car made after 2005, you’re likely to have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Your dashboard’s TPMS light will come on, indicating your tire pressure is 20 percent below the manufacturer’s recommendation. But what if your car doesn’t have a TPMS?  Low tire pressure causes more(…)

What is a Tire Load Range?

Tire load range is the maximum weight your tires can support. It helps identify tire strength and how much load your tire has the ability to carry at its industry-suggested air pressure. Do all tires have a specific load range? Yes. However, most passenger (P-metric) tires are manufactured in a standard industry load range unless otherwise specified. A passenger tire that requires more strength than the standard load range will(…)

Maintaining Correct Tire Air Pressure

Benefits of proper tire air pressure Gives the best traction, performance and handling Better long-term fuel economy Prolongs tread life Disadvantages of low tire air pressure Shortens tread life (more wear on the edges of the tread) Higher risk of tire blowouts Worse long-term fuel economy Worse performance and handling Disadvantages of high tire air pressure Rougher ride Higher risk of tire blowouts Shortens tread life (more wear in the middle of the tread) Worse traction(…)

Tire Replacement Guide: How Many Tires Should I Replace?

Tire Replacement: Replacing All Four Tires It’s always best to replace all four of your tires at the same time. This ensures that you have the same tread depth on each tire. If you own a four-wheel or an all-wheel drive vehicle, you must replace all four tires at once. The traction advantages achieved by these vehicles are due to mechanically connecting all four tires. If you replace less than four(…)

Directional Tires: Pros and Cons

Learn about the pros and cons of directional tires with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Directional tires have a tread pattern that is designed to rotate in one direction. These tires have lateral grooves that form a V shape. Also, a directional tire has an arrow on the sidewall pointing in the direction the tire should travel. This is to help ensure that the tires are mounted and rotated correctly. The design of directional tires What(…)

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