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Tire Maintenance in TULSA

With the recent focus in the TULSA area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.TULSA drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.Some people in TULSA wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to overinflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by Cartec Automotive Service to see about tire maintenance for your vehicle. Cartec Automotive Service5609 East 41st StreetTULSA, OK 74135918.771.4210 Every vehicle in the TULSA area has a sticker on the driver's side door jamb that tells yo ... read more

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Under Pressure in TULSA: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in TULSA, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on OK roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, TULSA drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concerns as well.Advances ... read more

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Saving Lives in TULSA with Tire Pressure

All new passenger vehicles on our TULSA, OK, roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems – TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are underinflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about them.First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is 20 percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is 34 pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won't come on until the pressure is at 28 pounds. That's significantly underinflated, enough to raise safety concerns.The worst is tire failure. A severely underinflated tire can overheat and fail. Also, handling degrades to the point that you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Also underinflated tires wear out faster and they waste fuel. So it's ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Cartec Automotive Service: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

Repair or Replace? That’s a question TULSA drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired. Run flat tires should not be repaired. Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for motorsports. Your friendly and professional Cartec Automotive Service service advisor can inspect your damaged tire and tell you if it can be safely repaired or if it should be replaced - and then help you get back on the roads around TULSA.Give us a call.Cartec Automotive Service5609 East 41st StreetTULSA, OK 7413591

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Wheel Balancing at Cartec Automotive Service

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? TULSA drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on OK roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at Cartec Automotive Service, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the technician will spin the tire on a machine to determine where it's too heavy. He will then place weights on the wheels in strategic locations to balance it out. When a tire is out of balance, it actually bounces down the road instead of rolling smoothly. Since the average size tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 mph/97 kph, it is actually slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That's where you get your vibration.Most people in TULSA are surprise ... read more

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When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

  Hey TULSA area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our OK streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the TULSA area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thirty-seconds of an inch is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, there's just 2/32 of an inch – 1.6 millimeters – of tread left. It's that level of wear that's been called into question recently.We're referring to the tread depth on a tire, it can't move surface water out of the way and you start to hydroplane.In a safety study, a section of a test track was flooded with a thin layer of water. If you laid a dime on the track, the water would be deep enough to surround the coin, but not enough to cover it.A car and a full-sized pick-up accelerated to 70 miles ... read more

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Cartec Automotive Service Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Cartec Automotive Service Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Cartec Automotive Service automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet TULSA 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, TULSA 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 Cartec Automotive Service tire has very deep channels and can easily move a lot ... read more

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Cartec Automotive Service Advice on Buying New Tires

Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every TULSA driver's style, habits and driving conditions.Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all OK seasons.TULSA off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from damage.But what if you own an SUV but aren't interested in off-roading around OK? You can change out those high-profile beasts for a lower, wider look if it suits your style.Cartec Automotive Service tire professionals can offer great auto advice on how to choose tires that match your needs and style.If you just need to purchase new tires, a tire professional at Cartec Automotive Service can also help you select the tires that are best for your driving needs and habits. The right tires will protect you and your vehicle on the road.So personalize you ... read more

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Upsizing Wheels and Tires With Cartec Automotive Service

Many TULSA drivers want to accessorize their vehicle - you know, make it theirs. One of the easiest ways to get a custom look is to get some new wheels. There are thousands of wheel designs at TULSA area tire shops to get you the look you want. And for many TULSA drivers, that look includes bigger wheels. It used to be that cars came from the factory with 15 or 16 inch wheels. Now 16, 17 and even 18 inchers are standard. And the factories are offering optional wheel packages up to 20 inches or more. So let's talk about what to consider when you want to upsize your wheels. It's not exactly a DIY project, so you need to know a thing or two before you get started. The most important term to know is rolling diameter. The rolling diameter is simply the overall height of your tire. Unless you want to modify your vehicle suspension, you'll want to keep your rolling diameter the same when you upsize your wheels.Let's think about those three golden doughnuts in front of you. They're all a ... read more

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Talk to Cartec Automotive Service About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

Custom wheels are one way that TULSA folks express themselves and personalize their vehicle. But they aren't as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several factors that need to be considered, including cost, the fit of the wheel, modifications that will have to be made to the vehicle, how the new wheels and tires will affect the operation of the vehicle, your driving habits and, of course, the style of the wheels. Most TULSA drivers start with the last factor: the style of the wheels. But that should be the last thing we choose. When considering custom wheels, you should first carefully consider your budget. Some wheels may require adjustments to your vehicle suspension system, brakes, or traction systems. You need to know what you can afford before you start shopping or get your heart set on a particular type of wheel. There are three basic ways you can change your wheels. First, you choose a wheel t ... read more

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