Tips for Buying New Car Tires

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It is important to think about the kind of driving that you’ll be doing when you go to purchase new tires. Knowing the terrain, the weather and the amount of driving you will be doing in your commute, whether it be on freeways, winding roads or side streets will help you know what kind of tires to buy. You will need sturdy, durable tires if you plan on driving on a road or off-road where there will be lots of rocks and gravel.

Tip #1 – Always consider where and how you will be driving. Tires are designed to be used for specific circumstances and to deliver a specific effect, such as extra traction for bad weather, sporty handling or a smooth and comfortable ride. Unfortunately, selecting a tire for one specific need will generally mean that you will have to forgo other specialty features.

Tip #2 – An all-weather, all-season tire is best. Most drivers will never need anything more than the general all-season, all-weather tire, which is why they are usually standard stock on most new cars.

Tip #3 – Learn all you can about your tires. When it comes time to replace your worn out tires, it is best to replace them with tires that are the same size, style and brand as your originals. You will find the sizing information on your tires, the letter P stands for “passenger vehicle,” and then the next number is the width of the tire measured in millimeters, the height comes next and is marked in a ratio of height to width, with the R for radial before the final number, which reveals the wheel’s diameter.

Tip #4 – Locate a reliable dealer to purchase your new tires. You can purchase new tires at a number of different types of retailers, such as gas stations, tire specialty stores, discount warehouse stores, online, over the phone or even at your dealership. Shop around to get the best price and the best possible service available.

Tip #5 – Your tires should be installed by a professional tire dealer or a mechanic. In order to properly put your tires on over your car’s wheels, professional machines are needed.

Tip #6 – It is important to regularly rotate your tires according to manufacturer suggestion to keep the wear and tear even on all tires. An even wear will help your tires to stay in similar condition so they can all be replaced at the same time, and keeping track of the depth on your treads will help you prepare for the cost associated with replacing them in the future.

Keeping all of these tips in mind will help you to make sure you purchase the right tires for your car so you will get the absolute best results. Enjoy your car even more with a safe and reliable set of tires!… READ MORE


AC Condenser: Its Role in the Car's Cooling System

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An AC condenser plays a vital part in your car’s air conditioning. It is not the air conditioner but a part of the system. Most people usually have this mistake when it comes to buying car parts or even maintaining it. They sometimes purchase the whole system instead of just the condenser! So what is a condenser?

Condenser works with other car parts to support the air conditioning system. We can therefore say that this part is actually a team player. Other air conditioning parts are compressor, evaporator, expansion valve, and accumulator. An AC condenser looks like a radiator’s smaller version. This can be found at the front of the car next to the radiator. At times it has its own cooling system.

The air conditioning system and how a condenser works

To understand further how a condenser works, you need to know first how the whole cooling system does its job.

It all starts with refrigerants. These refrigerants are vacuumed in by the compressor which later on pressurizes it to become hot. After this step, the heated gas then passes the condenser which turns cooler. As it cools, it turns into liquid. Once this process is done, the expansion valve regulates the flow of the cold refrigerants so the coldness of the conditioning system is manageable. When cold air is comes out, the liquid refrigerants turn into gas again thanks to the evaporator. As this process ends, the whole cycle starts again with the air being filtered before being vacuumed again.

A condenser can never work on its own. In order to product the coolness you want, it should work well with other air conditioning parts. For it to perform well, proper maintenance is a must. Check if it has accumulated too much dirt both inside and out. It is a must to always clean the AC condenser to keep it performing at its best.

Fixing the car condenser

To always make sure that your car condenser is always performing at its best, cleaning it is not enough. You also need to check if there’s a need to repair it.

Familiarizing yourself with the air conditioning process and parts will help out more in checking for corrosion or damages. While air conditioners may still work after years since the car was first bought, you need to remember that its parts are also prey to rust and dirt. You need to check the condenser tubes for corrosion although evaporators are usually the victim of such a problem. You can do this by using a testing sensor. In addition you need to check the motor or fan if it’s working well. If it’s not then better replace it immediately before bigger air conditioning problems occur. Better check for stores that sell quality ac condensers-one that doesn’t easily rust and works well for a long time.… READ MORE