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Even Half Worn Tires May Be Riskier Than you Think!

Even Half Worn Tires May Be Riskier Than you Think!

Consumer Reports found that even tires with half of their remaining tread intact can still lose their footing, especially in foul-weather. Naturally, tires lose their ability to grip the road in wet weather as the rubber wears away. The lower the thickness of rubber, the more likely they are to lose their footing. However, tests are finding that tread can give up a significant amount of grip even when it’s still at its halfway point. Half-worn tires can be treacherous on wet roads, as their grooves may not be deep enough to disperse water out from under the tread. The consequence is hydroplaning where the water becomes a barrier between the tire and the road making steering unresponsive. The faster you drive, the greater the risk of hydroplaning, since higher speeds allow less time for water to escape through the tread grooves.  During the Consumer Reports testing, half-tread tires began to skim over the water’s surface at as slow as 40 mph ... read more

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Did This Light Pop Up On Your Dash Recently?

Did This Light Pop Up On Your Dash Recently?

The light indicates a low air pressure in one or more (including your spare) of your tires. Recently temperatures have dropped at night causing the air in your tires to contract, lowering the tire pressure. If the pressure lowers enough, it will trigger the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to turn on the light alerting you to have them checked. Make sure you’re driving on the safest tires regardless of any temperature changes by letting Camarillo Car Care perform a fast, convenient inspection if your tire pressure light is coming on. Most of the time it’s due to the chilly weather, but when it comes to vehicle safety it’s better to be safe than sorry

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What Three Automobile Services Do Most Motorist Know They Need to Keep Their Vehicles on the Road?

What Three Automobile Services Do Most Motorist Know They Need to Keep Their Vehicles on the Road?

What Three Automobile Services Do Most Motorists Know They Need to Keep Their Vehicles on the Road? You guessed correctly if you said Oil Changes, Brakes, and Tires. Of course, there are a slew of other systems that need inspections and servicing throughout your vehicle’s life. However, these three services are what most drivers know their vehicles will definitely need. What about all of that other maintenance services your vehicle might need – the stuff that most of us don’t really know about, or don't want to deal with knowing about? That’s where Camarillo Car Care can help! We’ve committed our staff to the concept of understanding your vehicle’s needs. Those needs be ... read more

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Getting the Right Tires And Wheels In Camarillo

A lot of people get custom wheels in Camarillo. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you’re not careful. Sometimes, once they’re mounted, they just don't fit right. The tires rub in turns or on bumps. You don’t want that. Consulting your Camarillo Car Care Center tire professional can ensure you get the right fit. First he’ll ask you a series of questions about your Camarillo driving needs and what you want in your new wheels. Now, not every wheel can go on every car. Care must be taken so that tires and wheels are not too large or that the wheel is centered too far towards the outside or the inside so the tires rub. If you don’t want to make any modifications to your SUV, you would need to focus on the wheels that would fit. With trucks, some Camarillo people like much bigger tires so they need a suspension lift. Also, most Camarillo driver ... read more

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Getting New Tires In Camarillo?

Getting New Tires In Camarillo?

There are so many tire choices in the Camarillo, Somis, and Ventura County area, selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for Thousand Oaks drivers. And even though it’s kind of fun to have new tires on your SUV, they’re a significant investment for most Thousand Oaks folks so you want do it right. Tip: talk with your friendly Camarillo Car Care Center tire professional. He’ll help you sort through the choices. Here are some of the issues you’ll talk about: One is size - you know, all those numbers on the side of the tire. The right size is important. All new vehicles are required to have stability control which, along with other important safety systems, is calibrated to work with specific tire sizes. Your Camarillo tire professional can help stay within auto makers' specifications or program a different tire size into your SUV’s computer. And you’ll want to discuss how and where you drive in Thousand Oaks to d ... read more

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Camarillo Car Care Center Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Camarillo Car Care Center Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Camarillo Car Care Center blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most of us Ventura County drivers tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes isn’t enough. Safe Ventura County drivers need to have tires with enough traction to translate braking power into stopping power.Let’s focus on stopping in wet Ventura County 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, Ventura County drivers can actually spin out of control. At best, you won’t stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flo ... read more

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Thousand Oaks Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Thousand Oaks Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of Thousand Oaks folks driving around on under-inflated tires. Now, it’s hard to tell when a radial tire is under-inflated. If your manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your SUV tire’s considered significantly under inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds. New laws required manufacturers to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System - or TPMS system - in all cars and light trucks by the 2008 model year. The system has a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25% below manufacturer’s pressure recommendations. This technology has been used by Thousand Oaks race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from under inflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It’s up to your car’s manufacturer to determine which of m ... read more

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Tire Replacement: What Somis Drivers Need to Know

Tire Replacement: What Somis Drivers Need to Know

Looking at getting some new tires? The choices at Somis tire stores can be a little overwhelming. Suppose you have an SUV and are trying to decide between all season tires or some that are also rated for off-highway. Do you get off the payment on the outskirts of Somis more than most? If so, some additional off-road traction would be nice. Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there’s nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you’ve got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there. Let’s suppose you zip around Somis in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather’s good. When CA weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do, you want full-on performance tires. All-season tires are naturally a compromise that works ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel In Camarillo

Under-inflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Camarillo area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand - you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from Camarillo to Camarillo . Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local Camarillo service stations. If they're low - even just a little bit - bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of your driver's door that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure. And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops twenty percent below recommendations. That's severely under inflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak - get it fixed right away at ... read more

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Buying the Right Tires and Wheels In Camarillo CA

Everyone in Camarillo CA eventually replaces their tires, whether it's because they're worn out or they're just looking for something different. There are so many great tire choices in Camarillo CA, it can be difficult to sort them out. Let's group the broad spectrum into several categories that will help in the selection process. One category is often referred to as “summer tires”. Summer tires are designed to be driven on the road when temperatures are generally above 45 degrees. Their tread design is optimized for traction on dry roads in Camarillo CA and they're also able to effectively displace water on rainy roads. Now the rubber compound gets a little hard and stiff as temperatures drop below 45 degrees as it occasionally does here in Camarillo CA. And the tread which handles dry roads so well, can get packed with snow or mud - which provides very little traction in those conditions. So if you live where its summer all year round ... read more

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