Very Cheap Vulcanizing Services for Bridgestone Trading Tire Punctures

Hole in the wall vulcanizing services litter our metropolis.  1 tire man, 1 machine… sometimes no machine.  And the patches they use are well, spartan.  Not even chemical patches, these are rubber patches that need the hot iron machine to cook them in the tire to seal the puncture.  I’ve spoken to these guys and they say that cooking is better than patching with chemicals. Continue reading

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Bought 4 Brand New Bridgestone Trading Tires 185/70R14 for our Toyota Avanza!

Awesome 4 brand new Bridgestone Trading tires 185/70R14 for our family car.  It is just so refreshing when you change 4 tires instead of just 2.  You get that super brand new car feeling.  The road, the ride, just feels so much better.  And to boot, we got their promo of 2 umbrellas!  Not 1, but 2 umbrellas.  And I got this on 3 months installment at zero interest. Continue reading

Can I Put Air in a Nitrogen Filled Tire?

So you have the absolutely cool nitogen gas filled tires.  The ultimate in racing performance.  Stable pressures at any temperature… just like the racing cars… this was intimated to me by a friend who races F3 cars for a living running at more than 250 km / hour.

Anyway, your SUV has nitrogen filled tires, you notice you are running soft in one tire, but there are no nitrogen air filling stations nearby, but your local gas station has a digital air filling gadget.

My advice is… fill her up with additional regular air.  So the air on earth is around 78% nitrogen anyway.  The rest of the gasses expand and the humidity in the air may be a factor in performance settings, but you will receive better performance when your tire is at the right pressure… right now.

Let’s just say you are supposed to run on 40 psi, but your current inflation pressure is a mere 20 psi.  It is best to inflate your tire now with additional regular atmospheric air back to 40 psi.  When you get to a nitrogen filling station, you release all the air in that tire and pay for 40 psi of new pure nitrogen.

So the short answer is YES!

Buy Tires only from Dealers with Modern Automatic Tire Changers

modern tire changer

modern tire changer

So you want brand new bridgestone trading tires?  Buy it from a retailer with modern automatic tire changers.  I wince every time I see manual tire changing.  It sure depletes the life span of your brand new tires.  What you want to see is smooth, efficient, no tire injury tire replacement work on your brand new tires. Continue reading

How Wheel Balancing Weights Are Properly Used to Balance Bridgestone Trading Tires

Wheel balancing is very important.  Your car will run from 10 kph to 150 kph and you should always feel fine, no disagreeable vibrations… provided that the highway is flat and well maintained.  All your 4 wheels need to be balanced at all speeds.  Out of balance wheels can be very dangerous.  You could vibrate out of whack.

You see, tires are not perfectly manufactured, so are the wheel rims not perfect.  There is an imbalance when these 2 are put together.  You need a computerized very accurate machine to balance the wheels for you.

There are clip on weights and there are stick on weights.  Clip on weights are hammered on the rims of such wheels.  Stick on weights are measured and cut and taped inside hidden.  A very good computerized wheel balancer will tell the technician where to put the weights.

Never chintz on wheel balancing.  A non balanced wheel can be fatal!

Below is a picture of a model wheel balancer.  If your tire dealer does not have one of these, go buy your tires elsewhere!

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3 Best Times for Wheel Alignment of your Bridgestone Trading Tires

I got a brand new Toyota Vios last year and it came with brand new bridgestone trading tires.  When is the best time to get wheel alignment?  The best time for wheel alignment is straight out of the factory.  You cannot trust those factory people to get your car aligned.  Waiting for your tire to show wear may mean already 50% of the tread is done for.  Which happened to me by the way. Out the dealership is the first best time.

a modern wheel alignment machine

a modern wheel alignment machine

The 2nd best time for wheel alignment is when you buy brand new tires.  You want the best mileage out of your brand new tires so get your wheels aligned.  There’s toe alignment, camber alignment and caster alignment.  It’s all computerized nowadays with fancy graphics on computer screens and fancy laser lights.  Do not accept anything less.

There is a 3rd best time whenever you replace your under-chassis parts.  Say you replace a shock absorber, or tie rod ends or any steering part.  It’s only practical.

If you are veering to the left or right, the first thing you check is inflation on all 4 tires.

Oh yeah, make sure they align all 4 tires, not just the front.