Ever wonder what the designations stamped on your tire sidewall actually mean? We’d like to break it down for you.
Let’s take for instance, “P195/60R15 87S”. This is a full service description of a tire.
In this case, “87S” denotes a tire’s load capacity and speed rating. The higher the number, the greater the load capacity – an 87 load capacity means that tire can support 1,201 pounds. Speed ratings range from L (75 mph) through V (149 mph), and an S speed rating means the tire is good for 112 mph. W, Y, and Z-speed rated tires are available for extreme performance cars and are rated as high as 186 mph.
As for the rest of the information:
--“P” denotes Passenger Tire
--195 is the tire’s width from si ...[more]
You might remember the days when guys would stuff spacers into their suspensions or between the body and frame and call it a “lift kit”…and then would have no end of problems with handling, braking and drivetrain issues. Well, thankfully, those days are pretty much over.
If you’re considering putting a lift kit on your vehicle, ask yourself what your goal is with it, and what you intend to use the vehicle for. Do you expect a lot of off-road use like rock crawling or mud bogs, or do you just want a little extra clearance for bigger tires and the occasional off-pavement excursion?
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Go with reputable manufacturers for complete lift kits engineered to a specific year/make/model of truck or SUV. The suspension and drivetrain design ...[more]
Every year, about 290 million tires are discarded; of those, about 233 million are recycled in one way or another. Shredded tires can be used for playground surfaces, welcome mats, hot-melt asphalt, bark mulch and even made into building material for “green” construction.
But what can you do with your old tires? Here are some ideas:
--Fill a tractor tire with sand to make a great sandbox for kids
--Hang a tire from a rope as a tire swing
--Stack a couple of tires on top of each other, bolt them together and paint them a cheerful color, then use them as a planter
--Lay two rows of tires next to each other, somewhat staggered, and use them for broken-field running as part of football conditioning
--Bolt two tires togeth ...[more]
There are lots of ways to make your ride stand out from the crowd…some subtle and some outrageous…some very cool and some very cheesy. At BIGTEX Tire & Offroad in Humble, TX, we can get you set up with some great accessories for your truck!
--Wheels and tires are a great way to make any truck custom. Whether you’ve got a sports truck that seldom gets off the pavement or a tough 4 x 4 that loves the dirt and mud, we’ve got wheels and tires from top manufacturers, for pretty much any make and model of truck or SUV.
--Light bars have come a long way in the last several years. The advent of LED technology means you can now have a great-looking, aerodynamic light bar for your truck that will light up the night like a flamethrower and last for the lifetime of the truck. ...[more]
There’s a snap in the air, the leaves are going to start falling soon and the days are getting shorter. It’s autumn and before you know it, it’ll be winter. Is your vehicle ready? Here’s a quick checklist.
Wipers: Even good quality windshield wipers are only good for about a year. If your wipers are starting to show signs of cracking, drying out or chipping, go ahead and replace them.
Lights: Are all your lights working? Taillights, blinkers, brake lights? How about the plastic lenses over your headlights – are they oxidized and foggy? You might want to consider a headlight restoration.
Battery and charging system: Winter weather slows down the chemical reaction in your battery which actually allows it to ...[more]
You pull out of a parking space and notice a puddle of…something…that’s spread out under where you were just parked. What is it?
Here’s a quick rundown of things that can leak and leave that puddle.
--Water: Your air conditioner has a drip tube to drain off the condensate that forms while the A/C is running. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about.
--Antifreeze: For years, antifreeze was dyed green to make it easy to identify. Newer formulations may be dyed pink, orange or yellow, but antifreeze will always have the same sweet, pungent odor.
--Transmission fluid: Automatic transmission fluid has always been dyed magenta and usually has a slightly sweet smell.
-- Motor oil: Motor oil is honey-colored and slippery, and may be darker (lik ...[more]
by: Cody Wallis
Fall is in the air, and that can mean only one thing: it’s back to school time! As you run through your back to school checklist- pencils, notebooks, binders, books, and tires- yes, you read that correctly: TIRES. Why add new tires to your back to school checklist? Because now is the BEST time to get new tires for you or your student’s vehicle. Whether you are carpooling your students around, want something dependable for your extra-curricular high school smarty, or need that reliable vehicle for your independent college bound kid- making sure you get the ...[more]
If you're not familiar with automotive jargon and terminology, things can get confusing pretty quickly when technicians start throwing terms around. At BIGTEX Tires and Offroad, we try to be pretty direct with our customers to avoid confusion, so here's a quick rundown of some automotive terms and what they mean.
Air Filter: It's essential to keep pollen, dust and other fine particulates out of your fuel system. The air filter uses a pleated paper or fabric element to trap these small bits before they can make it into your engine and cause problems. A clogged air filter, on the other hand, can impede air flow and hurt performance and fuel economy.
A/C Compressor: Like a refrigerat ...[more]
Everyone's trying to get more out of a dollar today, including their automotive dollars. At BIGTEX Tires & Offroad, we'd like to suggest some of the best ways to do that. By staying on top of these four important vehicle maintenance items, you will save money in the long run.
Your engine relies on motor oil for lubrication -- without a film of oil between moving parts, the engine would quickly seize as parts overheat to a point where they actually weld to each other. Oil picks up carbon, acids, metal shavings and other contaminants, however, and starts to lose its lubricating properties over time. If left too long, sludge deposits and carbon can start to accumulate on moving parts, shortening engine life. Depending on your vehicle and the type of oil you use the distance suggested between ...[more]
Nobody ever looks forward to a flat tire, and nobody ever says "well, that was a really good time" after having one. You can at least minimize the damage to your tire and danger to yourself, though.
Flats vs Blowouts
If you get a blowout, you'll know about it right away. Sometimes the tire can fail dramatically, with a bang as loud as a shotgun going off. Other times, it might just be a loss of air and a sudden change in your car's handling, followed by vibration, noise and a pull to one side. If it's a front tire that fails, your car might be a real handful to drive until you can get to a stop.
In either case, your first job is to pull off the road as quickly (but safely!) as you can. Don't jam on the brakes or make any sudden mo ...[more]
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