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Where the Rubber Meets The Road - Low Rolling Resistance Tires

May 1st, 2015

Tires in Roanoke, VAAutomakers are doing everything they can to comply with Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards, and tires definitely figure into CAFÉ numbers.

A great deal of the energy that your car’s engine produces is lost before it makes its way to the road to get your car going. Tires are the final part of that equation; by some estimates, as much as 5 to 15 percent of your car’s fuel is used just to overcome the rolling resistance and friction of tires on pavement. Engineers figure tire pressure, tread formulation, tread pattern and internal construction into low-rolling-resistance (LRR) tire designs. Early LRR tires tended to sacrifice tread life and wet-weather traction, but that’s no longer really the case with newer designs. And as with all emerging technologies, early L ...[more]

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Are Tires Perishable?

March 1st, 2015

Tires in Roanoke, VALike many other consumer goods, tires are designed to last much, much longer than they did at one time. In the 70s, before radial tires were commonplace, bias-ply tires would typically come with a 20,000 mile treadwear warranty, barely long enough for two years’ worth of service for most drivers. In the 80s, the radial designs available then might last 40,000 miles; today, a 60,000 mile treadwear warranty isn’t uncommon, even with low-priced tires. Treadwear by itself, however, doesn’t tell the entire story.

A tire uses a complex rubber compound composed of natural rubber, various synthetic rubber formulations, carbon black, silica and other elements, which are then molded and bonded to layers of fabric and steel cords. That structure has to retain air under pressure and support a few thousan ...[more]

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Align Yourself with New Tires

January 9th, 2015

tire alignment roanoke vaIf oil is the blood of your engine, your tire alignment is the skeleton. Having the correct tire alignment affects everything about your vehicle, from fuel economy to maneuverability having properly aligned tires is imperative. Having the correct tire alignment directly affects the wear of your tires and if serviced regularly can save you costly replacements in the future.

At Star City Tire technicians understand the importance of tire alignment and tire repair. Schedule an appointment today and let staff show you helpful pointers to knowing when your tires should be aligned or serviced. Star City Tire services the Roanoke, VA area with the best selection of tires and wheels, staff can help any budget or specification find the perfect tires to fit their needs.

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