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Tire Care Tips and Information
How to Change a Flat Tire
Mama's Used Cars How To Change A Flat Tire

Everyone is bound to get a flat tire at some point in their life and while roadside assistance is a viable option, it could be faster to change the tire yourself. Changing a tire isn’t particularly difficult. In fact, you only need a few tools and follow a few steps in order to get the job done.

Tools Needed

  • Lug wrench
  • Jack
  • Flashlight
  • Spare tire
The process to change a flat tire is fairly straightforward and following this simple guide should have you back on the road in no time at all.
  1. Start by pulling off to a long, straight road. Make sure it’s safe and don’t forget to turn your hazard lights on.
  2. Remove your spare tire and the tools you’ll need. A flashlight will help significantly if you’re changing a tire at night.
  3. Remove the hubcap from the tire if the lug nuts aren’t exposed. You may need to use the end of the lug wrench to get the cover off.
  4. Loosen the lug nuts. Don’t remove them just yet!
  5. Place the jack under the car. Check your owner’s manual for proper placement to avoid damaging the vehicle. Raise the jack until it connects with the frame.
  6. Raise the car six inches to one foot off the ground. Avoid going under the vehicle as the jack could fail at any time.
  7. Finish removing the lug nuts.
  8. Pull the flat tire towards you to remove it from the post.
  9. Push the spare tire onto the post until it can go no further.
  10. Replace the lug nuts but don’t tighten them with the wrench just yet.
  11. Lower the car to the ground and remove the jack.
  12. Finish tightening the lug nuts with the wrench until they’re as tight as can be.
  13. Return the hubcap and check the tire pressure before stowing your tools in the trunk
How to Use the Lincoln/Penny Test on Your Tires
Penny Tire Test
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There is a very simple way to see if your tires are running out of tread life and it will only cost you a penny. The Lincoln test, or penny test, is one of the easiest tests you can do yourself on your car.

In the United States, tread depth is measured by 1/32 inches. The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends replacing your tires when the tread depth reaches 2/32 inches, or a 16th of an inch, which happens to be the distance between the top of Lincoln’s head and the edge of a penny.

To do this test, take a penny a place it upside down in the grooves of your tire’s tread. You want Lincoln’s head facing downward.

If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you should be good to go. However, if you can see all of Lincoln’s hair, we recommend you get some new tires.

When doing the penny test on your tires, make sure to not only check every tire b
ut various spots on each tire, as tread does not always wear down evenly. Even if some spots measure deeper than a 16th of an inch, if any part fails the test, it’s time to replace the whole tire.

Just remember, Lincoln is your friend- whether that means checking your tires' safety or buying your next car.

Why Buy Seasonal Tires?

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When shopping for tires, you should always consider buying seasonal tires. This includes summer and winter tires, as opposed to all-season versions. While all-season tires might be more convenient, you might save money and increase the life of your tires by switching as the weather changes.

Winter tires are made with special compounds, grooves, and tread. They do three things with their design. First, they give you extra traction thanks to their thick treads; however, this tread wears down
quickly during warm, snow-free months. Second, they divert water in order to prevent hydroplaning. Third, they can withstand cold temperatures thanks to the special rubber used in them.

Summer tires are designed for optimal performance at temperatures around 50 degrees or more. While they get stiff and wear out in cold weather, they do provide exceptional performance in warm weather. They grip the roads with intelligent tread design, they are extra-resistant thanks to their composition, and they can even increase fuel economy compared to other types of tires.

All-season tires do just what they sound like: they work in any season. Although they do not have the same special qualities as winter or summer tires, they do have a good balance. This means they have moderate tread depth, they displace water well, and they are decent in either hot or cold weather.

Ideally, you should switch between winter tires and summer tires to optimize your ride. This will increase performance, handling, fuel economy, and it will also increase the life of your tires. This strategy can actually save you money in the long run. However, all-season tires are the tire of choice because they are easy to just put on and forget about. They work well on any vehicle, providing comfort and handling suitable for most drivers.

What To Do With Your Old Tires
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   Getting new tires is a great feeling. First of all, it grants some peace of mind since you won't have to do it again for a while, and second of all, it just feels good. You might feel more confident in your car's performance or just think it looks nice. Either way, now you have a bunch of old tires that you don't know how to get rid of. What can you do with old tires?

       Possibly the most obvious choice is to recycle. Recycling has a lot of benefits, as some places will even give you money for your old tires – or, if you're one of those rare pure-hearted individuals, you could donate your old rubber for free. Charities make use of donated tires by helping low-income families get around, when otherwise they may not be able to afford new tires for their car.

       In the era of online resources like Pinterest and craft bloggers, though, using old tires to make new things
is becoming more prominent. Everyone remembers the good ol' days of stringing up a tire swing in the tree in your backyard, but more and more people are recycling tires as everything from flower pots to dog beds to sandboxes.

       In the end, how you use your old tires depends on your needs. If you just want to clear some space or maybe spot a quick buck, get rid of them. But if you want to express your creative side in a way that might be a little off-beat, using old tires as a DIY project might be more your style.

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