tires http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6383/all en-US 8 Common Car Repair Mistakes That Can Cost You http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-car-repair-mistakes-that-can-cost-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-common-car-repair-mistakes-that-can-cost-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_car_trouble_000022274153.jpg" alt="Woman learning common car repair mistakes that can cost her" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Until I bought my first new car with my own hard-earned cash, I took my previous, very used cars for granted. Maintenance<em> schmaintenance</em>, I thought &mdash; even though that likely resulted in most of those vehicles straight-up punking out on me. Like, stopping in the middle of the road and never starting again because they had had <em>enough</em>. My dad wasn't happy about it the first time, and he wasn't keen on my negligence the third time around either. Yeah &mdash; it was bad.</p> <p>Of course, I've wised up since my teenage and college days &mdash; if only because the maintenance and repair work comes out of my pocket now. Yet, there are still corners I try to cut here and there, as I'm sure you do, too. The unfortunate result of that frugalness, however, could turn into an even more costly prospect down the road if you're not careful.</p> <p>Take a look at these common <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-diy-car-repairs-to-save-big">car repair</a> mistakes that you'll want to avoid lest you want your wallet running on empty.</p> <h2>1. Using a Discount Mechanic</h2> <p>We all want to save a few bucks on car repairs, especially if what needs to be replaced is already expensive. But just like all doctors and lawyers are not created equal, neither are mechanics &mdash; and it's in your best financial interest to know the difference. My rule of thumb when cost is a concern is generally to go middle of the road &mdash; not the cheapest, not the most expensive, but somewhere in the middle. I compare prices between service providers, consider online reviews, and also ask friends and families for referrals.</p> <p>Rob Infantino, CEO of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.openbay.com/">Openbay</a>, an app to compare, book, and pay for car repairs, seconds that philosophy.</p> <p>&quot;Choose a shop that's convenient to you and that's well rated,&quot; he says. &quot;If you chase the lowest price, you may not necessarily receive quality service. Corroborate the shop reviews on multiple sites, including Google, Openbay, and Yelp. Car repair can be a nuisance, so be sure the job's done once and done well. You don't want to have to head back to have a poor repair job fixed by someone else.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Filling the Engine With the Incorrect Weight/Type of Oil</h2> <p>My problem wasn't necessarily filling my car engines with the incorrect weight or type of oil (because, frankly, I had no idea that even mattered), but rather that I didn't fill the engine with oil very often, if at all. And because of that, you could totally hear me coming from three blocks away.</p> <p>Richard Reina, training director at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.carid.com">CARiD</a>, advises against that practice, of course, but also provides insight on why you ought to mind the oil you're using, especially in terms of weight and type.</p> <p>&quot;While this won't generally cause any catastrophic engine failure, using incorrect oil will cause your engine to run inefficiently and deteriorate over time,&quot; he says. &quot;Make sure to pay attention to the type of oil your vehicle recommends &mdash; synthetic, partial synthetic, or non-synthetic &mdash; and that you use the correct weight (i.e. 10W-30, 0W-40, 5W-20, etc.) for your vehicle and climate, and don't just choose what's on sale.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Skipping the Oil Change Altogether</h2> <p>This is pretty much how I blew up most of my cars' engines, as you've likely gathered by now. Perhaps I assumed the oil change fairy would swoop down in the middle of the night so I didn't have to worry about it? Things are a bit blurry from back then. In hindsight, I could have saved my parents, myself, and my college's campus safety department a world of hassle if I had just taken 30 minutes out of my day a few times a year to pop into a Jiffy Lube.</p> <h2>4. Letting Dirty Filters Go Unchanged</h2> <p>Air and fuel filters are an important part of your car's anatomy that when left unattended can lead to bigger problems. As Bankrate.com puts it, &quot;Dirty air or fuel filters can cause various sensors on a car to fail, resulting in a repair bill of hundreds of dollars. A failed sensor is a common reason for a 'check engine' light to illuminate and also results in the engine misfiring. Ignoring this problem could cause the larger problem of the catalytic converter failing, which would result in the car not passing an emissions inspection until it is repaired at a cost approaching $1,000 for many cars.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Forgoing Scheduled Maintenance</h2> <p>Believe it or not, you car manual has another purpose besides taking up space in your glove compartment. It contains everything you need to know about your car (including some DIY fixes for common car issues that can save you money if you just crack it open), as well as information on when you should have your car inspected and tuned up. Following these instructions gives your car the best chance for maximum longevity &mdash; without costly repairs at every corner &mdash; which, in the long run, can save you thousands of dollars on maintenance and the need to buy a new car prematurely.</p> <h2>6. Forgetting to Rotate Tires and Check Air Pressure</h2> <p>Not rotating your tires or checking your air pressure on a regular basis can cause uneven tread wear and the deterioration of your tires, which leads to many other potential problems including strain on steering and suspension parts (such as tie rod ends), uneven traction, and vibration when driving.</p> <p>&quot;Most shops will rotate your tires for a nominal fee, or you can do this yourself if you have a jack and jack stand at home,&quot; Reina says. &quot;Air pressure can be easily checked at most local gas stations.&quot;</p> <p>And remember, air temperature affects tire inflation, so even if your tires do not leak air, they will still need to be checked as the weather changes throughout the year.</p> <h2>7. Overlooking Wear on Brake Pads</h2> <p>Do people cringe when you turn a corner? Can't figure out what that screeching sound is when you come to a stop sign? That's actually your brakes crying for help, and you should have that looked at before you become a nuisance to your whole neighborhood, or, ya know, have an accident.</p> <p>&quot;By replacing brake pads on a regular basis, you can actually save money since a brake rotor lasts much longer when pads are changed regularly,&quot; Reina says. &quot;If pads are left until they are completely worn, they will scratch and score the rotor. When changing brakes, the most expensive part of the job is the rotors, so preserving them will save money in the long run.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Neglecting Brake, Transmission, and Other Fluids</h2> <p>One word: Antifreeze. I didn't learn it until it was too late, but there's still hope for you. In addition to winterizing your car with antifreeze, however, there are other fluids your car needs besides fuel to run efficiently. You can check your owner's manual for the list of fluids and their respective change schedules to stay on top of things. Most importantly, you can save yourself money on the front <em>and</em> backend by doing it yourself. Most of these fluids are easy to replace by even the most clueless of drivers; I'm living proof. If you're not completely sure what you're doing, ask one of your more rugged friends. They probably know what's up, and they won't mind helping out &mdash; so long as they can laugh at you a little bit first.</p> <p><em>Are there other costly but common car repair mistakes that you'd like to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-car-repair-mistakes-that-can-cost-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-a-rental-car-heres-what-you-need-to-know">Buying a Rental Car? Here&#039;s What You Need to Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-reasons-why-you-should-never-buy-a-new-car">3 Reasons Why You Should Never Buy a New Car</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-new-tires-really-6-year-old-ticking-time-bombs">Are your new tires really 6-year old ticking time-bombs?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-calculate-your-new-car-budget">7 Easy Ways to Calculate Your New Car Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-drive-a-hybrid-or-electric-car-on-the-cheap">6 Ways to Drive a Hybrid or Electric Car on the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation auto repairs brakes engine mechanics tires vehicles Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1534338 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Winter Tires http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-winter-tires" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winter_driving_000014996881.jpg" alt="Woman driving safely in winter with new winter tires" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are certain kinds of weather that can really throw any vehicle for a spin, both metaphorically and physically, and one of them is snow. Those winter months can be a dangerous time for anyone who requires a car or truck to go about their daily lives and the kind of tires on your vehicle shouldn&rsquo;t cause you any more stress than this time of year already brings. Instead of worrying about whether or not your tires are going to keep you safe this winter, make an investment in a spectacular set of winter tires to keep yourself sane and safe whenever snow threatens to fall.</p> <h2>What are Winter Tires?</h2> <p>Unlike their general counterparts, winter tires (also known as snow tires) are better and safer for the snowy months since they have more sipes (the thin slits in the rubber) which are perfect for traversing the rougher terrain. These tires give much better traction on the snow and ice, but not so much on the dry or wet roads. Though it is possible to use these tires all year round, it&rsquo;s not recommended since the dryer, warmer roads will cause the tires to wear out faster, and don&rsquo;t provide the same kind of handling that summer tires do in the summer months. Though changing them each time the season changes might be a pain, the extra safety and convenience you get from getting a great set of snow tires is worth the elbow grease. Since tires are specific to cars, the prices listed in this article will be the lowest prices from which the tires are available. This does not mean this will automatically be the price of the tires for your specific model of car, so make sure you are looking at the right size to see the correct price for your needs. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h2>Top 5 Winter Tires</h2> <h3>Michelin X-Ice Xi3</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009B7WIGC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009B7WIGC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FVPBBWV47YAY7HWB"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Michelin%20X-Ice%20Xi3.jpg" width="155" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009B7WIGC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009B7WIGC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FVPBBWV47YAY7HWB">Michelin X-Ice Xi3</a> is a top pick on Consumer Search and for good reason. It is one of the best tires that performs overall, during harcore snowy conditions and slightly snowy conditions. Though there is some room for improvement on the wet/dry condition performance of these tires, they are an excellent option for anyone who has to deal with severe winter weather for most of the season. Milder winter conditions are probably better handled by other kinds of snow tires, but if you need something heavy-duty, these are the tires for you. These tires have some serious grip on snow and ice, giving you excellent handling on what can be very nerve-wracking terrains.</p> <p>Though most snow tires don&rsquo;t come with a warranty, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 comes with a 40,000 mile tread wear warranty that can be collected when the tires get down to 2/32 inches. This, however, is not recommended, as tires should be replaced when they get to 5/32 inches of tread are left on these tires.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009B7WIGC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009B7WIGC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FVPBBWV47YAY7HWB">Currently as low as $124.98 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Bridgestone Blizzak WS80</h3> <p><a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Blizzak-Ws80-215-60R17/43075211"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Bridgestone%20Blizzak%20WS80.jpg" width="178" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Bridgestone Blizzak</a> tires are renowned for their ability in wet surface traction and spectacular performance in snowy or icy conditions. The Blizzak WS80 model takes a step up from its predecessor the WS70 by increasing the stability in handling when driving in dryer conditions. It comes with a Tube MultiCell Compound built into it which really helps during the wet conditions as it dispels water away to help with the handling on wet conditions. Still, some consumers have reported stopping on wet surfaces takes longer than they would like.</p> <p>The zigzag pattern on the tire isn&rsquo;t just for show; it increases the effectiveness of the tread by adding many biting edges to create the best traction it can on snow and ice conditions. With the amount of trust behind this brand of winter tire, you can be sure you&rsquo;re in for a great purchase.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Blizzak-Ws80-215-60R17/43075211">Currently as low as $133 at Walmart</a></em></p> <h3>Continental ExtremeWinterContact</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Continental%20ExtremeWinterContact.jpg" width="209" height="250" align="right" alt="" />The <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Continental-ExtremeWinterContact-Tire-215-70R15SL-98T-BW/19889404">Continental ExtremeWinterContact</a> tires are great for any size car, from compact to SUV to light-duty truck. These tires show magnificent results in traction tests on ice and snow, comparable with even the Michelin X-Ice Xi3. One the tread is 50% worn, an indicator on the tire will let the owner know so that you can keep track of the tires&rsquo; level of safety. The breaking for these tires is great on all surfaces except wet ones, but even then it still performs well. This is a studless tire with plenty of void and grip edges in the center to intensify its traction on snow and ice. If you&rsquo;re looking for a great tire to perform for just about any kind of car, the Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires are worth your consideration.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Continental-ExtremeWinterContact-Tire-215-70R15SL-98T-BW/19889404">Currently as low as $80 at Walmart</a></em></p> <h3>Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Yokohama%20iceGUARD%20iG52c.jpg" width="166" height="250" align="right" alt="" />The <a href="http://www.yokohamatire.com/tires/detail/iceguard_ig52c">Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c</a> tire is known for being able to fit a variety of car types from compact to van. It is made of a special compound from a combination of silica, multi-layer carbon, and micro bubbles that are coated in resin to give it excellent handling for winter tires in all kinds of cold weather. This is especially true with the Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c&rsquo;s ability to push away sludge and slush to keep it from being a concern as you drive in melting snow conditions. Since it is a high traction/soft compound combination, some consumers report these tires being pretty noisy, but that they still do a great job of handling on snowy, icy, and even wet surfaces.</p> <p>The best thing about these tires besides their impeccable performance is that they are eco-friendly, meaning you can help the environment while helping yourself to some amazing tires.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.yokohamatire.com/tires/detail/iceguard_ig52c">Currently priced around $70, but since it depends on the dealer, please go to the below website and enter your zipcode to find the best price</a></em></p> <h3>General AltiMAX Arctic Winter Tire</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/General%20AltiMAX%20Arctic%20Winter%20Tire.jpg" width="169" height="250" align="right" alt="" />The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QL5Z0Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004QL5Z0Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=W5CNDN34AN5HIT6B">General AltiMAX Arctic Winter</a> tire can fit a variety of car sizes. If you&rsquo;re looking for studded tires this winter, these tires can become studded with the purchase of additional studs to be installed. This tire has a Center Stability Rib to help with direction on dry roads and multiple sipes to help water evacuation from the tires to avoid hydroplaning. The radials on this tire have 270 degree siping that make for great grabbing action on snow and ice to increase traction.</p> <p>This tire also comes with Reactive Contour Technology that helps it adapt to roads that are wet, dry, and anything inbetween to consistently provide excellent handling experience for the driver. They are the least expensive tires on this list, but the General AltiMAX Arctic Winter Tire provides the same quality safety precautions and driving experience as many more expensive winter tire options.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QL5Z0Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004QL5Z0Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=W5CNDN34AN5HIT6B"><em>Currently as low as $66.04 on Amazon</em></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-car-battery-warmers">The 5 Best Car Battery Warmers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-jump-starter-kits">The 5 Best Jump Starter Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-windshield-de-icers">The 5 Best Windshield De-Icers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Shopping Amazon product reviews tires winter tires Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:00:04 +0000 Janae Spinato 1370801 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Home and Family Items to Avoid Buying Used http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-and-family-items-to-avoid-buying-used <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-home-and-family-items-to-avoid-buying-used" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/car_seat_2.jpg" alt="Child in car seat" title="Child in car seat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="163" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gently used clothes at the local vintage shop or even a &ldquo;pre-owned&rdquo; car, as the dealers like to say, can prove a recipe for both savings and style.</p> <p>But there are scores of important family and household items that should probably remain first-run purchases, dismal economy or not. Here&rsquo;s a look at five in particular. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-stuff-i-try-never-to-buy-new">The Stuff I Try to Never Buy New</a>)</p> <h2>Car Seats</h2> <p>Buying a used car seat is like buying a used helmet &mdash; it&rsquo;s just not safe. Once a car seat has been involved in one accident, the integrity of the car seat is ruined, and it may no longer be an effective mechanism for protecting your child. Don&rsquo;t take a chance. Always buy a new car seat.</p> <h2>Tires</h2> <p>Cars are becoming more and more expensive to maintain. The rising price of gas is forcing car owners to come up with other creative ways to save money while driving, and some are choosing to do so by purchasing used tires. Tires that have been involved in a car accident suffer just like car seats do. But you can&rsquo;t always tell if a set of tires has been in one. Consider new tires an investment in your safety.</p> <h2>Computer Software</h2> <p>Computer software is expensive, and buying a used copy can often reduce your costs by hundreds of dollars. Unfortunately, most of today&rsquo;s computer software must be licensed in order to be used. Once the software is licensed it can&rsquo;t be used again, which means that buying a used piece of software is essentially like buying a blank CD.</p> <h2>Mattresses</h2> <p>Although buying a used mattress may save you a few hundred dollars, it isn&rsquo;t necessarily sanitary or the best for your body&rsquo;s physical health. When you purchase a used mattress, you aren&rsquo;t able to judge its overall cleanliness, as problems such as bed bugs are not always visible. Mattresses also generally only have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years, and you may not be able to get an honest age from the seller. Buying an older mattress can also lead to back problems or antagonize existing physical ailments.</p> <h2>Pet Supplies</h2> <p>Purchasing used <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-yank-the-leash-on-pet-expenses">pet</a> supplies may seem like a good idea. But buying used pet supplies such as dog beds or cloth-covered cat stations can be just as unsanitary as purchasing a used mattress. Plus, pet odors tend to ferment over time even if they have been cleaned, so that seemingly clean dog bed you bought at a garage sale could begin to stink the first day it lays out in the sun. The exception to purchasing used pet supplies is the kennel. A wire crate can be fully sterilized, and buying a used one can save a pet owner anywhere from $50 to $100.</p> <p>Buying used isn&rsquo;t always a bargain, and certain used items may actually cost you more in the long run in terms of maintenance or having to repurchase the same item only a few months later. If you choose to buy used, however, always make sure to properly review the items in person prior to purchase.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chris-birk">Chris Birk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-and-family-items-to-avoid-buying-used">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-a-longer-and-happier-life-with-these-8-frugal-buys">Live a Longer and Happier Life With These 8 Frugal Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-dog-food-recipe-and-cost">Homemade Dog Food: Recipe and Cost</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying used children computer software mattress pets tires Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:24:09 +0000 Chris Birk 628750 at http://www.wisebread.com Are your new tires really 6-year old ticking time-bombs? http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-new-tires-really-6-year-old-ticking-time-bombs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-your-new-tires-really-6-year-old-ticking-time-bombs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/176354412_d9e2ca33a6.jpg" alt="Old tires sold as new damage" title="Old tires sold as new damage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Check the tires on your car. How do they look? Plenty of tread, no bald spots, no wear and tear? If that’s the case, you’ve probably got a great set of tires with years of life left on them, right? Well, maybe not. Those tires could actually be ready to break apart at any moment. </p> <p>I don’t like buying new tires. Right now, I’m shopping around for a good deal because the quote I got from my local tire store was close to $800. But I’m wary of &quot;deals&quot; on tires because they actually have a use-by date. Most people don’t know that. It’s not advertised and there&#39;s no law protecting us (more on that later). And worse still, the consequences of driving on old tires can be deadly. This is not just about getting the best tires for your money…it’s about getting SAFE tires. </p> <p>In Europe and Asia, tire manufacturers inform customers about the dangers of old tires, and the very real dangers of driving on ‘new’ tires that are actually six years old, or even older. But here in Uncle Sam, we’re being kept in the dark. And that’s hardly surprising, because tires are a billion dollar business, and no company wants to destroy tires and see profits literally go up in smoke. They look new. They smell new. They are new, right?</p> <p>Well, no. The rubber in the tires dries out over time. This can lead to cracking, greater stress on the tire’s infrastructure and “catastrophic failure.” When that happens, the tire can literally fall apart on you while you’re driving. The tread comes away from the tire quickly and violently. As you can imagine, this can be disastrous; even deadly. </p> <p>So far, more than 100 deaths have been attributed to old tires, and there is currently a <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/2008/07/21/2008-07-21_old_tires_sold_as_new_ones_lawsuit.html">lawsuit</a> against Bridgestone/Firestone for selling old tires as new. It’s alleged that these tires were responsible for a crash which left one man dead and a family without a father. </p> <p>And yet despite all of this evidence, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has refused to impose a six-year shelf life on tires. All they have issued is a <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4988605&amp;page=1">warning</a> . Why? We could speculate, but money talks, and how many tire companies are ready to junk thousands of tires every month that could easily be sold as new? </p> <p>A hidden camera report by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDgSk5xWkrI">ABC’s 20/20</a> , aired on May 9th, show revealed some shocking facts about so called ‘new tires’ currently on sale. Some tires were up to 12 years old, and were on sale at Sears, a reputable store. It makes you wander what stores without the big name and reputation will carry. You can watch the complete section below, this is 10 minutes of your time very well spent. </p> <p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/mDgSk5xWkrI&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="menu" value="false" /><param name="wmode" value="" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/mDgSk5xWkrI&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>So, what can you do? First, check your tires. </strong></p> <p>Whether you’re shopping for new tires, riding on new tires, or have tires that are several years old, check the actual age of your tires asap. Knowing where to look and how to translate the code is simple enough, but it does vary depending on the age of your tires. The highlighted section below is the complete information I got from TireRack, the place where I buy my tires and a store that is very forthcoming about both tire <a href="http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=11">age</a> and <a href="http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=138">longevity</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><em>When it comes to determining the age of a tire, it is easy to identify when a tire was manufactured by reading its Tire Identification Number (often referred to as the tire’s serial number). Unlike vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and the serial numbers used on many other consumer goods (which identify one specific item), Tire Identification Numbers are really batch codes that identify the week and year the tire was produced.</em></p> </blockquote> <blockquote><p><em>The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires that Tire Identification Numbers be a combination of the letters DOT, followed by ten, eleven or twelve letters and/or numbers that identify the manufacturing location, tire size and manufacturer&#39;s code, along with the week and year the tire was manufactured.</em></p> <p><em><strong>Tires Manufactured Since 2000</strong><br />Since 2000, the week and year the tire was produced has been provided by the last four digits of the Tire Identification Number with the 2 digits being used to identify the week immediately preceding the 2 digits used to identify the year. Example of a tire manufactured since 2000 with the current Tire Identification Number format:</em></p> <p><em><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_1_10.png" alt="Tire pic one" width="500" height="279" /></p> <p>While the entire Tire Identification Number is required to be branded onto one sidewall of every tire, current regulations also require that DOT and the first digits of the Tire Identification Number must also be branded onto the opposite sidewall. Therefore, it is possible to see a Tire Identification Number that appears incomplete and requires looking at the tire’s other sidewall to find the entire Tire Identification Number:</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_2_5.png" alt="tire 2" title="tire 2" width="500" height="198" /></p> <p>The use of a partial Tire Identification Number on the one sidewall (shown above) reduces the risk of injury to the mold technician that would have to install the weekly date code on the top sidewall portion of a hot tire mold.</em></p> <p><em><strong>Tires Manufactured Before 2000</strong></em><br /><em>The Tire Identification Number for tires produced prior to 2000 was based on the assumption that tires would not be in service for ten years. While they were required to provided the same information as today’s tires, the week and year the tire was produced was contained in the last three digits. The 2 digits used to identify the week a tire was manufactured immediately preceded a single digit used to identify the year. Rxample of a tire manufactured before 2000 with the earlier Tire Identification Number format:</em></p> <p><em><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_3_6.png" alt="tire 3" title="tire 3" width="500" height="283" /></em></p> <p><em>While the previous Tire Identification Number format identified that a tire was built in the 8th year of a decade, there was no universal identifier that confirmed which decade (tires produced in the 1990s may have a small triangle following the Tire Identification Number to identify the decade).</em><br /><em>And finally, hold on to your sales receipt. Most tire manufacturer&#39;s warranties cover their tires for four years from the date of purchase or five years from the week the tires were manufactured. So if you purchase new tires that were manufactured exactly two years ago they will be covered for a total of six years (four years from the date of purchase) as long as you have your receipt. If you lose your receipt, your tires&#39; warranty coverage will end five years from the week the tire was produced (resulting in the tire manufacturer&#39;s warranty coverage ending only three years from the date of purchase in this example).</em></p></blockquote> <p>For more information, you can also go to ABC <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/popup?id=4819387">here</a> . </p> <p><strong>So, you have old tires. What next?</strong></p> <p>If you’re the OCD frugal shopper I am, you’ll have kept all of your receipts from the past few years for your major purchases (and I consider tires to be one of these). Most of us hang on to these receipts because tires come with a warranty, anywhere from 20k to 65k miles. </p> <p>Contact the store, garage or website that sold you the tires and explain the situation. If your current tires have had plenty of use, you may still be entitled to at least a discount on a replacement set of tires. If you’re a good haggler, you may get a new set free of charge. And if you have just bought your tires, you should absolutely demand a replacement set that were manufactured recently. </p> <p>I’ll be examining my new tires closely when the arrive from TireRack. I like a deal, but not at the expense of my safety. If the tires are older than 6 years (and I’m hoping they’re much newer than that) I’ll demand free replacements. You should too. Old tires being sold as new are not just an oversight. They’re a deadly deception. Drive safe folks. </p> <p><em>UPDATE: My tires arrived today from TireRack, they shipped in just two days and each tire was manufactured within the last 5 months. I can heartily recommend TireRack not just as a way to save money on brand-name tires, but as a reliable source of brand new tires. They&#39;ll be getting my business again.  </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-new-tires-really-6-year-old-ticking-time-bombs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/used-toyotas-are-being-discounted-would-you-buy-one">Used Toyotas Are Being Discounted. Would You Buy One?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-your-car-stolen">How to get your car stolen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-car-repair-mistakes-that-can-cost-you">8 Common Car Repair Mistakes That Can Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-used-car-salesman-reveals-dirty-tricks-and-how-to-beat-them">A Used Car Salesman Reveals Dirty Tricks (and How to Beat Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-reasons-why-i-love-public-transportation">Five Reasons Why I Love Public Transportation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Consumer Affairs Cars dangers tires tread Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:25:22 +0000 Paul Michael 2282 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Uses for Those Old Whitewalls http://www.wisebread.com/6-uses-for-those-old-whitewalls <p><img src="http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i313/kylinsmom/tires.jpg" alt=" " width="153" height="230" align="top" /></p> <p>No, they don’t have to be whitewalls, but I know that sometime in the near future you will have an old tire to get rid of. I’m not the most eco-friendly gal in the bunch, but I do hate waste (and that nasty tire disposal fee they charge when you buy a new one.) So without further ado, here are the best ways I’ve found for putting those old rubber rings to good use:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">1. <strong>Flower planters</strong> – There are so many adorable and trendy ways to make flower beds, planters, and gardens by simply using old tires. An undecorated, clean tire can be filled with topsoil and placed in a sunny area for growing flower and tomatoes faster than using soil alone! Those with patios or small apartment decks might like the dozens of designs for do-it-yourself tire planters to match all decors. Durable, and unlikely to be dug up by dogs or blown away in storms, your plants will find a safe haven in your old tire. </p> <p> 2. <strong>Backyard play equipment</strong> – Sure, we’ve all had fun on a tire swing, but have you tried a horse swing? Made from tires and a few hardware staples, this is the swing to have!Big kids (you know who you are) can enjoy a good giddyup from a tree or sturdy swingset. </p> <p> 3. <strong>Fountains, Waterfalls, and more</strong> – Did you know that it is possible to use the walls of rubber tires to create beautiful 3-tiered fountains for your outdoor landscape? You could even create a fish pond full of koi with your unwanted tires. Bubbling water décor can be made from old tires and less than $30 of supplies! </p> <p> 4. <strong>Composter </strong>– Maybe you know that you should be composting, and that it is a very responsible way to dispose of and reuse garden refuse and vegetation waste. While it can be a pain to make your own composter, using tires makes it very simple and super cheap! </p> <p> 5. <strong>Sandals </strong>– Don’t go trading in your Birks for these tire-inspired models just yet. While wildly popular in some countries south of the border, these homemade sandals haven’t quite caught on here in the States. I’ll admit, they look comfy, and those that wear them swear by their ability to allow air to circulate (thus eliminating nasty, sweaty bacteria and yeast to thrive). A sort of Teva-style knock-off from tires and nylon strapping, these sandals can be made from instructions found at <a href="http://www.hollowtop.com/sandals.htm">Hollowtop.com</a> . </p> <p> 6. <strong>Home sweet home</strong> – I have learned that it is possible to use landfill tires and other discarded rubber products to build an energy-efficient home! Obviously more than a weekend project, home-building with tires has been around for over a decade, and the designs just get better each year. A good place to start is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0865342156?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread03-20&amp;link_code=as3&amp;camp=211189&amp;creative=373489&amp;creativeASIN=0865342156">The Tire House Book</a>, and if unsure of making that kind of commitment, you can design a small shed or garage to get started.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is just six of the dozens of ideas for reusing tires (sometimes called “tirecrafting”.) A simple online search will get you hundreds of free resources to get you started. Some of the designs are so simple, and no one would ever guess that the finished project started out as an old tire. Other uses include lawn and garden edging, retaining walls, portable coldframes, solar raised bed planters, and sandboxes. There is also a super book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0916095517?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread03-20&amp;link_code=as3&amp;camp=211189&amp;creative=373489&amp;creativeASIN=0916095517">Tire Recycling Is Fun</a>. </p> <p>I should note that over the years there has been concern about the toxins in tires that may be released over time into the surrounding soil. While moving the tires every 5 years should prevent any unwanted leeching of the zinc that is contained within tires, you may paint your tires with a toxin-free sealant to be on the safe side. More information on this topic can be found in an article by the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00097J4YC?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread03-20&amp;link_code=as3&amp;camp=211189&amp;creative=373489&amp;creativeASIN=B00097J4YC">Countryside and Small Stock Journal</a> . </p> <p>One other word of warning is on storing the tires. Please do not lay old tires outside where they can collect water. Since standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos, you will not be doing anyone a favor by allowing rainwater to collect in abandoned tires. Keep them inside in a dry, cool place, and they will be ready to go for your next tirecrafting project!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-uses-for-those-old-whitewalls">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes">12 Cute Ways to Upcycle Shoeboxes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living crafts garden lawn recycling tirecrafting tires Thu, 21 Jun 2007 22:06:52 +0000 Linsey Knerl 767 at http://www.wisebread.com