3 Warm Weather Tire Care Tips

tire.jpg__685x325_q85_crop_upscaleSpring has finally sprung in North Texas! While you’re out enjoying the warmer weather, take a bit of time to prepare your car’s tires for the rising temperatures. You can start by reading on for more of our warm weather tire care tips.

The warm Texas heat can add stress to tires, causing them to deflate quickly. Not only
are tires with low pressure less safe, low tire pressure can also reduce gas mileage.
Before you head out on a spring or summer road trip, have your tires checked. Hot
weather, long road trips and heavy loads can spell disaster when it comes to your tires.

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Time to Buy Tires If This Is Happening

buy-tiresEveryone who owns or drives an automobile should know how to care for their vehicle, and knowing when to buy tires is very important. Because the tires are the part of the car that makes contact with the road, their condition makes a big difference in the way the car handles.  Old, worn-out tires can make it difficult to control the vehicle, which can result in an accident. Fortunately, there are some clear-cut signs that it is time to replace tires.

  • Tread depth should never fall below one-sixteenth of an inch. In fact, especially if conditions are regularly slick or wet, it should ideally be about twice that much. Professionals use a gauge to measure tread depth, but for most people, a penny works just as well! Just take an ordinary penny, and place it in the tread, Lincoln’s head down. If the head remains visible, you need new tires.
  • Newer tires do not even require the penny test! Many new tires have tread wear indicator bars built into the tires, which appear as flat rubber bars running perpendicular to the tread when the tread runs low.
  • Cracks are never a good sign. Routinely examine the sidewalls for cracks and grooves, because these can indicate a leak, or even a potential blowout. If cracks are visible, get to a repair shop as soon as possible!
  • Bulges and blisters indicate weak spots. Think of a bulge or blister on a tire as being similar to an aneurysm in a blood vessel. Both conditions indicate something is about to blow, and both mean you should see a specialist quickly! If you don’t, you may end up in the hospital, whether from a blown artery or a blown tire.
  • Shimmying and shaking is for the dance floor, not the highway. Excess vibration while driving is usually an indicator that something is amiss. A tire may be the root of the problem, or the problem may be a different issue that is damaging a tire. Either way, get to a repair shop because it is always better to err on the side of caution.

Still not too sure if you need to buy tires? Come by Lewisville VW and we’ll take a look! Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Are You in the Market for Discounted Tires?



We tend to not even think about our tires much until something goes wrong…and with money so tight, many people are looking for discounted tires when the time comes. There are plenty of good discounted tires out there (such as store brands for the major dealers), but remember that you’re getting what you pay for. You’ll be compromising on things like SIPE treatment and mileage warranties, as well as load ratings (important for light trucks or vans) and speed ratings. But if you’ve got an older model or high-mileage car that you don’t want to sink a lot of money into, it makes sense to look for discounted tires.

Remember that brands such as Firestone, Goodyear and Michelin all have sub-brand tires as well. They may not offer the same mileage warranty (and may be made from a different rubber compound), but they often offer a good deal in a quality tire nonetheless.

When you’re shopping for a discounted tire, you can hit the nationwide dealers such as:

  • NTB
  • Firestone
  • Sears
  • Discount Tire
  • Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club

And remember that all the dealers will run specials from time to time; in many cases, they will even meet or beat competitor’s prices.

It’s like any other purchase…you just need to do your homework and compare performance, prices, deals and reviews on discounted tires. One thing’s for sure, though…buying used tires is a roll of the dice, since you don’t know the type of maintenance or care used tires have had (i.e. regular rotations). Discounted tires often aren’t much more expensive than used tires, and having a warranty and road-hazard coverage makes them much more of a good deal!

If you’re driving a Volkswagen, your dealer can give you good advice on the best advice on brands that are a good fit for your car. Come on down to Lewisville Volkswagen if you’ve got any questions, and connect with us online through YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook!

Buying New Car Tires: How to

How to Buy New Car Tires

buying new car tiresTires are an integral part of the safety and performance of your vehicle, so it’s important you make an informed buying decision when it comes time to replace them. Picking the best tires for your car can seem like a daunting task, but with a bit of planning and research your car will once again be running at top efficiency in no time.

First, think about the terrains where you spend the most time driving. For example, drivers who stick to highways will have different needs than those who frequently rely on rural dirt or gravel roads. Personal taste also comes into play when selecting new tires. Perhaps you’ll want tires that provide greater handling, or a set that performs better in snow or reduces jolts from the road. These factors need to be considered when deciding which tires are best for your car.

Sometimes, changing to a different brand of tires may not be the best option. If your current tires are working well, but are just low on treads, consider sticking with that same size and brand. To find the size of your tires, look no further than the tires themselves. Look for a “P,” which stands for “passenger vehicle,” somewhere on the sidewall of the tire. Next to that will be the tire’s width in millimeters followed by the height, listed as a ratio of the height to the width. Finally, there will be an “R,” standing for “radial,” and a number that lists the diameter of the wheel.

buying new car tiresShop around to compare prices. In addition to Internet sites and tire stores, you can Buy 3 Get 1 Tire Free at Lewisville Volkswagen.

Finally, don’t try to install tires yourself unless you have the appropriate qualifications. Bring your car to a mechanic – fitting the tire over the wheel takes specialized machines.

New car tires can make a world of difference in the performance of your vehicle. From improved handling to higher gas mileage, new tires will end up saving you money by lowering insurance costs and reducing the amount of gas you use.

If you want to connect with other drivers to get some tips on tires that have worked for them, stop by our Facebook and Twitter pages to get connected.