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Category Archives: Tires and Wheels

Under Pressure in North Kansas City: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat fixed in North Kansas City or your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely under inflated. Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause harmful and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on Missouri roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, North Kansas City drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that t ... read more

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Talk To Northtown Auto Clinic About New Shoes For Your Vehicle

Custom wheels are one way that North Kansas City folks express themselves and personalize their SUV. But they aren’t as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several essential factors need to be considered, including cost, the fit of the wheel, modifications that will have to be made to the SUV, how the new wheels and tires will affect the operation of the vehicle, your driving habits, and, of course, the style of the wheels. Most North Kansas City auto owners start with the last factor: the style of the wheels. But that should be the last thing we choose. When considering custom wheels, you should first carefully consider your budget. Some wheels may require costly adjustments to your SUV suspension system, brakes, or traction systems. You need to know what you can afford before you start shopping in Kansas City or get your heart set on a particular type of wh ... read more

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Winter Tires

What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of North Kansas City car owners’s perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees. Twenty years ago in North Kansas City, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. North Kansas City car owners called them snow tires back then and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regular tires and they weren’t very good on ice, packed snow or wet Missouri roads. They were not even very good on dry roads. They really helped in deep or loose snow, but they did a poor job the rest of the time. They were loud and rode hard. North Kansas City motorists couldn’t wait to get them off in the spring. Then all-season tires started to appear in North Kansas City tire shops. All-season tires are really a compromise between ... read more

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