Cliff's Notes—PSI in Winter Time

This is a tough time of the year for tires. When temps drop below 5 degrees, tires are more susceptible to air pressure loss. At this time of the year, make sure to check your tire air pressure every week. The contraction rate differs between aluminum rims and rubber tires which contributes to air loss.  If your rims have the slightest bit of corrosion between the bead of the rubber tire and the bead of the aluminum rim, that can cause air loss.

Most passenger car tires should have 35 psi in all four tires, some use a little more, some use a little less. Don't panic when your yellow "low pressure" light comes on. Find out which tire is low and fill it with 35 psi, keep and eye on it and check it again in 24 hours.

If the tire has lost air pressure after 24 hours, you need to have the tire serviced to see if there is a nail in the tire or a corrosion bead leak issue. If the yellow light remains off, you were just low on air. Always replace the plastic valve cap after filling your tire with air. That cap helps to keep out moisture which can ruin your valve core and lead to corrosion of your tire pressure sensor located in the valve stem.

Remember, tires will lose about 1 to 2 psi every month. When temperatures drop below freezing, this is accelerated to 3 to 4 psi loss per month.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us at Midwest Tire Co.

Winter Driving Tips

This is one of the busiest times of year for travel. It shouldn't come as a surprise to any in our area that driving conditions can deteriorate rapidly. Our friends at Cooper Tire have come up with a handful of helpful driving tips. Your tires play an important part of vehicle safety and we recommend keeping a watchful on your tread and inflation levels during the winter months.

Be Careful

Road conditions necessitate that you slow down. Reducing your speed, and doubling the space needed to stop between vehicles, are great ways to increase your ability to stay safe on the road. It is important to remember that 4 wheel drive vehicles aren't invincible on the road. 4 wheel drive vehicles do not stop more quickly than 2 wheel drive vehicles—4 wheel drive vehicles offer no advantage when braking.

Tread and Pressure

Tread is the part of your tire that touches the ground. As a general rule—more tread is better. Your tread depth should be at least 2/32nds. The handy coin trick can help you determine if your tires need to be replaced. While inspecting the tread, be sure to check for cracks, uneven wear, damage or bulges. These all need to be addressed to maintain a safe driving vehicle.

It is also important to maintain adequate tire pressure for your vehicle. Check your drivers manual for proper inflation levels. The cold air definitely causes your tires to deflate—nearly a pound per square inch for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. It is also important to check your tire pressure before driving. 'Hot' tires may not give the best indication of tire pressure levels in cold weather. 

As always, the team at Midwest Tire is ready to help you keep your vehicle safe this winter.

Wrap up safety this holiday season.

Looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Midwest Tire can help you wrap up the gift of safety with a set of four brand new tires!

Tires are one of the most important safety features on any vehicle. Old or worn tires can have a sudden failure or blowout, especially when you are driving at a high rate of speed. Tires with worn treads have limited traction on the pavement, reducing vehicle control particularly in wet or icy conditions.

Gifting a set of new tires tells your loved one that their safety is important to you, and it is a gift that keeps giving throughout the year! New tires are safe tires, and with new tires come peace of mind for the gift giver and receiver!

So, if you are looking for that perfect gift for your spouse, child, parent – anyone – consider wrapping up some safety this holiday season with a set of new tires from Midwest Tire! Call the experts at Midwest Tire today and we will help you finish your holiday shopping!

Cliff’s Notes—Winter Driving Preparedness

I’m planning a road trip to visit family for the holidays and I want to be prepared for winter weather. What can I do to make sure my vehicle is safe and I’m prepared for any conditions?

Weather can be unpredictable, especially as we head into the winter. Unexpected storms can pose a particular risk for those driving long distances. So, before you head out over the river and through the woods for holiday visits with family, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving conditions.

Here is a list of vehicle safety checks you should perform on your vehicle before traveling for the holidays:

  • • Have the oil in your car changed, and your vehicle inspected for any leaks or worn belts.
  • • Have your battery checked for sufficient battery voltage.
  • • Make sure your windshield fluid reservoir is full.
  • • Make sure the tires are in good condition with adequate tread and that the tire pressure is set to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • • Pack a weather radio, especially if you anticipate driving through areas where radio and cell reception may be spotty.
  • • Make sure your vehicle has a shovel, ice scraper, flares or emergency light, and jumper cables.
  • • Pack a winter survival kit, including a cell phone charger, blankets, non-perishable food items, bottled water and a flashlight.
  • • Drive slowly on snow and ice to help maintain control.
  • • Slamming on the brakes can cause you to lose control on ice or snow. Ease off the gas and steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go.
  • • If you do get stuck on snow or ice, try placing your interior floor mats in front or back of your tires for traction on snow or ice.
  • • If you are stuck and unable to get out, run your car only sporadically-just enough to stay warm and to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning in your car.

Check the forecast for the areas you will be driving through before you leave so you aren’t caught off guard. Alter your route or departure time to avoid winter weather, if possible. Make sure you have a full tank of gas, and consider making more frequent stops to fill up so you have adequate gas if you do become stranded.

if you do encounter snow or ice, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Being prepared and making sure your vehicle is safe and ready for winter driving conditions can help make the season safer. Call Midwest Tire today to schedule an appointment for your vehicle.

Caught A Nail?

Spend enough time on the road and you're likely to catch a nail and end up with a flat tire. That unexpected nuisance can ruin your day!

Our friends at Cooper Tires recently offered some tips regarding the steps to take to ensure a correctly repaired tire.

First and foremost, make sure any repair done to your tire is done by a qualified professional using approved materials! Be sure to pay attention to the tire pressure level after any fix. If your tires continue to lose pressure after a repair,  you may need a new tire.

A proper repair involves a number of steps:

  • • First a professional will seek out the puncture by removing the tire from the wheel and visually inspecting the tire. Typically, a repair should not be done if the size of the hole is larger than a 1/4 inch in diameter. Punctures on the side-wall generally cannot be repaired.
  • • Repairs work when using both a stem and a patch. Using only a plug (stem), or only a patch, will NOT keep your tires in the best working condition.
  • • There is a limited number of times that a tire can be repaired.

An improper repair can cause tire failure.

If you have any questions, you can always stop in and talk to the experts at Midwest Tire.

Cliff's Notes – Brakes

Brakes are the most important safety feature on any vehicle.

Being able to slow down or stop in an instant is key to avoiding an accident.

If your brake system isn’t functioning at 100%, your ability to slow down or stop quickly, especially in a panic situation, will be affected.

At Midwest Tire, we offer a free brake inspection anytime with appointment.

  • • Modern braking system should be inspected on an annual basis
  • • Signs that your brakes may be operating at less than 100%
    • – High pitched squealing when the brake pedal is applied
    • – Pulsation from the steering wheel when brakes are applied at a high speed
    • – Grinding noise when brakes are applied

When Midwest Tire does a brake job we use “premium” brake pads with the same composition of friction material that comes as original equipment with your car. We clean and lubricate the disc brake calipers and caliper guide pins also.

We resurface rotors as needed to provide a smooth surface for the new brake pads.

Cars don’t necessarily need all four brakes done at the same time but they should be replaced in pairs. Front brakes generally wear out quicker because they are stopping 60% of the weight of the car.

If you think your brakes aren’t performing be sure to call Midwest Tire.

Cliff's Notes

Midwest Tire has been serving Omaha and the surrounding area since 1944 when Cliff’s grandfather opened the business during World War II. Cliff, his wife Mary, and his brother, Bernie, are third generation owners of the business that is located at 13th & Pacific. We pride ourselves on being experts in tires and car safety, and we want to share that expertise with you through a series called Cliff’s Notes.

Each Cliff’s Notes article will focus on a timely topic that will be a helpful resource for you. We will share what we have learned throughout the years so that you will feel more knowledgeable and confident in your vehicle and its safety.

We stock between 8000-9000 tires on-site every day, and can special order almost any tire our customer requests. We specialize in all types of tires ranging from passenger tires, to light and medium truck tires, to semi-trucks and semi-trailer tires. In addition, we stock many tires for less conventional vehicles including:

  • Golf carts
  • ATV’s and recreational vehicles
  • Travel trailers
  • 5th wheel trailers
  • Motorcycle trailers
  • Snowmobile trailers
  • Lawn service vehicles including riding and walk-behind mowers
  • Industrial tires for construction skid steers, hi-lifts, fork lifts and graders

We carry tires for utility, flatbed and enclosed vehicles ranging from 4-ply trailer tires to 18-ply trailer tires, tubeless or tube-type. We recognize that the industrial vehicles we service can’t afford to be out of service. We stock solid rubber skid steer tires that do not need air, and we foam fill tires for industrial machinery.

So check back for more Cliff’s Notes – we look forward to sharing more of our expertise with you!

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Kind Words from GV Kustom Kitchens

We recently caught up with our customer Nick Vondrak, owner of GV Kustom Kitchens: when he was in for service on his vehicle. He shared some thoughts about working with our team for the last few years:

“I have been very pleased with the Midwest Tire team since our first visit in 2015. I really appreciate the personal service that I receive every time I come in for service.

I initially came for service to my fleet of vehicles for my business, and now I bring my personal vehicles to you as well. I feel like your staff is committed to listening to my needs, and I really value the personal touch and service that I receive. As a small-business owner, this is very important to me and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else.

I know a lot has changed since Midwest Tires was founded in the 1940’s, but your commitment to safe and honest service hasn’t changed, and it means a lot that you always do as you say you are going to do. I feel a good buzz every time I am there, and the staff always seems happy and eager to help me with my vehicles. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my vehicles.”

Thank you Nick! We look forward to serving you and your vehicles for years to come!

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We appreciate your support

It’s that time of year again where we ask you to take a few moments to show your support for Midwest Tire. For the past seven years, Midwest Tire has been voted “Winner Best of Omaha” in the Car Tire Service category. We want to thank everyone for their past support.

We have cared for vehicles in downtown Omaha since 1944 and have developed life- long relationships with many of our customers. We take pride in knowing that our customers trust our services!

If you are a customer and appreciate the work we do, please take a moment and vote for us—our Best of Omaha quick vote code is 22813. Voting ends on August 20th. We appreciate your support. Our goal is to provide honest, reliable service to all of our customers.

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Give Your Kids the Tools to Stay Safe on the Road

Being a parent is tough—especially when you hand over the keys. Maybe you never had the chance to show the proper way to change a tire, or discuss what to do in case of a car accident. Well, rest assured. The team at Cooper Tire recently developed and launched a new app designed to help offer insights for your drivers.

The new Tread Wisely app – available from the app store and Google play store – provides a number of helpful videos. In some ways it's like putting expert advice right in the palm of their hands.

In addition, the app comes with a number of features including: monthly safety check reminders; a unique "I got there" feature that sends reminders to check in with parents. You can read up on the app here.

Midwest Tire is the top single- location Cooper Tire Dealer in the nation and proudly provides quality options and expertise for all types of vehicles. Midwest Tire has cared for cars in downtown Omaha since 1944! From family vehicles to fleet vehicles, we can help keep yours running smoothly and safely.

Call to setup an appointment today.

The heat takes a toll on your car battery.

We've noted in the past about how the cold weather can cause battery problems. In reality, extreme weather, hot or cold, can cause issues. In fact, many experts state that hot weather often causes more battery problems than cold weather. And with the heat index expected to rise over 100 degrees this week, we encourage you to keep an eye on your battery.

All batteries contain some amount of liquid—the extreme heat causes the liquid to evaporate more quickly which reduces battery life.

The team at Midwest Tire can inspect your battery and replace if needed.

Our ASAE Certified Technicians are trained to spot issues before they occur.

Call to setup an appointment today.