Cliff's Notes — Pot Holes, Enough

Recently, a lot of customers have asked me about road hazard and pothole damage on their tires in the last month.

Punctures, cuts and sidewall pinch shock occurs when the tire strikes a rigid object (like a pothole) hard enough to crush the tire sidewall between the rim flange and the rigid object. This type of sidewall injury can lead to further tire damage if not repaired in time. Impact damage to the tire may initially show little or no exterior evidence.

However, internal damage can progress with additional mileage and eventually cause internal tire separation or sudden loss of air pressure. The tire must be dismounted and carefully inspected to determine whether it is repairable. Some road hazard damage may result in gradual inflation pressure loss. If not corrected as soon as possible , such damage can ruin tires that otherwise could have been repaired.

If you have questions about tire damage, give Midwest Tire, Co. a call.

Getting back on the job fast

We work with many clients who rely on their vehicles to serve their clients. When one of their vehicles has a flat tire or needs repairs, Midwest Tire Co. gets them back on the job quickly. When time is money, reliable service means everything.

We recently heard from Trent Lovewell from John Higgins Weatherguard Inc. after we replaced tires on their bobcat:

Midwest Tire Co. has serviced all of our vehicles for more than 10 years. Our bobcat had a flat tire
recently, and getting it replaced quickly was important so we could complete jobs on schedule. We
called Cliff and his team and they were on our job site within the hour. They quickly replaced all four
tires and the bobcat was back in operation.

We have come to trust the safe, reliable service that we receive from Midwest Tire Co. The convenience
of having the bobcat serviced on the job site saved us a tremendous amount of time and kept our loss of
productivity to a minimum and making the process very efficient.

We would recommend Midwest Tire Co. to anyone who needs service for their company or personal
vehicles. They are a trusted partner for our business!

Thanks Trent – it is our pleasure to serve you and your team!

If you have questions about how Midwest Tire, Co. can help with your fleet be sure to give us a call.

Kind Words from Millard Sprinkler

Our long-time customer Todd Rannals, owner of Millard Sprinkler, shared with us his experiences working with Midwest Tire Co. over the last ten years:

“We use Midwest Tire for every vehicle in our fleet – everything from mowers to trailers, big rigs and off-road vehicles. If it needs a tire, we get it at Midwest Tire.

We always receive excellent service from Cliff and his team. They always do exactly what they say they are going to do, and I never have to price check. I always know I am getting the best price with Cliff. We used to service our fleet at big tire stores, and I know I overpaid for tires for years. Since we started working with Midwest Tire, the prices have consistently stayed the same.

I trust everyone on the Midwest Tire team. They are the reason I drive all the way from Yutan, NE for service on my personal vehicles. I could do someplace closer, but I know I will pay more and it will take twice as long. The Midwest Tire team is friendly, fast and efficient. I recommend them to my friends and family and other business owners all the time.”

Thanks for the kind words!

If you have questions about how Midwest Tire, Co. can help with your fleet be sure to give us a call.

Tires Don't Last Forever

It's true, unlike diamonds, tires don't last forever. And there may be more than one reason your tires need to be replaced. Obviously, use causes treadwear. Reducing the amount of available tread on your tire eventually leads to the need for replacement. This is the most common reason for replacing tires, however other reasons do exist. 

Our friends at Cooper Tires have compiled a handful of reasons why your tires may need to be replaced. Their full article can be found here.

Cooper Tires recommends that any tire over 10 years of age be replaced. Regular use would wear your tires out before this timeframe. But for vehicles that don't see a lot of road time, the 10 year mark represents the period where your tires will break down for other reasons. The Cooper article points out, "Under no circumstances should a "maximum" service life recommendation for a tire be considered as an "expected" service life. Tires must be removed from service for several reasons, including tread worn down to minimum depth, signs of damage (cuts, cracks, bulges, impact damage, vibration, etc.) or signs of abuse (underinflation, overloading, improper repair, etc.)."

At Midwest Tire, Co, we are stocked with a wide array of sizes and specialty tires. We are more than happy to chat about your specific vehicle, and the unique needs for your vehicle.

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

Cliff's Notes — Pot Holes

If you have driven anywhere around town recently, you have probably noticed one thing – potholes are everywhere and they are hard to avoid!

Potholes form when water enters the ground under the pavement and then expands as it freezes. This expansion causes the pavement to crack and break, weakening the materials. When the ice melts, it leaves a larger hole for more water to enter, freeze and expand, and the problem continues to worsen. Add the repeated weight of traffic, as well as salt, and before you know it, potholes form and they can cause significant damage to vehicles.

Potholes are an even bigger hazard to vehicles when they are full of water because it is impossible to know how big or deep they are. Potholes should be avoided whenever possible, but when avoidance isn’t an option, there are some steps you can take to reduce the impact:

  • • Start with proper tire pressure: Tires that are under or over inflated won’t handle a pothole as well as a properly inflated tire.
  • • Maintain a safe driving distance: Allow plenty of room in front of you so you can notice and potentially avoid a pothole.
  • • Take it slow: If you can’t avoid a pothole, taking at a slower rate of speed will help you maintain control when you hit the hole, and will reduce the damage to your vehicle.
  • • Avoid braking: If you do hit a pothole, slamming on the brakes can cause more damage. Let up off the gas and keep control of the steering wheel so you don’t veer off into the other lane.
  • • When your car slams into a pothole, a bulge may form on the side of the tire. This needs to be addressed immediately as it can cause the tire to rupture.
  • • Hitting a deep pothole at a high rate of speed can bend the tire rims, and a bent rim needs to be repaired right away.
  • • If your vehicle is louder after hitting a pothole, you may have damaged a wheel bearing. A vehicle inspection can assess the damage.
  • • Hitting a pothole just right could even damage the undercarriage of your vehicle. If you notice any dents or leaks, have the vehicle inspected right away.

If you weren’t able to avoid a pothole, here are some signs that you may have damaged your vehicle:

Potholes are everywhere this time of year, but there are some things you can do to help lessen the blow. If you are concerned after hitting a pothole, stop in and see the experienced team at Midwest Tire – we can get you safely back on the road!

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

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.