How to choose summer tires? Tips for choosing summer tires
Mar 23, 2018
Summer!? And maybe all-season?
Well, that's our nature, to save something, especially if an iron horse requires enough money for repairs, and it's necessary to "poke in" something, money will not be superfluous. The most interesting, when the owners of expensive cars think about "demi-season" tires, spending hundreds of thousands on the car and save a few on the rubber - a paradox!
From my personal experience I will say that all-season tires are "nedorezina", and you do not need to buy it! Why? It's all about the rubber: raw materials and technology for its production. Summer tires are designed for work at high temperatures, and in summer we have a heat like in Africa, in addition to this there is a hot asphalt. How will all-season tires behave in such conditions? They will not provide proper adhesion to the road and may begin to deteriorate due to inability to such conditions. That's why it's best to forget about the "all-weather".
Before you go for a new rubber, look at the marking of your old tires so that they fit your wheels and cars. First - look at the radius of the disc, which is indicated by the letter "R"( R14, R16, etc.).Then look at the width and height, it is designated 185/65 or 195/55, etc.
Sometimes drivers want to buy tires whose height is below the set recommended by the manufacturer. There are both advantages and disadvantages. First, let's look at the advantages of low-profile tires:
Despite such a bouquet of positive moments, there are also negative aspects. In particular:
As you can see, there are more negative moments in low-profile rubber than advantages. In addition, these shortcomings are more significant than advantages. In general, if you have absolutely flat roads, then it makes sense to buy low-profile tires, in other cases, choose tires whose parameters are recommended by the automaker. Rubber, the profile of which is more than recommended, it is also better not to take, as this will negatively affect the handling of the car, besides, such tires may simply not fit in the wheel arches, or when turning the wheels will rub against the fenders, making a rattle.
Types of summer tires
Knowing the parameters of the tires that you need, you will need to decide on the type of tread. Summer tires have three types of protectors, below we list them and briefly describe:
As you can see, the best are tires with an asymmetrical type of protector, but their only drawback is the high price. The best option is rubber with a symmetrical protector, it is not expensive and has averaged characteristics. As for tires with a directional protector, it makes no sense to take them, as our roads are seldom wet, and on a dry surface such tires are not very effective.
As you probably know, most motorists do not use buses with cameras. All new cars are equipped with a tubeless rubber only.
One more nuance of choosing summer tires is its manufacturer. The most popular and high-quality tires are produced by such brands as:
We recommend you to watch the program "Car", which discusses the most popular tire models for the summer of 2014.
Place of purchase
The purchase of tires is best done in specialized stores, as today there is a very high probability of getting on a fake. Most of all, of course, forge the tires of well-known brands, but budget brands also do not remain without attention "underground".In short, if the point of sale of tires is not very reliable, for example, in the market or in some basement, then the probability of buying a counterfeit is increased at times. In addition, you should be alerted to a relatively low price.
We recommend that you buy at large tire sales points that specialize specifically on wheels and tires. Very often, many motorists buy tires through online stores - it's very convenient, but such a store should be famous and have a good reputation.
Note the date of tire production, it should be applied to the rim. Over time, tires lose their quality, even those that lie in the warehouse and are not operated. Therefore, we recommend buying tires not older than one year, the most optimal option - half-yearly tires.
Check the quality of the
Before paying for the tires, check their quality: they should not have any dents and defects. If any, ask the seller to replace the tire. If the seller says that this is normal, supposedly rubber is new and stored in the warehouse, then remember that improper storage also affects their quality. Dent is very difficult to align, almost impossible, and this in turn can affect the sealing of the wheel and the smoothness of the stroke. Swing the tire, look at it, making sure it's even.
In conclusion, we want to note that the replacement of tires from winter to summer is necessary when the weather is warm outside the window( the average daily temperature lasts for several days at + 10 ° C).Also, look at the weather forecast, as the spring days can suddenly change to a night snowfall.
When boarding a new rubber with a directional protector - be sure to focus on the direction of the arrow, otherwise the protector will not drain water, and there will be a rapid wear. Some nuances in the installation have asymmetric tires, every professional tire-changer knows about them.
Good luck in choosing tires and a happy journey!
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