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Choosing the Right Tire for your Vehicle.

Question: I need new tires. How do I know which tires to get?

Allen Tire Inc. Answer: Let's look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: Function, Fit, and Value.

Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: weather conditions, terrain, temperatures, etc.

New family vehicles sold in VA come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most Richmond road conditions – but they aren't ideal at the extremes.

Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice and they have a rubber compound that helps them have better traction as temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely better stopping and road-holding characteristics for Richmond than all-season tires in VA winter weather.

Dedicated summer tires enhance warm weather performance driving.

If you drive off-road around Richmond, there is a spectrum of tires from all-terrai ...

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What are Cabin Air Filters?

Question:

My car has a bad odor when I run the heater or air conditioner. My friend said I might need a new cabin air filter – what's that?

 

Allen Tire Inc. Answer:

A cabin air filter is a special filter that cleans the air that comes into the Richmond drivers' passenger compartments – or cabin – of their vehicles. Most new vehicles sold in VA now have a cabin air filter. A cabin air filter catches dust, pollen, spores and other pollutants before they can get into your cabin. It's kind of like the filter on your furnace in your Richmond home, cleaning the air you breathe inside your vehicle.

As Richmond drivers can imagine, it eventually gets filled up and can even start to get smelly. So – you just have it replaced. Now some are really easy to access and others are tougher to get to. Your friendly and knowledgeable Allen Tire Inc. will be able to take care of it for you.

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Synthetic Oil: What you need to know.

Question: What is synthetic oil and should I use it?

 

Allen Tire Inc. Answer: Regular oil, also called conventional oil, comes from dead dinosaurs. Conventional oil molecules are long hydrocarbon chains of various lengths. Imagine a bunch of pencils – some used and some brand new. Synthetic oil is often more highly refined petroleum-based oil. The molecules are shorter and closer to the same length. Think a bunch of those little golf pencils.

Some synthetic oil is man-made. The molecules are rounder and much more uniform. Think marbles. So you can see that as you progress from conventional oil to synthetic blends (a mixture of conventional and synthetic) to full synthetic oil, there will be less friction in your engine. Less friction means less heat – so better lubrication and protection against wear for drivers. Synthetic blends and full synthetics also cost more.

Synthetic oil is more resistant to thermal breakdown s ...

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Transmission Tips

Allen Tire Inc. Tech Question:
My name is Suzanne. We were taking a camping trip at our favorite state park over a three day weekend. About half way to our campsite, the transmission went out on our vehicle. It took all weekend to get towed out and get back home.

What can I do to prevent transmission problems in the future?

Allen Tire Inc. Answer:
Transmission repairs can be expensive at auto service centers. On top of that poor Suzanne was in the backcountry. Her vacation weekend turned into three days of car repairs.

Look, vehicle transmissions are tough and durable. All you have to do to maintain them is replace the fluid on schedule. The fluid gets contaminated with bits of clutch plates and metal. Dirty transmission fluid under pressure acts like liquid sandpaper, eating away at important gaskets and seals. Then your transmission doesn't shift as well. It ...

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