Considering that it takes 40-60,000 miles for your brakes’ friction material to wear to a point where they need replacement, it can be difficult to know when they are coming to that point. It can be handy to know when your brakes are truly in need of service, so here are a couple of ways you can inspect them or at least get a reading:
Brake dust is normal and will coat wheels with a fine grayish powder. If you suspect your brakes may be wearing down, clean your wheels thoroughly with a scrub brush and see how much brake dust powder is generated when you start driving again. A light coating of brake dust may mean that the friction material is worn to a point where there just isn’t much left to create dust.
If you have aluminum or alloy wheels, they probably h ...[more]
Tires are something that most of us tend to not give much thought to. With the right maintenance, a good set of tires can go 50-60,000 miles before they wear to a point of needing to be replaced. When they wear that slowly, it can be really easy to take them for granted…until something goes wrong, that is.
The grooves and sipes (tiny angled or lateral slits in the tire tread) on your tires’ tread surface are designed to move water away from the tire contact patch. When your tires’ tread grooves wear too much, though, they can’t do a good job of evacuating water from the tires’ footprint area. At that point, the danger of hydroplaning goes way up. Hydroplaning is what occurs when your vehicle is actually skating on a thin film of water and the tires have lost contact with the road altogether ...[more]
In the last 25 years, the light-truck segment has exploded…all you have to do is look around while you’re driving anywhere and note the number of Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Toyota and Nissan pickups on the road. While trucks were once work vehicles that hauled shingles and mulch and 2 x 4s, they’re now daily drivers for many people in the United States; they’re practical and tough, and offer creature comforts and amenities that were unheard of 30 years ago.
For most drivers, their trucks spend over 80 percent of their time on-pavement with only a very occasional venture off-road. For these drivers, all-terrain tires are a good fit, with an aggressive enough tread pattern for traction and performance off-pavement while still offering good road manners, handling and ride on the highway. At ...[more]
AutoTread is thrilled to announce the launch of their new website, carlstireservice.com! Carefully combining their outstanding customer service with user friendly design, AutoTread makes it easier than ever to schedule or research any auto repair or tire service. Find promotional offers, specialized search tools and informational auto repair and tire blogs all at the click of a button.
Featuring a fresh look with easy navigation, AutoTread can more readily focus on customer needs. Quickly find auto repair and tires in Birmingham, AL at AutoTread’s newly remodeled website. AutoTread is Birmingham, AL’s first choice for auto repair and tire services.
Shop by tire brand, size and vehicle on AutoTread’s newly improved tire search tool. This feature allows customers to find the exact tire to fit their vehicle needs. Drivers can also utilize license plate look-up features to find measurements and specifications for which tires a vehicle will requ ...[more]
Carl's Mobile Tire Service has a new name and a new look!
We have recently decided to expand our customer base and our technology. The same hands on service that you would expect from Carl's Mobile Tire Service will now come from AutoTread. We are still the same company witht he same people - we just have a new name and a new look.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website and new company name - AutoTread. The site features a fresh look, easy navigation and more focus on what the customer needs.
The new site offers inventory listings with pictures and specs. You can search a variety of ways including by vehicle and size.
With the addition of our blog, we are able to help inform and educate our customers on important tire and service information.
We invite you to visit our new website today.