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Tire Tread Depth for Orlando, FL Drivers

Tire Tread Depth for Orlando, FL Drivers

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Two other states, including California, consider 1/32 to be the minimum and six states have no standards at all. Call us at Calderon Automotive Repair Services; (just call 407-265-2277) to find out what your requirements are in the Orlando, FL, area.Since 1968, U.S. law has required that a raised bar be molded across all tires. When tires are worn enough that this bar becomes visible, there's just 2/32 inch/1.6 mm of tread left. But does that older standard give Orlando vehicles enough safety?Consider this: Consumer Reports recommends tire replacement when tread reaches 4/32 inch/3.2 mm. And the recommendation is backed by some very compelling studies. Now before we go into t ... read more

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The Calderon Automotive Repair Services Guide to Tire Specs

The Calderon Automotive Repair Services Guide to Tire Specs

You know you need newtires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the Orlando service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many Orlando drivers. There's so much on the side of the tire, and it's hard to keep straight.Even though there's a lot on a tire - if you know what it all means, it's actually more helpful than confusing for Orlando tire shoppers. Let's start with the size number.For example, let's say a tire reads: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The 225 part is the width of the tire in millimeters - the width between the sidewalls of an inflated tire with no load. The 50 is the aspect ratio - the ratio of the sidewall height to the tread width. Off-road tires will have a higher number and high performa ... read more

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Wheel Balancing at Calderon Automotive Repair Services

Wheel Balancing at Calderon Automotive Repair Services

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Orlando drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on FL roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at Calderon Automotive Repair Services, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the technician will spin the tire on a machine to determine where it's too heavy. He will then place weights on the wheels in strategic locations to balance it out. When a tire is out of balance, it actually bounces down the road instead of rolling smoothly. Since the average size tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 mph/97 kph, it is actually slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That's where you get your vibration.Most people in Orlando ... read more

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Beware of Cheap Tires in Orlando

Beware of Cheap Tires in Orlando

Do you like to shop for shoes in Orlando?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires? Orlando drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction on FL freeways and surface streets. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on FL highways, the tires need a high load rating.Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Orlando tire professional at Calderon Automotive Repair Services. I think it's important that Orlando residents understand the effect of price on a tire's quality, performance and durability. When I was a kid, my dad would say, “Pay twice as much an ... read more

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Winter Tires

What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of Orlando driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in FL, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. FL drivers called them snow tires back then, and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regular tires and they weren't very good on ice, packed snow or wet FL roads. They were not even very good on dry roads. They really helped in deep or loose snow, but they did a poor job the rest of the time. They were loud and rode hard. People couldn't wait to get them off in the spring.Then all-season tires started to appear in Orlando tire shops. All-season tires are really a compromise between summer and winter performance. They have acceptable hot weather ride and tread life and can get FL drivers through mild win ... read more

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings for Orlando vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's Calderon Automotive Repair Services post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around Orlando, FL. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for Orlando vehicles. The bearings are packed with heavy greas ... read more

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Custom Wheels and Tires for Your Orlando Ride

Custom Wheels and Tires for Your Orlando Ride

  It seems like everywhere you go in the Orlando area you see custom wheels. Big trucks, little cars, mini-vans - it doesn't matter - are expressing themselves with custom wheels. Some FL auto owners want smaller tires and wheels - some want larger - and some want them enormous. So where do you start if you want new wheels? At Calderon Automotive Repair Services, we suggest you start with your budget. We know, that sounds so practical. But if the look you're after goes beyond just new tires and wheels and enters into the world of suspension modifications, you need to be prepared for the additional cost.Let's start with something easy - you want to give your ride a unique look and the stock wheel size is just right for you. One of the concerns you will have is that the new wheels have the same offset as your vehicle factory wheels.Your tire and wheel professional at Calderon Automotive Repair Services in Orlando can help you find the right size wheel or install adapters t ... read more

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All About Your TPMS in Orlando

All About Your TPMS in Orlando

Orlando drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for FL auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of underinflated tires.It's hard for many Orlando drivers to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your owner’s manual recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your tire is considered significantly under-inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.Uncle Sam to the rescue! A recent U.S. federal law required vehicle manufacturer’s to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System - or TPMS system - in all vehicles. Many Canadian vehicles have them as well.  The system is a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25% below its pressure recommendations.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for Orlando car owners. Government s ... read more

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Orlando, FL Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

When winter approaches in FL, Orlando residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for FL winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing Orlando residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold FL winters.There are some specific things Orlando drivers need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can't properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at Calderon Automotive Repair Services in Orlando. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to have it done.In the ... read more

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Tire Rotation and Balancing at Calderon Automotive Repair Services in Orlando

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Calderon Automotive Repair Services in Orlando

Tires do a lot of work for Orlando drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Orlando. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible. There are three keys to long, even tire wear for Orlando driving: Proper tire inflation Proper wheel alignment Regular tire rotation and balancing The front tires on a car take the brunt of the steering forces. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down more quickly than the rear tires. Rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate. That's especially true of front-wheel-drive vehicles whose front tires steer and put the power to the road.SUVs and pick ... read more

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