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5 Most Common Facts And Myths About Cars

Whether you are buying a house or a car, going to a car store or a tire store; our mind is filled with these random myths, and sometimes we are not even aware of it. If you regularly drive your car, there must be some myths that you believe yet you don’t know that they are only myths and far from the reality. Today we are going to burst some of those myths about cars.

Myth- Bigger Cars Are More Safe during A Crash

Big Cars

Fact- This might make more sense to everyone as people might think that bigger the car, the lighter the impact would be on the event of an accident. But in some recent studies, it has been seen that the car’s weight has nothing to do about the safety of the people during an accident.

Myth- Maintaining Correct Tire Pressure Is Not So Important

Fact As much as it is important that a tire should always be bought from a good tire store, it is also important to maintain the pressure of the tire. A lot of people tend to ignore the pressure on the tire thinking as long as it’s not punctured its good to go. Not ensuring the correct tire pressure can lead to early wear and tear.

Myth- Idling The Car To Warm Up

Advanced New Car

Fact- It might have been true for the oldest cars, ones that your grandparents used to drive, but it is definitely a myth nowadays. Cars these days don’t need to warm up beforehand as the fuel injection system is much more advanced, and thus, doing so would end up wasting fuel.

Myth- Fuel Is Wasted More When A Car Is Turned On Than When It Stays Idle

Fact- Just like the previous myth, this one might have been true at some level in the older days. Unlike old cars, modern fuel injection allows the ignition to occur without keeping your car idle to save fuel. You can do the opposite, as a matter of fact. Turn off the engine whenever you are on the road ‘motionless’ for more than about 30 seconds. Imagine the amount of fuel that can be saved if all the vehicles turn off their engines when stuck in traffic.

Myth- Regular Tune-Ups Will Extend The Life Of Your Car

Fact- Engines are very complicated and need a lot of care, but tuning up your car every six months is not necessary. New cars nowadays tend to depend on computer systems to keep everything in good condition. So, tune-ups aren’t necessary except beyond checking out belts, fluids, etc, every 80,000 km or so.

If you have believed these myths until today then shed your beliefs and take care of your car in ways that matter and is needed.

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Tire Pressure: Reasons And Ways To Check It For Your Car

Maintaining your car can seem like a lot of work, but it is also vital. But you do it anyway, especially if you are a regular car user. Similarly keeping your tire in peak conditions is also equally important. For some people visiting a tire store within regular intervals is as important as giving the car to a car service provider. Keeping a check on the tire pressure is vital too. There are several reasons why you should do that.

Tire Pressure

Safety

With not enough tire pressure, your tire may have handling and traction issues. Also, over-inflated and under-inflated tires are more prone to un-predicted flats, which can cause you to lose control of your car or leave you stranded on the side of the road.

Saves Money

If your tire pressure is perfect, then it will save your money as well. With improper tire pressure, it can wear your tire treads more quickly. If your tire is over-inflated, less of the tread of the tire is touching the road which wears those parts quickly. With under-inflated tires, all parts of tires are pressured unequally, resulting in accelerated tread wear of tires. Either way, if a tire is not wearing properly, it can result in blown tires and more frequent tire replacement.

Smooth Ride

Tires with too much pressure can lead to a bumpy ride. Under inflated tires give you a softer ride, but can cause handling and traction problems. Needless to say, proper tires only will give you smooth rides.

Gas Mileage

Without proper tire pressure, it can cost more than your car’s life. Over inflated and under inflated tires can decrease your gas mileage, making you refill them very frequently.

Check Your Tire Pressure Yourself

Tire Pressure Compressor

It’s difficult to check tire pressure just by looking at them. The best way to check your tire pressure is when you use a tire pressure gauge. If you can’t do it yourself, you can ask your mechanic to check your tire pressure with a tire pressure gauge. Don’t forget to check your spare tire, along with all four tires.

  • You can definitely check the tire pressure yourself. All you need is a tire pressure gauge. Tire pressure gauges are very cheap, depending on the type you buy.
  • Remove the cap from the tire stem, which is a small rubber piece sticking up from your tire.
  • Insert it into the tire stem. You will see that the gauge will fit in there correctly.
  • In case you have a gauge with a knob for deflation and you don’t hear air escaping, you will know if you are using the right end.
  • Depending on the type of tire pressure gauge you have it will register the number electronically and show the tire pressure.

So, follow these tips to have the right tire pressure and ensure you have smooth rides from now on.

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Why Are Used Car Tires Great For Building Children’s Playgrounds

Ever seen those kids playing with a thrown out tire or using them as a swing to swing on. Imagine the joy on kids’ faces if you build a backyard playground for them using old tires. You can use cheap tires that are for sales or you can use old, second-hand tires that no one would use otherwise. There are some reasons as to why used car tires would be a great material to build children’s playgrounds.

Used Tire

Availability

Tires are found nearly everywhere in the world. Even if you don’t buy used tires from a cheap tire shop, you will get plenty from other places. They’re not easier to find if you don’t have a car of your own, but if you look for used tires, you will get a lot of them from your junkyard for free or local garage at a cheap price.

Easy to build with

Building a playground with car tires doesn’t take any special skills. All you need to have are- tires, electric drill, a knife, some bolts, and a shovel, and you can build unlimited possibilities playground rides. You can hang one of them from a tree using a rope, and kids can sit on them and swing. But while building them do make sure that there is no steel sticking out of the tires or anything that might cause injury to the kids. Check the tire quality and make sure they are sturdy.

Safety

Most of the children’s playgrounds everywhere are built from steel and sometimes woods, which can pose safety hazards. During the hot summers, the steel in direct sunlight can get extremely hot and even harm children. They can also get hurt if they slip and fall. Tires, on the other hand, do not get as hot as steel in sunlight especially, if painted. Also they are also much safer if you fall and hit your head on them.

Durability

Tires are made in such ways that they can carry thousands of pounds of machinery and metals down bumpy roads. They can last for a long time. They’re also not prone to common environmental risks like termites eating wood or weather rusting metal. Truck tires or van tires are especially durable and are more useful for building such playgrounds.

Reuse

In a lot of places used tires are such a waste problem that they are often burned to dispose of them. This is a huge environmental problem as they release toxic fumes. Reusing them for a good cause will make both you and the kids happy.

If you like doing special things for kids in your neighborhoods, this is a great way to keep both you and the kids entertained during summer. You can engage them in helping you make the playground rides too, especially if they have a vacation going on. A lot of mothers will also thank you.

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What To Do When You Have Got A Flat Tire During Your Journey?

A flat tire is a very annoying yet an inevitable thing that could happen to your car. If you don’t take care of your car or its tires, you might end up with a flat tire sooner than predicted. Sailun tire, a leading cheap tire store, in the Philippines is going to tell you how to fix your flat tire yourself.

Man With Puncture Tire

  • Park the car safely and set the emergency brake. Keep the car in 1st gear or reverse if you have a manual transmission.

  • The first thing to do would be to remove the tire. You will have to loosen the lug nuts. As the first turn is the most difficult one it should be done before you jack up the vehicle. Loosen the lug nuts in a star pattern.

  • Do not remove the lug nuts at once and use the jack after loosening them. Use the jack to lever the car up on the side where the tire needs to be changed. This is the reason why you would need level ground. You can not jack the car on an incline.

  • After jacking the car you can take out the lug nuts altogether. Remove the tire slowly and carefully as it can be heavy after removing the nuts.

  • Make sure the spare tire you have in your car is the same as the one you have taken out and matches with other tires. You don’t want to drive with three passenger car tires and one off-road tire.

  • Now replace the spare tire onto the screw prongs. Line up the screws with the holes in the tire and keep the air valve facing out.

  • Reattach the lug nuts in place using your hand at first and tighten them gradually but not fully. Lower the jack and bring your car back on the ground. Now you can tighten the bolts tightly using your tools.

At last the spare tire in place you can drive your car again. But remember to go to your tire store and get your flat tire fixed as soon as possible.

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A Brief Introduction To The Process of Car Tire Manufacturing

In the previous blog, we gave a brief introduction to the components of a tire. In this blog, we will give you a brief introduction to the process of car tire manufacturing. A good tire supplier will always use good natural rubber or synthetic rubber during the manufacturing process. Apart from the rubber, other materials are also used. Another primary ingredient is carbon black which is a fine soft powder, created from crude oil or natural gas when burnt. Along with Sulfur other chemicals are used in tires too. Some of the chemicals, are first mixed with rubber and then heated. This produce specific tire characteristics such as high friction (but low mileage) for heavy-duty tires or high mileage (but lower friction) for a passenger car tire. So, lets take a look at it, in details.

Blend

The first step for manufacturing a tire is to mix the raw materials to form the rubber compound. At most, 30 ingredients are used for a tire’s rubber blend. The ingredient proportions depend on what type of tire is being manufactured. It’s composed of several types of rubber, fillers, and other ingredients which are then mixed in giant blenders known as Banbury mixers. These create a black gummy compound that’ll be sent on for milling.

Mill

When sent in for mill, each mix is then milled with additional heating to soften the batch and mix the chemicals. The batch goes through a mixer again, where more chemicals are added for formation. This is known as the final mix. During these steps, heat and friction are applied to the batch to soften the rubber and evenly distribute the chemicals.

After the mixing is over and the rubber has cooled, it goes through a powerful rolling mill where the rubber is cut into strips that will form the basic structure of your tire. During the milling stage, all the other elements of the tire are also prepared, some of which are then further coated in another type of rubber. Each strip is called a ply of the tire.

Build

The tire itself is constructed, from the inside out. When the beads of a tire are made, wire bundles are wrapped on a wire wrapping machine. The bundles are then formed into rings, and the rings are covered with rubber. The rubber of the tire tread and sidewall are manufactured separately with the help of an extruder. The sidewall rubber is covered with a protective plastic sheet and rolled. Tread rubber is sliced into several strips. They are then loaded into large, flat metal cases. Then all these components are placed in a tire-building machine that ensures every part is in its precise location. This results in what looks like a finished product. This is known as a green tire.

Cure

The green tire is pressed with the help of a large mold, compressing all of the parts of the tire together and giving the tire its final shape. After curing is complete, the tire is removed from the mold for cooling and then tested thoroughly. Each tire is inspected for flaws such as bubbles in the rubber of the tread, sidewall, and interior of the tire. Then, the tire is placed on a test wheel, inflated, and spun. Sensors in the test wheel measure the balance of the tire and determine whether the tire will run in a straight line or not.

As the design and assembly of a modern tire are highly advanced, rarely is one rejected. Once the tire has been inspected and runs on the test wheel, it is passed on to a good tire supplier.

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A Brief Introduction To Tire Components

The tire is the main part of the vehicle that also comes in contact with the road. Tires must strike a balance between grip, comfort, strength, and cost. Because of these needs, tires are more unpredictable to manufacture and need more work than you realize. As it has a complex manufacturing process it is always beneficial to know the manufacturing process and the parts consisting of a tire. We at, Sailun Tires, a leading cheap tire shop in the Philippines, understand the importance of such knowledge before you buy a tire. In this blog, we are giving a brief introduction to the tire components.

Inner Liner

An airtight layer of synthetic rubber which is the modern equivalent of an inner tube. The inner liner assures that the tire will hold high-pressure air inside, minimizing diffusion through the rubber structure.

Body Ply

Also known as Carcass ply it is the layer above the inner liner. It consists of one layer of rubber, one layer of reinforcing fabric, and the second layer of rubber. Body plies give the tire structure strength. Truck tires, off-road tires, and aircraft tires have progressively more plies. The fabric cords are highly flexible but a bit inelastic.

Sidewall

It protects the side of the tire from impact with curbs and the road. Important details about the tire are written on the sidewall, such as tire size and speed rating. Sidewalls are non-reinforced extruded profiles with additives to give the sides of the tire good abrasion resistance and environmental resistance.

Beads

They clamp firmly against the tire’s rim to ensure an airtight fit and keep the tire properly seated on the rim. Bead wire is coated with special alloys of bronze or brass. Coatings protect the steel from corrosion. Bead rubber includes supplements to maximize the strength and toughness of tires.

Apex

The apex is a triangular extruded profile that mates against the bead. The apex provides a cushion between the rigid bead and the flexible inner liner and body ply assembly.

Belt Package

Belts consist of a layer of rubber, a layer of closely spaced steel cords, and the second layer of rubber. Belts give the tire strength and dent resistance while allowing it to remain flexible. It also reduces friction heating and helps maintain the shape of the tire when driving fast.

Tread

Tread is the most important part of the tire. It provides traction and grip while driving and is designed to resist wear, abrasion, and heat. Tread compound development is a bit difficult, as hard compounds have long wear characteristics but poor traction whereas soft compounds have good traction but poor wear characteristics.

Cushion Gum

Many higher-performing tires include an extruded component between the belt package and the tread to isolate the tread from mechanical wear from the steel belts.

These are the 8 parts that consist of a tire. In the next blog, we will give you a brief introduction on the manufacturing process of a tire.

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Know When It’s Time To Visit The Tire Store To Change Tires

Tires are the least complicated part of your car, yet when anything happens to your tires, you can’t move your car even an inch. So it is necessary that you keep a regular check on your car’s tires so that it is not too late before you to visit the tire store. But how will you decide that it is time to change your car’s tires. Unless and until your tire burst out or it gets punctured, there are no obvious ways to know that the tires need to be changed. Here are some ways on how to find out.

Inspect Your Tires

If it’s been a few couples of years, especially 5 years after you have bought new tires or a new car, it is better to keep a regular check on the tires. You can either do it by yourself or take it to a car or tire service place. They will let you know if your tires need replacement. If not checked within a proper time you might end up stranded somewhere.

Low Tread

Tires that have low or no tread are very dangerous. They are unable to grab the traction on the road. They are more prone to burst than normal tires while you’re driving. Save yourself from such a mess, and keep track of your tire tread. You can keep track by doing a penny test.

Bad Mileage

Many people don’t know that worn-out tires can cost them in mileages. A car that gives 16 kmpl normally you would get 10 kmpl due to worn-out tires. You might not even notice your tires are low on air unless you regularly check them with a gauge.

Tire Bumps

Sometimes your tire might have bulges or bumps in them. In that case, it is more likely that the belt inside them has been broken or become warped. They are not life-threatening in most cases, and many drivers have succeeded in driving thousands of miles on them without any problems. But when you are out on long drives, it is best to not take these risks.

Cracks

As your tires get older and more worn out, they will develop cracks all around. The most obvious places you’ll notice this happening is in the sidewall of the tire. At first, they’ll probably be small cracks which are nothing to be bothered about. But after a while, they’ll stretch and start to cover every surface of the tire. You should replace your tires before it gets that bad and reaches the point where it bursts.

If you notice these conditions, then don’t procrastinate and go to your nearest tire store to change your tire.

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Car Parts You Should Check Before You Drive In Monsoon

Most people like the season monsoon, and the cool and comfortable weather that comes with it. But nobody likes it if their car gets broken down in the rain, especially in the waterlogged area. Sailun tires, a leading tire supplier, in the Philippines is providing you a checklist for all the car parts that you should check or change before driving in the monsoon.

Tires

car tires

This is a must-do when you check your car. Check to see the condition of your tires and whether they are worn out or not. Make sure there is enough tread on the tires to drive through the water and provide you the necessary grip. During the monsoons, the tire pressure becomes critical. If there is water on the road and the tire pressure is less than normal, it can lead to aquaplaning. The tire’s surface caves in after hitting the water on the road at high speed leading to skidding on the road. It helps if you have an appropriate type of tire. For example, off-road tires for driving in the rough roads.

Brakes

Driving in monsoon can lead to water seeping into your brakes. When this happens, a small layer of water gets deposited on your brake pads which can lead to the braking performance of your car decreasing drastically. Wet brake pads have to work harder due to lower friction. You should check the brake pads and the brake fluid to ensure that the vehicle offers the best braking. Get your pads cleaned at least once in two weeks when driving in monsoon.

Wipers

Wiper blades may become useless if not used for a few months. Due to the heat and weather, they tend to lose their water-removal efficiency over time. It is important to check the wiper blades and replace them if necessary before the monsoon. Proper removal of the water is very important for a clear vision of the road. Always keep your wiper blades clean. Ensure that there is enough wiper fluid in the fluid storage. Always check the wiper fluid chamber and refill with regular water, if needed.

Mud Guard

Some people think that the mudguard is not of much use. But it is all the more necessary in the monsoon season. It helps to keep mud away from coming up onto the vehicle or the person and also to protect the engine from the mud.

Headlights

headlights

If you are driving while it’s raining, the visibility on the road becomes poor. So driving with your headlight on becomes important. So, make sure that the headlamps, tail lamp, high-stop lamp, and the fog lamps are functioning properly.

Electricals

You do not want to get electrocuted somehow during driving in the rain, do you! If you see any loose, or malfunctioning electrical connections, patch them up immediately. Make sure exposed wires, if any, are insulated. Fuses are very important to check if they are fine and always carry extra ones.

These are the car parts that are most important when you are driving in the rain or during the whole monsoon.

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5 Benefits Of Having Your Personal Car

Owning a car has become very common these days in most parts of the world. Some people even have more than one car. Some might say it has become a status quotient. Are you still deciding whether or not to buy a car? We, at Sailun Tires, a leading tire supplier in the Philippines will tell you about the benefits of having a personal car of your own.

Independence

If you still rely on others to travel or use public vehicles having a personal car can cure this problem. If you have your own car you don’t have to adjust your schedule according to others. If you are using public vehicles there is always tension in your mind whether you will reach on time or you might miss your public transport. You will be independent to travel using your car as you please even if it is simply to travel from work to home.

Beneficial During Emergency

Your personal vehicle can be very beneficial in case of emergencies. Many a time, it so happens that someone in your family falls sick or gets injured in an accident and the hospital is far away from your place. Also, sometimes when you call the ambulance it might take time to reach your place. In such cases, your personal car can be very helpful and you won’t have to wait for a public vehicle or an ambulance.

Convenient and Save Time

The capacity to work individually implies that you need to stress only about your timetable and frenzied life. Having your very own vehicle makes life considerably more helpful. Having the option to cross town in only in minutes spares you a great deal of time on your day by day drive, on your shopping trips, or visiting your relatives. With the bustling lives that we lead, it is hard to make time. Having a vehicle saves that extra time.

Long Drives

One of the biggest advantages of having your own car is planning a trip or sometimes even going on an unplanned trip or long drive. Having a car at such times is more practical. You can also explore the roads off-the-grid more in your own car. Just remember to equip yourself with off-road tires and keep a lookout for danger signs on these roads. Also, some public vehicles don’t allow pets. So if you want your furry babies to accompany you, having your own car will solve that problem.

Big Families

Do you have a big family? Then buying a big car to accommodate your whole family would be a great idea. If you have a big family who wants to travel during the holidays, you will understand the significance of having your own vehicle. During this time, public transports turn out to be increasingly costly, compelling some people to stop traveling. Those with personal vehicles will have nothing to worry about.

So, don’t think much and invest in your own vehicle today.

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Did You Check Your Car’s Tire Alignment? Know Why You Should

Tires are one of the most vital parts of a car. If anything happens to any one of the tires of a vehicle, it can just stop moving or even affect our safety. There are a lot of factors that can affect a tire’s function. Inadequate air pressure in the tire, regular wearing out of your tire, and sometimes even the quality of the tire. One such of the most common concern is is tire alignment. Before buying your tire from a cheap tire shop, you need to beware of it.

What is tire alignment?

Tire alignment or wheel arrangement can enable your tires to perform efficiently and help them last more. It can prevent your vehicle from pulling one side or vibrating strangely on the road. Alignment means a change of a vehicle’s suspension – the framework that connects the vehicle to its wheels. The way to appropriate alignment is modifying the points of the tires, which influences how they drive on the street.

How to know if you need to check tire alignment?

Unfortunately, your car won’t blink any sign when you will need a tire alignment. You will have to use your senses and keep a regular check on your tires. Also, when the tires’ alignment becomes worse, you might get some signs while driving like:
• You might notice uneven tire wear.
• Your steering wheel might become crooked while driving straight.
• While driving your vehicle pulls to the left or right.
• Your steer wheel keeps vibrating.
So, if even your cheap tire shop gave you tires in good condition, look out for the signs of trouble as stated earlier.

What are the factors that can affect wheel alignment?

There are basically three factors that can affect a tire’s alignment, and they are called toe, Camber, and caster.

Toe:

 

Imagine both of your feet pointed inward towards your body or outward away from your body. Sounds abnormal right because you never stand like that. Well, the same is abnormal for your car too. These are called toe-in and toe-out alignment. If your car stays in these positions too much while driving, then tire tread can tend to wear more both from outside and inside edges.

Camber:

It is the angle of the lean of the tire when checked from the front of the vehicle. If the angle is too far away from the center, it can cause uneven wear in the tire. If the top of the wheel is leaning away too much from the car, it is called positive camber. If the top of the wheel is leaning towards the car too much then, it is known as negative camber. If there is too much difference in the angles of the front wheels the car tends to pull to one side.

Caster:

It is the angle of your steering axis when checked from the side of the vehicle. If the steering axis tilts towards the driver, it is known as a positive caster. If the steering axis tilts towards the front of the vehicle, it is called a negative caster. Your caster point helps balancing, strength, and cornering of the car.

If you feel your tires are not in alignment and you are facing problems while driving, it is time to give your car for servicing.

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