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Before you load up the van with the kids, luggage, snacks, cooler and everything but the kitchen sink you need to make sure your vehicle is road trip worthy. Besides the standard oil & coolant check and making sure you have a full tank of gas, you need to take a closer look at your wheels. Tires don’t only affect road handling, but also the ride, braking, and safety. For the best performance tires must have the correct air pressure, balance, tread depth, and alignment.
Air Pressure – not having the correct air pressure can lead to flat tires, tire wear, and even blowouts.Too much air can cause the tires middle section to contact the road, which creates wear in the center tread and less wear on the edge. Under inflation will do the opposite. Be sure to purchase a trusted tire pressure gauge to avoid these problems.
Balance & Rotation – Making sure your tires are properly balanced helps minimize wear and extends the life of your tire. Making sure that your tires are balanced when purchasing new new tires is important, as well as whenever you notice a vibration. Tires typically should be rotated every 6 months or 6-8,000 miles.
Wheel Alignment – Wheel alignment is the position of the wheels compared to specifications that the manufacturers recommend. Each vehicle has specific alignment settings. If the alignment measurement falls outside of a specific range, vehicle handling & fuel economy will be affected, as well as additional wear and tear on the tires. You will know that your cars tires are aligned properly when the vehicle will drive down the road in a straight line without drifting or pulling to either side. Drifting or pulling can cause more problems than just alignment . It’s a good idea to have a professional take a look to avoid any further damages.
If you need new tires and you’re unsure where to look you need to check out Sam’s Club Dare to Compare Tire Event. Sam’s Club offers the best tire brands at the best prices. These tire brands include: Michelin, Goodyear, BF Goodrich and Pirelli. Not only does Sam’s Club offer a fabulous price on tires, but they also include the Tire Installation Package with each tire purchase. The Tire Installation Package makes this deal unbeatable! ($15/tire, $25/dually tire). Check it out! #DareToCompare
The Sam’s Club Tire Installation Package* provides purchasing members with the following benefits and services for as long as they remain an active member of Sam’s Club:
- Tire Mounting
- Tire Lifetime Balancing
- Tire Lifetime Rotation
- A Value Stem
- No Charge Tire Lifetime Flat Repair
- 24-hour Emergency Roadside Service
* Complete terms and conditions of all Sam’s Club warranties and services can be obtained at any Sam’s Club Tire and Battery Center location What a perfect deal for upcoming summer road trips! Sam’s Club works hard everyday to save their members money on tires. Let Sam’s Club help you save and get summer ready today! Their tagline is “We offer the best tire brands at the best “all-in” price, and we’ll match it!*” How our “Dare to Compare” offer works: Bring a valid “all-in” quote from a tire sales and installation retailer to your Sam’s Club Tire and Battery Center service counter. The quote must be printed on dealer/retailer letterhead and dated within the past 7 business days. The tire must be the same brand, same line, same load index and speed rating (service description) as the tire intended for purchase at Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club carries some club-specific tire lines – in these cases, Sam’s Club will compare the club-specific tire line to the equivalent general-market tire line. Sam’s Club considers the following tire lines to be equivalent and will price match accordingly:
Club-Specific Tire Model General-Market Tire Model BFGoodrich Touring T/ABFGoodrich Advantage T/A Michelin Defender XT Michelin Defender Michelin X Radial LT2 Michelin LTX M/S2
BF Goodrich 5/6/2015 5/31/2015 $50/$70 off set of 4 Michelin 5/14/20157/5/2015 $70 off set of 4 Pirelli 5/15/2015 7/12/2015 $80 Instant SavingsGoodyear 6/24/2015 8/31/2015 $70 off set of 4