Tires play a critical role in the handling, maneuvering and braking of any motor vehicle. No matter what the typeRV, SUV, utility vehicle or commercial truck, tires are the only thing that contacts the road. Obviously, there is much more than just the vehicle resting on those tiresits overall safe operation is as well. By following some basic tire safety practices, you will not only drive with a greater degree of security, you will extend the usable life of your tire investment considerably.Tire Manufacturers AgreeIt is commonly agreed that a primary cause of early tire breakdown and poor tread life is under-inflation. Low tire pressure not only causes excessive heat build-up in the tire, creating dangerous driving conditions, but also shortens tire life. Unwanted heat will rapidly increase tread-wear and can even tear down retreads and destroy tire casings. As much as 90% of all tire breakdowns is the direct result of tire under-inflationThe Low Pressure ProblemUnder-inflation of tires is a serious safety concern because it forces excessive flexing on the sidewalls. This additional strain on the tire can build up more internal heat, resulting in the aforementioned hazards and premature tire failure. Research completed by the U.S. National Traffic and Safety Administration shows that one in three cars or light trucks are being driven with at least one significantly under-inflated tire. These improperly inflated tires wear out more quickly because they put more drag on the road (rolling resistance). This also leads to a reduction in fuel economy, something most individuals and fleet owners definitely want to avoid.Pressure Influences Tread WearMaintaining proper "tire pressure" levels improves tread mileage as indicated below: A continuous 10% over-inflation reduces tread wear by 5% Tire Life will be reduced by 30% if constantly under-inflated by 20% For every 10 PSI (pounds per square inch) under-inflated, fuel consumption is increased 0.5% A continuous 20% under-inflation decreases tread wear by 25%By example, consider at an average price of a $250, a 20% under-inflated commercial truck or RV tire costs about $50 each in lost usage. Add in the costs of downtime, repairs and service fees; the picture becomes even clearer.Fuel Efficiency ImpactTire inflation also has a direct impact on fuel efficiency, since under-inflated tires can consume a greater percentage of each gallon of fuel just because of rolling resistance. The US Department of Energy advises that tires can account for as much as a 3.3% difference in fuel efficiency. The Department of Transportation's (D.O.T.) studies have shown that the United States could save over 4.2 million gallons of fuel per day just by keeping tires properly inflated!Managing Fleet Maintenance CostsTires can account for as much as 36% of a vehicle's maintenance cost. Yet this essential maintenance procedure, of regularly checking tire pressure, is one of the most difficult to enforce. Even the best preventive maintenance programs will discover truck drivers and even maintenance personnel will often short cut this time consuming procedure. In certain cases some tires are skipped, assuming if a few are good, the rest are as well. In other cases, this extremely important procedure is ignored entirely. With tires usually being the highest maintenance expense, can any fleet afford to ignore the direct cost consequence of poorly maintained tires?Make Checking a HabitTo guarantee the greatest tire life, keep them properly inflated at all times. For smaller vehicles driven locally, check the tires at a minimum of once a month. If you travel longer distance for work or play, check the tires more often. If youre a truck driver accustomed to "thumping tires," consider that this practice is unreliable and unsafe. An under-inflated tire is extremely difficult to detect by visual inspection or by thumping. Utilizing either of these methods is an accident waiting to happen. Don't guess, don't thump, measure with a quality tire gauge or a real-time tire monitoring system.Dealing with DualsVehicles with dual tires have a hidden tire (inner tire position) behind the outside tire. They are more difficult to reach and easier to neglect. Checking the air pressure of the inside tires is an utter necessity. Even if an inside tire is completely flat, it will be supported by the outside tire, making it appear properly inflated. In the case of a flat inside rear tire, which appears properly inflated, the outer tire is doing all the work. The result is a tire at major risk to overheat, rupture or if a retread, the possibility of the tread releasing from the casingsomething that leads to major highway accidents.Wireless Tire Pressure MonitoringIn the case of multi-tire motor vehicles such as commercial trucks, RVs, fire trucks and EMS vehicles, there are many tires to monitor. This in itself makes for time-consuming work, plus these tires need to be checked much more often. By the nature of these types of vehicles, they are often in consistent use, over longer traveling distance, in demanding environments and isolated travel areas. To help with the task of supervising tires, there are products called Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, sometimes referred to as TPMS. Utilizing a wireless sensor (which is either screwed directly onto the valve-stem or mounted internally in the tire) each individual tire on the vehicle can be monitored in real time. The actual pressure levels and temperature are then displayed on a small unit in the cab.If you are considering investing in a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), at a minimum look for these feature and capabilities: Alerts when tire pressure is too low Alerts when tire pressure is too high Alerts when the tire temperature is too high (heat is what destroys tires!) Alerts driver with both visual and auditory warnings Capable of monitoring both the vehicle and a trailerOther things to consider when evaluating TPMS solutions: Are the wireless tire-sensors internally or externally mounted? - External mount tire sensors are easier to install, easily removable in case of a tire change and can be moved to a spare if need be. The more tires you have, the greater the savings; it is costly to dismount/remount internal type sensors, as apposed to external. Does it monitor the tires continuously, even when parked? - Tire pressure is most accurate when the tire is cold, before the vehicle is moving. Knowing the pressure level before setting out on a long trip can prevent uncertainty later on down the road. Are the pressure (high and low) and the tire temperature alert levels adjustable by the user? - Setting the trigger levels can be advantageous for applications with varying loads, such as a truck/trailer combination. Some vehicles experience tire cupping after a load change that can also cause uneven and excessive wear. Does it monitor tire temperature? For safety reasons, it is very important to know tire temperature. A tire can be as much as 30% under-inflated and still appear to be normal (rolling resistance increases the heat, which in turn expands the tire). This is the same reason we measure pressure when the tires are cold.General Tire Safety Recommendations Follow inflation guidelines indicated on tire sidewall, while making sure they are rated to support more than the gross weight of the vehicle Commercial trucks, trailers and RV's require an accurate reading (of the fully loaded weight) for proper tire inflation to carry those loads. These types of vehicles are usually weighed to obtain an accurate reading. Check the pressure on all tires including those on the tow vehicle, trailers, 5th wheels, etc. Check pressure when the tires are cold, prior to driving the vehicle Replace tires every three to 5 years (regardless of mileage) Visibly inspect tires for blemishes, uneven wear and tire pressure at least every 30 days.By monitoring your vehicles tires, you will increase their life, reduce fuel consumption and provide unprecedented value in improved handling and ultimate safety.
One of the worst fears of a bike owner is the thought of having his bike lifted. He would like to have a bike lock that cannot be broken or picked. Fortunately, there are a whole range of bike locks that are available in the market. You just need to pick the right one. Here are five locks that are quite popular:1: ABUS Granit Extreme 59/180HB: This German brand lock is 16 mm thick and comes with the following features:--- Square parabolic shackle with a hardened steel construction for maximum resistance against bolt-cutters--- Double locking cylinder with more than a million key variations --- Runner cover to sheathe the shackle--- Sliding cover to shield keyhole from dirt. The only disadvantage of this lock is that it large and cumbersome to carry2. Bully U-shaped Disc Lock: This is a strong lock and is not easy to pick. Its important features are: --- Double-roller-bearing locking mechanism, --- Hardened anti-drill discs --- Eight-disc hardened steel cylinder --- Specially heat-treated alloy steel construction --- Keyhole cover to keep dirt out--- Soft plastic to cover the shackle 3. Cobralinks Cable Lock: This is tough cable lock, and not easy to break. Its important features are:--- Hardened stainless steel links covering seven strands of top-quality aircraft cable--- Available in lengths of 6, 8, 10 & 12 feet--- Diameter of and 1 inch--- 10-15 pound weight--- Rolls up to make a11 inch coil--- Three keys included with patented setup4. Kryptonite New York Disc Lock & Fahgettaboudit Security Chain: This chain and lock combo is marketed as the ultimate motorcycle lock. The hexagonal chain links made of triple-heat-treated steel are shaped to ward off attacks from bolt-cutters, saws, chisels and hammers. They have narrow inner width that does not encourage leverage assaults.The New York Disc Lock is no less impressive. It has a: --- Hardened half-inch steel shackle--- Disc-style cylinder --- Steel sleeve over the crossbar --- Double deadbolt locking mechanism --- Sliding dust covers5. MasterLock Python 6-inch Adjustable Cable Lock: The makers of this lock market it as "the world's first fully adjustable locking cable that's always the right length". The cable that is six foot and comprises multi-strands works is easy to use. To use it, the bike owner needs to -- insert the cable into the lock-- pull tight -- turn the key.
Buying import car body kits is easier than ever thanks to the internet. Customizing import cars is moving away from being a hobby toward becoming a big business. Import car body kits can include many things, including spoilers, wings, skirts and air dams. Many kits serve to improve aerodynamics and increase speed, while also making the car look cooler.There are several factors to consider before making an investment in import car body kits, but first and foremost is the kind of material you want, fiberglass or urethane. Both materials have their advantages. Fiberglass is the preferred type because it usually provides a superior fit and is also easily repaired. Be aware that not all fiberglass import car body kits are created equal; dont save money by buying low-quality sprayed fiberglass.Sprayed fiberglass often winds up giving you uneven quality prone to brittle sections that can result in both problems with the fit and breakage. Those who choose the urethane kits prefer it, however, because it is a little tougher and hold up to minor impacts better than fiberglass. This is important because if it does get damaged, its almost impossible to repair. Another word of advice: Fiberglass import car body kits are unquestionably the better choice if you plan on a customized paint job.Import car body kits may sound like a DIY job, but unless you have some experience or are just blessed with natural abilities when it comes to do-it-yourself projects, the actual installation is probably best left to a professional or at least an amateur whose work you have actually seen.The best way to find someone to install import car body kits is probably to ask someone who already had a body kit installed. Ideally, attending an import car show would probably be your best bet; youll likely find not only owners with body kits, but some of the guys who make a living installing them. Unfortunately, not everybody has access to a car show. Next on the list would be hitting the internet.Import car body kits are always a hot topic of conversation on the import car forums and message boards. The internet is a primary source for information on the import car scene because enthusiasts love to show off their stuff. Take a few hours to look around and youll not only find images of the kind of body kit that you want, but also vital information on problems, modification tips and hints, and even the names and phone numbers of qualified installers.There is one single piece of advice you can expect to get from just about everyone. There is very nearly unanimous agreement anyone getting import car body kits installed should also get it painted at the same time. The reason given for this advice has nothing to do with saving money, or body protection or anything like that; this advice is given to protect the drivers from ridicule. Apparently, it is the ultimate in uncool to drive around in unpainted import car body kits.
The Hyundai Azera is a car model from Hyundai Motor Corp. which was produced in 1986. The fourth generation of Hyundai cars is called the Hyundai Azera and it was marketed first in North America.The all new Azera started in 2006 as an advanced sedan which provides many traits and amenities which are usually characteristic for more expensive cars. The Azera offers the full-size luxury automobile consumer a more elegant cabin, more security characteristics, and a smoother drive.Technical aspectsThe Azera has a four-wheel independent suspension (multi-link in the rear) and uses the company's new 3.8 L Lambda V6, which generates 263-hp (196 kW). The power is sent to the front wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission with "Shiftronic" manual gear selection. Hyundai claims 6.3 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) and a top speed of 157 MPH (252 km/h). The Azera has a fuel economy of 19 MPG (12.4 L/100 km) in the City and 28 MPG (8.4 L/100 km) on the Highway is expected.Styles and Major OptionsThe Azera offers plenty of perfomance using an awe-inspiring 263-hp DOHC V6 24-valve aluminum power plant with CVVT, variable induction and intake of cold-air.The Azera is the most uncompromising car Hyundai's ever created through a double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, with front and rear stabilizer bars to provide an optimized ride and handling.The Hyundai Azera is recognized an an Ultra Low Vehicle Emission. The Azera helps the driver reach amazing levels of efficiency, with a trip computer that allows for MPG monitoring. You are provided alloy wheels, heated front seats, leather seat-upholstery, and a power sun shade in the rear window. In the ultimate package are included an improved audio system with 10 speakers and a 6-Disc CD changer, a power sunroof, telescopic steering wheel, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.SafetyEight Airbags which come standard on the AzeraHyundai make you sure that their Azera has many standard features and it can be compared to Toyota Avalon, with Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, as well as Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS). The Azera also comes standard with 8 airbags and remote keyless entry, and an anti-theft engine immobilizer. The Azera/Grandeur TG" is a full-size sedan. It is sold as the Hyundai Azera in North America.Being a step up from the Sonata, the Azera is evaluated at $24,995 for a base SE model, $27,495 for the Limited version, and $29,995 for the Ultimate Package. The flagship Azera will be the most luxurious sedan Hyundai is selling outside of Korea.The Azera was named "Best New Family Car (over $35,000)" in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards.It also was awarded by Car and Driver because it has more rear legroom than a BMW 7 Series. It is also believed to have more overall interior room than the BMW 7 Series.For more details go to http://www.ourismanhyundai.com
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