Automobiles are constant sources of scientific and engineering marvel and innovation. Airbags were a creative answer to the question: “How do we make this safe?” All-wheel drive endeavored to solve rugged conditions. The list goes on and on. Here’s one that most of us take for granted: why don’t our rubber tires melt in high-temperature conditions?
Again, the answer is creative engineering. All tires on the market go through a chemical process called “vulcanization” that combines the rubber in the tires to a number of other ingredients to ensure they’re heat-resistant, fireproof, and virtually un-melting.
It’s a lot like baking a cake. When the eggs, flour, sugar, and everything else are baked, they create cake—a new substance with entirely different traits than its ingredients. When the tires are “baked,” the meltable rubber becomes something else that’s new and impervious to heat.
How, then, do you melt rubber tires?
Companies who recycle rubber have figured this out. It’s done by a process called “pyrolisis,” where the tires are heated in an oxygen-less furnace—meaning without flames—and at over 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit the gases in the furnace cause tires to melt down into its original, independent components, yielding a rubber that is very near its original consistency and can be used again.
Haddad Nissan definitely does not recommend trying this process on your own. If, for whatever reason, you need to get your tires melted, consult a professional.
Fall signals a change of seasons, including shorter days, cooler temperatures, and dreary weather. That means it’s the right time for car maintenance, including tire service, new wipers, a new air filter, and more. Read on to see a list of fall service tips.
According to Bankrate, you should always change your wipers in the fall. Most wipers begin to wear out this time of year, and it’s important to change them before the rain and snow start falling. While you’re at it, consider changing the washer fluid as well.
Check tire pressure. Cooler temperatures cause a decrease in tire pressure. That means your tires could be underinflated as the fall sets in. Underinflated tires cause unnecessary friction, reducing fuel economy and increasing wear. Be sure to check your spare tire as well.
The fall is the perfect time to change your air filter. Air quality tends to dip in the fall, which can decrease performance. If you don’t want to entirely replace your air filter, you should at least blow out the filter with compressed air.
Finally, check your battery for corrosion. Colder temperatures affect electrical systems negatively. Make sure that your battery is not expired and that it is corrosion free. Carefully take a wire brush to the terminals if they are in poor condition. Use extra caution, as live electrical currents can be very dangerous.
Getting a flat tire is a sure way to ruin your day, especially if you’re on your way to somewhere fun. While flat tires can be unpredictable, there are certain ways to tell if you have gotten one while driving. Here are a few signs that your car has a flat tire.
Wonky Steering. Do you suddenly feel like your steering wheel is being pulled to one side? If you’re fighting to keep it straight, then you probably have a flat on one side. If you notice any unusual vibrating or pulsating, this also might be a warning sign of a flat.
You’re Losing Speed. If you notice you’re slowing down more easily than usual or it’s taking longer to accelerate, that might be because you have a flat slowing you down.
Sinking. A sinking feeling can occur in your car when you get a flat. It can be subtle but when it’s your driver’s side front tire, you can feel a significant change, especially if you have a vehicle that’s high off the ground.
Loud Noises. A loud bang is typically an indication that you just experienced a blowout. There can also be scratching, grinding, or flapping sounds when you have a flat.
Remember, if you ever need new tires or any other service, contact our Haddad Nissan Service Center!