United Tire & Service Bloghttp://unitedtire.com/blogMost recent posts.Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:32:02 -0400en-ushourly1What Tires Are Right For My SUV?http://unitedtire.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-my-suvhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-my-suv#commentsMon, 24 Apr 2017 08:32:02 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-my-suv<p> If you drive an SUV or crossover, there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to buying new tires. So many, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to even start.</p> <p> A good starting point, however, would be to consider what you&rsquo;re actually going to use your SUV for. Do you have a 4 x 4 SUV that you expect to take off-road often? Do you think you might use it for the occasional hunting or fishing trip on dirt or gravel roads? Or is it just a grocery-getter and soccer team hauler?</p> <p> <img alt="SUV Tires in Pennsylvania" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1836/suv-tires.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> <strong>Light truck tires</strong> are available that rival the best passenger car tires when it comes to all-season traction, ride quality, road manners, noise level and handling. Light truck&nbsp;tires are even available with low-rolling-resistance technology to help you squeeze a few more miles out of every tank of gas.</p> <p> <strong>All-terrain tires</strong> feature a little more aggressive tread pattern and a tougher compound that&rsquo;s more resistant to punctures and gouges. All-terrain tires offer better traction on mud, snow/slush, and loose dirt while still delivering highway performance, noise suppression and ride quality that you can be comfortable with.</p> <p> <strong>Mud tires</strong> are designed for serious off-road use and are available in larger sizes, should you choose to pair them with a 4 x 4 lift kit that gives you a bit of extra ground clearance and more room in the wheel wells. Mud tires feature a chunky tread pattern with a high void ratio so that they can &ldquo;self-clean&rdquo; as they spin. The self-cleaning design means there will always be a clear section of tread to dig into mud and soft surfaces as you make your way along.</p> <p> In the end, the choice is up to you. At United Tire &amp; Service, we stock a great selection of truck and SUV tires from premium brands like Cooper, Falken, Michelin, Continental, Goodyear, Pirelli, and Firestone. Regardless of what kind of SUV you drive, we&rsquo;re absolutely certain we can get you set up with a set of tires, and at a price point you&rsquo;ll love! <a href="http://unitedtire.com/appointments">Make an appointment with us today!&nbsp;</a></p> /blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-my-suv/feed0Prom Pledge - Making The Right Choice Before Getting Behind The Wheelhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/prom-pledge-making-the-right-choice-before-getting-behind-the-wheelhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/prom-pledge-making-the-right-choice-before-getting-behind-the-wheel#commentsFri, 14 Apr 2017 11:54:00 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/prom-pledge-making-the-right-choice-before-getting-behind-the-wheel<h3 style="text-align: center;"> I pledge to never get behind the wheel while under the influence. I pledge to give my undivided attention to the road. I pledge never to text and drive. I pledge to drive at the posted speed limits and abide by all traffic laws. I pledge to never drive while fatigued.</h3> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://admin-unitedtire.securetcs.com/images/display/1831/Social%20Media%20Graphics%206-01.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 419px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In an effort to educate our area&rsquo;s student drivers, United Tire and Service has developed a community awareness initiative to encourage safe driving practices during this highly anticipated time of year. By taking the pledge above, community members are joining this movement to make our roads a safer place for everyone who drives them.</p> <p> According to a recent study by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens - roughly &frac14; of those crashes involved an underage drunk driver. Teen alcohol use takes over 4,700 victims each year, the majority of which happen during the months of April-July, which is also peek prom season for most high schools.</p> <p> Through partnerships with local high schools on the individual shop level, our locations are committed to sponsoring safety initiatives for all drivers on our local roads. By taking the pledge to &ldquo;Drive United&rdquo;, community members are eligible to nominate a local high school student to receive an all-expense paid limo ride to prom (or other school event) for up to eight other students. We are proud to partner with Eagle Chauffeured Services of Glen Mills to make this grand prize possible!</p> <p> Until April 26th, 2017, members of our community will be able to cast their nomination. By nominating a local student, you will also be asked to take the pledge to &ldquo;Drive United&rdquo;, making the promise to minimize distracted driving and keep our roads safe.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information or to apply, please visit <a href="http://UnitedTire.club">UnitedTire.club</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/prom-pledge-making-the-right-choice-before-getting-behind-the-wheel/feed0Prom Driving Safety http://unitedtire.com/blog/view/prom-driving-safetyhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/prom-driving-safety#commentsWed, 12 Apr 2017 11:50:17 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/prom-driving-safety<p> Prom night signifies the end of the school year and the last few weeks before summer. It&rsquo;s a night that students look forward to their entire high school career. From the gowns and tuxes to the corsages and photos, students go above and beyond to look their best, thinking of every last detail to make the night memorable. But, is preparing for everything really possible?<br /> <br /> According to MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each year and 90% of teens believe their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night.<br /> <br /> While it may take a backseat to all of the glam around the night&rsquo;s festivities, knowing how to stay safe on the roads can make the difference between a night you never want to forget and a tragedy that will forever stay in your mind.<br /> <br /> In an effort to keep the roads in our community safe during this exciting time of year, United Tire is serving as an advocate for safe and focused driving. Our team has built a list of tips that can help make the community&rsquo;s prom night one we all want to remember!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1832/PROMise.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Limit the number of passengers in the car</strong></p> <p> <br /> A packed car may very well seem like the party before the party, but the added distractions could risk arriving to the event safely, especially for new drivers. In accordance with section 4581 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, it is a law in Pennsylvania that if you are a driver under the age of 18, the number of passengers may not exceed the number of seat belts in the vehicle.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>&nbsp;Insist everyone wear a seatbelt.</strong></p> <p> Not that we want to see your beautiful dresses get mussed up but, you are required by law to buckle up. CLICK IT OR TICKET!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>If you are the driver, put down your phone!</strong></p> <p> As exciting as the night may be, the texts, pictures, and snapchats can wait! Leave your phone in the hands of your co-pilot to capture the excitement of the night.&nbsp; Not only is texting/snapchatting while driving dangerous, it&rsquo;s against the law!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Keep a charger in your car </strong></p> <p> Between the selfies, social media, and texting, we all know how fast our batteries can drain. In the case of an emergency, it is important to be able to call for help. By keeping a car charger handy, you can keep your phone alive.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Bring a pair of comfortable shoes for driving</strong></p> <p> Heels and dress shoes can be slippery, especially if they are new. Bring along a pair of sandals or sneakers for the ride. You&rsquo;ll&nbsp; have more traction against the pedals and you will feel more comfortable post prom after all that dancing!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Know when to call for a ride if you are impaired</strong></p> <p> Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal. In the event that you or your peers decide to ignore this standard, do not put yourself or others in danger. The consequences of &ldquo;getting in trouble&rdquo; are not nearly as severe as the danger of getting behind the wheel or driving with someone who is intoxicated. Not only are you putting your life in danger, you are risking the lives of other innocent drivers on the road. It&rsquo;s NOT worth it. There are other options; call a family member, talk to a supervisor at the event or use apps, like Uber or Lyft that are available in your area.<br /> <br /> Make this event a night to always remember! By taking the pledge to Drive United, you are committed to keeping our local roads safe for the entire community.<br /> <br /> Interested in the opportunity to drive safe and arrive in style this prom season. Enter to win the Ultimate Ride to Prom with your pledge to Drive United by visiting <a href="http://UnitedTire.club">UnitedTire.club</a>. Good luck!<br /> &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/prom-driving-safety/feed0Unforgettable Pennsylvania Road Tripshttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/unforgettable-pennsylvania-road-tripshttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/unforgettable-pennsylvania-road-trips#commentsMon, 20 Mar 2017 08:45:49 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/unforgettable-pennsylvania-road-trips<p> There&rsquo;s no better way to explore the country than with the Great American Road Trip. You can take it at your own pace, set your own destinations and stop to&nbsp;explore whenever you feel like it&hellip;then get started again at your own leisure. At United Tire &amp; Service, we thought you might like to know about some road trips right here in Pennsylvania you can check out with your family:<img alt="Pennsylvania Road Trip - Cherry Springs State Park" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1837/pennsylvania-road-trips.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.brandywinevalley.com/">Brandywine Valley</a>: Extending from southeastern Pennsylvania into Delaware, the Brandywine Valley is loved for its gorgeous countryside and wineries. Be sure to stop and check out Longwood Gardens, a beautifully manicured layout of fountains and landscaping.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.visitpa.com/pa-bird-wildlife-watching/pine-creek-gorge">Pine Creek Gorge</a>, sometimes known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is a 47-mile long valley carved out over the centuries by Pine Creek. It&rsquo;s a great destination for outdoor aficionados and is perfect if you love hiking, the outdoors and stunning views.</li> <li> Erie may not seem like a vacation hotspot, but it&rsquo;s a great place to enjoy sailing on the lake and exploring their rich local culture.</li> <li> <a href="https://lancasterpa.com/">Lancaster</a> is in the middle of serene farm country and is home to the largest Amish community in the world. It&rsquo;s a trip back in time to connect with the Amish and find out more about their simple lifestyle.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.destinationgettysburg.com/index.asp">Gettysburg</a> is the site of the Civil War&rsquo;s bloodiest battle. Today, Gettysburg is a national monument and a great destination for the history buff in your family to reflect on the men who fought and perished in that bloody conflict.</li> <li> Bethlehem, longtime home of the steel industry, features numerous year-round attractions such as the Sands Casino, the Moravian Book Shop (oldest continuously open bookstore in the world) or the Crayola Factory in nearby Easton.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/">Cherry Springs State Park</a> is a great camping spot and is far enough away from light pollution o have some of the darkest skies east of the Mississippi, making it a perfect spot for stargazers.</li> </ul> <p> And wherever you decide to load up the car and head for this year, we hope you&rsquo;ll remember to <a href="http://unitedtire.com/appointments">make an appointment with us at United Tire &amp; Service</a> for some preventive maintenance! Oil changes, wheel alignments, A/C repair or cooling system service, we&rsquo;ll make sure you&rsquo;re taken care of and your vehicle&rsquo;s in great shape before you head out to explore what Pennsylvania has to offer.</p> <p> Wherever you go, drive safely and have a great time with your family &ndash; and see us before you head out! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/unforgettable-pennsylvania-road-trips/feed0Tips For Fuel Economy http://unitedtire.com/blog/view/tips-for-fuel-economyhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/tips-for-fuel-economy#commentsMon, 09 Jan 2017 07:08:18 -0500TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/tips-for-fuel-economy<p> Everyone wants to get a little more out of their fuel dollars, whether they&rsquo;re driving a subcompact or a big SUV. Here are some ways to get a little farther on a gallon of <img alt="Fuel Economy in Bethlehem PA " src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1774/fuel-economy-bethlehem-pa.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; margin: 10px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" />gas:</p> <p> <strong>Check your tire inflation monthly</strong>. Even newer tires can lose air pressure due to the porosity of rubber. Tires that are even a few pounds low on inflation pressure can mean excessive rolling resistance, knocking one or two MPG&rsquo;s off of your fuel economy.</p> <p> <strong>Check your air filter</strong>. The air filter traps particulates in its paper or fabric element before they can enter the fuel system and the engine. A dirty air filter, however, will impede air flow to a point where it chokes the engine and kills fuel economy and power.</p> <p> <strong>Keep a light foot on the accelerator</strong>. Stomping the gas pedal just means more fuel is being dumped into your engine.</p> <p> <strong>Watch your speed</strong>. If your vehicle is equipped with a trip computer, use it and monitor your real-time gas mileage. You&rsquo;ll notice it drops off pretty quickly past 70 mph!</p> <p> <strong>Use your cruise control</strong>. It can do a better job of keeping your speed constant than your right foot ever can. Don&rsquo;t use it in heavy traffic, of course, or in bad weather&hellip;but whenever you can safely use it on the highway, use it!</p> <p> A well-maintained vehicle is also essential for fuel economy. How are you doing on preventive maintenance? <a href="http://unitedtire.com/appointments">Make an appointment</a> with us at United Tire and Service for a full checkup! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/tips-for-fuel-economy/feed0So You Say You Hit A Curb...http://unitedtire.com/blog/view/so-you-say-you-hit-a-curbhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/so-you-say-you-hit-a-curb#commentsFri, 30 Dec 2016 08:13:00 -0500TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/so-you-say-you-hit-a-curb<p> When you&rsquo;re out driving on a snowy or icy road, it&rsquo;s pretty easy to have your vehicle get away from you&hellip;and if you&rsquo;re lucky, you might hit a curb or end up in a ditch. <img alt="Wheel Alignment in Bethlehem PA " src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1781/wheel-alignment-bethlehem-pa.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 141px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />We won&rsquo;t even think about the less-lucky scenarios.</p> <p> What a lot of drivers don&rsquo;t realize is that their vehicle&rsquo;s suspension and steering components are pretty fragile, even on a heavy duty pickup truck or SUV.</p> <p> An impact as slow as 5-10 mph can be enough to do damage to your tires and wheels, possibly bending a rim or stressing the steel belts and internal structure of a tire. The impact is a shock to your steering system as well; it can be enough to knock the front end alignment out of spec.</p> <p> A harder hit on a curb can actually do damage to steering components and suspension. The control arm, drag link, Pitman arm and other parts can physically be bent by an impact on a curb. In some cases, a wheel alignment can compensate for this kind of damage, but if it&rsquo;s too extreme the parts may just have to be replaced.</p> <p> Every vehicle has a steering knuckle; while it may vary in design, the knuckle&rsquo;s two parts are the wheel hub and the spindle. A hit on a curb can do significant damage to the steering knuckle, as it&rsquo;s the closest to the point of impact. On a front-wheel-drive vehicle, a curb impact can be enough to damage the CV joints and half-shaft axles that provide torque to the front wheels.</p> <p> The upshot is this: a hard impact on a curb or even a pothole can do some appreciable damage to your vehicle, even if it seems to be driving and handling just fine after the incident. If you&rsquo;ve recently experienced something like this, it&rsquo;s advisable to <a href="http://unitedtire.com/appointments">make an appointment </a>with us at United Tire &amp; Service in Bethlehem, PA so we can get a look and make sure everything&rsquo;s okay. We care about your safety and your vehicle&hellip;so whatever you do, be careful out there on those winter days and slick roads.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/so-you-say-you-hit-a-curb/feed0The Right Mechanic Can Make All The Differencehttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/the-right-mechanic-can-make-all-the-differencehttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/the-right-mechanic-can-make-all-the-difference#commentsFri, 25 Nov 2016 09:43:00 -0500TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/the-right-mechanic-can-make-all-the-difference<p> Your vehicle is one of your biggest investments, and it&rsquo;s something you rely on day in and day out to get you where you need to go. Finding the right auto repair shop is <img alt="Auto Repair in Bethlehem PA" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1782/auto-repair-bethlehem-pa.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 196px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />a pretty important decision, and it&rsquo;s one that many people find daunting. Here are some things to consider, though:</p> <p> Try to go local if at all possible. Businesses turn on relationships&nbsp;and bringing your vehicle to the same locally-owned and &ndash;operated shop instead of a big franchise auto shop. A local shop means that the service writer and technicians have a better chance to get to know you and your vehicle, and can spot impending problems and give you a heads up before they turn into real problems.</p> <p> Talk to the service adviser or manager and find out a little more about the business. Do they use factory-quality parts on every repair job? Will they show you the part that failed after the repair is completed? Do they offer any sort of warranty on parts and service, or does the warranty just go as far as the entrance to their parking lot?</p> <p> Try word of mouth. Talk to your friends and get their opinions and recommendations. Everyone&rsquo;s take may be a little different since everyone drives a different make and model of vehicle, but you can at least filter out the bad ones that way!</p> <p> Go online. There are plenty of resources online that you can take advantage of, such as angieslist.com, ratings in your local newspaper or newsgroups and Cartalk.com&rsquo;s &ldquo;Mechanics Files&rdquo; section. Again, this can really be useful in weeding out the shops you don&rsquo;t want to do business with.</p> <p> A word about keeping it local: remember that when you support a local business, you&rsquo;re also keeping your money right here in your community and not far upstream to some distant bank account. It helps provide jobs and prosperity right here at home. You&rsquo;re supporting entrepreneurship&hellip;doesn&rsquo;t that feel great?</p> <p> We would like you to be part of the family of customers that have relied on United Tire and Service for their auto repair needs for decades &ndash; <a href="http://unitedtire.com/appointments">make an appointment</a> with us today!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/the-right-mechanic-can-make-all-the-difference/feed0United Tire Signs On as Presenting Sponsor for 2017 SCSCS Raceshttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/united-tire-signs-on-as-presenting-sponsor-for-2017-scscs-raceshttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/united-tire-signs-on-as-presenting-sponsor-for-2017-scscs-races#commentsFri, 18 Nov 2016 07:40:56 -0500TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/united-tire-signs-on-as-presenting-sponsor-for-2017-scscs-races<p> <strong>Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (November 14, 2016)</strong> &ndash; United Tire and Service, which is based in southeastern Pennsylvania, has agreed to be a presenting sponsor for all races in The Super Cup Stock Car Series for 2017. For well over three decades, United Tire has been comprised of a network of 18 auto repair and tire facilities across the Delaware Valley.</p> <p> Super Cup Stock Car Series competitor Steve Harvilla is one of the founding members of United Tire. He looks forward to showcasing the brand to a wider audience through the partnership from behind the wheel of the Bobby Gerhart Racing stock car, which he debuted at Lonesome Pine Raceway (VA) in 2016. Steve has been a member of the Bobby Gerhart Racing Team for the past 26 years and has assisted with the construction of the race cars and work in the pit crew. The Super Cup Stock Car series has allowed Steve to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a racecar driver.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m grateful to have been approached to be a presenting sponsor and that I am able to combine my passions both in and out of the office into one. Our team at United Tire is thankful for the opportunity.&rdquo; says Steve</p> <p> Steve splits his time between two of United Tire&rsquo;s locations in Lower Merion and Rosemont. There are 16 more locations across the Delaware Valley that offer a wide range of tires to their customers. On top of repair and maintenance for foreign and domestic cars, some stores specialize in classic car restorations, Jeep and 4WD modifications, high-performance work, commercial vehicles, and big trucks.</p> <p> The Super Cup Stock Car Series formed in late 2007 as an affordable alternative to existing full-bodied stock car racing tours. The series features 600 horsepower, steel-bodied stock cars that were formerly associated with similar racing divisions. SCSCS enters its 10th full season of &ldquo;Racin&rsquo; the Way It Used To Be!&rdquo; in 2017 with events at pavement short tracks throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.</p> <p> For more information about SCSCS, please visit <a href="http://www.supercupstockcarseries.com/">www.supercupstockcarseries.com</a> or follow along on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SCSCSRacing">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/scscsracing">Twitter</a>.</p> <p> For more information regarding United Tire&rsquo;s wide range of services, please visit <a href="http://unitedtire.com">www.unitedtire.com</a> as well as their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Main-Line-Tire-Group/335804999867294?fref=ts">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/UnitedTireServ?lang=en">Twitter</a>.</p> /blog/view/united-tire-signs-on-as-presenting-sponsor-for-2017-scscs-races/feed0Winter's Coming -- Is Your Car Ready? http://unitedtire.com/blog/view/winter-s-coming-is-your-car-readyhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/winter-s-coming-is-your-car-ready#commentsFri, 21 Oct 2016 14:59:20 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/winter-s-coming-is-your-car-ready<p> You know it&rsquo;s gonna be cold soon&hellip;and you know that winters in Pennsylvania can be tough. Is your car up to it? Here&rsquo;s a quick list of things to check before the <img alt="Auto Repair in Downington PA " src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1734/auto-repair-downington-pa.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 166px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />snow flies.</p> <p> <strong>Tires</strong>: All-season tires are a jack of all trades, master of none. If you expect more than an inch or two of snow, it can be a good idea to invest in winter tires. Winter tires feature a more aggressive tread pattern to dig into snow and slush (some are even pre-drilled to make it easy to install metal studs). They also use a softer tread formulation that stays flexible in extreme cold for traction.</p> <p> <strong>Wipers</strong>: Even good windshield wipers only last about a year before the sun&rsquo;s UV rays and wear take their toll on them. If your wipers are dried-out, cracked, chipped or are losing strips of rubber, replace them soon.</p> <p> <strong>Battery</strong>: Cold weather really stresses a battery&hellip;when it&rsquo;s 20 degrees outside, your battery has only about 50 percent of its normal cranking power. Cold weather also causes motor oil to thicken, making it harder to crank the engine. Even if your battery is fairly new, have it tested and maintained before bad weather comes.</p> <p> <strong>Oil change</strong>: It&rsquo;s always a good idea to go into winter with fresh motor oil. If you have considered a switch to synthetic oil, now might be a good time. Synthetic oil doesn&rsquo;t thin out in hot weather or thicken at low temperatures; its improved pour properties mean better engine protection at startup.</p> <p> <strong>Finish</strong>: A good coat of wax does more than make your car shine. It also makes it easier for the finish to repel water, snow, slush and road chemicals&hellip;and makes it harder for rust to get a start on your body and frame.</p> <p> Why wait until the snow is falling before taking care of some of these items? At United Tire &amp; Service, we can help you make sure your vehicle&rsquo;s in great shape for the coming winter months. Make an <a href="http://unitedtire.com/appointments">appointment</a> with us and let us get some of these preventive maintenance items taken care of! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/winter-s-coming-is-your-car-ready/feed0United Tire Lends Helping Hand for the Holidayshttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/united-tire-lends-helping-hand-for-the-holidayshttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/united-tire-lends-helping-hand-for-the-holidays#commentsFri, 21 Oct 2016 10:45:37 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/united-tire-lends-helping-hand-for-the-holidays<p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1735/UT_BlogPost_Image_10.21.16.png" style="width: 650px; height: 361px; margin: 10px 5px;" /></p> <p> It&rsquo;s October, which means that the holiday season is quickly approaching! United Tire is proudly participating in two community events this upcoming season: A Philabundance food drive and Toys for Tots. Philabundance relies on food drives to provide much needed non-perishable items for people within our communities. Items collected by our stores will be sent to over 350 member agencies and direct service programs within the nine counties that Philabundance services. These agencies include shelters, food pantries, and after-school feeding programs.<br /> <br /> Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them to less fortunate children as Christmas gifts. The program aims to help those children experience the joy of Christmas each year. Their goal is to unite all members of local communities in a common cause each year through this annual toy collection and distribution campaign. We hope that you will stop by and help us contribute to these great causes in our communities! For more information on both, follow the links below:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a class="btn btn1 btn-mega" href="http://www.toysfortots.org/Default.aspx" style="width: 250px; margin: 10px 10px 10px 10px;">Toys For Tots</a><a class="btn btn1 btn-mega" href="https://www.philabundance.org/learn/about-us/programs/" style="width: 250px; margin: 10px 10px 10px 10px;">Philabundance</a></p> /blog/view/united-tire-lends-helping-hand-for-the-holidays/feed0Local Event Sponsorship & Community Supporthttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/local-event-sponsorship-community-supporthttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/local-event-sponsorship-community-support#commentsWed, 05 Oct 2016 13:58:42 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/local-event-sponsorship-community-support<p> The thing we love most about living and working locally is being able to be involved in our communities. A number of our locations have been in business for over 20 years now. Most of the members of the United Tire family have put down their roots near our locations long ago and we have raised our own families in the same communities we service. For the month of October, United Tire &amp; Service is sponsoring two upcoming local events to help some worthy causes and support the communities we each call home.</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"> Six Degrees of Delco</h3> <p> Our Concordville location is sponsoring the Six Degrees of Delco event on October 8th. The event celebrates the heritage and community of Delaware County and honors first responders and the heroic services they provide. Proceeds of the event will go to support the Delaware County Heroes Scholarship Fund, the Delaware County Fallen Fire Fighter and EMS Memorial, and the first responders&rsquo; training and education as it applies to people with disabilities and mental health issues. Owners of the United Tire Concordville location, Pete Getz and his wife Sue are proud &ldquo;Friends of Six Degrees&rdquo; sponsors of the upcoming event. They&rsquo;ve been in business for 22 years and live and work in Delaware County. They were brought up in the area and are happy to give back to their community through this event.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="United Tire &amp; Service - proud sponsor and supporter of the local community - #DriveUnited" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1727/SponsorshipBanner.png" style="width: 575px; height: 230px; margin: 10px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"> Steps4Hope</h3> <p> Later in the month, on October 16th, the United Tire family is sponsoring the Steps4Hope Run/Walk. Steps4Hope is a foundation established in memory of Jonathan Moules, who lost his battle with addiction in 2014. The foundation itself, as well as the 5K, are committed to raising awareness of substance use disorders. The 3rd annual 5K run/walk will be held at Ridley Creek State Park. Downingtown location owners Ken Sylvester and his wife Susan are longtime friends of the Moules family and want to help them spread awareness about the disease of addiction, especially in the surrounding communities. This is the 3rd year United Tire is sponsoring this event.</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"> Want to Learn More?</h3> <p> Fore More information on either of these events, or to show your support by sponsoring or attending along side United Tire &amp; Service, please visit these causes at the links below - We hope to see you there and are looking forward to supporting more community events in the future!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a class="btn btn1 btn-btn" href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/six-degrees-of-delco-supporting-first-responders-tickets-24364855940">Six Degrees of Delaware County</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a class="btn btn1 btn-btn" href="https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/NewtownSquare/Steps4Hope5kRun1mileWalk">Steps4Hope 5k Run/1m Walk</a></p> /blog/view/local-event-sponsorship-community-support/feed0State Inspections -- Is Yours Due?http://unitedtire.com/blog/view/state-inspections-is-yours-duehttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/state-inspections-is-yours-due#commentsThu, 22 Sep 2016 14:36:14 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/state-inspections-is-yours-due<p> For years now, Pennsylvania and Delaware have mandated fairly strict safety inspections and emissions testing for vehicles. With the right preventive <img alt="State Inspections in Ambler PA " src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1733/state-inspections-ambler-pa.png" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />maintenance, your vehicle shouldn&rsquo;t have any problem passing either one, but we thought you might want to know a little more about what goes into it.</p> <p> First, let&rsquo;s talk about safety inspections.</p> <p> Safety inspection will cover items such as:</p> <p> --Brakes</p> <p> --Tires</p> <p> --Horn</p> <p> --Lights</p> <p> --Glass</p> <p> --Exhaust</p> <p> --Suspension</p> <p> Just to name a few. Unless your vehicle has worn or damaged parts, none of this should be a problem&hellip;after all, it really is for your own protection and that of everyone else on the road.</p> <p> As for emissions testing, modern engine management computers control emissions output as well as fuel delivery, engine timing and all other performance/drivability functions. The Check Engine light on your dashboard is a sign that a sensor has registered a reading that is out of normal boundaries, and has registered a trouble code with your engine computer. If there&rsquo;s a problem with emissions or any other performance issues, it&rsquo;s a simple matter for a tech to connect a code reader/scanner to the vehicle&rsquo;s diagnostic connector and quickly find the trouble codes in the computer. This gives the tech a big head start in running down the source of the problem.</p> <p> NOTE: Vehicles made before model year 1996 used a different industry-standard onboard computer and diagnostic system. A different emissions standard applies for pre-1996 vehicles. If the older vehicle doesn&rsquo;t pass, however, the failed sensor or part will still need to be replaced to bring it into compliance with state and federal law.</p> <p> If your vehicle doesn&rsquo;t pass safety or emissions inspections, you have a 30-day window in which to get the problem resolved; if you can retest within 30 days, you will not be charged a second inspection fee. After 30 days, a second fee will apply. &nbsp;At United Tire &amp; Service, we&rsquo;re your go-to resource for Delaware and Pennsylvania inspections. We&rsquo;re thorough and we make sure that any repairs or service are done properly so that your vehicle will pass. Just don&rsquo;t forget your current registration and proof of insurance!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/state-inspections-is-yours-due/feed0Back to School Road Safetyhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/back-to-school-road-safetyhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/back-to-school-road-safety#commentsTue, 13 Sep 2016 11:27:16 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/back-to-school-road-safety<p> It&#39;s mid September and the school year has begun! This means that busses and carpools are back on the roads and school zone lights are flashing. Our main priority is safety on the roads, so we want to pass along some reminders to help everyone in the community stay safe as the school year begins. Here are some tips to remember when interacting with school busses or driving through school zones.</p> <hr /> <h2> <img alt="" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1716/UTBlogPostSept2016.png" style="width: 400px; height: 222px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></h2> <h3> School Bus</h3> <p style="margin-left: 30px;"> When the bus&rsquo;s red lights begin to flash and the STOP sign is extended, you must stop 10 feet away from the bus. This rule applies if you are stopping behind the bus AND if you&rsquo;re traveling on the opposite side of the road. The only exception to this rule is if you are traveling on a divided highway, then cars traveling in the opposite direction do not have to stop.</p> <p style="margin-left: 30px;"> It should go without saying, but never pass a bus from behind. Doing so will endanger the lives of the children, other drivers on the road, and your own life.</p> <p style="margin-left: 30px;"> The school bus does not always stop directly in front of a child&rsquo;s house, and sometimes the children need to walk about a block to get home. Because of this, it is extremely important to stay alert in neighborhoods and to not exceed the posted speed limit.</p> <hr /> <h3> School Zone</h3> <p style="margin-left: 30px;"> Each school has its own specific drop off procedure, but there are some general guidelines. Don&rsquo;t double park because it blocks the visibility of others around you. Also, it&rsquo;s important to not load or unload your children across the street from the school for the children&rsquo;s safety.</p> <p style="margin-left: 30px;"> If you&rsquo;re able to carpool with friends or neighbors, it&rsquo;s best to do so because this reduces the number of vehicles at the school itself and minimizes congestion during pickup/drop-off times.</p> <p style="margin-left: 30px;"> Most schools have flashing lights on the road to signal when school is in session. During this time, the speed limit may be reduced significantly. It is important to adhere to this speed limit even if it looks like there are no children near the roadways.</p> <hr /> <p> United Tire is dedicated to keeping the roads in our community safe. Whether it is reminding our neighbors about on the road safety or providing our customers with high quality and affordable automotive and tire service, we encourage all drivers to Drive United.</p> /blog/view/back-to-school-road-safety/feed0Oil Changes -- Are They As Important As Everyone Says? http://unitedtire.com/blog/view/oil-changes-are-they-as-important-as-everyone-sayshttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/oil-changes-are-they-as-important-as-everyone-says#commentsMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:13:35 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/oil-changes-are-they-as-important-as-everyone-says<p> You probably heard it from your dad years ago &ndash; &ldquo;Get your oil changed regularly! It&rsquo;s the best thing you can do for your car!&rdquo; And he was right. Automotive <img alt="Oil Changes in Ambler PA " src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1731/oil-changes-ambler-pa.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />technology has changed a lot in the last 50 years, but one thing that&rsquo;s still true is that oil changes at regular intervals will insure that your car&rsquo;s engine will last a long time.</p> <p> Your engine&rsquo;s moving parts, like pistons, bearings and valvetrain components, all operate on extremely close clearances with each other. Without the protective film of lubrication that motor oil provides, these parts would quickly overheat and weld to each other, seizing the engine. Oil helps reduce wear due to friction and dissipate heat. Along with friction, however, a great deal of heat is generated by the combustion process, along with carbon, acids and water vapor. These contaminants will always make their way into motor oil.</p> <p> The detergents and other additives in motor oil will suspend particles so they can &nbsp;be trapped in the paper element of the oil filter, but when the oil filter is saturated they will start to accumulate as crusty or sludgy deposits on moving parts.</p> <p> In the old days, drivers were advised to change their oil every 3,000 miles. Today&rsquo;s conventional oil formulations have improved , and now a 5,000 mile interval is safe for engine protection. Synthetic-blend oil is available for high mileage engines, but manufacturers now recommend full-synthetic oil for all new vehicles. Synthetic oil outperforms conventional oil in engine protection; it won&rsquo;t thicken in cold weather or thin out in extreme heat, helping it quickly circulate to upper engine parts during the crucial startup period.</p> <p> How long has it been since your last oil change? If you can&rsquo;t remember, just pop the hood and pull your oil dipstick. Clean motor oil should be honey-colored and translucent. Oil that&rsquo;s a bit darker but still translucent can go for awhile longer, but oil that&rsquo;s the color of black coffee and has an acrid smell should be changed right away. Is it time for an oil change? <a href="http://unitedtire.com/appointments">Make an appointment</a> with us at United Tire &amp; Service!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/oil-changes-are-they-as-important-as-everyone-says/feed0Bringing a New Meaning of Speed to the Teamhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/bringing-a-new-meaning-of-speed-to-the-teamhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/bringing-a-new-meaning-of-speed-to-the-team#commentsFri, 19 Aug 2016 13:15:50 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/bringing-a-new-meaning-of-speed-to-the-team<p> We are car guys, it&rsquo;s that simple! From the garages, to the roads and now to the race tracks. Steve Harvilla, one of the founding members of United Tire and Service, placed 13th in the Super Cup Stock Car Series at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Virginia.</p> <p> As a member of the Bobby Gerhart Racing Team for the past 26 years, Harvilla has assisted with the construction of the race cars and work in the pit crew. Earlier this month, he has fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a racecar driver by competing in the Super Cup Stock Car Series as a competitive driver. Harvilla completed extensive track training and recently received his ARCA license in January at the Daytona International Speedway.</p> <p> Splitting his time between United Tire locations at Lower Merion and Rosemont, Harvilla brings years of experience from under the car to both the track and the community. The #4 car, identified with the United Tire logo, shows our team&rsquo;s dedication to our brand and the wide range of services United Tire locations offer their clients.</p> <table cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="United Tire &amp; Service - Our Shield represents our dedication and commitment to our customers and their safety on the road. #DriveUnited" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1698/UnitedTireShield.png" style="width: 150px; height: 137px; margin: 0px 40px 0px 20px; float: left;" /><strong><img src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1699/leftquotation.png" style="height: 25px; width: 14px;" /><span style="font-family:georgia,serif; line-height:2;"><strong>&nbsp; Not only has United Tire continued to grow in size over the past 3 years, our team has also been able to follow our dreams and expand into different avenues of the auto industry.&rdquo; Said Harvilla. &ldquo;The United Tire shield ensures safety, whether it is for our team or for your family. I am happy to represent this shield on the racetrack.&nbsp; </strong></span><img src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1700/rightquotation.png" style="width: 14px; height: 25px;" /></strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <p> Harvilla will compete again on August 27th in back-to-back features at Jennerstown Speedway in Western Pennsylvania with the Bobby Gerhart Racing Team.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> <strong><i>Want to see more? Click on an images below to see Steve Harvilla&#39;s #4 Racecar</i></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1695/steveunitedracecar1.JPG" onclick="window.open(this.href, 'Store Location Image', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no,width=708,height=508'); return false;"><img alt="" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1695/steveunitedracecar1.JPG" style="width: 185px; height: 132px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 5px;" /></a> <a href="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1696/steveunitedracecar2.JPG" onclick="window.open(this.href, 'Store Location Image', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no,width=708,height=508'); return false;"><img alt="" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1696/steveunitedracecar2.JPG" style="width: 185px; height: 132px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 5px;" /></a> <a href="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1697/steveunitedracecar3.JPG" onclick="window.open(this.href, 'Store Location Image', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no,width=708,height=508'); return false;"><img alt="" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1697/steveunitedracecar3.JPG" style="width: 185px; height: 132px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 5px;" /></a></p> /blog/view/bringing-a-new-meaning-of-speed-to-the-team/feed0Beat the Heat this Summerhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/beat-the-heat-this-summerhttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/beat-the-heat-this-summer#commentsFri, 05 Aug 2016 09:07:15 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/beat-the-heat-this-summer<p> <img alt="" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1687/ACBlog2016.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />When you slide into your car in the midst of the summer heat, the last thing you want is hot air blowing out of your vents, especially when temperatures are in the upper 80s and low 90s. But don&rsquo;t panic just yet. Instead, roll down your windows to let some of that warm, stale air out. Then check these features in your car to see if it&rsquo;s a quick fix.</p> <ul> <li> First, make sure your thermostat is set to cool. Yes, this may seem like an obvious first check, but we&rsquo;ve all forgotten to push the AC button at least once.</li> <li> Next, check that your fan setting is on &ldquo;auto&rdquo; and not just &ldquo;on&rdquo; because this will blow out air even if it&rsquo;s not cool.</li> <li> Finally, point your fans in the direction of the windows. This may seem silly, but it will actually cool down your vehicle faster.</li> </ul> <p> If neither of these simple solutions do the trick then its time to stop in to your local United Tire and Auto shop to make sure it isn&rsquo;t a problem related to your fuses, air filters, compressor, or motor.</p> <p> Let United Tire &amp; Service help you stay cool this summer.&nbsp; Get your vehicle A/C Service or Maintenance performed at any of our convenient locations and save.&nbsp; For a limited time - <a href="http://unitedtire.com/promotions/beat-the-heat-this-summer-blog-promotion">click to print</a> the coupon below and bring it with you or <a href="http://unitedtire.com/myInstallers/map">contact your local United Tire &amp; Service location</a> for details.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://unitedtire.com/promotions/beat-the-heat-this-summer-blog-promotion"><img alt="Save on A/C Repair and Maintenance with United Tire - #DriveUnited" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1688/acblogpromo2016.jpg" style="width: 570px; height: 240px;" /></a></p> /blog/view/beat-the-heat-this-summer/feed0A Handy Glossary of Auto Repair Terms http://unitedtire.com/blog/view/a-handy-glossary-of-auto-repair-termshttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/a-handy-glossary-of-auto-repair-terms#commentsSun, 31 Jul 2016 15:09:02 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/a-handy-glossary-of-auto-repair-terms<p> Any time you can be informed about what&#39;s being discussed in regards to auto repair, you&#39;re in a stronger position. At United Tire &amp; Service, we try to keep it <img alt="Automotive Terms in Rosemont PA " src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1681/automotive-terms-rosemont-pa.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 150px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />simple and direct for our customers to avoid any confusion, so here&#39;s a quick rundown of some terms you might hear in regards to auto repair...</p> <p> <strong>ABS Brakes:</strong> Antilock Braking Systems use sensors that monitor the rotating speed of each wheel while <a href="http://unitedtire.com/brakes-repair">braking</a> and send that information back to a processor. If a wheel is starting to spin slower than the rest, the processor (through a system of valves and pumps) proportions braking effort to that wheel and the others in order to avoid a skid.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>A/C Compressor</strong>: The compressor is at the heart of your <a href="http://unitedtire.com/air-conditioning-repair">air conditioning system</a>. It&#39;s a pump, driven by the engine, which compresses the refrigerant from its gaseous form down to a liquid state. Cooling then comes from the liquid evaporating back into a gas again.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><a href="http://unitedtire.com/air-filters">Air filter</a>: </strong>The device that screens impurities like dust and pollen particles from the air that enters your fuel system, protecting your engine. It traps particles in a pleated-paper or fabric medium, sometimes saturated with a special oil.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Caliper:</strong> Disc brakes stop a vehicle much the same way as a bicycle&#39;s handbrakes. Two pads of friction material grasp a spinning steel disc, which your wheel is bolted to; the caliper holds the pads and actuates them via a piston and hydraulic pressure.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Catalytic converter:</strong> Usually situated in the exhaust pipe before the muffler, the catalytic converter contains metals and chemicals that react with exhaust gases to neutralize them before they exit the tailpipe.</p> <p> <strong>Coolant: </strong>Sometimes referred to mistakenly as &quot;antifreeze,&quot; coolant is a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. It&#39;s composed of ethylene glycol and other additives that lower water&#39;s freezing point and raise its boiling point, and also contains anti-corrosion agents to protect your <a href="http://unitedtire.com/cooling-system">cooling system</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>EGR system:</strong>&nbsp;Part of your vehicle&#39;s emissions package, Exhaust Gas Recirculation systems direct a certain amount of gases back into the engine again to be burned, cutting emissions levels.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>ESC</strong>: Electronic Stability Control systems rely on sensors that monitor body lean, inertia, braking effort and other factors during hard cornering or in a panic situation. They then proportion braking force or sometimes cut engine output to help avoid a skid, enhancing control.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Fuel injection:</strong> Starting in the early 1990s, engines were designed with pumps and nozzles which sprayed an atomized fuel/air mixture into the cylinders fo combustion. This system is electronically controlled and replaces the mechanical carburetors of older models.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Memory settings</strong>: Presets for power seats, radio stations, power mirrors, A/C settings and other preferences for a given driver, which can be restored with the push of a button.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Oil sludge:</strong> The buildup of carbon, chemicals and impurities that can accumulate on bearings and other internal engine parts if motor oil isn&#39;t changed frequently enough.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>PCM: </strong>The Powertrain Control Module is the brain of a vehicle&#39;s electronics, and relies on information from a network of sensors to control fuel metering, emissions, transmission shift points and a number of other drivability factors.&nbsp;</p> <p> These are all fairly common terms you&#39;ll hear in regards to auto repair, either in our shops or elsewhere. Be informed, be knowledgeable...and if you need an appointment for auto repair or preventive maintenance, <a href="http://unitedtire.com/appointments">contact us</a> at United Tire &amp; Service!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/a-handy-glossary-of-auto-repair-terms/feed0Buying Tires? Let's Cut to the Chase http://unitedtire.com/blog/view/buying-tires-let-s-cut-to-the-chasehttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/buying-tires-let-s-cut-to-the-chase#commentsWed, 29 Jun 2016 14:02:43 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/buying-tires-let-s-cut-to-the-chase<p> When it comes time to buy tires, you&#39;ll be faced with a lot of different options and price points. It can be overwhelming...but it doesn&#39;t need to be.&nbsp;<img alt="New Tires in Philadelphia PA " src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1668/new-tires-philadelphia-pa.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 183px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /></p> <h2> To pick the right tires, follow this advice.</h2> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> First, consider this. Were you happy with your last set of tires? Were they good as far as ride quality, noise level, steering response, handling? If you answered &quot;yes&quot; to all those, then your choice is an easy one -- go with the same tires you had before. Remember also that your car was engineered for a specific size and width of tires, and any serious deviation can result in changes in handling, braking performance and even speedometer readings.&nbsp;</p> <p> Now, to break it down a bit farther...</p> <p> Passenger tires or grand touring tires are a great choice for family sedans, minivans and crossovers. They offer predictable handling, a forgiving ride, low road noise, good straight-line stability and excellent road manners. They use a tread compound that&#39;s designed for long tread wear and excellent all-weather traction, and can be found at a variety of price points.&nbsp;</p> <p> Winter tires can give you a real advantage when the weather&#39;s snowy and nasty. They&#39;re designed using a tread compound that stays flexible in cold weather for great traction, and have an aggressive tread profile that cuts through snow and slush to dig in. Winter tires should be changed, however, when temperatures rise above 45 degrees -- the softer rubber wears very quickly in warmer weather!&nbsp;</p> <p> For most drivers, all-season tires are an excellent compromise. They perform well in wet weather and offer a good ride and handling with low noise levels, but can be iffy when the snow gets deep.&nbsp;</p> <p> All-terrain tires are a good choice for pickups, SUVs and crossovers that occasionally go off the pavement. They are designed with a tough tread compound and tread pattern for off-road traction in mud, sand or gravel, while still offering good ride and road manners on the highway.</p> <p> If you&#39;re concerned about fuel economy, consider low-rolling-resistance tires. They&#39;re designed with tread formulations and internal design features that cut tire weight and make it easier to keep a vehicle headed down the highway, enhancing gas mileage.&nbsp;</p> <p> Drivers of sports sedans and coupes love performance or UHP tires for their precise handling properties. Unfortunately, the soft, &quot;sticky&quot; rubber of UHP tires means a short service life; many don&#39;t even offer a treadwear warranty.&nbsp;</p> <p> In the end, it&#39;s your call. Your tire buying decision should be determined by your vehicle, your needs, your driving style and your budget. When it&#39;s time to pull the trigger and buy a set of tires for your vehicle, we hope you&#39;ll come to us at United Tire &amp; Service -- <a href="http://unitedtire.com/appointments">make an appointment </a>with us today!</p> /blog/view/buying-tires-let-s-cut-to-the-chase/feed0Quick Summer Getaways in the Philadelphia Areahttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/quick-summer-getaways-in-the-philadelphia-areahttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/quick-summer-getaways-in-the-philadelphia-area#commentsWed, 29 Jun 2016 07:45:34 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/quick-summer-getaways-in-the-philadelphia-area<table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p> <img alt="Summer Road-trips with United Tire &amp; Service" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1666/UnitedTiresummertravel.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /><br /> Sit back, relax and get ready to spend your long weekend surrounded by friends and family- it&rsquo;s finally Fourth of July weekend! What better way to celebrate than packing up the car and taking the family out for a mini-vacation? Not sure where to go? United Tire &amp; Service is here to help! Get ready for an awesome weekend filled with family fun and check United&rsquo;s top 5 places to visit this weekend.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <h2> The Jersey Shore</h2> <br /> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p> <img alt="Hit The Jersey Shore with United Tire &amp; Service this summer" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1662/TheJerseyShore.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /><br /> More often than not, the Jersey Shore serves as a second home to people in our area during the summer months. Pack your bathing suits and sand toys and treat your family to a day at the water park, a walk on the boardwalk, or a relaxing sun-filled day on the beach. With so many unique spots along the Jersey coast to choose from- Wildwood, Ocean City, Point Pleasant, Atlantic City, and that&rsquo;s just naming a few- all families are sure to find the perfect beach spot to enjoy this holiday weekend!</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <h2> Sesame Place</h2> <br /> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p> &ldquo;Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?&rdquo; We sure can! <a href="https://sesameplace.com/en/langhorne">Sesame Place</a> is the perfect opportunity to relive your childhood memories, alongside the kids, and make memories together! Enjoy special Fourth of July BBQ&rsquo;s, as well as firework shows, with your favorite characters all weekend long!</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <h2> Philadelphia</h2> <br /> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p> <img alt="Watch fireworks light up the sky over Philadelphia on Independence Day 2016 with United Tire &amp; Service" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1663/PhiladelphiaFireworksJuly4th.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; margin: 5px; float: left;" /><br /> What better way to celebrate Independence Day weekend than in the birthplace of America? With tons of fun activities and sights to see, you can combine a weekend of history and excitement all in one! The <a href="http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/fourth-of-july-in-philadelphia-wawa-welcome-america/#sm.001wtelzk17e9d43pq72juw17euio">Wawa Welcome America festival</a>, taking place through July 4th, is painting the town red, white and blue in honor of the holiday. From movies to fireworks and their highly anticipated July 4th concert, Philadelphia is packing with endless fun for your holiday weekend.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <h2> Bucks County River Country</h2> <br /> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="Explore Buck County River Country with United Tire &amp; Service" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1665/RiverCountry.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /><br /> Looking to spend time in the water this holiday weekend without the crowds that swarm the beaches? <a href="http://www.rivercountry.net/">Bucks County River Country</a> is the spot for you! Being the original outfitter for Delaware River tubing, kayaking, canoeing, and rafting, it is the perfect getaway to avoid the sand, but still dip your toes in the water!</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <h2> Poconos</h2> <br /> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p> <img alt="Check out the relaxing view at the Poconos with United Tire &amp; Service" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1664/poconosmountainview.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; margin: 5px; float: left;" /><br /> Who ever said traveling to the mountains was only fun for skiing and snowboarding in the winter? Last, but certainly not least on our list, the <a href="http://www.poconomountains.com/things-to-do/adventure-bucketlist/summer/">Poconos</a>! Indulge in a number of outdoor activities with the family this weekend, like mini-golf, zip lining, water parks, go-karting, or wild animal parks- and that&rsquo;s just to name a few!</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p> Once you&rsquo;ve nailed down the best place for your family to enjoy themselves, the most important part of the weekend is staying safe! Whether you are traveling to your favorite Jersey Shore points, or simply taking a trip to see your local fireworks show, let United Tire &amp; Service prepare your vehicle for your weekend&rsquo;s activities.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <h3> Before hitting the road, make sure to check:</h3> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="Let United Tire &amp; Service get your vehicle vacation ready" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1667/United TireMaintenance.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; margin: 5px; float: Right;" /> <ul> <li> <strong>Tires</strong>- Be sure your tires have sufficient tread depth and are free of any tears or bulges. Also, check your tire pressure. Improper inflation can cause tire damage and lead poor handling and fuel economy.</li> <br /> <li> <strong>Belts and Hoses</strong>- The last thing you need is for your drive belts and hoses to deteriorate because of age and heat. Check belts and hoses for any signs of cracks or leaking before taking off for the weekend.</li> <br /> <li> <strong>Air Conditioning</strong>- It is summertime and nothing ruins a family trip more so than a hot, cranky backseat.</li> <br /> <li> <strong>Coolant</strong>- No one wants to spend their holiday weekend on the side of the road. Make sure your coolant levels are full to avoid your vehicle overheating.</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p> Not really sure what to look for?&nbsp; Stop by any of <a href="http://unitedtire.com/myInstallers/map">our convenient locations</a> before hitting the road this 4th of July weekend to guarantee your family is in for smooth sailing!</p> <p> <a href="http://unitedtire.com/promotions">Click here</a> for more summer savings.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>/blog/view/quick-summer-getaways-in-the-philadelphia-area/feed0Breaking In Your New Tires - The 500 Mile Rulehttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/breaking-in-your-new-tires-the-500-mile-rulehttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/breaking-in-your-new-tires-the-500-mile-rule#commentsThu, 19 May 2016 07:03:19 -0400TCShttp://unitedtire.com/blog/view/breaking-in-your-new-tires-the-500-mile-rule<p> So, you purchased a new set of tires at your local United Tire &amp; Service.&nbsp;&nbsp; First of all, we would like to thank you for your patronage.&nbsp; It is because loyal customers like you that local businesses like ours are able to help keep our communities strong.&nbsp; Thank you!&nbsp;</p> <p> Now would you mind if we give you a few quick pointers about your <a href="http://unitedtire.com/catalog/search_by">new tires</a>?</p> <p> <img alt="United Tire &amp; Service in PA - Tire Manufacturing Release Lubricant Use" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1640/TireMoldReleaseLubricantUse.png" style="width: 270px; height: 207px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <h2> What you need to know:</h2> <p> Did you know your new tires should be<em> broken in</em>?&nbsp; Yes, that&#39;s right, a break-in period - optimally 500 to 700 miles.&nbsp; There are a few reasons for this and they are mainly for your vehicles long term safety on your new tires.</p> <h3> Why do You Need to Break In Your Tires?&nbsp; Because of How They are Made.&nbsp;</h3> <p> During the manufacturing process there is a lubricant that is applied to the mold for your tires.&nbsp; This keeps them from sticking as they are made and allows them to release from the mold without misshaping your tires.&nbsp; During the initial 500 miles of driving on a new tire, this lubricant is rubbed away by the friction of the tire against the road.&nbsp; Braking and accelerating from a complete stop can feel different as well and should be done mindfully when new tires have been installed.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p> <em><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>&quot;</strong></span>Some people believe that performing tricks like a &#39;burnout&#39; are a good way to remove the lubricant from the tire, but we don&#39;t recommend this because it is not safe for your or your vehicle.<span style="font-size:18px;">&quot;</span></em></p> </blockquote> <p> <img alt="United Tire &amp; Service in PA - How Your Tire is Made" src="http://unitedtire.com/images/display/1639/TireCutawayView.png" style="width: 270px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: left;" />Our second reason to break them in is because of what your tire is made of.&nbsp; While it may be rubber on the outside, your tire is actually made of several layers of rubber, steel cords, and fabric mesh that give it a greater stability and overall life.&nbsp; When you first begin driving on a set of new tires these compounds are being compressed under the weight and pressure of your vehicle for the first time.&nbsp; They require time to flex and adjust so that they can work together properly for the best performance and ride quality.</p> <p> The most important reason for the break-in period is because your tires <u>will</u> feel different as you drive.&nbsp; This break-in period, while good for your tires, is also to let you get to know your car again.&nbsp; Your old worn tires may have slid some on the road or they may have had more give as you turn; new tires will not.&nbsp; They have a bit more grip which can force you to alter the way you drive.</p> <h3> Let&#39;s Follow the &#39;500 Mile Rule&#39;</h3> <p> We at United Tire &amp; Service know that you are probably going from tires that have seen better days to higher quality <a href="http://unitedtire.com/catalog/search_by">brand new tires</a>, our goal is to get you the product you need at an affordable price while keeping you safe on the road.&nbsp; We would like to encourage all of our customers to take the time to allow your tires and your car to get to know each other again, and for you to get a feel for their better performance and traction quality by following the simple 500 mile rule and breaking in any new set of tires.</p> <p> For more information on breaking in your tires you can <a href="http://unitedtire.com/myInstallers/map">contact any of our locations</a>.&nbsp; We&#39;re always glad to help.</p> <p> <em><strong>United Tire &amp; Service - Always Helping You DRIVE UNITED</strong></em></p> /blog/view/breaking-in-your-new-tires-the-500-mile-rule/feed0