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Whenever you get behind the wheel, you trust your tires to support the wright of your vehicle and provide the traction and handling you need to reach each destination safe. You might not think about those four pieces of rubber often, but they’re not as simple as they seem. Have you ever wondered what makes one round, solid piece of rubber different from the next by another brand? Aside from the carefully chosen tread design, the tire construction differs. There’s a lot that goes into each tire that you don’t see. Here’s some of what you’ll find.
Ask anyone what tires are made out of and you’ll probably hear “rubber” as the response. While most motorists know rubber is an integral part of their tires, what they may not know is that there’s more than one type of rubber a manufacturers can use. In addition to natural rubber that comes from the sap of rubber trees, a manufacturer may opt for synthetic rubber.
Added to the rubber are raw ingredients that alter the state of the tire. Some ingredients make the tire more durable, like silica and carbon black, while others increase durability or traction and grip. Part of the tire manufacturing process is identifying the best combination of ingredients to achieve a specific purpose, whether that’s wet performance, fuel economy, tire life, or another ability that might be beneficial to a driver.
The next time you look at your tires, remember that your manufacturer had to research and test many combinations of chemicals and ingredients to get what you have installed right now. If this particular construction doesn’t satisfy you or if it’s time for new tires, remember that Len's Auto Repair in Overland, MO is available to assist. We offer tires from trusted brands with a knowledgeable staff happy to answer any questions you have.
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