TPMS, Love love it or hate it?

This week we’re looking at TPMS systems.  TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System.  These are federally required in all late model cars and light duty trucks.   There are two types of TPMS.  One system uses the vehicles antilock brake system and traction control to constantly  measure the tire as it rolls down the road.  If a variance in size is noticed the vehicle assumes that the tire is flat and will illuminate the light on the dashboard.  These systems while simple from the TPMS management standpoint they are not as accurate as the other type of TPMS system. Read more…

Ford Lug Nuts

The Ford Lug Nut Problem- Many Ford vehicles built over the last decade have two piece lug nuts.  These consist of a steel lug nut with a pressed on soft metal cap.  The soft metal cap is the part that you see.   These lug nuts look great when new.  However after a few tire changes, rotations etc the pressed on caps lose their shape.  This makes it very difficult to put a lug wrench on them to loosen or tighten as they won’t fit the tool due to the fact that they are no longer shaped correctly. The ramifications Read more…

Instant Coffee And Tread Connection

Instant coffee is a great invention.  Much like microwave popcorn it provides instant gratification.  Does that make either product the best or worst? Not at all, if the coffee and the popcorn tastes good and one is satisfied that is great.  However gourmet coffee is a real thing.  Gourmet coffee isn’t instant coffee.  It generally takes more time to get or make a premium cup of coffee.  The same can be said of high quality “gourmet” popcorn.  You can’t make gourmet popcorn in the microwave.  So how does this apply to Tread Connection? In a normal week we often get Read more…

What You Leave Behind (Tire Wear)

Ever wonder why your tires wear out?  Why does the tread get less and less as the tires get more and more miles on them?  This is an interesting question. We will answer this question today.  First it’s not a conspiracy by the tire manufactures to sell more tires.  Your tires wearing out is simply a sign that they are doing their job. As you drive around chances are that sometime you have seen skid marks or maybe burnout marks at a traffic light.  Those marks are caused by rubber being transferred from the tire to the road.  When skidding Read more…

Golf Carts

Once upon a time, the golf cart was nothing more than a utilitarian little vehicle that golfers (from amateur to pro) used to drive around the golf courses. They sat low to the ground on 10-12inch wheels. Well, times. Have. Changed!  Over the last decade, customization has reinvented the little machine.  From mild to wild, radios, leather seats, built-in coolers, accessory lighting, and lift kits are just some of the many options one can select for their golf cart. These days, golf carts spend time on and off the course and all-terrain golf carts are very popular. These glorious carts Read more…

When a Hyundai Sonata and A Ferrari Are Equals…

A few weeks ago, we got a call from a soon-to-be tire customer. His beloved Italian supercar was sitting in his garage with a flat tire caused by a pesky nail. (Yes, even the hair-raising, head-turning, supercars are subject to flat tires!) The caveat — he was out of town. Fortunately, that was not an issue for us! When we say Tread Connection Wilco is convenient, we mean it! So, we scheduled an agreed-upon time, and when we arrived on-site, our customer used their home automation to open their garage. We went to work, fixed the flat, and informed the Read more…

Acquiring and Installing New Tires In A Pandemic World

The world has changed a lot in 2020 which has forced many of us to adapt to new procedures and policies! However, life has continued. Though this year has been rough, many exciting innovations have come to fruition (or, are coming) as we adapt to the challenges. And yes, even in the tire industry! For years, consumers have been able to purchase their own tires online. But once the tires deliver to their front door, the consumer had to figure out where and/or how to install the tires. This requires loading the tires into a vehicle and taking it to Read more…

What is Tread Connection?

Tread Connection is a by-appointment mobile tire service. That word “mobile” often trips people up, so let me clarify. We are a complete, state of the art, tire shop that fits inside of a van. This allows us to bring the tire shop to you! Meaning, we will bring the tire shop to your home, office, job-site, your hair salon’s parking lot, your gym, or really anywhere you need us to go. To make it even better, we offer extremely competitive pricing!  What services does Tread Connection Provide? If a brick and mortar tire shop can do it, so can Read more…

Too Hot For Your Tires! Heat does affect tires.

The dog days of summer are among us… and it has been HOT here in Texas. For car owners, this is something to pay attention to! Why? Well, cars are affected by heat, and tires are definitely affected by heat! In the past few weeks, people are calling concerned about their “blistered” tires! (Which is dangerous and should cause concern!) A blister on the sidewall of a tire means that the tire is failing structurally and could blow out. While driving, tires will naturally create heat (due to friction and motion). Now, add an already high starting temperature (thanks to Read more…

Who Makes Your Tires? (aka What’s your brand?)

To serve a variety of markets, General Motors offers different makes of vehicles. For example, their Buick division is designed to compete with Lexus and Infinity luxury brands while Cadillac is designed to compete with Mercedes and BMW. Chevrolet is their entry-level brand. General Motors offers a vehicle for nearly every price range! Mechanically GM vehicles share a lot of parts including powertrains and other major systems.  Cadillacs have more options than Chevrolet’s but below the skin, there are a lot of commonalities.   The same is true for tires.  Over the last couple of decades, there has been a Read more…