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Keep Your RV In Shape

August 25th, 2016

An RV is built on a medium truck chassis, and of course has many of the same maintenance needs as any truck – tire pressure, oil changes, brake service, RV Maintenance in Anchorage AKtransmission service, cooling system service, etc.

It also has many of the same features as a mobile home or a house, and those systems can get complicated and need special maintenance during the off months. Here’s a brief rundown of things to stay on top of:

--Water infiltration is a big problem, especially on older RVs. Constantly be on the lookout for signs of leakage, especially around the edges and corners of the roof. Also keep an eye out for signs of mice that may have decided to make a home in your RV.

--Don’t neglect your gasoline generator. Change the oil every 150 hours or as recommended by the owner&rsqu ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

A Brief History of the Tire

July 28th, 2016
The tire is such a commonplace item -- it's on every car, every truck, every bicycle, every aircraft. It's easy to not give the tire a second thought, but like every other Tires Anchorage, AKtechnology, the tire has an interesting history of advances and failures. 
 
In the 19th century, carriages and wagons used steel strips for "tires" on their wheels, with the punishing sort of ride that you'd expect. In later years, they were shod with strips of natural rubber, which was an improvement but was still problematic. Solid rubber still rode pretty rough, and the natural, uncured rubber would get gummy in hot weather and shrink and harden in cold temperatures. Charles Goodyear was able to help with t ...[more]
  Tags: Tires, tire, tire technology
  Posted in: Tires 101

The Latest in Green Tech Innovations for Tires

May 12th, 2016

Environmentally Friendly Tires in Anchorage, AKWhen it comes to your car, oil isn't the only thing there's a finite supply of. Rubber has its limits too, and it's estimated by 2020, the supply of natural rubber in the world may be outstripped by demand. And of course, tires require a great deal of oil to produce as well. Tire manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to innovate and conserve resources in tire production. Here are some recent advances:

  • Dandelions: Yes, those humble yellow flowers you try to eliminate from your yard. Dandelions actually contain a minute amount of latex in their milky oil, and research shows they can actually produce about as much latex, pound-for-pound, as rubber plants. German scientists have cultivated 1-foot-tall dandelions for just this purpose. This isn ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101