Thursday, December 13, 2018

How to Take Care of Your Tires and Tire Accessories

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How much do you know about your tires? You probably know they help the car move and they are the only part of the car that touches the ground. But, other than those couple of facts, you probably don't know much about tires or tire accessories. Tire maintenance is not something most people are familiar with. During driver's education, you learn the rules of the road, not how to maintain your car. In most cases, your mechanic does the routine maintenance. While regular maintenance is a good idea, you should also know how to maintain your tires and tire accessories. The following tips will help improve your car's performance, extend tire life, and protect your investment.

Check Tire Pressure 


Most people only check their tire pressure when the low pressure light comes on or before going on a long road trip. However, it is important to check the pressure of your tires regularly. Low air pressure in tires can cause uneven wear, decreased breaking and handling, and excess heat. Any of these issues can cause structural failures like blowouts and tread separation. Properly inflated tires will maximize tread life, increase fuel efficiency, and improve the overall handling and safety of your car.

Install New Tires in Pairs 


Installing one new tire is not a good idea. If you only install one new tire, it can mess with the handling of your car. It is better to install two tires at once to the rear of your car. The worn out tires should be moved to the front of the car. Having your tires this way will help with the overall handling of your car.

Rotate Tires 


Rotating your tires helps with the wear on each tire. If tires are not rotated, then one tire can become too worn and mess with the performance of your car. You can find the tire rotation schedule in your owner's manual by speaking with your local mechanic.

Check Your Tires 


Your car's system won't catch every issue right away. There may be a nail or hole in your tire that the system hasn't registered yet. This is why it is important to check your tires regularly. You should look for cracks, nail, holes, or anything else out of the ordinary. If you find any of these issues, you should have them taken care of right away.

Tire Accessory Maintenance 


Tire accessory maintenance is just as important as tire maintenance. If your tire accessories are not well maintained, then they can cause issues with your tires. The maintenance for every accessory will be different. It is important to read about the proper maintenance to ensure you do not have any issues with the accessory or your tire. You may need to grease up one accessory, while another accessory may need to be tightened every so often. For more information about tire accessory maintenance or to buy a new tire accessory, contact EZ Accessory today.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What Wheel Accessories Help Off-Roading



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Whether you are off-roading for the first time in your SUV or you go off-roading every weekend in your tough truck, having the right vehicle parts is essential when you hit the rough roads. If you do not have the right parts, you could end up paying for unnecessary damage. To make your next off-roading trip enjoyable and less costly, check out these wheel accessories that help with off-roading.

Lift Kit


Whether you are off-roading through the desert or rough dirt, a lift kit will make your ride better. The purpose of a suspension lift kit is to raise the height of your vehicle to provide higher ground clearance. Higher ground clearance enables you to have steeper off-roading ascent and decent. A lift kit also allows you to add larger than life tires to your vehicle to improve traction and enhance style. A lift kit is a great wheel accessory to help you enjoy your off-roading experience.

Off-Road Tires 


A regular tire will not be able to handle the type of terrain you are about to experience with off-roading. To endure the high hills and muddy mountains, you will need super-strong, long-lasting, and all-terrain tires. The perfect tire will make your clearance and traction perfect so you can go over any size bolder or branch. When it comes to off-roading tires, there are different options. There are some things you should consider when choosing off-roading tires. Knowing these three things will help you to pick out the perfect off-roading tires for your vehicle.

  • Type of terrain: sand, mud, stone, snow, or rocks 
  • The maximum tire size your vehicle will take 
  • Your budget 

Wheels 


While your stock wheels may handle well driving through the big city, they will not make it through the rocks and mud. To avoid your tires prodding off your wheels, you will need something extra. A durable beadlock system clamps your tires in place so they cannot prod off your wheels. Even through the toughest terrain, a beadlock system will keep your wheels safe.  When selecting a beadlock system, you need to be aware that some are not DOT compliant- meaning they are not legal to drive on the road. To ensure you do not break your wheels, a beadlock system is an off-roading wheel accessory you need.

Wheel Adapter 


When it comes to off-roading, you will want to add larger tires. Larger tires will help you handle your vehicle. Bigger tires will also allow you to have better traction. Many times the type of wheel you want will not fit your vehicle, this is where a wheel adapter comes into play. A wheel adapter will allow you to add any size of wheel to your vehicle. Be sure to look more into a wheel adapter before going out and buying one. Wheel adapters vary based on the type of vehicle.

Get Your Wheel Accessories 


If you are ready to go off-roading, then you need the best wheel accessories. From wheel adapters to suspension kits, EZ Accessory has everything you'll need. Explore our selection today.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Do I Need Wheel Adapters?

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You may be looking for a way a cheap way to spruce up your car. One item you may have come across is wheel adapters. If you aren't familiar with the automobile industry, then you probably have no idea what wheel adapters are and whether or not you need them. To know whether you need an adapter or not, you need to know what adapters are and the two most common uses.

What Is a Wheel Adapter? 


First, you will need to know the use of wheel adapters.  If you want to add a bigger tire to your vehicle, then a wheel adapter is one way of doing so. Wheel adapters either change the lug pattern or push the distance of your wheel out by an inch or more. This allows you to use a different type of tire to your car.


Changing Bolt Pattern 


As stated above, one reason you use wheel adapters is to change the bolt pattern. Changing the bolt pattern is the most common reason wheel adapters are used. There are many different options when it comes to changing the bolt pattern. Adapters are available that will change a 5-4.50" to a 5-4.75" or 5-5.00.  Patterns can also go the other way and get smaller. Wheel adapters can also change a hole from a 4 to 5, but changing a 5 hole to a 6 hole is not possible.


Moving a Wheel Out 


The second use of a wheel adapter is to move a wheel out. In some cases, a bigger wheel doesn't mean a change in bolt or hole pattern. Both the bolt and hole pattern can stay the same, but additional space is needed to fit the wheel. Wheel adapters are the perfect solution for adding additional space between your vehicle and the wheel. A wheel adapter allows you to move the mounting face from a 1.125" up to 2.500". However, anything over 2.500" will require special design and engineering.

Why You Might Use a Wheel Adapter


Now that you know the basics of a wheel adapter, you may ask why you might use a wheel adapter. There are a couple of different reasons to use a wheel adapter. You might simply want to change up the look of your car. An easy and cost-effective way is to add nicer tires. However, the nicer tires may not fit on your vehicle. A wheel adapter allows you to add whatever type of wheel you want. Another common reason people use wheel adapters is to get a higher performance vehicle. One way to do this is with better tires.

Buy a Wheel Adapter 


Wheel adapters are a great way to add space or change the bolt pattern and allow you to change up the tires on your car. If you are ready to upgrade the look or performance of your vehicle, then it is time to buy wheel adapters. Take a look at the different wheel adapter options at EZ Accessory today.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

What Is a 2-Piece Wheel Adapter?

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Do you want to change the look of your car? Using wheel adapters is a great way to change the look of your car without spending a lot of money. Wheel adapters allow you to change the size of your tires and completely transform your car. The only issue you may run into is a change in the bolt pattern. To avoid this, you will want to consider a 2-piece wheel adapter.

What Is a 2-Piece Wheel Adapter? 


A 2-piece wheel adapter works the same way as a normal wheel adapter. It changes the bolt pattern which moves the wheel out. When the wheel is moved out, you can add a custom wheel. The difference with a 2-piece wheel adapter is that you do not need to know your current bolt pattern or the bolt pattern of the new wheel. A 2-piece wheel adapter will work with any bolt pattern.

Are 2-Piece Wheel Adapters Safe? 


The simple answer to this question is yes. However, there are some things that you must make sure are done correctly. The first thing is to ensure the wheel adapter is high quality. You may think that all factory-manufactured pieces are safe. However, you want to be sure to select a material that is strong such as aircraft grade aluminum.

The second thing you want to make sure of is correct installation. If your 2-piece wheel adapter is not installed correctly, you could run into issues. It is recommended that a trained mechanic installs your wheel adapter to ensure the installation is correct. You can install a wheel adapter yourself, but make sure you do extensive research first.

The final thing you want to be sure of is the equipment. Just like any other installation, you want to make sure you have the right equipment. Using the right equipment is imperative to ensure safety and the correct fit.

Installation of a 2-Piece Wheel Adapter 


While professional installation is recommended, you can install a 2-piece wheel adapter yourself. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully and do other research to ensure the safety of your car.

  1. Note: All 2-piece wheel adapters have 2 pieces. Be sure to unscrew the black bolts, and you will have the inner piece without the bolts and the outer piece with the bolts.
  2. Put the inner piece adapter to the hub. Use open-end lug nuts with the matching thread size to secure. Be sure the open-end lug nuts sit flush inside the holes of the adapters.
  3. Using the provided black bolts, put the outer piece adapter to the inner piece. Torque the bolts to 50-55 feet-pounds.
  4. Rims: The wheels need to be put onto the adapters using the lug nuts. The lug nuts should have the same thread size as the adapter studs to secure the rims.

Change Up the Look of Your Car


If you are ready to change the look of your car, then you need a 2-piece wheel adapter. Check out EZ Accessory to find the perfect 2-piece wheel adapter for you.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

What Are the Different Types of Lug Nuts?


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You have probably heard of lug nuts or lug bolts before. But you may not be sure exactly what they do. Lug nuts are the hardware that secures your wheels to your car. Without lug nuts or lug bolts, your wheels would fall off.  Just like any other part of your car, there are different types of lug nuts and lug bolts. If you do not have the correct lug nut, then your wheel will not stay securely on.


Lug Nut Types 

There are several different types of lug nuts. The big difference from one to the next is the shape of the lug nut. Here are some of the basic types of lug nuts.
  • Conical or Tapered Seat: cone-shaped lug seat 
  • Spherical or Ball Seat: rounded lug seat 
  • Mag Seat: extended thread area and a flat washer seat
  • Flat Seat: flat, washer-like seat
  • Extended Thread: conical-shaped seat with extended thread for more engagement 
  • Tuner Style: small diameter using a special key on the outside end with a conical seat 
  • Small Diameter Spline Drive: small diameter using a special key on the spline grooves with conical seat 

What Are the Different Sizes of Lug Nuts? 

Besides the different types of lug nuts, there are also different sizes. It is important to know the size of your lug nut to ensure proper fitting. Here are the different sizes of lug nuts.

  • 10mm x 1.25
  • 12mm x 1.25 
  • 12mm x 1.50 
  • 12mm x 1.75
  • 14mm x 1.25 
  • 14mm x 1.5 
  • 14 mm x 2.0 
  • 7/16" x 20 
  • 1/2" x 20 
  • 9/16" x 18

Determining the Right Type of Lug Nut 

Now that you know there are different types and sizes of lug nuts, you are probably wondering how to know which one you need. There are five different things you need to know in order to determine the correct lug nut for your car.
  • Thread Size: You can determine this either by using a thread pitch gauge (available at local hardware stores) or take your current bolt to your local auto store and spin it on the bolts they have available.  
  • Thread Pitch: The distance between each thread 
  • Seat Type: This refers to where the lug nut actually makes contact with the wheel surface. The most common are acorn/tapered seat, a flat seat, or a ball seat. 
  • Length/Dimension: This refers to the dimension of your lug nut. It is important to confirm the dimension to ensure a proper fit. 
  • Finish/Color: This is all about personal preference. 
Looking at these five features will help you pick out the correct lug nut for your car.

Buy New Lug Nuts

Lug nuts are an important part of making your wheels stay on. Without lug nuts, your wheels would fall off.  To ensure the best fit, you need to get the right size and type of lug nuts. EZ Accessory offers all different sizes and types of lug nuts. Explore our selection today. We will make sure you have the right fit.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

How Does a Tie Rod End Help My Car?

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There are many different parts to your car that help it steer smoothly. One of those parts is a tie rod. You may think you need a new tie rod, or maybe your mechanic has finally convinced you that a new tie rod is necessary. Before having it replaced, you want to understand exactly what a tie rod is, how it helps your car run, and how to determine if your tie rod is really going bad or not. Here is a look at everything you need to know about a tie rod end.

What Is a Tie Rod?

A tie rod connects the steering rack to the steering knuckle on each wheel. It consists of an inner end and an outer end. Between the inner and outer tie rod ends is an adjusting sleeve. When you turn the steering wheel, the sleeve transmits that direction of movement through the various steering components until it reaches the tie rods. When the movement reaches the tie rod ends, they push or pull the wheel and make the wheels turn in the right direction. Tie rods play a huge role in the overall safety of your car since turning is an important part of car safety.

A tie rod usually has a round end and has a thread bolt perpendicular to it that is inserted into the knuckle. There are bearings within the rounded end that allow the bolts to pivot freely.  This end usually has a cover to keep the dirt out. While looking at the tie rod end from the outside, it may seem simple. However, every part of the tie rod end being tight is crucial for steering.

How to Tell if Your Tie Rod is Failing or Bad 

Your tie rod end usually does not fail overnight. There are signs that your tie rod is starting to fail. Here are some signals that there is a problem with your tie rod.
  • Uneven tire wear: If you look at your front tires and notice the inside or outside of the tread wearing more quickly than the rest, then that can be a sign your wheel camber is incorrect. 
  • Squealing from the front when turning: If you notice a brief high pitch sound coming from the front of your car when you are turning, then your ball joint could be bad. 
  • Loose steering: It may seem like your steering is not connecting with the movement of your tires.
If your car goes has one or more of these signs, then your tire rod could be failing. Checking your tire rod easy. You will need to jack up the front of your car until the front wheels are no longer on the ground. Once the wheel is completely off the ground, you will want to check for play or looseness. To check for play in your wheels, simply place your hands at nine o'clock and three o'clock. While your hands are in this position, simply push and pull on your wheel. If you are able to wiggle the wheel, you will want to have it looked at.

Replace Your Tie Rod End 

If you believe you have a bad tie rod end, don't wait. Driving on a bad tie rod can lead to an unnecessary accident. Find your new tie rod at EZ Accessory.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

How Do Lug Bolts Help My Car?

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The wheels of your car allow you to get from point A to point B. However, while not very common, you may have experience with your wheels falling off. What makes this happen? Or a better question may be what fastens your wheels to your car? The answer to that question is a lug bolt. While a lug bolt is small in size, it has the job of keeping the wheels attached to your car. Here are a few important things you should know about lug bolts.

Design

You have probably seen a lug bolt on your wheel, but you might not have known what it was. The lug bolt is a bolt with one rounded or conical end. All lug bolts on a wheel form a set. The set secures the wheel to the threaded wheel stud which is attached to the car's axle. A lug bolt's conical shape is what allows the wheel to center accurately on the axle and reduce the likelihood of the lug loosening. There are many different shapes of lug bolts. Aftermarket and forged rims usually require specific lugs to match their mounting holes. Many times it is required to get new lugs when having new rims put on.

Loose Lug Bolt

It is important to know when you have a loose lug bolt.  Since the main job of a lug is to hold the wheel onto the car, if the wheel does not seem snug to the car, then you may have a loose lug.  Another common issue is the torque is not tight enough. To test the torque, take a torque wrench and try to tighten the lugs. If the lugs are as tight as they can go, then you do not have a loose lug.

Installing Lug Bolts

When you install lug bolts, it is usually in an alternating pattern, commonly known as a star pattern. The star pattern ensures the weight is evenly distributed across the wheel mounting surface. You can use a lug, socket, or impact wrench to start tightening the lug, but for best results, you should do the final tightening with a torque wrench. Using a torque wrench ensures the weight is evenly distributed. The torque varies by car, and wheel manufacturers specify what type of torque is required. It is best to consult these guidelines when installing a lug.

Replace Your Lugs 

You may take your lugs for granted because you weren't really sure what they were. While lug bolts may be small, they play an important role in your car. Without lug bolts, your wheels would not stay on your car properly. The last thing you want is bad or loose lugs. Never hesitate to replace lug bolts when there is a problem with them. For all of your new lug bolt needs contact EZ Accessory. We offer many different types of lug bolts. Check out our selection here.