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Tire Talk

HAMMER DOWN A GREAT DEAL!

Experts offer some tips for consumers in need of new tires By Matt Williams Outdoors Writer

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When fall rolls around, hunters of all kinds hit the road. I know some who will travel several hundred miles one way - multiple times - to play their respective games throughout the season. You need a dependable vehicle when you set out on a road trip. It makes no difference if you are traveling 25 miles to hunt deer or 300 miles to hunt ducks. A break down is still a hassle to deal with, particularly when it leaves you stranded on the side of an open road with no way out except a cell phone and a tow truck. When I think about road trip calamities, I think about a trip two friends and I made to Red River, N.M. back in 2005. We were in Paul Calhoun’s diesel pickup with a 34-foot horse trailer and three horses in tow. We had just pulled out of a truck stop in Childress, Texas when the clutch pedal began feeling a little mushy. By the time I reached fifth gear it was bottomed out on the floor. The slave cylinder was toast. The smart thing to have done would have to been to head to a local mechanic or dealership to have it repaired. Problem was, it was well after 5 p.m. and all the shops were closed. With a full tank of fuel and nothing but small towns and open roads ahead of us, we elected to keep on roll-

ing. So long as we kept the truck moving we were still able to shift up or down without the clutch by relying on the engine’s rpm band. Naturally, things got a little dicey at red lights and stop signs, but we eventually rolled into Springer, N.M. at about 2 a.m. There is a Ford dealership there, so we parked the rig at their door step and got the clutch repaired by noon the next day. Another break down that comes to mind occurred a few years back as the late Jerry Simmons and I were en route our deer lease near Del Rio. The bed of Simmons’ pick-up was filled with deer feeders and blinds while the flatbed in tow was loaded with four wheelers, ice chests and other gear for a week-long stay. We were about 30 miles east of Bastrop when the serpentine belt that runs the fan, air conditioner and alternator on the motor snapped put us on the shoulder. One phone call and roughly an hour later were tooling down the road in the cab of a wrecker. Luckily, a local dealership was sympathetic to our situation and replaced the belt soon after we rolled into the parking lot. While both break downs occurred due to everyday wear and tear not very evident to the naked eye, others happen because of sheer neglect. According to Tim Boatman, tires rank among abused parts on a vehicle. “They are also among the most ne-

glected,” said Boatman, owner of Boatman Tire in Nacogdoches. “Tire shops see it just about everyday. People don’t think about their tires wearing out, often times until it is too late. They wind up having trouble on the road that probably could have been prevented if they had taken the time to do a little preventative maintenance.” Perhaps the best way to avoid tire trouble is to perform a routine walkaround on your vehicle before heading out on a road trip. Check on all four casings as well as the spare. Look for lumps, bumps, irregular tread wear and other imperfections that could indicate a problem with the tire. If you discover something wrong, it would be smart to replace it in advance rather than waiting for trouble happen. “It also is real important to check your air pressure and check for any nails or other objects that may not be all the way through the tire yet,” Boatman said. “Running your tires on low air pressure could cause you to have a blow out, and blow outs can’t be repaired. A blow out also could damage your vehicle or even cause you to have an accident.” It is equally important to keep close check on your trailer tires. As a rule, trailers sit idle for long periods of time before use, and the rubber they are made of ages with time. Even though the tread may still look I See TIRES Page 3C

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Offers good on new and unregistered units purchased between 7/30/13-9/30/13. *On select models. See your dealer for details. Rates as low as 2.99% for 36 months. Approval, and any rates and terms provided, are based on credit worthiness. Fixed APR of 2.99%, 6.99%, or 9.99% will be assigned based on credit approval criteria. Other financing offers are available. See your local dealer for details. Minimum Amount Financed $1,500; Maximum Amount Financed $50,000. Other qualifications and restrictions may apply. Financing promotions void where prohibited. Offer effective on all new and unused 2008-2014 Polaris ATV, RANGER, and RZR models purchased from a participating Polaris dealer between 7/30/2013 and 9/30/2013. Offer subject to change without notice. Warning: The Polaris RANGER® and RZR® are not intended for on-road use. Driver must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license to operate. Passengers must be at least 12 years old and tall enough to grasp the hand holds and plant feet firmly on the floor. All SxS drivers should take a safety training course. Contact ROHVA at www.rohva.org or (949) 255-2560 for additional information. Drivers and passengers should always wear helmets, eye protection, protective clothing, and seat belts. Always use cab nets or doors (as equipped). Be particularly careful on difficult terrain. Never drive on public roads or paved surfaces. Never engage in stunt driving, and avoid excessive speeds and sharp turns. Riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix. Check local laws before riding on trails. ATVs can be hazardous to operate. Polaris adult models are for riders 16 and older. For your safety, always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing, and be sure to take a safety training course. For safety and training information in the U.S., call the SVIA at (800) 887-2887. You may also contact your Polaris dealer or call Polaris at (800) 342-3764. ©2013 Polaris Industries Inc.

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