Belle Tire Blog

  • Bridgestone Ecopia tires are better for your wallet and the planet. The Ecopia is an environmentally friendly tire designed to improve rolling resistance. This can help passenger cars achieve better gas mileage without sacrificing the smooth, quiet ride and reliable ...

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  • Belle Tire will open its doors Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a special one-day-only savings event. Every tire and custom wheel carried by Belle Tire has been moved from the corporate warehouse in Allen ... Read the Full Story
  • In the most simple of terms, run- flat tires let you safely drive your vehicle to a tire retailer such as Belle Tire even when it has lost all its air.

    They work so well, the driver often won’t even know the tire has lost air pressure, which makes a tire pressure monitoring system essential.

    The key to making this possible are reinforced sidewalls, or additional stiff rubber pieces that can support the weight of the car. Even with no tire pressure at all, the driver can continue driving for about 50 miles at speeds up to 55 mph, depending on the tire.

    Additionally, the run-flat tires are fitted onto special wheels so when the tire is punctured and loses air, there is no way the tire can come off the wheel.

    Anti-lock braking systems, traction control and all other vehicle safety systems continue working with run-flat tires.

    In addition to the many technical benefits run-flats provide, there are personal benefits as well. If you were to get a flat tire, run-flats eliminate the need to change a tire which can be not only inconvenient, especially in inclement weather, but potentially dangerous. Run-flats also remove the possibility of suffering a blow out at a high rate of speed as the transition from proper tire pressure to zero pressure is essentially imperceptible to the driver.

    One more benefit: With run flat tires, there is no need to carry a spare, which frees up space in the trunk of a sedan. Or, in the case of the Toyota Sienna, it freed up space for the driveshaft that makes Sienna the only minivan available with all-wheel drive.

    Of course, the benefits are balanced by additional buying considerations. Run-flat tires are typically more expensive than conventional tires, cannot be repaired (only replaced), and some drivers find the ride of a car equipped with run-flats is harder.

    Still, the benefits are real, and for anyone adverse to the negatives of getting and changing a flat tire, run flats can be an attractive option.

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  • When purchasing all season truck or SUV tires, the buyer is faced with the challenge of selecting the best tire for their vehicle that meets their needs. Selecting the right tire is all about compromise, balance, and personal preference.


    An added element of compromise is added when buying tires for an SUV: Do you buy beefy tires that will take you and your 4x4 off the beaten path, or do you buy more car-like street tires because, let’s face it, that is where you do most of your driving, right?


    The key to finding a balance between “durability vs high performance” and “off-road capability vs. on-road comfort” is all-season tires.


    Let’s look at three all-season tires for SUVs. Most SUV drivers are looking for a combination of good performance during light off-road duty, a comfortable on-road ride, and good traction in snow and rain – one tire that will essentially do it all.

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    Mastercraft’s Courser HTR, Courser HTR Plus and Courser AT2 each fit that criteria providing that balanced combination. A quick overview of each tire provides a glimpse into their differences.


    While all three will meet most SUV’s driver’s needs, the Courser HTR offers enhanced traction and performance on wet and winter road conditions, a quiet and comfortable ride and a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty.


    The Courser HTR Plus gives impressive performance in bad weather, good handling and reduced noise.


    The Courser AT2 provides solid handling and balance of wear, a 50,000-mile mile treadwear warranty, and it’s priced below major brands.


    Remember, most SUV drivers never go off-road, so most folks do not need large and heavy off-road tires. The compromise all-season tires give are a comfortable ride, good overall traction in many different environments, and long treadwear. Generally all-season SUV tires will have the look of an off-road tire, but with a much nicer on-road ride than an off-road tire can provide. 

    Come in to a Belle Tire near you to chose the best set of all-season tires for your vehicle.

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  • The Future of Tires

    Mar 12, 2012

    So what does the tire of tomorrow look like?

    Approaching tire design from an entirely new angle, Michelin has an idea called the Tweel. Instead of using a wheel and tire, Tweels use a very thin, flexible wheel supported by ...

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  • It can be difficult for the average consumer to know if their shocks or struts need to be replaced. The condition of the shocks and struts on your vehicle can make a noticeable difference to how your vehicle performs in ...

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  • The Red Wings have been having a great season, securing the National Hockey League record for consecutive home wins after racking up 23 straight at Joe Louis Arena during the 2011-2012 season. With the support of their fans and some ...

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  • Checking and refilling the fluids in your vehicle is critical for proper maintenance and optimal vehicle performance. Unfortunately, if you mix up or use the wrong fluids you can actually do more harm than good. Review our list to learn ...

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  • Is your vehicle pulling to the right or the left when the steering wheel is in straight ahead position? Have you noticed your tires are wearing unevenly? Perhaps you have had an unfortunate run in with one of the many ...

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  • Many Spartan fans know that “Sparty” is located at the intersection of Red Cedar Road, Kalamazoo Street and Chestnut Road on the campus of Michigan State University, but is that the original?   The answer would no, the original ceramic sculpture ...

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