Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 11, 1976 · Page 15
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 15

Tucson, Arizona
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Wednesday, February 11, 1976
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PAGE 16 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N Tread softly, don't burn rubber buying tires WEDNESDAY, F E B R U A R Y 11. 1976 By SYLVIA PORTER More of us will buy new and replacement automobile tires in 1976 than in any previous year. And more of us will make expensive, even life-endangering mistakes when we buy our tires than ever before. The reason: There are simply too many models and types of tires to choose from, despite the best efforts of such rubber giants as Firestone, Goodyear and Uniroyal to get the situation under control. A conservative estimate is that overall passenger tire production this year will be up 7.6 per cent! This translates into an increase of 10 million in the number of tires turned out in the United States, with a major part of the rise going to replacement tires. Other estimates are higher. The Rubber Manufacturers Association predicts that original equipment tire production will exceed 46 million in 5976, and replacement tires will reach 139 million -- a total of 185 million tires. Add heavy service tires, farm tires and off-the-road tires and the total is almost 225 million. Ratings lacking It had been hoped that by Jan. 1 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would have established some order by devising a uniform rating system for tires. But none is on the books or even in the blueprint stage. You -- on your own -- must determine which tires offer the performance you want and which are the best for your car. Basically, there are three types of tires on the market -bias, bias-belted and radial. Radials are most expensive, but offer better road-handling characteristics, longer life, lower cost per tire mile and higher gas mileage, A general forecast among major tire producers is that within five years, one of every two tires used in the United States wilt be a radial. The three types of tire are produced from a multiplicity of materials in addition to rubber: nylon, fiberglass, rayon, steel. To confuse matters even more, the types come in a wide range of sizes and with varying guarantees. Firm tries to help In an attempt to aid tire selection, Uniroyal has adopted a radial "performance-rated" program under which each of its four radial tires is labeled according to mileage capabilities. Before buying, you can compare tire performance characteristics of Uniroyal's radials: mileage, construction, relative stopping ability on wet pavements and relative steering response.. Suggestions But that's one company. Overall, you'll still be in an utterly bewildering market when you're buying tires this year. To help you with replacement tires, therefore, the Tire Industry Safety Council, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Administration, suggests: --Never choose as a replacement a smaller-size tire than those the car came with. --Use tires of the same type or construction on all four wheels unless the tires are designed for special performance (such as snow tires). --Pair a single new tire on the rear axle with the tire having the most tread depth of the other three. --Limit your speed for the first 50 miles to under 55 miles per hour to break in your tire and to permit the many complex elements in the tire to adjust to one another and function as one integral unit. --Periodically rotate your tires and check inflation to maintain them at top efficiency and extend their usefulness -sometimes well beyond their guaranteed mileage. As for prices, they'll be up this year -- but there also will be a proportionate gain in tire life. Art-average tire will cost $39 and will last for approximately 30,000 miles. 5,000 burglaries claimed by man LOS ANGELES (UPI) -Stephen Burdick, 25, a Hollywood bartender, told police he committed 5,000 auto burglaries in 1975. Officers say that's probably an exaggeration. The way they figure it, Burdick was only responsible for 3,000 car break-ins last year. Police say Burdick, arrested at the home of a friend, apparently netted about $250,000 worth of merchandise, which he fenced to support a cocaine habit that cost him $80,000 last year. The suspect told officers his largest haul was $2,000 worth of goods. His most frequent thefts were radios and tape decks, he told officers, but he once got away with a saddle. Most of the alleged burglaries occurred in cars. PA*CHIN*KO FUN FOR ALL AGES SPECIAL $29.95 61 6 N. Stone 5775 E. 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