What happens to your car when it hits a pothole? We ask an expert

Hitting a pothole while driving Michigan’s scenic byways can turn a swell day into a lousy one, sometimes requiring a costly and unexpected trip to the repair shop. We asked one expert — Jennifer Bastiaan — to weigh in on what Michigan’s unofficial state crater can do to an automobile. Bastiaan is an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Flint’s Kettering University with a PhD in mechanical and mechatronics engineering. Her teaching and research focus is on ground vehicle systems.

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Titan International to offer training program for select tire dealers

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Titan International announced the second year of its exclusive sales training experience for tire dealers: Titan University (Titan U).

With the success of the 2018 program in training over 400 students, Titan has expanded Titan U to offer two learning levels for intermediate and advanced tire and wheel education. All sessions consist of classroom instruction, hands-on training and sales components. Registration is currently open for the remaining 2019 sessions.

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Yokohama Rubber to exhibit ‘hobby tyres’, wheels at Tokyo Auto Salon 2019

Yokohama Rubber will participate in the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 between 11 and 13 January at Makuhari Messe. The company will showcase its tyre and aluminium wheel products. Yokohama adds that it will have a special focus on its “hobby tyres” – those for motorsport or classic car applications. The booth will also introduce its motorsport activities, which it states make important contributions to its technology development for consumer tyres.

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Pirelli revives bias-ply production for its ‘Collezione’ vintage car tire range

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PADOVA, Italy — Pirelli Tyre is reviving production of bias-ply tires for classic car owners who are after the look and feel of tires used originally on their decades-old cars but built with modern materials and techniques for enhanced performance and…

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TIA Honors Hall of Fame Recipients, Ed Wagner Leadership Award Winners

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Members of the tire industry gathered at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel Monday night to recognize the industry’s top tire dealers and honor the Tire Industry Association (TIA) 2018 Hall of Fame honorees and Ed Wagner Leadership Award recipients.

Arvind Poddar, chairman and managing director of Balkrishna Industries, Ltd. (BKT), and Bob Majewski, president of Sumerel Tire Service, Inc. were inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame.

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Martins Announces Canuck Tire Puck

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Martins Industries has announced a new tire/wheel trolley to their roster of tire equipment. Dubbed the Canuck Tire Puck (#MCTP) due to its Canadian origins and resemblance to the iconic ice hockey puck, the new trolley helps to prevent common workplace injuries and accidents by reducing the need for labor-intensive tire handling.

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Smithers Rapra upgrades allow for testing of larger tires

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RAVENNA, Ohio—Polymer products testing company Smithers Rapra has upgraded the wheel-testing capabilities at its Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna to handle wheels with rim diameters up to 24 inches.

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Sears expands tire installation service for Amazon customers nationwide

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Auto Center has expanded its program that provides full-service tire installation and balancing for Amazon.com customers to all its locations nationwide, including Alaska and Hawaii.

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Bridgestone Adds Competitive Pricing, TPMS to Digital Platform

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Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is announcing enhancements to its TireConnect online tire quoting and sales platform. Updates include integration with a custom wheel visualizer, competitive tire pricing guide and accurate quoting of tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) kits and valves.

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How to ensure accuracy in tire testing

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While advances in tire compound and construction technology steadily continue, improvements in performance are getting incrementally smaller.

Tire manufacturers face the law of diminishing returns: test and development programs are becoming more complex, but the products themselves are improving by decreasing margins.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International