Enhancing Tyres With Nitrogen Inflation

We’ve all seen those movies where they use nitrogen in the engine for speed. While that is great fun to watch, it’s not the only thing it is used for. Nitrogen can be used to inflate tyres which can give you a different driving experience on the road. Here are a few reasons why it is beneficial to inflate your tyres with nitrogen.

  • It increases fuel economy. With the tyres optimally inflated and less air leaving the tyres it enables the ideal pressure to be possible. This creates the optimal driving conditions which causes the engine to work a little less when accelerating, therefore fuel is saved. With the constant increase in costs, it would be great to save fuel.
  • It increases the life of the tyre. The nitrogen does not have the same eroding effect as air does, or more specifically carbon dioxide. Consequently, you probably won’t need to change the wheels as often as you would have had to if you used air inflation.
  • It stabilises the tyre pressure. As mentioned before the nitrogen maintains the pressure which is suitable for the ideal driving experience. When the pressure is at an optimal range the shock absorbers are able to perform more efficiently. This will give you a smoother drive.
  • It gives you better grip on the roads. The nitrogen inflated tyres gives you a better grip on the road because it creates a firmer and fuller shape to the tyre which remains constant for a longer time frame than with standard air inflation. You will have better peace of mind when taking corners especially those tight sharp corners.
  • It is safer in all weather conditions. It is suitable for both cold and warm weather conditions and performs consistently throughout wet and dry conditions. No matter what the weather is like, at least you are assured that the tyres will perform well while you are driving.

Nitrogen inflation is the ideal way to enhance your tyres because it can save fuel (which saves you money), increase the life of the tyre (which is also cost saving), give you better grip on the road and keep you safe in all weather conditions. If you are going to opt for nitrogen inflation, be sure to do it at an accredited workshop who knows what they are doing. All the air will have to be removed before the nitrogen is to be inflated. If you are unsure about anything, always discuss your concerns with a professional that will be able to give you the best advice.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Wheels and Tyres: City Driving

If you have a job you probably have to drive the city roads every day. This daily driving adds to the wear of your car parts so it is important to take care of your car whilst you are driving and when service intervals are due.

Have you ever taken note of how much your car has to work when you drive to and from work? In the morning when it is cold and you start your car, the engine has to warm up and adjust to the cold temperature. You use the clutch, the gears, the acceleration pedal and the brakes simply to pull out of the driveway. Once on the road, you utilise all of these car parts and during the drive you encounter stops, low and high speeds, left and right turns, and sometimes, obstacles. Unless you’re driving in the perfect environment, you would most likely find debris on the roads from prior accidents, perhaps vandals scattered some objects on the roads, a truck may have lost some of its load, or there are potholes. You would have to take evasive manoeveurs to avoid these obstacles whilst also avoiding other road users or possible pedestrians. This can take a strain on the steering wheel, gears, brakes, wheels and tyres. If you hit any of these obstacles it could damage your tyres and the rims of the wheels quite badly. A sharp object could cut the tyre or a pothole could rupture the tyre completely.

Because you drive your car every day, it is important that you don’t miss any services to ensure that your car is able to function at 100% on the road. If you do encounter any wheel and tyre damage, be safe and opt for the car to be towed if you don’t have a spare wheel. Alternatively, if you are able to, change the wheel so that you can drive to a tyre repair workshop as soon as possible. Then have the wheel and tyre replaced. Once the wheel is replaced, check the alignment and balancing so that you are certain the car will drive perfectly straight and not veer left or right.

City driving can take quite a toll on your car, especially on the wheels and tyres, so ensure that you check the tyre pressure regularly too. If you notice any punctures repair it immediately. Take care while you’re on the roads to ensure your safety.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

A Look Back at the Most Impressive Race Car Engines

Did you know that race cars must have extremely powerful engines in order to be winners? Besides the aerodynamics that have been implemented and the modifications, the engine is what makes the car the ultimate winner.

Let’s start off with the famous Formula One Ferrari. One of the most famous engines in the F1 was the Ferrari V10 F1. It was a 3.0 litre, ten cylinder racing car that was responsible for 57 wins.

The Porsche Flat 6 is another racing vehicle that left an impression on the world. It was a 2.0 litre air cooled engine. The most recent version of this Porsche has received impressive results by winning many races over the years.

The Porsche Flat 12 has one of the biggest engines in the racing industry. There are two flat six engines packed into this car. It is a 4.5 litre engine which has 1500 horse power. You can imagine how cramped the driver must have been to make space for this massive machine.

The Mazda R26B 4-rotor might have been one of the craziest models in the racing industry. Having entered 21 races and only winning one might be a strange statistic. This one race was the LeMans and it made an impression as it was the only car that was not a conventional piston engine and it was a unique marque.

The BMW S14 was the start of the M-series. Winning the championship but winning no races, it was simply a 2.5 litre engine with only four cylinders.

The Audi R10-18 TDI has been through many changes over time but always had a memorable engine. Originally, this model was a petrol engine that had ten cylinders. This was entered into the LeMans race and won. However, the manufacturers decided to place a diesel engine with twelve cylinders and two turbos. Now, that is an amazing amount of power in just a single race car. Not even Formula One cars have a V12 Engine.

Ever race car has to be equipped with the finest mechanical and electrical parts. Races are there to prove the quality of the car before hitting the city streets. Racing cars also test how well an engine can cope under extreme conditions such as heat, rain and snow.

Racing tracks are also the best places for tyre manufacturers to test their new products. Rubber needs to withstand heat and friction over long periods of time and track day is the time to test it.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Modifying a Car: DIY Car Painting Tips

Modifying a car is one of the most exciting activities. The car eventually becomes personal to you and everyone associates the style with your personality. Painting your car is the first step to a unique look but you will need to follow a procedure.

  • Make sure that you have all your tools on hand. This includes sand paper, electric sandpaper, masking tape, newspapers, air compressors and spray guns. Also consider weather conditions such as sunshine, wind and rain.
  • Make sure that you have the correct chemicals for the paint such as thinners, primer, undercoat and top coat. All these are necessary to prolong the life of the paint job.
  • Remove all the dust in your work area to prevent particles landing on the wet paint. Particles will destroy the smooth finish. You also need to clean the car to remove all grease and road contaminants.
  • Never forget to wear a face mask, goggles and gloves to avoid getting the chemicals on your skin. These items will also protect you from the particles that come off when you sand current enamel off the car.
  • Sand the car in circular motions for a uniform surface. The more uniform the better the end result. Once you have finished with sanding the chassis, apply thinners onto a cloth and wipe the surface. Thinners will get the remaining paint off.
  • Priming the surface provides a good base coat to prolong the life of the paint job. It also helps to set the chemicals for an even finish. If you don’t want a specific section of the car to be painted, cover those areas with masking tape or newspaper.
  • Apply thin layers of primer and paint so that clumps and drops don’t form. Thinner coats will set quicker and allow you to add another coat on top without unsightly formations.
  • Follow all the rations mentioned on the instructions of the paint packages. There might be a different amount of chemicals that need to be mixed with the right amount of thinners.
  • Cover the tyres with newspaper so that the paint does not come into contact with the rubber. If the paint dries against the rubber it could decrease the lifespan of the tyre.

Follow these tips to create an old, but improved version of your vehicle. Above all, always remember to follow all the safety rules on any of the spray or paint bottles for your own protection and the protection of others. Although you are equipped with protective gear always spray paint in a ventilated area.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Why Thick Tyres Are Better Than the Standard Models

Often, you will hear about the thickness of tyres when it has to do with sports cars or off road vehicles. There are so many benefits for these cars to have thicker tyres on roads or other terrains. It is also beneficial to have these types of tyres on your standard 1.4L car.

Some drivers prefer the appearance or aesthetics of the thickness whereas other drivers are more into the practicality when it comes to the driving experience. These are the pros and cons of having thick tyres opposed to the standard versions.

The Pros

  • The thickness can distribute the weight better over a larger area. You will find it easier and safer to take corners at a higher speed.
  • Better grip can also help you to take corners at a higher speed and you will be able to experience a smoother drive at high speeds without as much vibration.
  • The distance needed to come to a stop will be decreased because of the surface area in contact with the tar. It will also make stopping or braking much easier and safer.
  • Wear will also be distributed evenly as the heat will also be distributed evenly. When wear is uneven, problems such as unbalanced and unaligned wheels arise. With time, the wheels could become extremely damaged and would need to undergo expensive repairs.
  • Rolling on an incline is slightly decreased because the tyres have more grips moulded in the tread. This could increase the lifespan of the clutch because less clutch control will be needed.
  • Rainy weather will not be as much of a problem because more rubber is in contact with the road.

The Cons

  • Unfortunately, not all cars are equipped with a large enough wheel well to accommodate such broader wheels.
  • These tyres do tend to be more expensive because of the reinforced material used to manufacture the product.
  • Fuel consumption will be slightly higher due to the weight and increased torque being used overall.
  • You will have to consider the profile of the tyres so that speed and acceleration is not affected.

When changing the tyres of your car, it is important to test the compatibility. Some cars were not made to be modified to such an extent as modifications could actually influence the overall driving experience in either a positive or negative way. It is to your discretion whether you make changes to your car in terms of the wheels and tyres.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

How to Clean a Car Battery

So much happens to a car in its lifetime. There will be instances where the best component will become worn or dirty because of years of driving. There could be instances where the oil got dirty and was only cleaned or purged weeks later. The battery of your car can be cleaned at a workshop or in your own home.

Before starting the job, the obvious needs to be stated – make sure that the car is turned off unless you are a fan of getting burned with extremely hot electricity. You could also short the circuits which could damage the electronics of your car.

  1. You will need to determine the configuration of the terminals as there are different types. Determining the configuration will help you to pick the correct wrench to loosen the nuts that keep the cables in place.
  2. Now, you need to unfasten the cables (negative and positive respectively) from their posts. Twisting might be necessary to release the cable as they might have been put on quite tightly.
  3. Before continuing with the process, checking for leaks and cracks is a must. Car batteries lose acid and could corrode the rest of the components of the engine. If you do see any cracks or leaks, the battery must be replaced.
  4. Cables and clamps could also have cracks along the wiring. They could easily be replaced with new parts.
  5. This is the part where a basic household item is required to clean the battery: baking soda. The ratio to mix baking soda and hot water in a small container is 1:17. This is usually a tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of hot water.
  6. Then it is time for the scrubbing and cleaning. A toothbrush would be ideal for this process so that your hands don’t come into contact with the battery.
  7. Dip the toothbrush into the baking soda and hot water mixture, and scrub away at the corrosion build up. Usually the clamps and cable posts contain the most build up and will need the maximum amount of cleaning.
  8. Once all the corrosion is off, it is an absolute necessity to rinse away any baking soda and loose corrosion with cool water.
  9. The battery has to be completely dry before replacing the cables and clamps to avoid short circuiting the system.

Make sure that the entire car is working perfectly before taking long trips. This would include the electrical components such as the battery and the mechanical components such as the wheels, tyres and engine parts.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

The Least Shaky Tyres

Everyone wants to experience the best drive possible. Comfort whilst driving is important and a shaking car can alter this. There are different types of tyres that can assist with a smooth drive but firstly – what causes your car to shake?

The main cause and first to be investigated is the tyres. There could be a problem with the alignment, the tyres might not be pumped to the correct pressure or they have not been secured properly to the wheel. Luckily, these problems are not caused by low quality tyres.

Features that limit the amount of shaking you feel are:

Shock absorbers – these protect the wheels from shattering upon impact. They are equipped with a spring that repels the components from one another.

Off road vehicles – these vehicles are powered by four wheel drive and have more powerful shock absorbers. The wheels installed on these cars also influence how much of the bumps or shakes you feel on the road. Potholes are growing crises that leave many cars that have a low suspension with damaged parts. With off road tyres, vibration and damage can be avoided or unfelt.

Proper maintenance – this is what every driver should be practicing regardless of the type of vehicle they own. All parts of the car need to be checked including the engine, brakes, wheels, and the functionality of the computer system.

Two tyre brands have been tested on many terrains for their compatibility. They both succeeded on bad road maintenance and not-too-bumpy hills and mountains.

Toyo Tyres manufactures tyres specifically for mountain crawling. With deep treads and thick sidewalls, these are perfect for the adventurous type that doesn’t want to experience those hazardous potholes on the road.

Nexen Tyres manufactures the Roadian series that was made specifically to make driving smooth and comfortable. These may not be as deep treaded as many other models but it is a version that can make your driving a smooth experience.

In conclusion, off-road tyres are your best bet when looking for something that won’t feel the vibration and shakiness. Many models are also available as dual function for off road driving and regular freeway driving. Also remember that properly fitted and maintained tyres and wheels is an important factor that will prevent shakiness and vibration. These may be tested and realigned at home but it is preferable for a qualified mechanic to troubleshoot further problems you may have.

The Purpose of a Cone Filter

A trend that has been around for a while is installing the infamous cone filter. The sound is exhilarating to some yet annoying to others. What is the actual purpose of a cone filter?

A cone filter is mainly used in performance vehicles. It is part of an induction kit that is equipped with the pipework. It needs to be installed somewhere where it can suck in cold air. It is a cone shaped device that can be found close to the air flow in the front of the car.

Many people install these devices on a regular car without realising that it doesn’t make any difference in their driving performance. The driver would also have to replace the air box that was initially part of the engine. Because this vital part has been replaced, the cone filter is now sucking in hot air therefore the filter needs to be an unshielded cone filter.

The idea is to get as much air into the engine. The more oxygen is present, the more power the car will be able to achieve. That is, in a different type of engine. A larger engine will need to pull in more air because it is bigger and more powerful therefore it requires large amounts of oxygen. A smaller, standard four cylinder vehicle won’t get much use out of this filter because it can only suck in hot air, which is useless to the performance of a car as hot air has a lower oxygen count.

If you are interested in installing a cone filter you have to remember that the only noticeable difference will be the sound the car will make. The performance won’t be increased by a great amount but drivers have claimed that it does make their cars more fuel efficient.

Making sure that the cone filter doesn’t obstruct any pipes and airways is also extremely important. The engine requires oxygen and without constant feed, the system will fail. You will also have to avoid installing the air induction kit where water is present. Water will not combust and can greatly damage the engine.

Performance is what everyone wants when driving. It provides them with an unbeatable reputation and confidence. There are other ways to get this reputation – one is fitting performance tyres that suit with your car and another is keeping your car maintained to always look brand new. Avoid installing a cone filter unless you only want the sound that it makes when sucking air into the engine.

What Do The Specifications Mean When Buying A Car?

When you buy a car, the first thing to look at is the specifications on the brochure of the car. Many people know what type of engine a car has just by looking at it, whilst others need to have a proper breakdown of what these specifications mean.

  • Engine – you will only get three types of engines. In this instance, electric hybrids will be excluded. The two main types of engines you will get are diesel and petrol options. Each has a completely different set up to the other, such as the construction of ignition system.
  • Cylinders – this is the amount of cylinders found inside the chamber. Smaller cars have four cylinders whilst the most powerful engines that get used on race tracks will have twelve cylinders. Sometimes, cars will be described with a “straight-six” which means that all cylinders are in a single line opposed to V-Types and horizontal set ups.
  • Displacement – on most of the cars you will notice there is a number like this: 1.4 or 2.0, etc. This is the amount of litres the car will use in a single cycle. Motorbikes will have a number like this for example: 800cc; which means eight hundred cubic centimetres.
  • Transmission – There is a four-speed transmission, five-speed transmission and so on. The number indicates how many gears your car can be put into. There is also manual transmission and automatic transmission which are two different driving systems.
  • Power – Many car owners will know the power of the car by using the unit Horsepower. In simple terms, one horsepower would be the equivalent to the power of one horse. So image what power you will have if the car has 700hp. That is a very fast car.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – this is a pretty straight forward specification. This is the amount of fuel that the fuel tank can hold. In other words, it could be a 30 litre tank or a 40 litre depend. It will depend of the particular type and size of car. This helps you to understand how much fuel you can use with one full tank so that you can plan your fuel budget.
  • Drivetrain – your car will either be a FWD (front wheel drive), a RWD (rear wheel drive) or a 4×4 (four wheel drive). Keep in mind that a four wheel drive does not mean that the car is an off road vehicle and rather that power gets sent to all of the wheels and tyres. Front wheel drive means that the power gets applied to the front wheels. With FWD the car needs to be pulled. Rear wheel drive sends the force to the back wheels which means that the car is being pushed.