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   * Inspect your rims also. If you have a bent or cracked rim, it must be replaced.   * Inspect your rims also. If you have a bent or cracked rim, it must be replaced.
   * Use valve caps to keep valve cores clean and clear of debris and to help guard against air leakage.   * Use valve caps to keep valve cores clean and clear of debris and to help guard against air leakage.
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 +==== Hardness of the Rubber ====
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 +  * A durometer can be a very effective tool for selecting the best tires from a new stack as well as helping to decide when your used set needs replacement. Durometers measure the relative hardness of the rubber on your tires. In order to get the most accurate results, always follow a standard routine applying equal pressure to the durometer each time you take a reading. If you press the durometer down very hard one time and then very soft the next your results will vary due to the uneven hand pressure. This can be accomplished more accurately with a durameter with a heavy duty base that applies a constant pressure to the rubber without the use or impedance of human hands. You must also take a measurement quickly and be consistent when taking readings. If you place the durometer on your tire and leave it in the same spot for several seconds, the rubber will deform giving you a false reading. The rubber conforming around the durometer-testing probe will create the false reading. Simply place the durometer on the tire surface with the footpad at a slight angle. Lightly roll the footpad until it is flat on the tire, take your reading and record the measurement. ((http://​www.longacreracing.com/​technical-articles.aspx?​item=8167&​article=Proper Durometer Use))
 +  * For accurate results you must also consider the temperature of the tire. Hot tires will be softer than cool tires. If you are looking for the softest tires in a stack then you need to take care that you take durometer readings in equal environmental conditions. For example, if you take a reading on a tire that is in the hot sun your durometer reading will be softer than an equal compound tire that is in the shade. The side of a tire facing direct sunlight will generally read softer than the side facing the shade. The temperature difference results in a durometer reading difference. Tires that have heat from a hot lap session will give you a softer durometer reading than tires that have not yet been run. If you check the tires with a pyrometer you can insure that the tires are the same temperatures to insure more accurate results. ((http://​www.longacreracing.com/​technical-articles.aspx?​item=8167&​article=Proper Durometer Use))
 +  * Be sure to prep the tire surface for a proper durometer reading. Take a small scraper and remove any debris from the tire surface. Removing debris requires little effort on hot tires. Cold tires require a little elbow grease to get down to the true tire surface. Any debris left on the tire surface will cause false readings. ​ If you are checking your tire wear with a tread depth gauge you need to remove all debris also. Durometer hardness is only part of the tire equation. Tire compound, chemical composition,​ tire tread, sidewall design, heat cycles and tire wear are all factors that affect the performance of your tires. Considering all the variables and using your durometer measurements will help you to select the right tire for the right conditions. Proper use of the durometer will allow you to track the condition of tires, giving you the chance to replace them before the tires get too hard for proper traction. ((http://​www.longacreracing.com/​technical-articles.aspx?​item=8167&​article=Proper Durometer Use))
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   * The most important thing to remember when selecting a tire is to always err on the side of safety which basically means replacing with tires that are of original size, speed rating, load rating, and construction as the original equipment manufacturer’s.   * The most important thing to remember when selecting a tire is to always err on the side of safety which basically means replacing with tires that are of original size, speed rating, load rating, and construction as the original equipment manufacturer’s.