The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #80

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Today was a red-letter day for me, dear readers!  As some of you may know, I often visit mall parking lots and randomly perform visual inspections on the tires of the customers who park there.  (You might be surprised how many people are non-appreciative of this work, particularly when I’m crouched down behind a vehicle and the owner appears.)  But lately, there simply haven’t been enough vehicles in the parking to make my visits worthwhile.  However, I’m happy to report that every day I’m seeing more and more cars in the lots, with responsible shoppers scurrying about wearing their protective face masks. 

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The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #79

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

The other day I was “shooting the breeze” with my close personal friend, Chip Wood, the founder and chairman of Tire Discounters.  “PhantMan,” he said to me, (that’s what Chip calls me, he says it’s too hard to say Phantom Tire Buyer with a secret identity) “when we started Service Valet℠, didn’t you  write about it in your blog?”

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The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #77

A Web Log about an Opportunity to Give from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Dear Reader, this is a very special and heartfelt diary entry.  Have you heard of the charitable organization, based in Cincinnati, called May We Help?  It’s an organization of generous engineers and others who have banded together to assist people with disabilities and help them pursue their passions.  I urge you to find out more about them at maywehelp.org.  Since the Covid 19 outbreak, they decided to apply their talents toward an additional goal:  constructing face shields to protect our brave health care workers. 

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The Diary of The Phantom Tire Buyer #76

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

As a Phantom Tire Buyer with a secret identity, I thought I’d just about seen it all.  Never in my wildest imagination did I think I’d ever be adding a surgical mask to my Phantom costume. We all need to take great care these days, and leave our homes (or lairs) only when necessary.  But travel is still a must for many of us.  From health professionals getting to and from health care facilities or first responders reporting to their posts – to parents shopping for their families, some travel is still necessary. So I take great pride in my small association with Tire Discounters, and even greater pride in what they’re doing to provide essential services to their customers who need to still be on the road. 

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The Diary of The Phantom Tire Buyer #75

A Web Log about Service Valet from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Wow, dear readers.  So much has happened since my last post that I barely know where to begin.  But let’s start with Tire Discounters.  I have often spoke of my pride in being associated with such an outstanding company.  But in these times of great stress for all of us, I’ve never been prouder. 

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The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #73:

A Web Log about brakes from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Right now, where I live in Cincinnati, OH (also the home of the greatest tire store in the world) people all over town are rolling down their car windows for the first time since winter set in.  And guess what many of us are hearing?  “Squeee, squeee!”.   That’s not a technical term.  It’s supposed to represent the terrible and annoying squeaks made by brakes that need attention.  

If you’ve been startled by this or a similar noise, I highly recommend that you take your vehicle to the afore-mentioned Tire Discounters.  There, the friendly and expert ASE technicians will perform a free and thorough inspection.  How thorough?  I’m glad you asked!

Every part of your braking system that is subject to wear will be checked.  That includes friction materials like brake pads and shoes, and brake rotors and brake drums.  Then, the hydraulic system gets a good going-over.  In addition to analyzing the brake fluid, the master cylinder, steel brake lines, brake hoses, brake calipers and wheel cylinders are all inspected.  

Then, you see the resulting written documentation.  

For me, the best part is that, because of Chip Wood’s leadership and values, at Tire Discounters the emphasis is never on SELLING you brakes.  They LOVE to tell customers that everything is fine.  But if works needs to be done, you’ll know exactly why.  And you can trust that you’ll be safe in your travels.  

The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #72:

A Web Log about pothole season from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Pothole season is coming.  That phrase sends chills down the spine of this Phantom Tire Buyer with a secret identity.  Most people consider the greatest pothole-caused mayhem to be a flat tire or bent rim/wheel that results after a dramatic ka-thunk.  BUT.  For people like me, cursed with an obsession for vehicle safety, the true damage is far more insidious – for it hides itself as it lurks in the vehicle.  

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