desert driving – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:20:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Ford Launches Third Episode of Series on Tips for Desert Driving https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/ford-launches-third-episode-of-series-on-tips-for-desert-driving/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/ford-launches-third-episode-of-series-on-tips-for-desert-driving/#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 04:13:45 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=25539 Ford has launched its third video in its series that teaches novices on how to drive in the desert with confidence. In this episode, titled, “How, When and Why You Need to Deflate Your Tires Before Heading into the Desert” experts explain at length about why it is necessary to deflate your tires before you venture […]

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Ford has launched its third video in its series that teaches novices on how to drive in the desert with confidence. In this episode, titled, “How, When and Why You Need to Deflate Your Tires Before Heading into the Desert” experts explain at length about why it is necessary to deflate your tires before you venture into the desert.

Desert driving calls for a considerable amount of skill and takes some time to master, but there are a few basics that will stand you in good stead when you go off-road. In this episode, Ford’s in-house experts explain exactly what steps need to be taken to deflate tires correctly before tackling the dunes in the desert.

Newbies might be unaware about the importance of deflating. It can make a significant different to the ease of handling the vehicle when you reduce the tire pressures. When the tire pressure is less, the tire flattens out. This results in the creation of a larger contact patch with the ground, which can be up to 25 per cent more. The weight of the vehicle is thus distributed over a larger area and this reduces the strain on the engine and other driveline components.

Mike Chavez, series co-host and Ford Middle East Product Development Lead Technologist said that deflating the tires essentially helps the vehicle to ‘float’ on the sand”. When the tire is softer, it can mold to the shape of the sand instead of cutting through the sand like a knife. Chavez said that when you attempt to just cut through the sand, at some point, you are bound to get stuck. Instead when you deflate the tires, and attempt to “float” on top of the sand, it would be like driving on a cloud.

There are quite a few ways to deflate a tire, but there are two very fast ways. Each of the two methods involves removing the Schrader valve. The basic objective of deflating the tires should be achieving an off-road pressure of between 15-18 PSI. In the event that you deflate too much, you might end up damaging a rim or debeading a tire or rolling the tire off the rim. It would be better to deflate a little less so that in case you need to, you can deflate more. This might be needed if you get stuck. In that scenario, you can go down to 10PSI, or even 5PSI, to extricate the vehicle from the sand. Once you are out of the sand, you can reinflate again to 15-18PSI so that there is minimal possibility of damaging a rim or tire.

The episode and the entire series is available on Youtube and can be viewed by visiting the following link:

https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fma/me/en/media-kits/2018/desert-driving-tips.html

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Five Tough Models to Tackle the Desert with Style https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/five-tough-models-to-tackle-the-desert-with-style/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/five-tough-models-to-tackle-the-desert-with-style/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 06:35:25 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=23514 2018 Toyota land Cruiser With its blend of off-road performance, on-road comfort, luxury features and spacious seating for eight, this is the king of the desert. It has a reputation for ruggedness that goes back over six decades. The latest model has a 5.7-liter V8-powered engine paired with an 8-speed automatic that can easily handle […]

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2018 Toyota land Cruiser

With its blend of off-road performance, on-road comfort, luxury features and spacious seating for eight, this is the king of the desert. It has a reputation for ruggedness that goes back over six decades. The latest model has a 5.7-liter V8-powered engine paired with an 8-speed automatic that can easily handle a payload of 1,320 pounds and tow more than four tons. The four-wheel drive system can be used all the time and has a Torsen center differential to put the torque where it’s needed.

2017 Volvo XC70 (Cross Country)

This model is notable for its traction and durability. Its all-wheel drive system, raised suspension for better ground clearance, cuff protection, large cargo capacity, safety features, supportive front seats, front and rear underbody skid plates and body panels with a material that resists scratches all make this vehicle a winner in the desert. The fuel efficient engine is another plus.

2017 Subaru Forester
The Subaru Forester’s symmetrical AWD technology is what makes this model a winner in the desert. The powertrain offers outstanding traction in slippery conditions. As one of the strongest models in the Subaru range, this vehicle is one that you can depend. It has a highly reliable 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The all-wheel drive system has a unique viscous coupling locking center differential that distributes torque equally to the front and rear. It has the lowest combined gear ratio and offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance for really comfortable travel on rough terrain.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is built for the desert with its long wheelbase, square body, large all-terrain tires, angular arches over the wheels to deflect stones and dirt and a front fender that is made of tough, protective plastic. The model is powered by a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine coupled with a five-speed automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual transmission that will allow you greater control. Jeep’s advanced Command-Trac® 4WD system transfers power and torque to each wheel to help the Wrangler find grip at times when it is needed most. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a highly popular model and parts are easily available.

2017 Ford Raptor
The Ford Raptor is a vehicle that was designed specifically to master the desert. A take on the best-selling and hugely popular F-150 pickup, the Raptor offers an even better ride when compared to the F-150 in the desert with its new long-travel suspension. Running on the sand is no issue at all for the Raptor with 11 inches of wheel travel up front and 13 in the rear. The all-new Raptor has a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine, a ten-speed automatic transmission, and a new four-wheel drive system with six preset drive modes. This truck needs no modifications to handle even the steepest desert dunes.

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