Category: Wheels & Tires

Tips for Proper Tire Inflation

Proper tire inflation is essential to not only good fuel mileage, but also to your overall safety. Tire inflation affects a wide range of factors with the vehicle during transit. The handling, cornering, braking and steering are all affected by the inflation level in your tires. The inflation level itself can also be affected by [...] More »

Wheels/Tires: Winter Maintenance Tips

Because winter tires typically have very aggressive tread designs they are more susceptible to the irregular wear that can be caused by suspension misalignment (or worn parts). Of the three normal alignment adjustments (caster, camber and toe–see Wheels: What is Alignment?) the camber and toe settings are the most important while caster settings have little [...] More »

Wheels: What is Alignment?

While it’s often referred to simply as an "alignment" or "wheel alignment," it’s really complex suspension angles that are being measured and a variety of suspension components that are being adjusted. This makes an alignment an important suspension-tuning tool that greatly influences the operation of the vehicle’s tires. Out-of-alignment conditions occur when the suspension and [...] More »

Removing Studs from Winter Tires

Tire studs look like short, fat nails with a flat head on the bottom and a tungsten pin on the top. They are inserted flat-head-down into holes molded into the tread design when the tire was manufactured. The extended fingers of a pneumatic stud gun are inserted into the molded holes and expand the tread [...] More »

Winter Tire FAQ

But Do I Really Need Winter Tires? Won’t All-Season Tires Work Just Fine? Why Four Winter Tires? What If My Car Has Traction Control? What If My Car Has ABS Brakes? What If My Car Has Front-Wheel Drive? What If My Car Has All-Wheel Drive? Isn’t It Better To Stay Off the Roads If It’s [...] More »

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