Category: Wheels & Tires

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 »

Tire Chains for Winter Use

A snowstorm can quickly change driving on mountain roads from an enjoyable adventure into a hazardous experience. Years ago, government agencies in mountainous regions required vehicles to be equipped with tire chains (or at least have them stored in the trunk) before the vehicle would be allowed to begin travel through snow covered mountain passes [...] More »

Higher Tire Pressures for Winter Driving

Several vehicle manufacturer’s owner’s manuals recommend operating winter tires several psi (typically 3-5) higher than their recommended pressures for summer and all-season tires. While none of them actually provide the reason why, there are several scenarios that would support the practice. First and foremost is that winter tires feature more aggressive tread designs, softer tread [...] More »

Breaking-In New Winter Tires

Whenever installing winter tires, drivers should recognize that the personality and handling traits of winter tires will feel different than the summer or all-season tires being replaced. Since winter tires are dedicated to providing more traction in snow and on ice, extra care should be taken by drivers to familiarize themselves with their vehicle’s traction [...] More »

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