As a general rule, your tires should all have the same tread pattern, construction and size, meaning they should all be the same make, model and age. If they aren’t, you’ll compromise on your car’s control, traction, stability and ride. Mismatched tires could mean tires from different manufacturers, winter tires with all-season tires, run-flat tires with conventional tires or tires with different tread patterns.
Until you can invest in an entire set of tires of the same make and model, and if you’ve only got one mismatched tire in the set, you should put it on the rear. If the tire that had a problem was on the front, take one of your rears and put it on the front to replace it, then put the mismatch tire back on the rear axle. This will probably mean the least impact on handling ...[more]Read More
If you live in an area that gets cold enough and sees enough winter precipitation to warrant buying winter tires, there’s no substitute for the traction they can provide. Winter tires have come a long way since the heavy-tread, noisy “snow tires” or “mud grips” that were on your dad’s station wagon a generation ago. Modern winter tires offer better ride, road manners and handling than they did in previous years. That doesn’t, however, mean that they are good year-round.
Winter tires are designed with a tread formulation that stays flexible at lower temperatures, which is their chief advantage over all-season tires. All-season tires tend to harden and stiffen at sub-freezing temps, compromising traction and control. The flip side ...[more]Read More
Article by Wil Yeo
Car enthusiasts often replace the factory supplied standard wheel and tire set of their car to look different or sportier from the standard factory model.
If you want to give your car a new look and you are considering changing your tires, you need to decide first what kind of look you want for your car as well as their suitability. In addition, you will also need to decide the wheel size that you want to put on your car.
Do you want a different wheel size or the same wheel size? Do you want a wider or a taller wheel size, noting that wider wheel rims cater to wider tires for your car. Bigger tire means having better acceleration and cornering ability on dry pavement. Taller rim fits with a lower profile tire enabling you to retain the same overall tire diameter.
The next thing that you need to consider is the style that you want for your car’s wheels. In this aspect, your decision is purely subjective. You can ...[more]Read More
What's the Big Deal about Tires?
"Yes, my car has tires. So what? They're black, round, and on the bottom of my car!"
The above about sums up what the majority of consumers understand about automobile tires. Many car owners think of tires only when they create trouble, such as flats, vibrations, and other problems. So, what is the big deal about tires? To put it bluntly, your life is riding on them. Tires are one of the most important components on your car. No matter how much time and money went into engineering the ride, handling, and safety of your automobile, it all means nothing without good tires. A problem with your tires affects all these things. To sum it up, at sixty five miles per hour in heavy traffic, your tires are the last thing between you and the hard surface of the road. Here are a few straightforward, easy to understand, safety tips that every car owner can use to assure your tires are in a safe condition when pull ...[more]Read More
Changing a tire in case of a flat is a good basic skill to know if you're a driver. It takes some time but you save on the cost of calling for roadside assistance. It'll also save you the wait and you can get to where you're going without being to seriously held up.
You'll always want to review your vehicle owner's manual for the correct procedure for changing a tire on your particular model and make. The following are only general guidelines for a tire change so always consult your owner manual first.
Locate your Tools
. The tools needed for a tire change:
. Rubber mallet
. Wheel nut wrench
. tire iron, pry bar or large screwdriver
. Wheel lock key (if you have a wheel lock)
. Wheel chocks or bricks
Caution: Safety First
You should never go underneath a vehicle that is only supported by a car jack. If you must do this, make sure you have get an approv ...[more]Read More