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Updated Articles and Resources

By Sean Phillips

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • All About F1 Tires Created: Thursday, October 31, 2013 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Various facts and knowledge about how F1 tires are made and distributed to the teams.
    • Tire Noise Created: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      The causes of, and some remedies for, noisy tires.
    • Help! My Car Shakes and Nobody Knows Why! Created: Saturday, August 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Every tire tech has a mystery vibration story. That one shake you can't lock down no matter what. Is it tires? Wheels? Alignment? Gremlins? Here's how to diagnose it.
    • The What, Why and How of Wheel Balancing Created: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Wheel balancing, also known as tire balancing, is the process of equalizing the weight of the combined tire and wheel assembly so that it spins smoothly at high speed.
    • Wheel Widths and Tire Fitments Created: Saturday, June 30, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      We all know that wheels come in many different diameters – anywhere from the tiny 14” steels to 24” chrome monsters and beyond. But wheels also come in different widths, and the width of the wheel not only affects how the wheel sits on the car but also how the tire fits on the wheel. Here's a look at how wheel widths affect you.
    • How to Not Damage Your Wheels Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Wheel finishes can be quite fragile and vulnerable to all sorts of hazards. How to keep your nicely finished rims looking that nice.
    • How Much Should It Cost to Install My New Tires? Created: Monday, December 31, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      A look at all the little costs associated with new tires; mounting, balancing, valve stems, alignment and so on...
    • Plus and Minus Sizing Your Tires Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Need to change your tire size, but don't understand what the tire guy is telling you? Here's how to figure out what tire size you need like the pros do.
    • The Best Performance All-Season Tires For 2013 Created: Thursday, January 31, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      If what you want is superior grip for a high-performance car in both dry and wet conditions, and you plan to either switch out to pure winter tires or not drive the car in the snow, one of these &l...
    • The Top 5 Toughest Aftermarket Wheels (And 3 to Avoid) Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      My list of the top 5 best aftermarket wheels in terms of sheer toughness and damage-resistant design.
    • Irregular Tire Wear: Causes, Indicators and Remedies Created: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Irregular tire wear is a frustrating little gremlin that can steal your tires' performance and tread life if you let it. The problem is that irregular wear comes in so many different flavors. The causes of strange tire wear can range from air pressure to improper balance, from misalignment to bent wheels.
    • Alloy vs. Steel Wheels: Beauty and the Beast Created: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Alloys or steel wheels: What's best for you? Both types have advantages and disadvantages for different types of driving; but in general if you want beauty and performance you want alloy, and if you want tough, inexpensive, ugly workhorses, you want steels.
    • GM to Recall 2012 Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain for Faulty TPMS Created: Monday, October 31, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      General Motors is recalling nearly 34,000 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and 2012 GMC Terrain vehicles due to faulty tire pressure monitoring systems. According to the NHTSA, models manufactured between July 18 and September 6, 2011 fail to meet federal standards for TPMS systems.
    • Review: Nokian eNTYRE Created: Saturday, June 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Nokian Tyres of Finland is well-known for their mastery of snow tires. However, they also are leaders in the field of low rolling resistance, and their newest offering is a summer-biased all-season...
    • Review: Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Created: Saturday, November 05, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      Michelin's X-Ice Xi2 winter tire is the primary challenger to Nokian's dominance of the winter tire market. Has Michelin finally caught up to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R?
    • What Tires Are Made Of Created: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
      What's inside your tire? How do they get all that stuff in there. Here's how your tires are made and what they're made up of." itemprop="description">
    • Wheel Buyer's Guide Created: Monday, June 25, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
      So you want some different wheels than the ones that came on your car when you bought it. But how to go about finding the right wheels for you? How do you make sure they will fit on your car? Belie...
    • All Seasons or Snow Tires? Created: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
      All-seasons or snow tires, what's best? The answer is as individual as you are." itemprop="description"> Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
      A review of the new Bridgestone Blizzak. WS70's are great on ice and snow, but have some trouble on dry roads.
    • How to Measure Your Tread Depth Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
      How to measure tread depth any one of three ways, quick and dirty, quicker and dirtier and the right way." itemprop="description"> Monday, February 27, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
      An overview of technologies that allow bent aluminum alloy wheels to be straightened out." itemprop="description"> Thursday, January 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
      Here's my list of some of the best Daily Driver tires, the ones that get you where you're going safely with a minimum of fuss and price. The ones that have a nice smooth ride, resist hydroplaning i...
    • What You Need to Know About Winter Tires Created: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
      Everything you need to know about choosing winter tires but didn't know who to ask." itemprop="description"> Thursday, January 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
      The idea of all-season tires is always a compelling one. Having tires that can be kept on your car year-round, that work well in both the winter and summer is generally a whole lot easier and cheap...
    • How to Drive Through a Tire Blowout Created: Monday, August 27, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
      Do you know what to do if a tire blows out while you're driving? Doing the wrong thing can kill you. Learn how to "drive through" a blowout." itemprop="description" Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
      It's not that I can't widen your wheels. It's that I won't widen your wheels.
    • Nokian Speaks Out On WRG3 Review Created: Friday, May 10, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
      In the attached chart you can see the results and in fact ice grip on the WRG3 (orange line) has improved over the WRG2 (blue line).
    • Low Rolling Resistance Tires: What You Need To Know Created: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
      What is “low rolling resistance” really, and how does one choose between the storm of LRR tires coming onto the market? How does one make a meaningful comparison of fuel-efficiency betw...
    • Review: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Created: Monday, December 31, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
      Michelin will launch their new Pilot Sport A/S 3 Ultra High Performance All-Season tire this summer.
    • How to Read Your Tire Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
      A primer on how to read the numbers and symbols embossed on tire sidewalls. Knowing how to read the tire can provide you with very useful information.
    • The Top 10 Dedicated Snow Tires for 2013 Created: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
      I always say to start thinking about snow tires around when football starts up, to get the best prices. So here's what I think about snow tires.
    • Review: Yokohama Avid Ascend Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014
      Yokoahama's Avid Ascend is the first consumer tire available in the US using orange oil in the rubber compound, and this technology makes for one great Grand Touring tire.

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