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Updated Articles and Resources

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    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Review: Yokohama Avid Ascend Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 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.
    • Help! My Car Shakes and Nobody Knows Why! Created: Saturday, August 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 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." itemif expr="$zTP='t3'" --> i...
    • Wheel Widths and Tire Fitments Created: Saturday, June 30, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 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 ...
    • How To Not Buy An Unsafe Used Tire Created: Thursday, May 23, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      There are a whole lot of unsafe used tires out there on the market. Here's how to avoid ending up with one." itemprop="description"> Sunday, September 30, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The Fuzion Touring, made by Bridgestone, is simply a decent tire at a great price.
    • Tire Air Pressure: Tips and Tricks Created: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Air pressure is one of the most important, and most overlooked maintenance items for most drivers. Take a look at some tips and tricks from the industry." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • Review: Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Created: Thursday, January 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      As a reviewer, I try to make clear when I have a bias, whether positive or negative. I do have something of a negative bias regarding Pirelli. Mostly this comes from years of doing tire repairs and...
    • Review: Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS Created: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      When Bridgestone looks at the state of the SUV/Light Truck market, they see that it is transitioning away from big heavy SUV's and towards much lighter, sportier “crossover” vehicles. As they note, this is what “The Boss” wants from the car companies, and what “The Boss” wants from these CUV's is not just ample cargo space and better fuel mileage, but the kind of responsive acceleration, braking and handling that crossover-type vehicles provide. That's where the Dueler H/P Sport comes in.
    • Alloy vs. Steel Wheels: Beauty and the Beast Created: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 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 yo...
    • Wheel Finishes: Hypersilver Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The finish first appeared only on some BMW, Audi and Saab models, but the look became extremely popular and Lexus and Infiniti soon followed." itemprop="description" Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      Does your car shake at speed? How to tell if your car's vibration is coming from bent wheels or tires." itemprop="description"> Saturday, June 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      Among the many low rolling resistance “eco-tires” being marketed this season is Bridgestone's Ecopia EP422, a Grand Touring, All-Season tire designed to have ver...
    • Plus and Minus Sizing Your Tires Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 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." itemprop="descript't3'" --> itemprop="descr...
    • The Top 5 Toughest Aftermarket Wheels (And 3 to Avoid) Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      My list of the top 5 best aftermarket wheels in terms of sheer toughness and damage-resistant design.
    • The Top 5 Studless Snow Tires (And 2 to Avoid) Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      The top 5 best snow tires out there for your winter driving safety and comfort.
    • Review: Firestone Destination LE2 Created: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      The Firestone Destination LE2 does exactly what it's supposed to do. And no more.
    • Review: Nokian WR G2 All-Season Tires Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Nokian has made an all-season tire that excels in all the dangerous weather conditions, and is still pretty good in the safest one. That's a beautiful thing.
    • Ask The Wheel Doctor: All-Season vs. All-Weather Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      The Wheel Doctor hears from a New Jerseyite who needs to know what tire will help his wife's Volvo through changing winter conditions.
    • Where to Install Paired Tires Created: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Whether to install a pair of new tires on the front or rear axle is one of those questions where there are more opinions than actual possible answers. However, getting it wrong can be downright dan...
    • Why I Dislike Runflat Tires Created: Sunday, October 30, 2011 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Runflat tires are being used more and more by carmakers. Here are some reasons why not to use them." itemprop="description"> Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      The Wheel Doctor commiserates with a Canadian who got runflats on his BMW without realizing the trouble he was in for.
    • The Science of Tire Aging Created: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014
      Tire aging is much in the news lately, with consumer safety advocates on one side and industry representatives on the other. Lots of information gets thrown around. But who is right? Here's the skinny on the science of aging tires.
    • How to Read Your Tire Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
      How to read your tire sidewall. Knowing how to read your tire can provide you with very useful information.
    • Review: Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      Bridgestone's Blizzak WS80 is a clear improvement over it's predecessor, taking advantage of a large number of technological leaps forward that have been going on since the WS70 was introduced.
    • Ask The Wheel Doctor: Going Spare Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      I begin a new feature with a tough question about a not-so-compact spare.
    • Review: Continental ExtremeWinterContact Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Thursday, February 06, 2014
      Continental's excellent ExtremeWinterContact tires get some well-deserved respect from reviewers and testers alike.
    • Review: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
      Yokohama's Advan Neova AD08 R is part of the latest generation of tires descended from the Advan ENV-R2 racing slicks. It's a straight-up Extreme Performance contender.
    • Where To Buy Wheels and Tires Online Created: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014
      There are lots of websites out there promising discounted tires and wheels, but which one to choose? Here's my list.
    • Review: TireRack.com Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014
      When it comes to online retailers, Tire Rack is simply the best.
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems: An Overview Created: Monday, October 31, 2011 Updated: Thursday, January 23, 2014
      A history and overview of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, which are mandatory on all vehicles below 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight as of 2007." itemprop="description"" --> itemprop="descripti...
    • Discount Tire Direct Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
      In 1960, Bruce Halle bought a building in Ann Arbor, Michigan and began selling tires. From this inauspicious beginning came one of the more recognizable names in the tire business, Discount Tire.
    • 2013 Holiday Gift List For Car People Created: Monday, December 23, 2013 Updated: Monday, December 23, 2013
      The 2013 Holiday Tires and Wheels Gift List. Find a present for that car guy (or girl) on your list.

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