Ultimate All-Season Wipers

Be honest, when was the last time you inspected your wiper blades? Are they more than a year old? Do they streak, smear or chatter? Your vehicle's windshield wipers are designed to provide you with a clear, streak-free view of the road in rainy and wet conditions. A clean windshield could mean the difference between you being able to see any given object...  Read More

OZ Wheels + WRX = Extreme Performance

Featured in a recent issue of the Subaru magazine Drive Performance was Part 4 of Project WRX, (mechanical upgrades). Also included was an all important wheel upgrade for the project car. In a poll of Subaru WRX owners the hands-down winner for the best wheel for the WRX was the O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT. "Alleggerita" is Italian for lightened. The O.Z....  Read More

It's the Little Things That Count: TPMS Sensors

The current trend is to deal with large issues only, "don't sweat the small stuff" is the modern mantra. However, I believe that from little things, big things grow and if you can catch problems before they get too big you may be able to save yourself a lot. Many years ago my grandfather shared with me a proverb that illustrates how small actions can result...  Read More

Now is the Winter of Our Discontent

Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this son of York; And all the clouds that low'r'd upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.     Richard the 3rd (Act 1 Scene1) -William ShakespeareRemember when you bought your new sport coupe or sedan last spring? You marveled at the performance, the handling, the level of grip you got...  Read More

Tire Storage Solutions

Here in northern Indiana, winter tires are really a must to give you the greatest degree of mobility in the accompanying snowy and icy weather. With three vehicles and the need to store at least two sets of tires and wheels for each, I was beginning to feel buried in a sea of tires. I needed to come up with a solution to the impending chaos. Fortunately for...  Read More

Accuracy with Intercomp

In September 2010, the California Air Resources Board issued state regulations that require all tire and vehicle service centers in the state to check and correct the inflation of all passenger vehicle tires on vehicles they service. The law further requires that tire and auto service providers have and utilize tire gauges that are accurate within +/- 2 psi....  Read More

Don't Want Any Lip

Many years ago, one of the major auto companies used the advertising slogan: "Longer, Lower, Wider, Faster." Well, I don't know about "longer" but lower and wider can often translate to faster. Lowering springs and sport dampers help reduce body roll by lowering the vehicle's center of mass, which helps keep your tires firmly planted on the road surface in a...  Read More

Winter Wonder Wheel: Sport Edition A7

Many of my customers ask, "Why should I purchase an aluminum alloy wheel for use in the winter?"Pound for pound, aluminum alloy wheels are stronger and lighter than steel in the same size. Any time you can decrease the rolling (unsprung) weight of your vehicle, you potentially increase braking effectiveness and reduce wear and tear on suspension...  Read More

Affordable Performance From Bridgestone and Sport Edition

In a previous post, I mentioned that my son and I had installed a nice Tire & Wheel Package on his car. We had originally intended to purchase a little lighter, more expensive wheel, but after a fender bender cut into our budget, we began exploring other options. This time using a sharper pencil. We still wanted as good a performing tire and wheel...  Read More

A Little Twisted: PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer

I have an older Chevy Suburban that I use to haul kids and camping gear and it's often used for towing as well. It has a high mileage 5.7L V8 engine that runs well, as I keep it tuned and well maintained, but carrying heavy loads and towing can put a real strain on any powertrain.Like any other car enthusiast, I'm always looking for a little more power in...  Read More

Spare Change

A recent survey, which included inspections of more than 7,000 vehicles revealed that more than 11 percent had at least one bald tire, which can increase the risk of a crash particularly in wet weather conditions. Compounding this issue are the colder temperatures that occur during the fall and winter months.Tens of millions of motorists take to the road for...  Read More

You Don't Know Jack

Wouldn't you like to be able to change your own tires and wheels for occasional track days, seasonal tire swap or even just regular tire rotations? Tire rotation should be done at regular intervals, to maximize tire life and even out tire wear. Each position on your car will wear tires differently and most tire company's mileage warranties require tire...  Read More

Seeing Red

After putting a nice Tire & Wheel Package on my son's car, we noticed that we could see a lot more of the brake caliper than we could with the old wheels. We had previously upgraded the brake system with good looking and great functioning Ate PremiumOne Slotted Rotors and Goodridge Stainless Steel brake hose, but the brake calipers looked dull, faded and...  Read More

Super Tire: Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I recently had the opportunity to test the new Michelin Pilot Super Sport on our test track and on the road. The Pilot Super Sport is Michelin's newest Max Performance Summer tire; however after the test drive, I can tell you this tire is definitely going to push the limits of the category. Developed for the world's most sophisticated performance vehicles...  Read More

Defies Description

At Tire Rack we work hard to properly classify the tires we sell by performance category. This helps us to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about the type of tire you need for your driving style and the conditions you regularly experience.Once in a while we encounter tires that seem to defy description, tires that don't...  Read More

Day Brake

What do a Sumo wrestler, a high-speed train and a sunrise have in common with brake pads? On initial examination not a lot but read on. In Japanese, Akebono means dawning, such as daybreak or sunrise.Akebono ceramic brake padsare some of the finest made in the world. With more than 75 years of brake design and production expertise, Akebono provides...  Read More

On the Level

Pickup trucks are some of the most popular vehicles on the road today, but many people don't use their trucks for what they were originally intended... hauling a load.   On many pickups, especially 3/4 and 1 ton applications, using the vehicle as a daily driver with little or no load in the rear creates a rear end high, front end low configuration...  Read More

Say "Ah-Tay" for Brake Rotors

As soon as you see ATE PremiumOne® Rotors, you know they’re different. A distinctive set of elliptical grooves have been machined into the rotor face. A satin silver coating covers the entire rotor. The patented RotorLife® Elliptical Groove Wear Indicator and MetaCote® protective coating deliver performance and convenience unequalled in other rotor lines. Th...  Read More

Brake Fluid Maintenance

Look through the maintenance schedule in the average owner’s manual and you probably won’t find a specific change interval for brake fluid. But, just because no specific time or mileage recommendations for ­replacing brake fluid exist, doesn’t mean you should ignore it, especially if you are using your car for competition purposes.   As a rule of thumb, the...  Read More

Mount up

Worn chassis parts are often-overlooked ¬causes of tire wear, steering and handling problems, and even road noise. It may not always be apparent, but as your vehicle ages and your mileage increases, strut mounts will deteriorate.When struts are being replaced (especially on high mileage vehicles), you should also replace the strut mounts to help restore the...  Read More