Drive the Tire Rack Test Track

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Dylan Dantzman

You've heard about it in our commercials or seen it in our test videos and now that summer is on the way you to can drive it for yourself. I'm speaking of course about the Tire Rack Test Track.

From spring until fall numerous events are held at our facility in South Bend, Indiana by various car clubs and organizations. Check out Motorsports & Driver Schools for more information and a calendar of events

If you're interested in attending an event, please contact the event organizer listed next to the calendar date for more information.

Make 2010 a great year for you and your vehicle.

Don't forget the spare.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by Dylan Dantzman
Spring is upon us and as you remove your winter tires and install your summers why not take a few minutes to check your fifth tire -- the temporary spare hiding in the trunk.

Your reinstalled summer tires are most likely a few pounds low on air pressure after the winter making this a great time to check the temporary spare if you haven't done so recently.

We recommend monthly inspection; but it's easy to forget with our busy lives. In addition to low pressure a visual inspection might also be a good idea. Remember your spare is most likely just as old as your vehicle.

Here are a few tech articles that may be helpful:
Checking Tire Inflation Pressure
Determining the Age of a Tire
Tire Aging
Spare Tire Use

If you decide a replacement is needed please contact one of our sales specialists as we stock a limited number of temporary sizes. An air pressure gauge or tread depth gauge may be useful in your assessment. Another option is to purchase a ContiComfortKit and forgo the tire all together. 

Updated Tire Rack warranty information gives a more complete overview

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by Dylan Dantzman
To help consumers make a more informed tire buying decision treadlife warranty time spans have been added along side the mileage coverage when applicable.

This is done with the Year / Mileage format popular with auto manufacturers for new vehicle warranties.

For example the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 now lists a treadlife warranty of 5 Years / 50,000 Miles instead of just 50,000 Miles.

This is especially helpful when a treadlife warranty does not cover the same time span as the rest of the warranty. An example of this is the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum which is covered by a 6 Year replacement warranty but, only 4 Years / 60,000 Miles treadlife.

*Tire Rack's Tire Warranty Rating is an overall rating given to tire warranties after subjectively evaluating their value for the consumer. Warranties are rated on a scale of 0-5 with 5 being the highest. This rating combines all of the aspects of each tire's warranty where applicable, including: mileage/treadlife, materials and workmanship, balance and uniformity, replacement tire cost, warranty duration and any special manufacturer's warranties that apply. See official manufacturer's warranty brochure for specific details.