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

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

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

Stop right there! Get new brake pads for your vehicle.

Grinding, squealing, long stopping distances? It could be time for new brake pads. Tire Rack can help with a wide array of pads and rotors for most vehicles.Ceramics give the lowest noise and dust, but won't increase stopping power. The Akebono Pro Act Ceramic Pads are a great option in the ceramic line-up.  Available for many applications and...  Read More

Squeaking Brakes?

Here are a few steps to help prevent squeaking in your brakes: 1. Grease the slide pins and use appropriate lubricants on all brake components. 2. Do your brake pads have noise abatement? Good brake pads have pre-installed shims to defend against vibration in the pad. Tapered leading and trailing edges on the surface of the pad also prevent...  Read More

A New Player for Your Crossover/SUV

Pirelli recently unveiled its new addition to the Crossover/SUV category with the Scorpion Verde All Season. This new offering is built for lighter weight SUVs like the Audi Q5, the BMW X3 or X5, and of course, our test vehicle, the Porsche Cayenne.During the road ride for the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season, I noticed right away something that...  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

The Lowdown on Low Rolling Resistance

With the advent of new green propulsion technologies for cars, light trucks, and SUVs, it is only natural that tire manufacturing companies would take an interest in developing more fuel-efficient tires. Market demand for such tires will only continue to increase as the fleet of hybrid, electric, and diesel-powered vehicles grows and becomes more and...  Read More

Pontiac Brake Pads and Rotors

Last weekend’s project was to replace the brakes on my Pontiac. The O.E. brake rotors and pads had served us well but it was time for something a little better. Over the winters, the rotors had rusted and didn't look as good with the new Elbrus wheels on the car.The nice thing about brake systems (brake pad and brake rotor combination) at Tire Rack is that...  Read More

New brake pads require a bed-in. Know what that means?

If you recently purchased a new set of brake pads, you'll want to make sure you observe the bed-in procedures specifically outlined by each manufacturer (click for details). But before you get to that point, you'll need to make sure those brake pads are installed correctly. We can recommend an installer, or you can do it yourself if...  Read More

You have to watch out for more than just the other drivers on the track.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires. Check. Hawk Blue 9012 Track Only Brake Pads. Check. Forged Racing Wheels. Check.A day booked at the track. Ahhhhhhhh. Bliss. The smell of hot brakes, tires and engines. Old, bald men going through their midlife crises and standing around their new Porsches and BMWs comparing the size of their tires and scratching their...  Read More

Ate brake pads and rotors for high quality replacement brakes.

Looking to upgrade from conventional brake pads?  The Ate (Ah-Tay) brand has been developed by the Continental Teves' group which is responsible for many outstanding original equipment braking and stability control systems. Among these OE applications are the BMW 3-series and Mini Cooper.   The pads incorporate vehicle specific formulations which provide...  Read More

Need to measure your tread depth? Use a coin!

It's a good idea to keep track of your tires' tread depth because it indicates how much life is left in the tires. Gauges are certainly the best option for doing so, but they're not always handy. At Tire Rack, we offer the Dill® Digital Tread Depth Gauge in our inventory of accessories. (Bonus! You can also use it to measure brake shoe and pad wear!)Another...  Read More

Looking for a lighter and more durable race battery?

Let us assume you have already changed to the perfect Michelin tire. The Brakes have already been updated to HAWK pads. What's next?Braille Batteries are some of the most durable, versatile and light batteries on the market for your racer or weekend warrior! Have a New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and looking to save some weight somewhere? Braille could be...  Read More

Hawk LTS brake pads are a great choice for your truck or SUV brake pads.

Need new brake pads for your SUV?  I recommend the Hawk LTS brake pads. The compound utilizes Hawks Ferro-Carbon material that has proven so effective with the Hawk HPS pads The LTS compound is formulated specifically for Light Truck and SUV applications and is intended for owners seeking:increased stopping power increased fade resistance minimal dust low...  Read More

How to Choose Brake Components

We all know how important your brake components are to the overall safety of your vehicle. But when it comes time to purchase new brake components, the correct choice can be painfully unobvious. At Tire Rack, we do everything we can to help you through the process. You can search our inventory according to your vehicle, after which we'll create a customized...  Read More

Brake Squeak!

Are you having issues with your brakes squeaking? Is it time for a replacement or are they fairly new?Let's start with the possibility that they need to be replaced. Often the manufacturer of your brake pad will add metal clips that cause squealing or squeaking to occur when the pads are worn. If this seems to be the case, time for new brakes. Here is a...  Read More

Increase your Corvette's performance with a few aftermarket products.

The Corvette is a powerful vehicle, made even more so with a few aftermarket upgrades. And at Tire Rack, we're in the game of knowing exactly what those upgrades should be—starting with Corvette suspension products. The Eibach Multi-Pro R2 Coil-Over Kit shown at right facilitates precise tuning for optimum handling balance. You can also adjust dampening for...  Read More

Ready for warm weather? Check out our selection of M3 tires and wheels.

For some of us, the sun has been shining a lot more frequently. For others, temperatures are just about worthy of a top-down drive. That means it's high time you drive away in a new set of M3 tires and wheels. Tire Rack has a pretty vast selection to choose from, so we'll start you off with a recommendation: Michelin Pilot tires and Breyton wheels. The Pilot...  Read More