Don’t keep your car in the dark

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by Logan Woodworth
       
Aside from tires, wheels, brakes and suspension, Tire Rack also carries a variety of lighting from Hella and PIAA products for your vehicle.

Looking for a brighter light from your halogen-equipped vehicle? PIAA's line of halogen light bulbs will increase light output without any additional power consumption. For instance, their brightest halogen, Xtreme White Plus, consumes 55w but has an output of an 110w bulb.

For more performance or off-road drivers, Hella offers a selection of Xenon light kits and light upgrades for certain vehicles. Kits include their FF200 Series Fog Light Kit, Black Magic Driving Light Kit, and Ford F-150 Grille Kit.

Whatever your lighting needs may be, Hella and PIAA have you covered!

A bright idea.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Gavin Carpenter
Did you know we carry replacement bulbs?

If you enter your vehicle’s year, make and model in our Upgrade Garage, we may have the means to illuminate your future, or at least a couple dozen feet in front of you.

I have used a couple bulbs in the past.PIAA The PIAA Xtreme White Plus is by far my favorite, and the best bulb we carry.  Not only did my visibility increase, but I also got a few good comments from my friends on how clean they looked without making my car look like I had tinted or cheezy-looking aftermarket lighting.

The other bulb that I used is the Hella HB3/9005 High Performance bulb. HellaIt works well as a standard replacement bulb and lasts a long time. I got a couple of years of use out of my Hellas.

Depending on your vehicle, both of these manufacturers have headlight bulbs, tail light bulbs, accessory bulbs and even full lighting kits. It's vehicle dependent, but PIAA also offers different tinted bulbs.

Forza Hybrid Silicone Wiper Blades from PIAA

Monday, June 7, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
In the market for a new set of wiper blades? Tired of listening to your old blades drag across your windshield every time you clean it? Consider the Forza Hybrid Silicone wiper blades from PIAA.

A side-spring frame design creates just the right amount of pressure to keep the blade touching your windshield every second it's in action.

In fact, the silicon rubber blade will coat your windshield with a layer of silicone that promotes continuous water beading. This, of course, helps you maintain a clear view in rain, snow and more. And with a powder coated finish and zinc plating, you won't have to worry about rusty wipers ruining your aesthetics. In addition, the Forza Hybrid features a wind-cheating Aero Cover that actually makes this wiper look quite sleek and contemporary.

You won't be disappointed in a set of PIAA wiper blades. PIAA manufactures world-class wiper blades using the latest technology and extensive methods of testing.

See all PIAA wiper blades at Tire Rack.



Better wipers - Improving inclement weather visibility

Friday, May 14, 2010 by Adrian Lautaru
With so many wipers available on the market today it is tough to decide which one is most efficient.

The best one I have found is the PIAA Silicone wiper. The rubber blade is enhanced with silicone, which gets transferred to the windshield every time the wipers are used creating a super slick invisible coating which allows rain water to bead into small droplets and slide off with normal wiping. The silicone coating also eliminates chatter and squeaking which I found very common with other wipers.

Tire Rack carries a full line of PIAA wipers from 12-inch to 24-inch sizes to fit most of the vehicles on the road today.

Safer driving with better vision. Upgrade your headlights now!

Thursday, May 13, 2010 by Connor Klink
Tire Rack carries PIAA and Hella replacement headlight bulbs to offer you a safer driving experience. If you're not happy with your factory headlight bulb output maybe you should give the PIAA Extreme White bulbs a try in your car. Consider some fog lights or driving lights for those fogged over rainy morning commutes, too. We carry several models and sizes to suit all your needs.

The more you can see the more time you will have to respond. 










PIAA Wiper Blades

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Walt Walton
Compared to conventional windshield wiper blades, PIAA Super Silicone wiper blades can make a dramatic difference in removing rain and snow from your windshield.

PIAA wiper bladesThe unique feature of each PIAA Super Silicone blade is the silicone material in the blade that not only allows it to sweep more smoothly over the windshield surface, it also leaves an invisible coating of silicone on the windshield that causes water to bead up and not adhere to the surface even when the wipers aren't on.

The silicone film acts much like the rain-repelling treatments sold in automotive parts stores by causing water to form small beads on the windshield surface. Because the material is already in the PIAA Super Silicone blades, the inconvenience of having to periodically re-apply a treatment to the windshield is gone. A small amount of silicone is deposited on the windshield each time the blade sweeps across, and that continues for the life of the blade.

At lower speeds the silicone film makes water and snow easier for the blades to sweep from the surface, and at higher speeds the pressure of air flow accross the windshield means that the wiper blades can be run intermittently or at lower speeds than normally required to keep the windshield clear. Many times at highway speeds the beading action of the silicone film will mean is isn't necessary to even turn the windshield wipers on in rain or snow.

Search for wiper blades by vehicle.


Can't see? Might need to replace headlights.

Monday, April 12, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
It's unfortunate that head light bulbs can't last forever, Nothing seems to be more annoying than a bulb that burned out. It weakens your view, and has this weird way of making you feel silly as you drive.

Make sure the front end of your car is always in perfect condition with a set of aftermarket lights that at least diminish the frequency at which you'll need to replace headlights. Tire Rack offers Hella lighting and PIAA lighting products, both of which do just that.

Search by vehicle for a list of replacement lighting products, or click here to see a complete list of head light bulbs.

PIAA Windshield Wiper Blades Available at Tire Rack

Friday, April 9, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Check out PIAA's Line of Windshield Wiper Blades for your vehicle.

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades - The Wiper Blade of Choice for Many Vehicles
PIAA Super Silicone Windshield Wiper Blades










I have been very happy with the PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades I have on my car and would suggest checking to see if they are available in a fit for your vehicle.

Is there xenon in your replacement bulbs?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
It doesn't take much to switch out a head light bulb, but it takes a lot of science to actually create one. Inside those little replacement bulbs is, among other components, one key element: Halogen.

Halogen bulbs are quite common in today's vehicles. Halogen and other gasses combine to create a constant light output throughout the life of the bulb. It's the Tungsten wire within that creates the need for replacement bulbs. Despite the chemical process initiated by the halogen, the wire burns up and the bulb goes out.

And that's why a variety of replacement bulbs are filled with xenon instead. Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) light bulbs replace the halogen with xenon and the wire with a ballast, ultimately generating a whiter light source. It is, quite possibly, the most advanced replacement bulbs you can find. (Read more.)

Tire Rack carries a number of xenon-filled replacement bulbs from brands like Hella and PIAA. Search by vehicle to determine what fits.

Xtremely Impressive PIAA Bulbs

Monday, January 11, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
When it comes to your vehicle, any old bulb just won't do. PIAA Xtreme White Plus halogen and driving light bulbs enhance your nighttime view from the driver's seat with a brilliant, cool white light that mimics the color of expensive High Intensity Discharge lighting systems. And as an added bonus, many of these PIAA bulbs produce MORE light than their power rating suggests.

PIAA Xtreme White Plus halogen and driving light bulbs are made to replace the following headlight bulbs: H1, H3, H4, HB1, HB2, HB3, HB4, HB5, H7, H11, H13, 9003, 9004, 9005, 9006 and 9007.

In addition, PIAA offers Xtreme White accessory bulbs that fit 168, 1156, 1157 and T-6 accessory bulb types. Combining them with the halogen and driving light bulbs above gives your vehicle a unified and stylish look.

See all PIAA bulbs.

Time to replace wiper blades?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
It's an easy task, we promise.

Tire Rack stocks PIAA replacement blades in both silicone and graphite materials. They come in 12- and 24-inch sizes with pin and hook attachments. You'll want to match the length of the refill to the blade currently installed on your vehicle. PIAA wiper blades may also fit some Original Equipment, even other manufacturer's wiper blade assemblies. You'll just need to make sure there's a square-type claw and top, like the one in the image below.


Search for wiper products by vehicle.

Replacement Lighting by PIAA

Friday, December 4, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

When your headlights stop shining, you'll need replacement lighting that meets—and exceeds—your expectations so that you can continue to drive safely through the dark or in inclement weather. At Tire Rack, we like the PIAA line and offer a number of different replacement lighting products to meet your individual vehicle's needs. Search by vehicle to see a detailed list of options. (And while you're at it, you'll want to check out PIAA wiper blades. It never hurts to have a set of replacement wiper blades on hand.)


Silicone Wiper Blades: Choose PIAA

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Though it may seem simple, there is a lot of technology that goes into silicone wiper blades. Studies are done on individual car windshields in different types of weather, which leads to perfectly arched wiper blades that gently remove rain, snow and ice from your line of site. 

Further, a variety of materials are tested to determine the best possible material with which to create the wiper itself. In today's market, we typically see two variations: silicone wiper blades and graphite wiper blades. Both of which are excellent options.

PIAA's Super Silicone wiper blades were designed to be the wiper of choice. The rubber wiper blade coats the windshield with a light layer of silicone during use to promote continuous water beading in the rain. In addition, the silicone assists the blade during movement to prevent excess noise often caused by a blade dragging along the glass.

PIAA also offers a Super Graphite wiper blade. Their exclusive Molybdenum graphite bonding process creates a consistent graphite coating that won't weaken the rubber wiper blade like compound graphite materials. This coating maintains itself throughout the life of the blade, assuring a reliable view without excess noise or streaking. 

See more PIAA wiper blades.




Stay safe this holiday travel season

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 by Neal O'Neal
     If you're like me, you always forget something when leaving the house for the holidays. The GPS power cord, sunglasses, house keys, etc.  If traveling this season take some time to prep your car for the drive. Below are a few things you can do at home to ensure a smooth and safe trip. 
  • Check your air pressure. Keeping them within spec will help ensure correct handling, load capacity, mileage, and tire wear. We have a great selection of accurate air gauges to ensure the tires are up to recommended pressure. Don't forget the spare tire! 
  • Check your tire tread depth. As a tire wears it's important to realize that the tire's ability to perform in rain and snow will be reduced. With 2/32" of remaining tread depth, resistance to hydroplaning in the rain at highway speeds has been significantly reduced, and traction in snow has been virtually eliminated. If rain and wet roads are a concern, you should consider replacing your tires when they reach approximately 4/32" of remaining tread depth. We have a great tread depth gauge to measure with. You can also get a general idea by measuring with a coin.
  • Have your battery tested. Nothing's worse that getting the family and gear packed in the cold only to have the car not start. We have a wide selection of sizes from Braille to choose from.
  • Check condition of your wipers and lights. If you can't see... you can't drive. Check out our PIAA and Valeo wiper selection and PIAA lighting for your vision needs.
  • Make sure your wheels are properly torqued. The correct lug nut torque should be listed in your owners manual
    Double checking these few things can help your trip go a long way. We all know the holidays can be hectic, but if you're proactive, put safety first, and take your time the trip should be stress free.



Aftermarket Wipers: Upgrade your Stock Blades Today

Monday, October 26, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we offer two aftermarket wiper brands: 

Visionary design. Inspired engineering. Quality components. PIAA's aftermarket wipers help give you a clear view in challenging weather. Plus, they virtually resist the aging process in all climates.


Perfect visibility meets silence and elegance. Regardless of your driving conditions,the aerodynamic design of a Valeo wiper keeps your windshield clean...without all that excess wiper noise.


If you aren't sure what brand is right for you, we recommend you search by vehicle. Or, just give us a call at 800-461-5527. We'd be happy to help you upgrade or replace wiper blades.

PIAA Xtreme White Plus Headlight Bulbs and Super Silicone Wiper Blades Improve Visiblity

Thursday, August 13, 2009 by Chad Hocker
PIAAI have been using the PIAA Xtreme White Plus Headlight Bulbs and also Super Silicone Wiper Blades on my vehicle for some time now. I found it difficult to see PIAA Extreme White Plus Light Bulbsat night, especially in rainy conditions. The PIAA Xtreme White Plus head light bulbs offered me clearer visibility over my OE headlights and the PIAA Super Silicone Aftermarket Wiper Blades kept my windshield much cleaner than my OE wiper blades. 

I have most of the family using the the PIAA wiper blades. Today as I was installing the latest set of PIAA Super Silicone Replacement Blades on my grandparents' car, we were discussing how visibility has improved for them using these two PIAA products. The PIAA headlight bulbs will not be any brighter or show light further down the road. They will, however, allow you PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Bladeto recognize road hazards easier as they project a clearer light down the road. The PIAA lighting and replacement wiper blades are available for most vehicles.

Silicone, the wave of the wiper blade future from TireRack

Friday, August 7, 2009 by Damon Witters

I have been a huge fan of our PIAA Super Silicone wiper blades for some time.  Last week I ran through a construction zone that splattered tar all up the front of my truck.  I had to use Laquer Thinner to clean it all off the windshield.  I followed it up by 50/50 alcohol and water mix and then finally Windex. At that point I knew it was as clean as it could be and the initial silicone treatment that comes with the blades was removed.  After just a week of wiper use you can clearly see the blades have re-deposited a new thin layer of silicone back onto the window to repel water JUST like they claim.  And with proper care they last a long time.

Very cool.


PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades, A Personal Experience

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by Chad Hocker
After using the PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blade for a few months.  I am impressed with the performance they offer.  Compared to the original equipment wipers that came on my General Motors vehicle the PIAA aftermarket wipers are a nice improvement.  I have had them for 3 months now so it may not be a fair comparison to the original equipment blades, which I had used for a year.  The first thing I noticed about these blades was how much better I could see while using the wipers in rainy conditions.  Another thing I like about the PIAA is the way the water beads as a result of the silicone coating on the windshield allowing the water to be easily removed by the wiper.  I have been very happy with the PIAA Super Silicone Wipers.  Take a look at how they compare to the traditional Wiper Blades like I used to have on my car.
PIAA Super Silicone Wiper
Prior to wiper use, prepare windshield according to the instructions included in the Windshield Preparation Kit.   Run blades "dry" for 5 minutes to complete windshield preparation. This spreads initial silicone coating on the windshield.   Wiping action makes windshield water-repellant, so rain beads up,   and is removed by the wipers at low to moderate speeds,

Super-smooth glide eliminates annoying chattering and squeaking.

  or by wind pressure at moderate to high speeds.

Then compared to the traditional wiper blade without the use of silicone blades
Other Wiper Blades
............. Normal windshield  allows rain water to collect and puddle.   So rain never beads up,...    .....   there by reducing visibility.   Noisy, chatter, vibration especially for chemical-coated windshield.

                          


On a side note regarding my installation experience make sure you read the instructions and follow them.  Their are some specific instructions you need to follow to make the wipers a success.  Make sure you use the correct hook on installation which is shown in the instructions.  Once I figured things out the installation went quickly.