New LM60 Bridgestone Blizzak Snow tires

Don't let this happen to you :Avoid this situation by using Bridgestone Winter tires.  Whats new? The popular Bridgestone Blizzak LM25 is being replaced with the new Blizzak LM60 .    What has changed?  While the old Blizzak LM25 was a great snow tire, the the redesigned LM60 is moving the balance closer to the snow traction side of the equation by using...  Read More

General Altimax RT tires for smooth and quiet all season tires.

Today I replaced the tires on my girlfriend's Dodge Caliber.  It takes a bit of an odd size, 215/60R17 so the selection was not all that great.  However I was happy to see that one of the Tire Rack's top rated touring all-season tires, the General Altimax RT is made in the right size and at a very good price.What a difference it made over the loud and...  Read More

Koni Sport adjustable shocks large improvement over old original shocks.

I bought my 1997 Audi A4 with almost 100,000 miles on it.  After replacing the wheels and tires I was shocked at how poor the ride and handling felt.  The problem was the old suspension.  After updating to Koni Sport Shocks and Eibach lowering springs, the car felt just like it should. Noticeable differences :Reduced body roll when cornering Reduced pitch...  Read More

What is the bubble on my tire?

A customer emailed me today about a bubble on the sidewall of one of his Bridgestone Blizzak Winter Tires. He thought it may have been a defect in the tire. What he actually has was a sidewall bubble.What is a sidewall bubble?A sidewall bubble is a bulge protruding from the sidewall of the tire. It is caused by air leaking from the inside of the tire...  Read More

Tire Test in Car and Driver leaves out my favorite value performance tire.

Car and Driver recently performed a test of lower cost performance summer tires using the much more expensive Michelin PS2 as a benchmark.   Great idea.  Several brands were in the test including Kumho, Bridgestone, and Dunlop, but were was the Sumitomo HTRZIII?  In our own testing this tire was simply outstanding and may have won the Car and Driver...  Read More

Ceramic replacement brake pads can help keep your wheels clean.

Many BMW owners find their wheels covered in brake dust after only a couple hundred miles of driving. Waxing your wheels can help, but a better solution to consider is installing a set of replacement ceramic brake pads, like the Hawk Performance Ceramic pads. While they do not have quite the level of initial 'bite' as the OE pads, they produce noticeably...  Read More