Tag Archives: Wheels & Tires

Wheel Locks on Steel Wheels

Wheels, especially OEM alloy wheels, are not cheap, easily worth a couple hundred dollars each, which makes them a prime target for thieves. To combat this, several companies make wheel locks, which are a replacement lug nut with a special … Continue reading

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Check Your Tires Before Winter

It’s the beginning of winter here in New York, which means it’s time to make sure your car is ready for winter weather driving. This means checking everything over, making sure your wipers are in good shape, but probably most … Continue reading

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Throwback: Identical Mismatched Tires

This was one of the more unusual problems I diagnosed on a car, so I’m bringing this post from 2016 up again. Now this was a strange one. A customer came in because she had gotten her tires replaced at … Continue reading

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Swollen Lug Nuts

Sometimes even a simple part can have a bad design that makes a job take way longer than it should. One example is a certain design of lug nut. Lug nuts have a simple job, all they have to do … Continue reading

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My Car: What Happened to the 97 Civic?

If you know me well, you know that I absolutely loved my first car, and wanted to keep it running forever. So why did I replace it last week with a 2007 Toyota Corolla?

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Torching Off Lug Nuts

Lug nuts need to be tight, but not too tight. When you’re putting them on it’s ideal to use a torque wrench to make sure that they’re just tight enough. If they’re on too tight or unevenly tightened, it can … Continue reading

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Short Tire Life

Typical tires are designed to last a long time. Typical passenger car all-season tires can usually go for 40,000-60,000 miles if properly maintained. High performance tires are higher grip, which means they wear out much quicker, in possibly 20,000 miles … Continue reading

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