Tag Archives: Wheels & Tires

Let’s Talk About Lug Nut Torque

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Exterior Trim & Wheel Painting on My Civic

New blog post or video every Monday, plus pictures throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Watch Mechanical Malarkey on YouTube! Mechanical Malarkey T-shirts, hats, and stickers are available to order! -Dan

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Don’t Inflate Tires Until They “Look Full”

Far too often, I’m checking the tire pressures on a car and they are way overfilled. Most of the cars I work on specify tire pressures around 30-35 psi, and unless they’re low from a leak, they’re usually somewhere around … Continue reading

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Don’t Stack Wheel Spacers

The same wheels don’t fit every car. The width, diameter, and backspacing will vary depending on the design of the car, as well as the center bore size and lug nut pattern. Sometimes people want to change out the wheels … Continue reading

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The Scariest Tire I’ve Ever Seen

As a mechanic, I see a lot of worn out tires. Usually we’re able to sell tires to a customer before they’re completely used up, but sometimes they’re already bald, or even worn down to cords. Sometimes the tires are … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget the Center Ring

Original equipment wheels that come on a car are designed so that they fit snugly around the center of the wheel hub. This is important because that takes the load off of the studs, so they’re not what’s holding all … Continue reading

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Tire “Rim Protector” Failure

The trend over the past several years has been for wheel sizes to increase and tires to become lower and lower profile. One of the downsides to this is that with less tire to flex and absorb impacts from potholes … Continue reading

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Overheated Flat Tire

Maintaining proper tire pressure is important for fuel economy, tire wear, and safety. All cars old in the United States since 2007 come with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) and when the warning light comes on, don’t ignore it. If … Continue reading

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Big Tire Puncture

With how many cars that my shop works on, it’s not that uncommon for cars to come in with a flat tire. Most of the time it’s caused by a puncture from a stray screw or nail, but sometimes it’s … Continue reading

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New Rims for My Corolla

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