Tag Archives: Wheels & Tires

New Wheels on Old Cars

Most people leave the same wheels on a car for its entire life. Some replace them because they don’t like the look, or because they keep leaking due to corrosion. Usually when they do this they use aftermarket wheels, because … Continue reading

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Annoying Wheel Design

I was taking snow tires off of a newer Honda Accord and ran into a new problem. It usually doesn’t take me too long, but this time I was slowed down by the design of the wheels.

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Potholes and Curbs: Enemies of Tires

There are many hazards to car tires. Stray nails and screws or other debris can easily puncture a tire and cause a leak. However, sometimes the blunt objects can be even worse than the sharp ones.

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Bad Vibration in the Winter

If you notice that your car suddenly has a really bad shake or vibration, if it’s winter, it may not be a major mechanical issue.

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Worn Out Brakes Are Bad For Wheels

I’ve seen plenty of worn out brakes, where the friction material is completely gone and it’s just the metal backing scraping against the rotor. All of those little particles of metal have to go somewhere, and the wheel is one … Continue reading

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Broken TPMS Hack

Most newer cars have tire pressure monitoring systems that include a sensor in each wheel. On most cars the valve stem is part of the sensor. After several years, the rubber seal may start leaking and need replacing, but if … Continue reading

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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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