Web page in progress, thanks !  Below are some things that might help you.

 

Tire Information

When buying new tires be sure to check the manufacturing date and insist you are given the newest possible tires. As you would expect shops need to move aging inventory but if you ask at the right time you can get the newest tires possible. To determine a tires date of manufacture & load ratings  CLICK HERE

Do you like the look of lower-profile tires?  It’s ok to “zero plus” your ties but don’t overdue it.  When you zero plus a tire the retailer will install a larger “lower profile” tire which fits on the same rim.  The end result is a tire that tends to look more high performance and modern.  If your tire is a 285/30R20 then you could consider upgrading to a 305/30/R20.  There are limits and safety concerns so check with your local tire shop for details.  To view variety of details on tires, size charts, comparisons, wheel-offset calculator, and plus fitments to give that lower profile alternative visit tiresize.com. CLICK HERE.

While these larger tires look better they typically do not produce the smoothest ride and have a higher potential for a blow-outs due to pot holes so please drive carefully.  Another interesting fact is centrifugal force decreases with larger tire diameters.  So installing a larger tire will reduce the some of the damaging effects of centrifugal forces.  Here is an example:  a 15″ rim at 60 MPH spins at 809 RPM with 251 Gs of force vs just 683 RPM and 211 Gs for a 20″ rim !  To calculate other sizes and learn the physics behind tire rotation CLICK HERE

Happy tire hunting !

 

Your Cars Warranty

Did you know there is a federally-mandated extended warranty on emission related issues with your car.  That’s right, so if you have a check engine light related to emissions, idle problems, or poor fuel economy be sure to check with your dealer before attempting the repairs yourself.  From what I have read there may be an 8 year warranty  so please investigate (read your owners manual and contact the dealer).   For more information from the EPA CLICK HERE

These are some of your emission related components:  Fast Idle Control Device (FICD) solenoid, Auxiliary Air Control (AAC) valve, Air intake plenum, TPS electrical connector, TPS, Charcoal canister, MAF sensor, Fuel pump relay, Crank Angle Sensor, Oxygen sensor, Fuel pressure regulator, Fuel Injector.

 

Everything You Could Ever Want To Know About A Car

Want to know how a car really runs and how all the systems on a car work together? Here is a really good website that covers everything from engine basics, to all the engine sensors used, to high end things like nitrous and Co2 cooling.  CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Some of my favorite sports cars.