Posts from ‘Tires’

Why Your Tire Pressure Warning Light Is On

It may not be bad news, but it’s best not to ignore this light.

Don’t be surprised if your vehicle’s  Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light comes on as winter weather arrives in earnest and the temperatures outside turn truly frigid. Most modern-day passenger-vehicle tires are supposed to be inflated to around 32 psi (pounds per square inch), but that pressure drops by roughly 1 psi for every 10-degree drop in ambient temperature.

C8 Corvette Review

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

Car Recycling: What Happens to a Junked Vehicle

According to the website Recycle Nation, over 12 million vehicles are recycled in the U.S. every year.

What parts of your car are recycled when its useful life comes to a close? A good number, actually. Here are 10 things that may come from your discarded vehicle. Note: This is just a partial list of the ways in which a discarded vehicle may be salvaged.

Maintaining Your Car During the Shutdown

Don’t let leaves gather under the hood of your daily driver. Here are a few simple tips to help you keep your car in good shape until we’re all back on the road.

If you’re like most Americans right now, you’re not using your car much. You’re likely hunkered down at home, working from the couch, and doing as little in-person shopping as possible. And that’s good–we’re supposed to be limiting our contact with other folks during the shutdown, as strange as that might feel.

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Checking the tire pressure is one of the easiest and most-important maintenance items vehicle owners can perform themselves.

The expense of keeping good-condition tires on your car could as much as double if you fail to give the tires the love and attention they deserve. The primary causes of rapid tire wear are improper inflation, incorrect wheel alignment, incorrect wheel balance, wrong size for car and load, defective shock absorbers, and poor driving habits.

Tire Size Decoder

The string of numbers found on the side of tires may seem confusing, but it’s easy enough to decode once you know what the numbers stand for. (Photo courtesy of Continental Tires.)

The easiest way to replace the tires on your vehicle is to work with a professional retailer who will help you identify the tires that best match the specifications of the car, as well as your wants and needs for ride quality, handling, and the types of roads and conditions in which you normally drive.

Classic Tire Ad

Detail of 1968 Firestone Tire Ad

You probably haven’t seen much tire advertising lately, and there’s good reason for that. Modern tires typically last more than 50,000 miles, meaning most consumers don’t do all that much tire shopping.


BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S, Testing Tires

The average American driver doesn’t spend much time thinking about their vehicle’s tires. At best, conscientious owners make sure their tires are properly inflated to the manufacturer-recommended air pressure, check that they’ve got sufficient tread depth with a “penny test,” and replace their tires before they’re completely worn out.


The ultra-high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric is a lot more tire than you’ll need on your Toyota Corolla.

If you’re like most consumers, you likely purchase tires only slightly less often than you get married or shop for a new mattress. Additionally, it’s likely that every time you do buy tires, you’re buying them for a different vehicle, meaning your needs change each time you shop.

Firestone Destination LE2

A Nissan Murano with Destination LE2 tires

After nearly 50,000 miles of service, it was time to replace the tires on my wife’s 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE. My wife’s grandfather is a retired Firestone employee, so she wanted to stay “in the family” so to speak.