My Big Flat Greek Wedding (anniversary)

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There are very few places more romantic than a Mediterranean island, surrounded by blue lagoons and constantly bathed in sun. Furthermore, there is no better way to explore such an island other than using an open-top 4×4. So even before closing the hotel reservation, I made sure the jeep I wanted was available, and then set off to complete the …

Should you care how old is your tire…

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Much talk is being done about at what age should a tire be retired (no pun intended…) and at what age is a new tire not worthy of that “new” title and should be scraped even before use. Every country has it’s own rules and regulations (the U.S. is still deliberating on it’s own) and even some of the manufacturers have there …

Winter? Snow? Summer? Nordic? Arctic? Studded? All season?

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Now, I’m really no expert in different tires for different weather as my home gets no snow and even on the coldest of days it rearly gets colder then 5 degres celcius, but as part of my work I started looking into it and I am happy to share as always. Lets start with the obvius- Mud tires – the …

Curb your driving

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A lot of people drive up and down the curb (or kerb) or side-walk to park or get into a driveway on a daily basis with not much of a problem as this picture shows               But as mentioned in an earlier post about wheel alignment the curb can prove dangerous. We saw alignment problem but that’s only half …

check up – why touch the wheel?

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Just got my car through the annual license renewal process which is really just paying some money and having some guys check all the safety and mandatory features in my car. I noticed that they grab my tires while the wheel is in the air and give it a bit of a jolt. Similar to the test my mechanic does during the routine check-ups every year. “What …

Tire pressure – what’s the deal with temperature?

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I had much thought about what happens to the pressure in the tire while the temperature changes – it is what I do… Now, we all (should) know that if you check your pressure before a drive and after one you will see an increase of up to about 3 PSI (no matter how fast you drive or how cold …

Another tire aspect – Aquaplaning

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When the road is wet, traction is low. If you ever slipped in the shower that concept should be pretty straight forward. But when the road is covered with water we can even find ourselves gliding (surfing if you will) on top. The idea (as you can see in the next clip) is that you can go fast enough that the water can carry your weight (you don’t have …

It takes the heat – your brakes

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New cars on the market now have energy cycles that get the heat energy from your wheels and transform it to electrical energy that goes to the battery. That got me thinking on how much energy is there in the wheels (or actually the brakes of the wheels). Think about yourself on a bicycle going at a slow and easy speed and then using …

Tire pressure – not only money

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As part of the work and research we do in Neomatix I find myself checking pressure in a lot of tires and cars. The statistics are that the vast majority are under-inflated by about 6 PSI and non are over-inflated by more then 1 PSI and so I rarely get surprised by low pressure anymore – unfortunately it is the common thing. A few days ago I checked …

Road hazards and wheel maintenance – mainly alignement

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After establishing that over pressure in your tire will probably not cause a blow out one must address a big cause for flats – hitting a rough pothole (or a curb for that matter). It is pretty clear how an impact of that sort can damage your tire and even your rim but the thing is that even if the car drives on without any evidence for damage some may …