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Tire Safety Checklist
Saturday, April 28th, 2012

The Driving Machine's tire safety checklist

Check tire pressure regularly (every two weeks or at least once a month), including the spare.
Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma. (This is best done by a professional who will raise your car up on a lift and check the tires for inside/outside wear.
Carefully remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread.
Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.

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BMW Tires in Cold Rainy Weather
Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Yes, the rainy season is upon us. Here in the Bay Area it is expected to be colder and wetter than normal due to the la Nina weather event.
What that means is that you may want to check your tire pressures a bit more often, due to the fluctuations in the weather. Tire pressure drops because air just seeps through the tire on a regular basis, but the pressure also drops as the ambient temperature drop. Tire pressure loss is exacerbated by cooling trends, and the increase in condensation in the tire contributes to that loss also.

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Tires – Feel Squishy?
Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Just today, we had a query why tires on a Mercedes would feel “squishy” when making turns. BTW, in the car world this is often called “side wall flex”. There could be several reasons, but here are the most common situations that could cause side wall flex during a turn.
You wouldn’t try to run a marathon in a pair of high heels would you? Or would you mountain climb wearing slippers? That would be crazy! Your car is no different.

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Swap Meet
Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Tire rotation should be done by a professional who knows your BMW or MINI. Do you have a sport package with staggered fitment? That means that your front and rear tires are different sizes. So don’t even try a front to back tire rotation! If those staggered fitment tires are also directional, you cannot rotate those from side to side, either. Just another tip to consider when you are craving a sport package on your next BMW.
How much do you really know about your tires? Leave it to a pro when it comes to something that is perceived as a simple tire rotation. A full rotation plan may not be right for your …

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Slippery or Not
Monday, December 7th, 2009

AAA has recently completed a study that contends that this holiday season there will be more than 4 million people on the road driving on tires that need to be replaced. Today, as a major winter storm has hit the greater Bay Area, the number of auto accidents will probably be at least double the usual. Many of these will be directly related to factors of excessive speed, (for conditions)and worn tires.
Most auto repair shops will be glad to check your tires for you as a courtesy. Yes, these are the guys/gals who will be happy to come out into the cold rain or snow, and check them for you.
Buy new tires at TireRack, ship them to us …

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Green Tires, Expensive Tires?
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Rolling Resistance tires may be the next big thing in the effort to reduce emissions.  Tires are rated according to this additional newer measurement standard.  Of course, this is another item that will probably add cost to your new tires, as well as the tariff that was implemented in September ’09, on tires being imported from China, (often from U.S. tire makers).  So now you have your speed ratings, load limits, rolling resistance and more to consider when you purchase tires.
Always keep your tires inflated properly to get the best mileage.  Unfortunately, due to the extended service intervals, this is one area that an individual may not be checking every two weeks as BMW suggests.  So, it happens once …

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BMW tires – not to be overlooked
Monday, July 6th, 2009

Some people are waiting as long as possible to defer maintenance on their cars. But…..
Please don’t forget to check your tires. Or better yet, have someone who can get it up on a lift check them for you. Inside wear may not be visible if the car is still on the ground, and it’s not the easiest way to look for any objects that might be in your tire. Tread depth should be measured as well as any wear pattern that is abnormal or any bulges. Tires must also be properly inflated to get the best gas mileage, tire life, and optimum safety. The psi will be listed on the manufacturer’s label on the …

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Watch your tires and be safe
Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Sorry guys.  But, we just have to mention that when your ladies tires are falling apart on the BMW, (and I mean coming apart to the point that you are hearing the thump of shredding tires as you are driving), …..please, avoid any words or phrases that sound like, “rushing you to buy tires”, as we show you the unraveling pieces of the tires.
Nothing was either “rushed” or taken care of at all, when it came to checking or replacing those tires.  This condition does not happen overnight.
Some of our customers do like to use the Tire Rack for purchasing tires on-line.  They are drop-shipped to us, and we do the install, etc..  Remember, that a proper BMW spec, (or …

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Run flat tire – true story
Thursday, March 5th, 2009

One of the most rewarding aspects of running a small business are the great people that we work with and for, every day. We know them, their families, what’s going in their lives. We also want to hear that they are enjoying their BMW and that it is meeting their needs, (or even if it’s not meeting their needs). It’s all in a day!
We were especially pleased to hear first hand of the reliability and ease of mind that comes from run-flat tires on a BMW. Our customer called us and the warning light had illuminated as he was driving on the freeway at almost 80 miles an hour. He would drive right over and …

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Keep your car in good condition to enjoy the road.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Isn’t that a pain, when the water sprays from your car, over your hood and almost onto the car behind you? (Missing your windshield completely, but spraying the car behind you that was following too close). Or worse yet, you need some juice on that windshield and the nozzles are plugged. Be sure to have plenty of windshield wiper solution and that both washer nozzles are working correctly. Then, check your windshield wipers to be sure they are working well, also.
Have a professional check your tires for signs of wear and tread depth. If necessary, get new tires. You do not want to be driving around on “baldies” on dry pavement, let alone rain …

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