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Autoblog Podcast #193 - Hot Mustangs, Volt Mileage, 1 Series M, Mazda design and Lotus Evoras

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for the thorough answer to my question.

      I want to go with steelies like you suggested, but if I do, I more than likely won't be able to use tpms, at least not for the steelies tirerack sells.

      I may have to wait a bit for consumersearch's 2010 round-up, but we'll see how itchy my trigger finger gets. I'd like to see some info on the Continental Extremewintercontact, aside from just tirerack and consumerreports' takes.

      I do appreciate Alex's plug for consumersearch; I didn't know the site existed and if you didn't explain it a little, I would have breezed past it if I ever came to it.

      Some constructive feedback: It took me a little bit to get used to the site. I'm used to comparison shopping, not just seeing the top picks in each category. I didn't even see the runner-ups for a while. I was afraid the X-ice Xi2 was the only studless winter tire there, but I did eventually see the rest. Maybe that's how you want it, or maybe a little reorganization is in order.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should be able to get TPMS sensors from a dealer, I believe they fit any rim. However, be careful, investigate how your ECU handles the new sensors. Do they auto-learn or is there some sort of procedure you can do to train them or is it a dealer thing. If it is a dealer thing ask them if it's a 1 time job or do you have to do it every tire change.

        Concrete example, my 2009 Accord, has only 4 spots in the ECU for TPMS serial numbers, and can not be re-trained by me. This means that when I switch to or from either set I need to go to the dealer to get the ECU re-trained.

        The impact of this is that the TPMS light goes on and I cannot disable the TC, which means that (assuming winter tires are not programmed) if I need to plow through a snow bank, as soon as traction breaks, the wheels, and the car, stops. Shovel-time.

        When it comes to winter tires, I had Michelin Arctic Alpins (1996-1999) and hated them. Bibi makes great summer tires (my choice), but when the snow flies... "mon dieu!". They were great on ice and that is all. They were useless in the snow. Blizzaks are great tires (WS-50, 2000-2003) but they were notorious for tire wear. I got 2 good winters and 1 white-knuckle winter out of them. I then went to Nokian Hakkapelitta 1 (2003-2009, 1 set) Best Snow Tire Ever, period. Shovel stays at home. I am now on Hakka 5, because the 1 is no longer available. Not many winter tires are S and T speed rated ( 112-118mph), not that you should do that speed in winter, often.

        Stud vs. non studded. The only time I can recommend a studded tire is if you drive primarily off-asphalt, such as packed snow, frozen dirt road, ice road. Studs are useless on asphalt and concrete and actually reduce traction and grip.

        Great work guys!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I might be in the minority, but I really enjoy the completely off topic conversations like this week's discussion on tires and wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lotus sourced the IPS from Toyota and last I checked Toyota had no dual-clutch. Lotus is providing the tranny control box, but w/o a true dual-clutch....fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bert thanks for sharing your winter tire real world testing.

      I guess all the automakers are different with their tpms. My understanding about Mazda tpms (from mazda3forums) is that any sensor programmed for Mazda will be recognized by the car, and I think they are interchangeable for all Mazda models.

      Tirerack sells tpms sensors that will work with my Mazda, but I'm not allowed to order them with steel wheels. I have read that some steel wheels will accept tpms, but they must be stamped with "TPMS". I guess the steelies tirerack sells do not have this stamp.

      I plan to spend a little time researching where I can get OEM steelies or tpms compliant steelies. If I come up with nothing good, I'll go with some cheap alloys.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I can understand that the wheel construction may be a bit different to allow proper seating and clearance for the TPMS and stem. My steelies + TPMS are Honda original that I got "free" (yeah, right) with the car.

        FYI, my winter driving is done in southern Quebec. And remember kiddies, winter driving is 95% between the ears! (and yes you can still have lots of fun!)