Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Should you have separate wheels for your snow tires?
For many years, I followed the mantra that it was better to have a separate set of wheels on your dedicated winter tires. I also was a big fan of the Nokian brand.
After much deliberation, not only did I choose to stick to one set of wheels, I also bought a set of Michelin - X-Ice Xi2 tires instead of Nokian Hakkapelittas.
No matter how I added up the numbers, it simply made sense. The tires were $165.99 each at Costco. The price includes mounting, balancing, road hazard coverage, and free rotation. For $25, Costco will even swap my summer tires back and rebalance them.
The best price I could find on the Nokian Hakka 4s was $175 each, plus $50 for shipping. Once they arrived, I'd have to pay for mounting and balancing at a tire shop. And no road hazard coverage.
Bring on the snow!
p.s. How durable are Canola oil based tires?
Sunday, November 2, 2008
A few years ago I made the mistake of taking the 4Runner to Quicklube for an oil change. The clowns doing the work didn't bother tightening the oil filter. The next morning, I was had to do a little a cleanup.
It was very cold outside.
I wasn't happy with Quicklube.
p.s. A letter to the company went unanswered. It was the last time I went to Quick Lube.