Jan 072012
 

Choosing the proper tires is one of the most significant calls we should make in regards to our private transport. It is of extreme importance in the winter, when in several areas the presence of snow and ice on roadways creates a devastating danger. It is not a tricky process if you have got the obligatory information.

The first thing you must do is check your car owner's instruction manual to find the manufacturer directions for the types and sizes of tires endorsed by them.

Next, mount the appropriate mud and snow tires on your auto to help guard against the slickness of winter roads, these tires may be employed anywhere as long as they don't have metal studs on them.

If you live in an area where ice is common in the winter, be certain to use the metal-stud tires that are accessible and keep your other tires for the end of winter season as these metal stud tires are only allowed during the winter season and are banned in 10 states.

Another key to remember is to be sure that all of the snow tires you provide your vehicle with are of the same size, type and tread. This is extremely important if your auto is front-wheel drive where using mismatched rear wheels may cause a loss of traction when braking on the icy roads of winter.

When choosing tires be aware that equipping your vehicle with oversized tires that are larger than those commended by the maker make result in difficulty steering and can rub the fender wells or suspension underneath.

As a rule, snow tires are made with large empty areas in their tread so they will have more traction on snow than ordinary tires where regular all season type tires are more concerned with marrying a quiet ride with an ounce of traction.

Another time tested method that may be used when conditions warrant is the use of tire chains. Installing tire chains can increase traction as much as 200%. Again, ensure that these chains are of the correct size and type for your individual tire as the wrong chains could cause the tires to fail.

Following the preceding pointers may help you to protect you and your family in the upcoming winter season.

Article submitted by Johanna Schultz , Managing Director of California Driving Company. It has over 20 years experience in building Bucket Seats.

Jul 022010
 

The steering wheel in my C220 squeaks when turned. This is coming directly from the steering column. Would a little WD-40 or some other spray product be safe to apply to the steering wheel or is there a possibility of shorting out the electrical in the column?

Response:
1) It’s best to remove the steering wheel and expose the bearing. If it’s a sealed bearing obviously oil isn’t the answer replacement is or live with it. In lite of WD40 I’d use a Lithium Spray Grease.
2) Turn the radio up abit until you can no longer hear the squeak. Or……make a listening stick or tube, stethoscope, and while someone is turning the wheel find the spot that squeaks. Then apply some white lithium grease to the area. Lithium grease does not change viscosity when the temperature changes. I’ve never owned or worked on a Mercedes, but there should be a u-bolt type clamp with a bushing or bearing in it that may be the culprit. This is what holds the steering column to the bottom of the dash.
3) WD-40 wont hurt your wiring a bit, so if you can get to your squeak in the steering column with that, go for it.