Manufacturer Endorsed Tires

The season for tire change is fast approaching as spring comes closing up.  The winter tires will need to be removed and summer or alternatively all season tires needs to be installed.

This may mean for some of us new tires needs to be purchased and fitted for the season.

BMW run fllat tire

Run Flat Tire

Choosing the right tire for the car is one of the most important purchase you will ever make. There is a new phenomenon which is manufacturer endorsed tires, this is a relatively new thing and mostly European manufacturers started doing it.

The question remains, could you or should you use manufacturer endorsed tires only on your BMW or Mercedes? The short answer is no, the manufacturer endorsed tires are a safe bet if you want to follow their guide lines but logic says it is physically impossible to test every single tire on every model on every make, so for the very reason I recommend to consult a licensed experienced technician with decades of tire know how to select the best tire for your fine automobile.

You should never base your tire purchase on price or impulse only.  Be cautious with large chains whom only have a wasted interest to move their stock tires and operate at volume sales at very thin margins.

The rule of thumb as always, you get what you pay for.  Same goes for advice, online information also should be treated with caution since most people rating tires are by no means experts on the field of tire evaluation.

We hope this will help to have a more informed choice.  Please visit  or call us for further details. Telephone: 905.795.0419.

We wish you all the best at Techmax Auto.

Related:

The advantage and disadvantage of run-flat tires

Our brand name tires comparison

Winter Driving

We are going to deal with a seasonal weather change soon, which will require some serious adjustment in driving dynamics and economics.

Yes, you guessed it right, we are talking about winter driving and cold frozen roads occasionally snow or ice covered by sudden weather conditions. We highly recommend to properly prepare your BMW, Mercedes and Porsche for this season, which should include of checking the tires and replacing them with appropriate winter tires.

Furthermore you should get your import automobile’s cooling system check out for any leaks or defective worn hoses. It’s extremely inconvenient to break down in the middle of a snow storm or in any winter conditions. It is always inconvenient to break down needless to say in winter, perhaps it is possibly the worst for obvious reasons.

We also recommend to check your car’s service records for the age of your vehicles coolant, suffice to say it should be replaced in or after five years. Chemical degradation is inevitable in a closed high temperature mobile system with multiple dissimilar metals and components.

We recommend a cooling system service which is rather inexpensive in every five years to keep your heating and cooling system in top shape.

The vehicles braking system should be also inspected closely (it’s a perfect time when you switch to winter tires) most folks don’t realize your traction or stability control works by applying your brakes at an accelerated rate to help you keep your vehicle under control. We naturally recommend a complete per-seasonal inspection and last but not least checking and – or replacing your car’s wiper blades, if needed for a clean clear view.

We wish you safe and comfortable motoring in the coming winter season.

All the best from Techmax Auto.

Related:

All weather, all-season or winter tire?

BMW 328-I Cooling System Failure.

Great tire debate about winter tires

The great tire debate about winter tires or all weather tires. May be all season tires? How should you choose? They all black and round what’s the difference?

I get this questions quiet often from my clients. What do you think of the Nokian all weather tires? Most people would like to avoid to install winter tires if they could. The Nokian could do the job on my BMW, Mercedes and or Porsche? Theoretically it could (Than it begs the question why did you invest in a high tech high performance car?) practically it will not  suffice, your car’s manufacturer of the above brands spend hundreds of millions of dollars (Euros) to make your car handle behave like intended a performance oriented finely honed machine.

Yokohama iceGuardYokohama iceGuard Winter Tire

Winter Traction: Interlocking and adaptive 3D sipes work in tandem to enhance stability and grip on icy surfaces.

Wet Traction: Dual-action shoulder grooves are straight at the bottom to evacuate water.

Resistance to Wear: A high-density reinforced compound allows for a more stable tread block, providing longer more even wear.

What could be the difference between all weather and winter tires?

The easy way to make a comparison, like your seasonal shoes, you definitely don’t want to wonder outside in flip flops in the snow and ice. How about running shoes? They would be your all weather tire equivalent so this is why we wear winter boots to keep you on your feet securely in any inclement weather.

Your winter tires, like your winter boots are purpose built for the cold slippery road and severe conditions.

We hope this helps to make your tire decision somewhat easier in the coming winter.

Drive safely, think before you drive and have a safe and secure driving winter season from all of us at Techmax, your tire experts.

Related:

More Yokohama Winter Tires related info

Do you really need winter tires? Read More…

Contact us for more at: (1) 905.795.0419

Our advice for winter driving

The season is upon us again to have our cars in order before the snow flies. The question is what should we do as the mornings are getting colder? How can we keep our cars in great shape as we heading towards to the winter?

How should you prepare a European import car for driving under Canadian winter conditions?

First and foremost have your car checked by a professional?

Yokohama winter tireYokohama Winter Tire

We can advise you what work your car will need in the near future as you can carry on with your daily business without interruptions.

Try to build a relationship with your chosen technician, it should be just as important as is your doctor or dentist and the others whom there to make sure you can carry on with your daily life.

The most important is to check your tires and if you do have winters (need less to say everyone should have them in Ontario) have them inspected, pressures checked and brakes suspension and the heating /cooling system perform at their best.

Remember your car is like a fine orchestra, when all is well and every system performs great the whole thing is a pleasure to live with. It’s a cliche to say, all works like a well oiled machinery when you turn the key comes alive and it’s ready for your command.

We are here to help you, stay on the road, it’s our sole business.

Please keep it safe, drive well, stay in touch with your automobile, know your car.

We at Techmax wish you all the best thru the seasons.

Contact us for more at: (1) 905.795.0419

Related:

Do you really need winter tires?

All weather all-season or winter tire?

Probably you alredy noticed tire manufacturer’s advertising,  the term “all-weather” tires. Are they different from “all-season” tires?

For me the term “all weather” tire sounded like the tire manufacturers had come up a new catchy way of marketing all season radial tires for winter driving.

However all weather tires are more than all season tires. All weather tires are a little bit both, like hybrid… They suited for winter driving in a relatively mild winter, but okay for warmer weather  driving too.

The question is; Is our winter, or your winter is mild? It depends on where you live in, and it is a decision that you need to make when you buy your winter or all-weather tires.

In basic terms, an all-weather tire has passed the Transport Canada tests for a winter tire. Unlike winter only tires, all-weather tires can be driven all-year round.

Are the better than winter tires?

All weather tires and winter tire are not the same, they are better for winter driving than all season tires, but not that good as winter tires.

The big difference is between all-weather tires and winter tires is,  that all-weather tires  meet the established standard for winter use, as indicated by the snow flake or mountain icon on the sidewalls.  Plus unlike winter tires, they can be used in spring, summer and fall driving too.

Several major tire companies are producing all weather tires, including Goodyear, Hankook. Nokian, Vredestein and Yokohama. But these same companies produce true winter tires that perform better at low temperatures and in any winter driving conditions.

Yokohama winter tireYokohama Winter Tires from Techmax.ca

The worst choice you can make is to drive on all season radial tires at winter time. Transport Canada tests show all season tires take twice as long to stop in winter time, than winter tire.

Tests conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation showed a subcompact car needs 11.6 meters less distance to stop with winter tires compared to all-season tire. It says a minivan traveling at the same 50 km/h on the same five cm of compacted snow, in below zero temperature, required 12.8 meters more distance to stop on all-season tires compared to winters.

When the temperature drops to or below the freezing point, regardless of road conditions, dedicated winter tires are your best bet. Add a winter storm with freezing rain, snow, ice, slush or other winter conditions and their advantages become even more obvious. If you drive in winter time, winter tires are should not be an area to be satisfied with compromise.

Related:

BMW specialist Mississauga: Prepare your BMW automobile for winter…
What you need to know to improve fuel efficiency in winter time…
More winter driving related info next…
Latest winter tires…

Contact us for more details at:  (1) 905.795.0419