Snow Tires

Grrrrr a winter storm is coming now! I have to change my tires immediately! I am not waiting in line at the tire place. I am going to do this myself. First you loosen your nuts, then you put your car jack underneath … … I use wood to not damage the vehicle. And I go wheel by wheel. I take the old one off, and put the new one on. And i go all the way around the car. We are using a torque wrench to tighten the nuts. And now we have to drive the vehicle for at least 3 or 4 miles. So that the tire pressure monitor can adjust.>As you can see here: The tire pressure monitor is unhappy. It is telling us some values there from the old tires. See the mileage there 315 Three miles later you see that everything is adjusted. The low pressure warning went away and it shows the real pressure in those new tires. From now on it works. We are checking the old tire for wear, and we can see here that there is a little bit left. It’s not too bad, this may last one more summer. Look a little closer, and you see that there is enough rubber left to work with. We check the age of the tire here. Calendar week 28 of 2012 That is 3.5 years old. The winter tire has much more thread as you can see. And there we can also check the date on it, it is calendar week 22 of the year 2014 That’s a little bit newer (1.5 years old) And that should bring us through the winter easily. And there we have a good rim. Looks nice and neat, but we see in the lower right corner here a number. KBA what does that mean? This is the German DOT (Department of Transport) it is Kriminal … … Bundesamt FBI? No! It’s Kraftfahrt Bundes Amt DOT (Department of Transport)

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