Everyone wants to experience the best drive possible. Comfort whilst driving is important and a shaking car can alter this. There are different types of tyres that can assist with a smooth drive but firstly – what causes your car to shake?
The main cause and first to be investigated is the tyres. There could be a problem with the alignment, the tyres might not be pumped to the correct pressure or they have not been secured properly to the wheel. Luckily, these problems are not caused by low quality tyres.
Features that limit the amount of shaking you feel are:
Shock absorbers – these protect the wheels from shattering upon impact. They are equipped with a spring that repels the components from one another.
Off road vehicles – these vehicles are powered by four wheel drive and have more powerful shock absorbers. The wheels installed on these cars also influence how much of the bumps or shakes you feel on the road. Potholes are growing crises that leave many cars that have a low suspension with damaged parts. With off road tyres, vibration and damage can be avoided or unfelt.
Proper maintenance – this is what every driver should be practicing regardless of the type of vehicle they own. All parts of the car need to be checked including the engine, brakes, wheels, and the functionality of the computer system.
Two tyre brands have been tested on many terrains for their compatibility. They both succeeded on bad road maintenance and not-too-bumpy hills and mountains.
Toyo Tyres manufactures tyres specifically for mountain crawling. With deep treads and thick sidewalls, these are perfect for the adventurous type that doesn’t want to experience those hazardous potholes on the road.
Nexen Tyres manufactures the Roadian series that was made specifically to make driving smooth and comfortable. These may not be as deep treaded as many other models but it is a version that can make your driving a smooth experience.
In conclusion, off-road tyres are your best bet when looking for something that won’t feel the vibration and shakiness. Many models are also available as dual function for off road driving and regular freeway driving. Also remember that properly fitted and maintained tyres and wheels is an important factor that will prevent shakiness and vibration. These may be tested and realigned at home but it is preferable for a qualified mechanic to troubleshoot further problems you may have.
A trend that has been around for a while is installing the infamous cone filter. The sound is exhilarating to some yet annoying to others. What is the actual purpose of a cone filter?
A cone filter is mainly used in performance vehicles. It is part of an induction kit that is equipped with the pipework. It needs to be installed somewhere where it can suck in cold air. It is a cone shaped device that can be found close to the air flow in the front of the car.
Many people install these devices on a regular car without realising that it doesn’t make any difference in their driving performance. The driver would also have to replace the air box that was initially part of the engine. Because this vital part has been replaced, the cone filter is now sucking in hot air therefore the filter needs to be an unshielded cone filter.
The idea is to get as much air into the engine. The more oxygen is present, the more power the car will be able to achieve. That is, in a different type of engine. A larger engine will need to pull in more air because it is bigger and more powerful therefore it requires large amounts of oxygen. A smaller, standard four cylinder vehicle won’t get much use out of this filter because it can only suck in hot air, which is useless to the performance of a car as hot air has a lower oxygen count.
If you are interested in installing a cone filter you have to remember that the only noticeable difference will be the sound the car will make. The performance won’t be increased by a great amount but drivers have claimed that it does make their cars more fuel efficient.
Making sure that the cone filter doesn’t obstruct any pipes and airways is also extremely important. The engine requires oxygen and without constant feed, the system will fail. You will also have to avoid installing the air induction kit where water is present. Water will not combust and can greatly damage the engine.
Performance is what everyone wants when driving. It provides them with an unbeatable reputation and confidence. There are other ways to get this reputation – one is fitting performance tyres that suit with your car and another is keeping your car maintained to always look brand new. Avoid installing a cone filter unless you only want the sound that it makes when sucking air into the engine.
When you buy a car, the first thing to look at is the specifications on the brochure of the car. Many people know what type of engine a car has just by looking at it, whilst others need to have a proper breakdown of what these specifications mean.
- Engine – you will only get three types of engines. In this instance, electric hybrids will be excluded. The two main types of engines you will get are diesel and petrol options. Each has a completely different set up to the other, such as the construction of ignition system.
- Cylinders – this is the amount of cylinders found inside the chamber. Smaller cars have four cylinders whilst the most powerful engines that get used on race tracks will have twelve cylinders. Sometimes, cars will be described with a “straight-six” which means that all cylinders are in a single line opposed to V-Types and horizontal set ups.
- Displacement – on most of the cars you will notice there is a number like this: 1.4 or 2.0, etc. This is the amount of litres the car will use in a single cycle. Motorbikes will have a number like this for example: 800cc; which means eight hundred cubic centimetres.
- Transmission – There is a four-speed transmission, five-speed transmission and so on. The number indicates how many gears your car can be put into. There is also manual transmission and automatic transmission which are two different driving systems.
- Power – Many car owners will know the power of the car by using the unit Horsepower. In simple terms, one horsepower would be the equivalent to the power of one horse. So image what power you will have if the car has 700hp. That is a very fast car.
- Fuel Tank Capacity – this is a pretty straight forward specification. This is the amount of fuel that the fuel tank can hold. In other words, it could be a 30 litre tank or a 40 litre depend. It will depend of the particular type and size of car. This helps you to understand how much fuel you can use with one full tank so that you can plan your fuel budget.
- Drivetrain – your car will either be a FWD (front wheel drive), a RWD (rear wheel drive) or a 4×4 (four wheel drive). Keep in mind that a four wheel drive does not mean that the car is an off road vehicle and rather that power gets sent to all of the wheels and tyres. Front wheel drive means that the power gets applied to the front wheels. With FWD the car needs to be pulled. Rear wheel drive sends the force to the back wheels which means that the car is being pushed.
Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a petrol engine and a diesel engine? Besides the noise difference you hear when the diesel engine is running, there is a greater difference.
In a diesel engine, the fuel is sprayed into the combustion chamber with an injector nozzle. The air in each chamber has to be placed under extremely high pressure so that it is hot enough to ignite. Diesel on its own is not flammable so it has to be put under some kind of force.
Many people turn the ignition on before driving the car in order to get the engine warmed up. This might be useful in extremely cold weather conditions. Turning the key in the ignition system is the start of the whole process. Once the key is turned, fuel gets injected into the cylinders under immense pressure. This allows the air to heat on its own.
Previous versions of diesel engines needed glow plugs to get the gases heated up for an efficient drive. Nowadays, the gases or air heats up so quickly that glow plugs are not as necessary as before, however, these plugs are still there to control the emissions.
The diesel fuel will then pass through filters to be cleaned before it gets to the injector nozzles. It is necessary to maintain filters as contamination is common with this type of fuel and clogging may occur.
Within the fuel injector, a high and constant pressure of 23 500 psi needs to be applied whilst it releases the fuel into the cylinders. Fuel gets sprayed into the chambers with the Engine Control Unit (ECU). This ECU will determine the pressure that needs to be applied for the spraying process.
Most diesel engines have a turbocharger installed for greater power and pressure. The turbocharger also saves on the amount fuel that gets used in one cycle. With a turbocharger installed, the power of the diesel engine gets increased by over forty percent.
Diesel is made up of kerosene (which ignites at a low temperature), oil (which lubricates and seals any grooves that might affect movement), ether (which has a low ignition temperature), and an ignition improver which is often Amyl Nitrate.
Having a diesel engine might be cheaper for you in the long run. Tyres might not be heavily affected by this type of engine but ensure that the tyres are properly inflated to enjoy further fuel savings.
2017.12.7 Osaka, Japan
TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD. has unveiled “AC Milan in Japanimation”, the fourth collaboration video of its ongoing series with world-famous Italian Serie A team AC Milan. The video was released on Youtube on the 7th of December. (https://youtu.be/LbvkhNSK7BM)
Under the returning theme of “Surprising the World”, Toyo Tires (the tire brand of TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.) has delivered another video guaranteed to entertain. This time, the end result is something truly unique, as “Captain Tsubasa” creator Yoichi Takahashi was enlisted to collaborate on the animation that is this video’s key feature. “Captain Tsubasa”, a manga (Japanese cartoon) about football, is beloved around the world, with many football players and enthusiasts counting themselves among the fans. Furthermore, the animated version was broadcast in over 50 countries.
The video is set in Osaka, Japan. AC Milan’s players appear together with the pros of a local Japanese team, Gamba Osaka (Toyo Tires is proud to also support local football in Japan through its platinum sponsorship of Gamba). On a team bus, Riccardo Montolivo is casually reading a manga – until a car suddenly jumps out of it. After a series of furious drifts, the AC Milan players exit a Mercedes G63, while the Gamba Osaka players get out of a Mercedes SL400. Both cars are equipped with Toyo Tires’ own PROXES series of tires. The football pros then face off in a thrilling drift-off, a breakneck duel that takes place alternately in the real and animated world. The stage of the battle shifts to some of Osaka’s most locations, with the chief ingredient of the city’s famous Takoyaki (octopus balls) also making a special guest appearance.
The head of Toyo Tires’ brand communication team, Yoshiyuki Morikuni, commented that “We want to go beyond the expectations of our customers in continuing to surprise people around the world, and we are undergoing a variety of activities to that end. For the fourth installment of this series, we thought we would go in a different direction from previous videos by creating a unique mash of the real world and an animated world together with the great Yoichi Takahashi. The video features a “battle” between two football teams we sponsor. The amazing pass-work from the AC Milan players, as well the car chase featuring G63 and SL400 Mercedes cars customized in each teams’ color, are a must-see.”
The previous videos of the series have been viewed by millions of fans from around the world. Check them below:
1st Video「AC Milan vs Super Car」（November 2014, 6.6 million views）
2nd Video「Chase in Milan」（December 2015, 8.1 million views）
3rd Video「AC Milan vs. Drift Cars」（December 2016, 8.2 million views）
Toyo Tires aims to continue to exceed their customers’ expectations by delivering new surprises and undertaking new challenges on a global scale.
TOYO TIRES x AC Milan Promotion Video
『AC Milan in Japanimation』
Riccardo Montolivo, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, André Silva, Ricardo Rodríguez
Yasuhito Endo, Yasuyuki Konno, Shu Kurata, Hiroki Fujiharu
|Filming location||Japan (Osaka), Italy (Milan)|
Main version (131 seconds): https://youtu.be/LbvkhNSK7BM
Short version (60 seconds): https://youtu.be/hED0BlXOZmI
Short version (30 seconds): https://youtu.be/IhDd_L07rOI
Aside from YouTube, the video will also be released on our website and other channels.
Campaign Website: http://toyotires-milan.com/en
Mercedes G63：Masato Kawabata（Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT）
Mercedes SL400：Hideyuki Fujino（Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT）
Mercedes G63：PROXES T1Sports SUV
Mercedes SL400：PROXES Sports
■ Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. develops its business activities across the globe, focusing on manufacturing and sales of its core products: tires. With operations in over 100 countries and regions, Toyo Tires deals in numerous automobile components, including tires and seat cushion parts made of urethane, which the company supplies to automotive manufacturers around the world.
■About Yoichi Takahashi
A manga artist born in Tokyo in 1960, he made his breakthrough with the manga “Captain Tsubasa” in 1980, which is said to have been instrumental in the continuing growth in popularity of football in Japan. Globally, the corresponding anime is still on air. Currently, “Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun”, is being published in the magazine “Grand Jump”. The series celebrated its overall 100th volume in June of this year.
Do you ever find that you need to transport many people at a time but don’t have a big enough car to do it? Maybe it’s time for you to get a bigger car. Here are a 6 bigger cars to consider.
Ford Transit Connect LWB
This seven passenger car can fit two more people than the average car. The passengers also don’t feel as cramped as they would in a standard car. Not only does it have extra leg space but it also has head space for the taller people. The car also doesn’t use too much fuel considering its size and the amount of people it can carry.
Although it is considered a status brand, this might be one of the cars that could fit many people. It’s bigger than many other SUVs and it also has an impressive engine. It is powerful and comes with the option of 4matic all-wheel drive.
This is an SUV that has loads of space. It has more than enough space for large items of luggage and a decent amount of space for any of your passengers. It is also a modern and affordable car that can accommodate a number of passengers.
BMW X Series
Like the Mercedes, BMW is also on top of the status list because of how amazing the engineering is. The X series might be a five seater car but it has a large amount of space in the back. Packing luggage and briefcases won’t be a problem with this car.
Perhaps one of the cheapest cars for a family, it still has the quality and space that you are looking for. The Kia Soul is nicely compacted for easy driving and parking. Plus the frame of the car is quite large so you will have extra space on the inside.
This off-road car is one of the older models that have always been a favourite for adventure enthusiasts. Going on a camping trip with friends has never been easier and as comfortable. Not only can you enjoy the space on the inside but you also won’t have to worry about damaging the suspension and the tyres because of the way it was built.
When travelling with many people you have to make sure that you are doing it legally. By law, you are not allowed to overload a car with more than the intended amount of people.
— Nexen Tire’s N’FERA RU1 selected as original equipment tires for the Porsche Cayenne – it is the tire manufacturer’s first time supplying to Porsche
— For Nexen Tire supplying Porsche proves the tire’s superior quality and advanced-technology
— By taking this momentum as a great opportunity, the company will strengthen the brand value through various premium marketing activities
SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Nexen Tire, a leading global tire manufacturer, announced that it will supply the Porsche Cayenne with its N’FERA RU1 255/55R18 109Y XL as original equipment (OE) tires. This is the first time that Nexen Tire is supplying its original equipment tires to any of the Porsche car models.
In terms of the vehicle’s sports driving experience, N’FERA RU1 has unparalleled cornering stability and sports handling for high-speed driving. It received grade A in the EU Labeling for its excellent wet grip. It also obtained Noise Level 1, the lowest noise level, in the EU Labeling.
Moreover, a 3D-Nano Grip Technology that maximizes the braking capability of a sports vehicle at high speeds, is applied, along with the Fast Reversible Technology, which optimizes the steering response and durability. The tire also has aramid hybrid capply cord and special bead filler compound that enhances handling stability.
“We are thrilled to supply original equipment tires for Porsche for the first time,” said Travis Kang CEO of Nexen Tire. “As Porsche is a representative luxury carmaker with prestigious design and performance, this approval for the Porsche Cayenne proves the superior quality and advanced-technology of our products.”
Nexen Tire plans to take this momentum as a great opportunity to boost the brand value by supplying original equipment tires to the premium car manufacturer. The company will also promote corporate identity and implement premium marketing activities, as well as endeavor to expand supplies of original equipment tires to other Porsche car models.
Since 2012, Nexen Tire has been continuously expanding supplies of its original equipment tires to various types of vehicles of leading global automobile manufacturers.
Meanwhile, Nexen Tire ranked 4th out of 12 tire brands in the Passenger Car segment of the J.D. Power OE Tire Customer Satisfaction Study last March. The company currently owns four cutting-edge research facilities in Korea, China, the United States, and Germany. It has three manufacturing facilities – two in Korea and one in Qingdao, China. By 2018, a new manufacturing plant is slated to be constructed in Zatec, Czech Republic to cater increasing demands in the global market.
About Nexen Tire
Nexen Tire, established in 1942, is a global tire manufacturer headquartered in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, and in Seoul, South Korea. Nexen Tire, one of the world’s fastest growing tire manufacturers, works with 491 dealers based in 141 countries around the world (as of July 2015) and owns three manufacturing plants – two in Korea (Yangsan and Changnyeong) and one in Qingdao, China. Another plant in Zatec, Czech Republic will be operational by 2018. Nexen Tire produces tires for passenger cars, SUVs, and light trucks with advanced technology and excellence in design. The company also focuses on producing UHP tires, which are based on advanced technologies. Nexen Tire supplies OE tires to global car makers in various countries around the world. In 2014, the company achieved a grand slam of the world’s top 4 design awards for the first time amongst the various tire makers in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.nexentire.com.
Wheel alignment is important for safety on the road. Proper wheel alignment also gives you the comfort that any driver should have whilst driving. Unaligned wheels can be caused by many factors including bumping against a curb, hitting a pothole or excess wear to the components.
Firstly, how can you tell if you have unaligned wheels? If the car drifts to one side and you have to steer the wheel in the opposite direction to keep it going in a straight line then you know that you don’t have properly aligned wheels.
There is also a high chance that the reason why your car is pulling to one side is because your tyres might have uneven wear. You might not feel it when you are driving but this could have troublesome consequences in the future.
Deflated tyres could also be a factor as to why your car might be pulling to one side. If one tyre is deflated while the others are sufficiently inflated, it could cause your car to be imbalanced. Firstly, check that all the tyres are properly inflated at the correct pressure.
There is also a possibility that both wheels are facing inwards or outwards. The correct terminology for this concept is toe-in and toe-out. This is usually caused by uneven wear on the tyres causing the tyre to move inwards or outwards.
Every time you take your car for a service, the mechanic makes sure that all four wheels are aligned by using special tools. These tools give accurate readings that allow you to see how badly you may have hit a pothole or how badly your wheel components have been worn.
Furthermore, there is a difference between wheel balancing and wheel alignment. To detect a wheel balancing issue, you will notice that your car vibrates because of the unevenness between the two sides.
Check the wheels as soon as you have hit a bad pothole or drove against a curb. As soon as you hit that pothole or curb you must take the car to a repair centre. The professionals will be able to tell you what other possible damage has been caused as a result.
The answer to the question of how often you should get your wheels aligned is completely up to your driving experience. You shouldn’t have to force the car to go in a straight line. When you notice any of these warning signs, then you should take it for a re-alignment to avoid damage to your wheels and tyres. If you are in doubt, go anyway.