Best Tires for Toyota Corolla (2009)

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The Toyota Corolla was one of the top selling vehicles in 2009, with nearly 300,000 models sold. The original equipment tires were built to last anywhere from 26,000 – 40,000 miles, so it’s likely that they are due to be replaced in the near future (if they’re not already slicker than racing tires). Before reading further, it may be good to get a refresher on how to read UTQG ratings, as they are particularly useful when considering replacement tires.

195/65R15

This was the smallest tire size option for the car, and came standard on the Base model and was an optional size on the LE model. There were 3 different Original Equipment (OE) tires offered over the course of this model year. They included: Continental ContiProContact (400 AA A), the Goodyear Eagle LS-2 (440 A B), or the Firestone Affinity Touring (500 A B). Based on the UTQG ratings, these tires will last anywhere from 40-50k miles. They are also all touring tires, meaning they offer a relatively quiet, comfortable ride. Any of the OE tires will set you back roughly $325-$425 per set, plus installation. If you’d like to stay with the level of ride quality (or even improve it) but get longer tread wear, there are many better options in this size. The Michelin Defender (820 A B) offers a 90k mile warranty and the Yokohama AVID Ascend comes with an 85k mile warranty. Both of these are the newest tire lines to emerge from their respective manufacturers – they offer ultra-low rolling resistance (gas savers), excellent all-season handling, and some of the quietest rides in their class. They cost roughly $370-$470 per set, plus installation. A slightly more economical option would be the Cooper CS4 Touring (780 A A) – while it offers a 60k mile warranty, the UTQG rating suggests it will outlast its expected life. It’s received high handling and traction ratings in the industry, and possibly the lowest cost per mile in its class, with a price tag around $350 per set, plus installation.

205/55R16

This size came standard on the S model, the XLE model, and was an optional size for the LE model. The OE tires were either the Goodyear Eagle RS-A (260 A A) or the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-002 (300 A A). Both tires offer relatively low tread wear, and aren’t anything special in terms of handling or ride quality, and they come with a cost of around $450-$550 per set. If you’re looking to maintain a quiet ride and increase mileage, (just like the previously discussed size) the Yokohama AVID Ascend and Michelin Defender are great options, at roughly $500-$600 per set plus installation. There are several other worthwhile options in this size. The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus (600 A A) is one of the quietest tires in its class and rates very high for traction and handling – runs roughly $500 per set. Slightly lower in price is the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A (560 A A) which, while the tread wear is lower than some of the other options, will still last considerably longer than either of the OE tires. It offers a smooth, comfortable ride, and excellent traction in dry, wet, and light snow conditions.

215/45R17

This low-profile size came standard on the XRS model. The OE tire was, again, the Goodyear Eagle RS-A (260 A A). Given the size, most of the replacement options are high performance (as is the OE tire), but almost all replacement tires will give you much better tread wear than the OE Goodyear. The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus (500 AA A) has become a benchmark high performance tire in its class – costing roughly $650/set. It combines good mileage, excellent handling, and is as quiet as a high performance tire can be. The Continental ExtremeContactDWS (540 A A) is another enthusiast favorite – with a high tread wear rating and great overall traction, the set will cost roughly $530. Some reviews say this tire isn’t the top performer in terms of cornering ability, though it does have one of the longest tread wear ratings in its class; it’s best to keep those factors in mind when considering this tire. The Cooper Zeon RS3-A (500 AA A) is perhaps one of the best value high performance tires available – with the same tread wear rating as the Michelin and extremely positive reviews by Consumer Reports, the set will cost you roughly $460, which is a steal compared to some of the other options.

Regardless of your tire size, driving preferences, and budget, be sure to check out TireVan for your 2009 Toyota Corolla replacement tires! We offer all the tires listed here, plus many others, at competitive prices and with the highest quality installation. On top of that, we bring them to you, and change them while you work or relax at home, saving you valuable time and money.

Contact TireVan at 877-847-3826, or visit www.TireVan.com to see our tire selection and make an appointment online. Please note that TireVan’s service area is currently available in the Washington, DC and Philadelphia metro areas only. 

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Top Winter/Snow Tires For 2012-13 Season

It seems as though every year, the weather is more unpredictable and extreme than the last. Snow, ice, and everything in between may not only make your daily driving more difficult and time consuming, but more dangerous as well. Tires have a huge impact on your vehicle’s stability on the road, and this couldn’t be truer for winter conditions. Anyone who’s been stuck in a blizzard with bad tires can surely relate; and if you haven’t been there before, now is not the time to start!

The right set of tires for you will vary based on your local climate, but most people will be well suited with one of two categories – all-season tires or winter tires (also referred to as snow tires). If you are unsure of which category you fall into, try this: Winter Tires – Do They Make Sense For Me?

The list below highlights some of the top performing winter tires and all-season tires for ice and snow traction. (All these winter tires come with the industry’s severe snow service rating.)

BEST WINTER/SNOW TIRES

Michelin-X-Ice-Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3 – Michelin’s FleX-Ice ® is regarded as one of the best snow tires on the market today. It is a studless, directional tire that offers excellent snow traction and ice braking. It provides firmness at higher temperatures for wet and dry road stability, while remaining flexible at lower temperatures to enhance winter performance on packed snow and ice. The tire’s Cross Z-sipes throughout its independent shoulder and intermediate tread blocks deliver exceptional handling. The sipes also help improve tread and shoulder block stability to provide longitudinal stiffness for precision on wet and dry roads. These models are also known for best-in-class low rolling resistance and tread wear.

Bridgestone-Blizzak-WS-70

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 – Bridgestone’s improved version of last year’s WS60 is sure to keep you safe, with excellent snow traction and ice braking capabilities. A studless, directions tire, it sports 3-D sipes and independent tread blocks for improved stability in bad weather. It is also constructed with Multicell ® technology, which removes a thin layer of surface water by using millions of microscopic pores in the compound. Many enthusiasts rate this Bridgestone as one of the top winter tires.

Nokian-Hakkapeliitta-R

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R – This is a new studless, directional winter tire made by Nokian (a Finnish company). It is designed to maintain grip throughout fluctuating winter temperatures and conditions. Built with 900 Pump Sipes which have small water pockets, it is excellent at moisture removal while in contact with the road. It also has break boosters at the back of the tread blocks to shorten breaking distance, an even center rib to maintain stability, and great lateral grip through the shoulder blocks. This tire is also known for even tread wear and extremely low rolling resistance.

General Atlimax Arctic

General Altimax Arctic – This tire offers a directional tread design and a center stability rib for excellent water evacuation and straight-line control. It also has 270-degrees of high density siping, enhancing snow traction and ice breaking capabilities. Also, this tire is studdable, meaning it offers the option of adding alternating rows of metal studs in the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks. This increases traction on hard, packed snow and icy roads. However, driving on studded tires is only allowed during certain months and in certain parts of the country (and may even be illegal in your area.) Please consult your local Department of Motor Vehicles before adding studs to your tires!

BEST ALL-SEASON TIRES (for winter driving)

Continental-ProContact-with-EcoPlus-Technology

Continetal ProContact w/EcoPlus – This tire’s all-season tread compound offers improved tread wear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The tire offers a symmetric design that provides continuous tread contact with the road to enhance steering response and handling while its wide circumferential grooves promote hydroplaning resistance and wet traction. Continental’s PROactive Edge Technology ® brings more active edges into the contact patch to promote foul-weather traction. This tire is expected to offer “good” ice braking capability and “very good” snow traction.

Hankook Optimo H727

Hankook Optimo H727 – This tire features a symmetric tread design with hundreds of tapered lateral slots and a continuous center rib. The high-density sipes enhances traction in winter conditions while four circumferential grooves help evacuate water from under the footprint to resist hydroplaning on wet roads. This tire is expected to offer “very good” snow traction and ice braking and is also rated highly by consumer reports. The Hankook is considered one of the best tires for winter driving in the all season tire category.

Cooper-CS4-Touring

Cooper CS4 Touring – This tire offers strong wet and dry performance for drivers who want optimum ride comfort, responsive handling, and all-season traction. It is a good choice for consumers interested in a competitively priced entry-level luxury, touring tire. Cooper CS4 Touring is expected to offer “very good” snow traction with “average” ice braking performance.


Michelin-Defender

Michelin Defender – This is the newest tire offered by Michelin, and incorporates a quiet ride, ultra low rolling resistance, and exceptional tread life. IntelliSipe ® technology provides maximum grip in wet weather for shortened braking distance. It also has MaxTouch Construction ®, which optimizes the contact patch with the road during braking, accelerating, and cornering. It rates “good” for both snow and ice performance.

Regardless of whether you need a set of winter tires or all-season tires to make it through some nasty weather, TireVan has you covered! With the largest selection of tires in the Washington DC and Philadelphia metro areas, we can surely accommodate whatever tire fits your needs and budget best. We are more than happy to provide with you unbiased, expert opinions on what tire suits your life, your preferences, and your wallet.

Contact TireVan at 877-847-3826, or visit www.TireVan.com to see our tire selection and make an appointment online. Please note that TireVan’s service area is currently available only in the Washington, DC & Philadelphia metro areas.

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Tire Pressure Sensor Replacement Dilemma – Plan and Save Hundreds of Dollars

Tire Pressure Sensor SystemSome of you may already know that Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TMPS) were mandated by Congress in 2000 under the TREAD Act to warn drivers of underinflated tires.   As a result, all vehicles manufactured since 2007 are equipped with some kind a TPMS system and many higher-end vehicles came equipped with TPMS as early as 1996.

In general, the tire industry has adapted to the service of sensors and most reputable shops will have no problem ensuring that they are reset following a tire installation.  However, what consumers need to know is that every sensor is powered by a small, non-rechargeable battery that cannot be serviced or replaced.  The estimated lifespan of these batteries differs by manufacturer, but the industry consensus is that at 5 -7 years or 70,000 miles, the sensors will begin to fail, illuminating the TPMS warning light on the dashboard of the vehicle.  This light is more than a nuisance – beyond the very real safety hazard of driving with underinflated tires, in most states the illuminated TPMS light is an automatic inspection failure.

This is about to be a huge problem for millions of consumers on several fronts.  First, the sensors are expensive, with each unit costing as much as $100 and most vehicles requiring five units (for the four main wheels and one spare).  Worse, because the sensors are mounted inside the wheel, installation requires the dismounting, remounting and re-balancing of all five tires.  If this is being done anyway, say in the course of an ordinary tire replacement, mounting the new sensors is inexpensive, averaging $10 additional per wheel.  The problem arises when the consumer replaces the tires without replacing the still operating (but aging) sensor- let’s do the math for a 2007 Touring Sedan with 60,000 miles for which you purchase 40,000 mile warranty tires with about 6 months – year worth of sensor life left:

Tires & Sensors Purchased at the same time

 

Cost of 4 Tire Installed $700
5 Sensors $500
5 Sensor Installs $50
1 Mount + Balance for spare $25
Total $1275

 

Tires & Sensors Purchased Separately

 

  Tires (Today) Sensors (a year later)  
Tires Installed $700    
5 Sensors   $500  
5 Sensor Installs   $50  
5 Tire Mount + Balance   $125  
Total $700  $675.00  $1,375.00

 By being proactive, the consumer saves themselves a trip to the tire store (or in our case an on-site appointment) as well as $100 on install

In some newer vehicles, manufacturers have added rechargeable units, extended the lifespan of the battery to 10+ years, or adopted so-called “indirect” systems that don’t use an in-tire sensor at all.  However, if you own a car that is over 5 years old that is equipped with TPMS, a failure is in your future and you are better off biting the bullet and changing them out with your tires.

The internet is full of advice on this topic and one bit that we see frequently is the suggestion to buy sensors online and then have your local shop do the install.  We don’t have any major qualms with the quality of the more reputable aftermarket parts (although we prefer to use OEM). However, many of the discount OE suppliers can offer low-cost stock specifically because they have aging batteries inside… so buyer beware.

TPMS increases driving safety, improves fuel economy and increases tire life by proactively alerting the driver to an underinflated tire.  Replacing the unit before it has failed is money well spent.

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado Replacement Tires

The Chevrolet Silverado was in the top 5 best-selling vehicles in 2009 according to examiner.com and CNN Money. In production for well over a decade, this pickup truck has solidified itself as a reliable option for work use, recreational off-road use, a solid everyday vehicle, or all of the above. With over 100 different combinations (literally!) of trim designs, light or heavy duty capabilities, suspension options, and tire/wheel packages, this truck is practically customizable to your exact needs. Rather than look at replacement tires by size, we will recommend some of our favorite options that are likely available in most, if not all, tire and wheel sizes for the truck.

For regular highway, local, or long-range driving, an all-season tire will best fit your needs. Amongst the myriad of high tech tires on the market today, the Michelin Latitude Tour (65,000 miles), Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology (70,000 miles), Nokian WRG2 SUV (50,000), and General Grabber HTS (60,000 miles) are fantastic options. They all offer low rolling resistance – an environmentally friendly technology built in that makes the vehicle more fuel efficient. They also have great all-season traction and handling, and some of the quietest rides in their class. Believe it or not, the Chevy Silverado actually has a Hybrid option. Kind of an oxymoron, no? While Hybrid owners are likely to prefer these fuel efficient tires, they are wonderful options for any Silverado. With gas prices as high as they are these days, any pickup truck has a reason to go green!

All-terrain tires offer more aggressive tread and on/off-road capabilities, but they produce much higher road noise levels. If you prefer to go off the beaten path and noise isn’t a factor in your tire purchase, all-terrains will give you what you’re looking for. The Michelin LTX A/T 2 (60,000 miles), Cooper Discoverer A/T 3 (55,000 miles), and Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 (60,000 miles) all have great wet/dry handling ratings, high snow traction,  and all are backed by mileage warranties.

Let’s say your main driving is on paved roads, but you don’t want to limit your options to just a highway tire – what should you do? A great middle-of-the-road tire is the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A (50,000 miles). This model was designed for folks who prefer a quieter, largely highway-use tire, but occasionally need some light off-road capabilities. It’s less noisy and aggressive than most other all-terrain tires, but more gravel-friendly and rugged than a standard all-season tire.

The tires recommended here can fall within a wide price range so we hope you’ll find this list to be helpful regardless of your price preference. We would like to emphasize that before shopping for new tires, it is of utmost importance to check your tire size and load requirement set by Chevrolet. Some sub-models require a P-metric tire, while others require an LT tire, and there is a very big difference in how much weight those tires can support (even if the tire sizes are the same). Examine both the sidewall of your current tires, and the vehicle placard, to ensure you get the correct dimensions and weight capacity for your truck. Click here if you’re unsure of how to check your tire size.

Regardless of your tire size, driving preferences, and budget, be sure to check out TireVan for your 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, & 3500 replacement tires! We offer all the tires here, and many others, at competitive prices and with the highest quality installation. On top of that, we bring them to you, and change them while you work or relax at home, saving you valuable time and money.

Contact TireVan at 877-847-3826, or visit www.TireVan.com to see our tire selection and make an appointment online. Please note that TireVan’s service area is currently available only in the Washington, DC & Philadelphia metro areas.

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Ford F150, F250, & F350 (2009) Replacement Tires

The Ford F-Series was the #1 best-selling vehicle in 2009 according to examiner.com and CNN Money. Since we’re nearing the end of 2012, chances are it’s almost time to get new tires. Given the growing demand for truck tires in the industry, the options are more bountiful than ever before. Typically we would examine replacement tire options by size or sub-model, but talk about options aplenty – there are more sub-models and tire sizes for this truck than we can shake a stick at. Below are some highly rated truck tires that will likely fit most, if not all, tire and wheel packages for the F-Series. Please also make sure to read our blog on UTQG ratings for a quick lesson on one of the most useful grading scales for tires.

For regular highway, local, or long-range driving, an all-season tire will best fit your needs. Amongst the myriad of high tech tires on the market today, the Michelin Latitude Tour (65,000 miles), Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology (70,000 miles), Nokian WRG2 SUV (50,000), and General Grabber HTS (60,000 miles) are fantastic options. They all offer low rolling resistance – an environmentally friendly technology built in that makes the vehicle more fuel efficient. They also have great all-season traction and handling, and some of the quietest rides in their class. Never before has a pickup truck had a better opportunity to shut up and go green, all while keeping you safe!

All-terrain tires offer more aggressive tread and on/off-road capabilities, but they produce much higher road noise levels. If you prefer to go off the beaten path and noise isn’t a factor in your tire purchase, all-terrains will give you what you’re looking for. The Michelin LTX A/T 2 (60,000 miles), Cooper Discoverer A/T 3 (55,000 miles), and Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 (60,000 miles) all have great wet/dry handling ratings, high snow traction,  and all are backed by mileage warranties.

Let’s say you live on a dirt road, or sometimes you take a grassy detour, but the majority of your driving is on pavement – what should you do? A great middle-of-the-road tire is the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A (50,000 miles). This model was designed for folks who prefer a quieter, largely highway-use tire, but occasionally need some light off-road capabilities. It’s less noisy and aggressive than most other all-terrain tires, but more gravel-friendly and rugged than a standard all-season tire.

Before shopping for new tires, it is of utmost importance to check your tire size and load requirement set by Ford. Some sub-models require a P-metric tire, while others require an LT tire, and there is a very big difference in how much weight those tires can support (even if the tire sizes are the same). Examine both the sidewall of your current tires, and the vehicle placard, to ensure you get the correct dimensions and weight capacity for your truck. Click here if you’re unsure of how to check your tire size.

Regardless of your tire size, driving preferences, and budget, be sure to check out TireVan for your 2009 Ford F150, F250, & F350 replacement tires! We offer all the tires here, and many others, at competitive prices and with the highest quality installation. On top of that, we bring them to you, and change them while you work or relax at home, saving you valuable time and money.

Contact TireVan at 877-847-3826, or visit www.TireVan.com to see our tire selection and make an appointment online. Please note that TireVan’s service area is currently available only in the Washington, DC & Philadelphia metro areas.

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