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Old 09-13-2021, 01:17 PM
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Does ordering a new left front caliper count?

So last night I finished up what I would call a compete cooling system update and Oil Pan gasket replace, along with new axles, axle seals new oil in both diffs, TCASE oil change. only to find while it was sitting in the driveway for a few weeks, the left front caliper froze up. I just replaced it may2019 but has lifetime warr, bad is the store I got it from its a non stocking part and has to be ordered

down a few more days, glad its summer and the Z4 isnt giving me problems
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Old 09-13-2021, 02:50 PM
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Winter Ready Checked

Finally got around to install my winter set up wheels and decided to go bigger on tires with 265/60/18 Hankook Dynopro AT M. Happy with the performance and look, zero rubbing with no lift. Surprisingly there is no road noise.

If that's your winter setup, what do you drive on in the summer? That looks like a normal AT tire to me. OK in the snow but not really a winter tire.
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Old 09-13-2021, 03:30 PM
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Well, winter to me :-) I'm in VA so mild winters. Summer set up is Staggered Package Tires: 275/40/20, 315/35/20

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Old 09-13-2021, 04:06 PM
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Gotcha. I actually drove for the first four winters I had the car using some Goodyear A/Ts (all year round). But in the snow they are just not very good, especially now that the tread blocks have all been rounded off. Better than an all season, but not by much. I finally got some studless snow tires last year and wish I had done it sooner.
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Old 09-13-2021, 04:25 PM
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I don't drive a ton of miles 10-11k per year.

I spent my tire budget on a bit of a bidding war when I bought my car at auction so I was stuck with the studdless snow tires that came with.

After avoiding 3-4 accidents do to the snow tires during summer/fall/spring I decided to run winter tires year 'round and 74,000 miles later I'm very happy with that decision.

Cheaper than having two sets off tires to just replace more often. So far the timing had just lucked out that I've had full winter tread through the winters and wore them out through the warmer seasons where there was plenty of non snow tread just not good for snow.
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I would agree that studless snow tires are great to run for about 9 months out of the year. I like the fact that they don't need to be changed at a particular date like studded tires do, and I typically put them on early or run them late, depending on how much time I have. In fact, road test data shows that they are usually significantly stickier than all-seasons in rainy conditions, and even in dry weather as long as the temperatures are not hot. But in the summer they definitely do not grip as well as a normal all-season. All the data I have seen is that they are a liability in hot/dry conditions. Unfortunately there is limited tire test data out there for this sort of comparison, but the data I have seen it is a significant drop-off in grip. I admit I have not driven on mine in hot weather other than a handful of times, but when I did I could tell they felt greasy in those conditions and I could tell it was time to change tires.



Edmunds, for example, did a tire test and found their studless tires took 155 feet to stop from 60mph, compared to 131 feet for their all-season and 120 feet for the summer tires they had tested. I don't know what tires you are running, Andrew, but I definitely hope that others think twice before they take your recommendation.
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Not all done today but the last 2 weeks after spending months chasing down a coolant leak I figured out it was coming from the hard plastic pipes under the intake manifold. I decided it was time to do a little refresher. This is most of the parts not including replacing all the vacuum lines as well as a few other parts and spending several hours just cleaning the engine, ALL the parts and engine compartment as well as the suspension & frame parts I could reach with dish-washing liquid and a paint brush. I hate working on a dirty engine.


I almost forgot, I built a make shift fuel injector test bench and ran about 1 cut of fuel cleaner (B-12) through each injector using a injector tester and 25 psi or air pressure. Each injector gave a nice spray pattern and seemed to spray the same amount of fuel in the same amount of time. I didnt bother testing and measuring it down to the micron. lol Looks good.


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Old 09-15-2021, 12:50 PM
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I would agree that studless snow tires are great to run for about 9 months out of the year. I like the fact that they don't need to be changed at a particular date like studded tires do, and I typically put them on early or run them late, depending on how much time I have. In fact, road test data shows that they are usually significantly stickier than all-seasons in rainy conditions, and even in dry weather as long as the temperatures are not hot. But in the summer they definitely do not grip as well as a normal all-season. All the data I have seen is that they are a liability in hot/dry conditions. Unfortunately there is limited tire test data out there for this sort of comparison, but the data I have seen it is a significant drop-off in grip. I admit I have not driven on mine in hot weather other than a handful of times, but when I did I could tell they felt greasy in those conditions and I could tell it was time to change tires.



Edmunds, for example, did a tire test and found their studless tires took 155 feet to stop from 60mph, compared to 131 feet for their all-season and 120 feet for the summer tires they had tested. I don't know what tires you are running, Andrew, but I definitely hope that others think twice before they take your recommendation.

Except they do the hot road stop test on clean dry pavement not the oily Chicago roads I drive on more often than not.

I drive about 20 total hours a year (of 450 or so) in conditions bad for my tires, it's absolutely worth the trade off to stick with the soft compound year 'round for me. I get it's not for everyone but after the third minor accident avoided due to winter tires in summer I'm a permanent convert.

So if you drive mostly in city where enough traffic keeps the roads covered in an oily film I promise over much better traction than any summer or "3 season" tire.

[mention]Bdc101 [/mention] Is absolutely correct about doing your homework if 1 season tires are best for you. I wouldn't even consider if below about 43.4 latitude. Also depending on when/how you drive.

I commute about 75 miles 140 minutes regularly to Chicago and the last 20 minutes is a greasy slip n slide almost everyday also most of my drives are done and night so even in summer it's 70-75f 21-23c so those are significant factors in will studdless year 'round work for you.

Also like bdc mentions I can absolutely feel my tires turn gooey at high temps and I moderate my driving to compensate for the loss of grip and also to not shed 1000s of miles off the lifespan each trip.
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:04 PM
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One more point to make: tires marketed as all season I refer to as 3-season. They have less than half the traction of my tires on polished snow like side streets become when driven on before plowed. I watched a poor guy spin his "3-season" tires upwards of a minute before getting out of a parking spot. I backed in and pulled out taking a video. My front left tire spun less than 60 total vs countless revolutions. I've also driven up snow banks and through ice ruts as well as one time I parked in 3-4" of water that froze solid around my tires and I drove right out without incident.

All factored into why I keep the studdless always. One other great example: wet leaves in a corner in fall! They are almost a non issue where with my previous car I had to pay great attention to avoid a spin-out.
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