More likely this one:
More likely this one:
Michelin Defender® LTX® M/S. Michelin is the only tire I have purchased for the last 40+ years. In every case, the tread has outlasted the warranty. 70k to 80k miles.Looking for all weather tires for my 2015 Pilot. I live in Pennsylvania. They need to be good for snow, but mostly highway driving. What do you recommend?
Have you verified that the alignment is correct?Need to come back and quasi retract my post earlier. Starting to get some road noise from the Dueler Alenzas so I had my yearly inspection come up here as we do in Pennsylvania and had my mechanic take a look. Was fully prepared to need a new wheel bearing and the mechanic, knowing that I was willing to spend the $, informed me that indeed these tires are cupping. No suspension or wheel bearing issues. I was hoping it was a wheel bearing rather than the tires.
When you buy tires from Costco, they simply sell and install. They do not do alignments. My previous tires were not cupping or further indicating any sort of alignment issue. I then had an alignment done when I had the compliance bushings replaced. Is it possible that not aligning right away would lead to feathering, notwithstanding the prior lack of alignment related issues?
Also, Costco now is willing to give me 60% of the value of two of the tires towards new ones. Do I just replace the worn ones with new ones (current tread is 8/32) or do I sack up and take the $ they're giving me and get Michelins? I'd consider other less expensive tires but they're giving me almost $250 towards new tires.
But, but..., but it's FREE at Costco!Stupid science stuff:
The "dry" nitrogen fill is a gimmick. A good one and popular. But the real benefit comes from "dry". The two major components of air we breathe are nitrogen and oxygen, and all but a tiny fraction of the rest (maybe 1% of total by mass) are all considered "perfect gasses", which expand and contract in perfect proportion with changes in their (absolute) temperature. Moisture/water vapor (tiny fraction of that one percent...) is the major not-perfect gas component, as it expands and contracts in a much smaller temperature range. Get the moisture out of the air in the tires, and they change pressure less than a more humid charge in the tires.
Consider that the tires get "filled" with your local air when they are mounted, to a pressure of about 14.5 PSI absolute. Then approximately two more atmospheres of air pressure are added. It's only the air added after the bead is seated that will be "dry" nitrogen. You have an initial charge of 78% nitrogen with the air inside during mounting, then two more atmospheres of pure dry nitrogen added, leaving you with net about 7% other gasses and still way under 1% moisture under the best circumstances. Only about 1/3 of the moisture you would expect with a fill of ambient air. Amazingly, that fraction of moisture, although smaller, still has an almost identical effect on hot tire pressure increase. Gimmick...
ROFL!To make it more effective, you should drain and fill the tires several times with that dry nitrogen, each time reducing the remaining moisture fraction. Kinda like the way we change our ATF. We manage to replace almost but never quite all of the old 'fluid' with each drain-and-fill.