In a perfect world, a tire sealant kit may sound like a quick, convenient way to fix a flat tire. No need to remove the tire—just add sealant, inflate, and go. But, it turns out, there is more to it. To better understand the available products, we have begun evaluating several.
With beautiful spring weather, the allure of the open road on a motorcycle is tempting. To help you choose the best bike for your needs and save money on maintenance, consider these tips, including insights from our recent reliability and owner satisfaction survey of motorcycles purchased new in the past four years.
Jacking up prices after an emergency is not acceptable. That's the message New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent to gas station owners this week, six months after Superstorm Sandy struck.
Even though winter is over, our cold-weather testing continues. We've just completed two tests with our latest tire group: stopping on ice and resistance to hydroplaning on standing water. And as the testing rolls on, we wanted to share some interesting new findings.
Our latest tests show that shopping for a car battery by brand name alone can be a big mistake, both in terms of performance and in cost. But our latest Ratings make it easy to find the best one for your needs and budget, no matter what you drive.
Q: I recently purchased a new car, and the dealer offered undercoating, rustproofing, and a TST paint-protection service for $500. I declined, but are any of those services actually worthwhile? —Dan Doherty Belle Vernon, Penn.
Many factors can influence choosing a motorcycle, but like cars, chances are reliability will be a consideration. After all, the bike is more than a swagger statement. It is some combination of transportation and recreation, and therefore needs to be dependable. This information was previously based largely on anecdotes, but a new Consumer Reports study reveals what can go wrong and how frequently.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) have been standard equipment by federal law in all new cars for about six years now. Despite their very real safety benefits, the tire-pressure systems can be a royal pain in the neck, and a costly one, for consumers and tire shops alike.
When it came time to put our 2012 Kia Sportage on the block, a prospective buyer noticed a tear, about an inch long, in the driver's-side rear seat. The hole was definitely something that detracted from the vehicle's looks and value. We had to do something.
We are just thawing out after spending a few days testing tires at Jay Peak Resort in northern Vermont. No, we weren't skiing. We were measuring snow-traction performance in severe conditions to provide expert insights for our upcoming winter-tire ratings.
While not everyone's a poet, I've seen my fair share of women swoon when they've received poetry penned by their loved one. And as a Valentine's Day present, I'm not sure there's any way to top it. (Well, maybe chocolates or a puppy.) Shopping can be a challenge for many men, but there's an affordable way to combine passions for your lover and automobiles.
Buying gifts for loved ones can be hard. You balance between what they need and what they want, what's reasonably priced, and what is an indulgent luxury. The same could be true for cars.
Whether initiated by an automaker or required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car recalls are issued to address safety-related defects or problems. It's important to keep up on recalls on your vehicle to ensure safe operation. Fortunately, it just got easier to check recalls.
If the idea of a car battery that could last 10 years, has more cranking power than conventional batteries, can stand more charge and discharge cycles, and offers faster recharge time appeals to you, you're in luck. It's coming soon. And as a bonus, it weighs just 6.6 pounds.
Our testers put 100s of products through their paces at our National Testing and Research Center. Learn more about how we test for: