A petroleum based rubber mounted on the wheels of vehicles to provide a higher friction coefficient between a vehicle and a road surface.

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How to remove metal valve caps?

I put metal valve caps on my tires a year or so ago, because I'm an idiot. When I went to add some air to my tires one day, I found that the caps were seized up. Now I am unable to get them off. This ...
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If only replacing two tires should they go on the front or back? [duplicate]

As the titles says I've seen several shops indicate that if you can only replace two tires that they should go on the rear, example Firestone: So shouldn't tires be placed on the front? I was ...
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How do I inspect a used tire?

Used tires, how can I be sure that they are roadworthy? Aside from looking at the general appearance, how do I properly inspect the tire(s)? Are there any scenarios, (damage has occurred), where I ...
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Can I only get an alignment on new tires or is the salesman just being pushy?

When purchasing new tires, the salesman is quick to recommend getting an alignment as well to prevent premature tire wear. I've even been told that you have to get the alignment done when the tires ...
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How does mounting +1,+2 and +3 affect your vehicle? [duplicate]

The title is pretty self descriptive. It's common practice to equip your vehicle with bigger rims simply to achieve aesthetically pleasing looks. Although I'm against modifications exclusively for ...
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Is there a way to test a failed tire to make sure it meets specs?

I had to get a car tire replaced today, because it was punctured by a rock. Not a particularly sharp rock either, just your average, everyday rock. It went straight through a rain groove. I bought ...
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What is my friend's wife not telling him (about this tire)?

So a friend of mine sent me this picture of a "blow out" that happened on his wife's car (some Infinity coupe). She said that it just happened all of a sudden with no warning. She says she pulled ...
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93 325i E36 - help with tires

So I have 2 different rims in the back. One is wide and the other is thinner, along with two different size tires. It pulls hard to the left. Is there a way to fix this without having to get ...
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2013 Toyota Highlander Snow Tires/wheels work on 2016 XLE?

We have snow tires/alloy rims for our 2013 Toyota Highlander. We're thinking of upgrading to the 2016 XLE Highlander and am wondering if we can use the same snow tires/wheels. Does anyone know?
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Is tire life by mileage a failure point or wear point?

When getting new tires and a seller refers to a tire with a 60,000 mileage life does that mean that the actual tire is expected to reach a full wear pattern by a certain thickness or is that from a ...
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TPMS sensor on tires for 2010 Nissan Altima

I've got a 2010 Nissan Altima and I'm trying to figure out if the TPMS gasket is part of the tire itself or not. Story: got front tires replaced at Midas. The one that needed replacing was leaking ...
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Should I get the tire checked?

A part of the tire broke off but I'm not sure if it's significant. How can I tell if the tire is losing air? Tire pressure seems to be OK for now. It's a Volkswagen Jetta 2008. What it looks like:
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Tyre with a cut or crack

I noticed a small cut(or crack) on my FRW.Its not deeper than 1mm and I do not see any wires nor I have any pressure leakage. Is it ok to keep using them?They are for winter and I am using it only 4-5 ...
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What additional wear will occur on the drivetrain from running larger tires and not regearing?

This is probably best viewed as a general question, however specifically I'm talking about a 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with an automatic transmission. I have gone from stock 29 inch tires up to 33 ...
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Is 155/70 R13 75H suitable for Hyundai Santro?

I have 3 new tyres of size 155/70 R13 75H and 1 tyre of 155/70 R13 75S. Does it make any difference?
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Will my 2002 Mustang make it from California to Iowa?

I have a great 2002 Mustang automatic 6cyl in great condition, but I am a worrier and want some outside opinions. I am the second owner of the vehicle. Have owned it for 1year, 7 months and I get my ...
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Which types of protectants are safe to use on automotive tires?

Some protectant formulations are known to damage tire rubber and cause sidewall cracking (which can be very dangerous). What types of tire protectants are recommended to prevent sidewall cracking? ...
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All-wheel drive single tire placement [duplicate]

We have an all-wheel drive Subaru. A few months ago we had one tire blow on a set that was around a year old. We were told (by the tire store) we had to replace all of them. That sounded nuts but I ...
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Can I use “Designed for BMW” Michelin tyres with a non BMW?

I am looking for a Michelin Pilot Super Sport R18 225/40R18 88Y and 245/35R18 92Y for my Mercedes-Benz W208, but this tyres marked on the website as "Designed for BMW". What does it mean? What are ...
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Why winter tires gives better mileage at 15+C

Can somebody explain why my winter set of wheel/tires gets better mileage in almost summer temperatures? At 14-17C+, my winter tires give me 29 avg on a test route, while summer gives a ~24 avg. I ...
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Tires for my husband's Mustang

I bought my husband brand new tires about 3 years ago, he never put them on his car. Are they still good to put on a rim, or no?
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Do most tyres have the year of manufacture printed on them? [duplicate]

I recently came back from a few weeks holiday to find a rim with an old tire on it had completely deflated. The tire was needing replacement anyway so I took it to a tire shop to get a new tire put ...
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Why do tyres go flat after a few weeks of non-usage?

My car is a 2007 model FIAT Albea 1.3 liter 4-door saloon. I think it might be the "fire" version. Made (assembled) in Turkey. I use it 6 months a year but 4-5 weeks at a time. When it's stored/parked ...
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Tire Maintenance

I just bought a new car and I have heard three things about tires: They need to be aligned They need to be balanced They need to be rotated Now, what I do not know is how often each needs to be ...
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problems with different pair of tires on front , rear axle for passenger car

I'm planning to install a pair of snow/winter tires on rear axle(because they are about to wear out). The front axle has new regular tires (not winter/snow). Both will be of same spec (205/45R17) I'm ...
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Toyota aygo damage repair

I damaged my Toyota Aygo Spice Edition, on the left rocker panel because I had a flat tire. Also the 14" alloy wheels (6-spoke) is damaged and needs to be replaced with a new one. Would it be ...
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Steel radial belt showing on front tires only?

I have all new tires. Cannot figure out why but the front tires seem to being having some issue. I've had to replace the front more than the back. Today I was shocked when I inspected the front tires ...
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General Tire Altimax

I just got some new General Tire Altimax tires and they are feeling a bit funny, like there are a thousand micro vibrations --- you can't quite feel them, but I'm worried maybe after a while, it would ...
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Will it hurt to be off 5" on width on tires through conversion

I am a student for automotive and have a print out of the conversion chart for tires. it says I can go from 215/70r15 to 244/55r16 and only lose 1mph on speedometer, but found some 245/50r16 will that ...
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I have 225 45 r17 winter tyres on golf but peugeot 207 with 205 45 r17 tyres - could I interchange

I have 225 45 r17 winter tyres on my golf that are nearly new. I have just purchased a Peugeot 207 with 205 45 r17 tyres - could I also use my winter tyres on this car?
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Can I change a single worn tyre instead of a pair?

In April last year I bought a 2008 Ford Focus. The tyres were relatively new, all apart from the front right which was more worn than the rest. I've driven the car roughly 7,000 miles in nearly 11 ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

I would REALLY like to get rid of my spare wheel. The wheel is heavy and I need the spare wheel well for... other purposes. In my history of driving I never had to use the spare wheel, so it cost me a ...
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Can I replace my R14 wheels/tyres with R13 wheels/tyres?

I have a Peugeot 107 with 14 inch rims. My tires are bald and require replacing ASAP. I have a friend who has a Ford Ka with 13" rims. They purchased five new tired (including the spare) less than ...
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Tire SideWall Damage. Replace?

Yesterday I bumped into a curb and my tire has sidewall damage. Is this tire safe to drive on? or do I need to replace this tire?
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what could cause a scraping noise after tire rotation

After having one tire replaced, and the tires rotated, drove out of the shop immediately to a grrr (rubbing/grinding) sound momentarily, once per tire rotation. I noticed the "back" tires have pretty ...
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Can I put 225/75R16 on a vehicle meant for 245/75R16?

I have a retired 2000 GMC Savanna 250 with 225/75R16 tires that have plenty of tread, no signs of dry rot, and are only 3 years old. My newer vehicle is a 2009 Ford E350 extended, and it needs at ...
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How to test gas station air compressors before use?

Yesterday I was with my wife and three children in the car, 300 KM from home just after sunset. I pulled into a gas station and as before all long trips, I dialed 31 PSI on the gas station's air ...
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Does a screw in the tire mean sidewall damage and tire replacement?

I bought my 2015 Hyundai Sonata last March (2015) and it has about 17,000 miles on it. I just found a screw in the rear driver side tire. Shows a slow leak when I took to a tire shop and they applied ...
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Is it normal both TPMS sensors fail just after changing tires?

I had the rear pair of tires of my 2006 Toyota Prius changed recently. Both were already bald and one was also leaky. The Tire Pressure Measure Sensors were pointing correctly that the leaky tire ...
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Will factory 2016 Toyota Corolla “S” 17" wheels and tires fit a 2014 Scion Xd without rubbing?

Will factory 2016 Toyota Corolla "S" 17" wheels and tires fit a 2014 Scion Xd without rubbing? Both have the same 5x100 bolt pattern. Is one wider than the other? Will they rub? Speedometer will be ...
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Tires uneven measurements

So for winter tires, I have 16 inch in the front and 15inch in the back, both are winter tires, is this deadly? I know I should change this but the car I'm driving is gonna go after this winter, I'm ...
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Cheap tyres on rear of car?

I've bought a car with two worn rear tyres (still legal, but between 3 - 4mm of tread left, so will need replacing soonish) and two brand new (but cheap off brand) tyres on the front. I'm wondering ...
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How does tire pressure affect susceptility to hydroplane?

Is a tire's propensity to hydroplane proportional or inversely proportional to tire pressure? That is, if a tire is over inflated or under inflated, is it more or less likely to hydroplane?Edit: This ...
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What is cold tire shearing?

I have friends that goto Track Days frequently on their motorcycles. If the first session is very cold they use their old tires and don't ride real hard because they don't want to shear their good ...
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Radial tires: Do they bulge at too high pressure?

It's tire pressure time! At least when looking at the recent new questions. So here is another question about air pressure. At driving schools, shops and in the internet you often find this type of ...
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Checking Tire Pressure when the tire is warm or cold

Witnessed a recent debate about what is the appropriate temperature to check tire pressure at. The debate centered around warm or cold, there wasn't an exact temperature given by any of the parties. ...
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How To Pump Up Car Tires (finding the optimal PSI for your tires)

I have noticed that all the tires on my VW Passat B5 have "44 PSI" written on them except the spare that has "51 PSI". This seems incredibly high to me so when I filled them up recently at the petrol ...
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Tire Speed Rating Naming Convention

According to an answer on this page the speed ratings that can appear on the end of a tire specification (like "195/65R15 91 V") include almost all of the letters of the alphalphabet in almost the ...
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What does the letter at the end of a tire code signify? [duplicate]

Take the following tire codes, for instance: 195/65R15 91 V 245/40R18 97 Y What does the "V" signify? What other letter codes are there?
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How To Read Car Tires

On my VW Passat B5 tires, there is a marking that reads "195/65R15 91 V". What does this mean? Do I have to get replacement tires with this exact marking on the side of the tire in the future or not? ...