The sole point of contact between the vehicle and the road, tyres are a vital and oft-overlooked component.

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Fishtailed so easily? Bad tires? ABS?

I just got my first truck... it's a '92 Ford Explorer. It has the Red Brake Light and Yellow Rear Antilock lights on at all times. I've read online multiple times that this means something about ...
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Explanation of phrase relating to tyre tread depth

The highway code states that 'Cars, light vans and light trailers must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire ...
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Equipping tire pump with pressure gauge

Is it possible to add a pressure gauge to a tire pump that has no pressure gauge? I was googling for pump hoses with built-in pressure gauge but couldn't find any. I was also looking for pressure ...
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Rim/tire two wrongs make a right?

One of the back wheels on my car has a different rim size than the others. Specifically that odd wheel is 195/65R15 whereas the other three tires are 205/55R16. I calculated the total diameter of the ...
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4 new tires on 2013 Explorer?

I read through the past article and through others questions on this topic, but I am getting conflicting answers. I had a flat tire and the tire company put two new tires on the rear of my Explorer. ...
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Tire Replacement

In October, I bought new tires for my 2012 Toyota All-Wheel Drive Highlander. I have only put 4000 miles on them as I have not been able to drive since March due to surgery. Tonight, a family member ...
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Weird gouges on the tire sidewall. Are they going to blow?

I just noticed these gouges on the rear driver side tires. Should I be worried about a possible blowout? Should I replace them? Thanks!
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Running 4 tires of a slightly larger section height than stock/recommended

I'm considering replacing all my tires with a set of slightly higher ones — installing 205/60R16 instead of 205/55R16. My incentive is mostly availability of the particular model of tire I'm ...
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Installing lower speed-rated tires than recommended

I have a 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i and I need new tires. My current tires are P225/55R17 95H. Searching around, I found some Yokohama Avid Ascend tires, which look to be great touring tires, ...
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Glass / Tire puncture

Are you more likely to cause a punctured tire if you drive over glass pieces on the road ahead in a regular car at a fast speed (30 mph+) or slow speed (5 mph). The former would cause quicker contact ...
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Duke 390 Tyre rotation problem

I have observed that my ktm duke 390's back wheel is difficult to rotate even while its in neutral. If i'm riding the bike, if i put it in neutral, the bike slows down pretty quick than it used to be. ...
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How much air should a tire lose each month?

How much air does a tire typically lose each month? Do nitrogen-filled tires actually lose less air (well, nitrogen) each month? If so, what's normal for them? According to a tire store manager I ...
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Tires for a Opel Vectra 2003

Im searching for tires for my car which is a Opel Vectra 2003 (this car is also known as Vauxhall Vectra, Holden Vectra, Chevrolet Vectra) I cover a lot of road in a year. I do at least at least ...
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Why would I feel disbalanced or thrown around when riding a motorcycle

I have a Yamaha XJ600N, and at various points of time when riding around in the city at 50 to 60 kph I have had this strange feedback from the wheels or suspension that makes me feel either slightly ...
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Steering wheel vibration at 60+ MPH

I recently purchased a new set of tires for my 2007 Frontier. Capitol Precision Trac are the make. Before I replaced the worn tires my truck never shook and was always smooth no matter the speed. ...
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Do directional tyres need less tyre rotation than non-directional?

A few years back, I've been told by a tyre salesmen that directional tyres need rotation more often than non-directional ones, like every 5k miles or sooner, since they can only go back and forth, so ...
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Does more frequent tyre rotation make tyres last any longer?

Say, one gets new directional tyres that are warranted to 60k miles and have 11/32" of tread when new. If one rotates them at 20k miles (if directional; otherwise, at 10k, 20k and 30k, if ...
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Tire rotation to fix low tire pressure?

I took my 2010 Civic to the mechanic. He indicated that the tire pressure is low, and suggested rotating my tires as a fix. I thought tire pressure is already pre-specified and should be at a ...
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How long after plugging a tire before I test it?

I just plugged a lawn mower tire with one of the rope plugs + rubber cement. How long should I wait before I reinflate and re-test for leaks? Hour, longer?
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Symmetric tyres with tread reversed in each side of the axle

Given 4 symmetric tyres, assume the central tread is set like this, front axle v ^ rear axle v ^ Is this a valid layout ?
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Will my tyres fit?

I currently have 225/50R16 run flat tyres on my BMW 3 series 320d E90 (2006) and I am looking to get some new alloys. I'm looking at getting 16 Inch BBS SR alloys. They have a width of 7J and an ...
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Replacing tires for 2001 Subaru Outback

What are my options for replacing tires for 2001 Subaru Outback? One tire is damaged and it seems I need 4 matching tires as it is AWD. 255,225,260,...etc. If they match, can I change size?
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Storing a car on wood blocks in storage unit

I'm going to Air Force Field Training this summer, which means that I will have to leave my car unattended (in Prescott, AZ) for a month. This is a problem for a few reasons: I have Goodyear MT/R ...
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Can I use a different size donut spare tire for my 97 Accord?

My 1997 Honda Accord came with a 115/70/14 donut spare tire. I had to use it for the first time recently, and it is now totally dead and needs to be replaced. I looked on Ebay and there are a few ...
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Out of round wheel?

I have a '99 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS that has a terrible vibration problem that occurs at all speeds, with it being very bad on the highway. During turns, it gets worse then better, as if both front ...
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Do I need expensive tires for my Audi A4?

I need tires for my 2005 A4 quattro. Every time I go and get a quote I'm asked what kind of vehicle I have, and once I say "Audi" they recommend for me to get the more expensive tires. Do I need to ...
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How can I tell when a tire was manufactured?

Unused tires harden and deteriorate quickly in harsh desert climates. When I shop for tires I want to make sure I get ones that are as fresh as possible from the factory without trusting the sales ...
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How often can I reinflate my tire

How often should I reinflate my tire. My bike has tubeless back tire and tubed front tire. Currently I am reinflating once in a week with 35psi(back) and 25 psi(front). Should I need to reinflate my ...
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my tire is wobbling and I need to know possibilities!

I had a flat tire on my front right and I definitely need an alignment because they were wearing on the inside of both front tires. I moved my rear tires to the front and just replaced and balanced ...
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MOT coverage for car issues

This is a very UK specific question. I was wondering what sort of tests and (if any) fixes are covered by MOT tests. I know that lots of auto shops do servicing that focus on the MOT aspects of things ...
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Plausible issues of not having a center stand and solutions for those?

Important: This question is specific to countries like India, when there might be issues to maintain the bikes without center stand, because of lower facilities available at most of the garages I am ...
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My tire wobbles

At slow speed one of my front tires on my 2000 Grand Am SE 4 door wobble, but feels fine at a higher rate of speed. Was told by a person at a tire store my tread is breaking loose and I need a new ...
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Driving on a tire with different aspect ratio number than recommended?

I have a 2012 VW Passat SEL. Corrently I have Han Hankook tires 215/55R17 on them. I am looking to get a full size spare tire and am looking on Craigslist for a cheap alternative. What will be the ...
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Modest braking sounds similar to squealing tires

When I'm braking at a stop sign, I'm hearing a sound that sounds like a high pitched tire squeal; it's like a mix between tire squeal and the constant chirp from a bad belt, and it's coming from the ...
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Dodge Ram SRT-10 Tires

One of the tire or wheel (I'm not sure which one is doing the squeak ing) on Ram SRT-10 is squeaking. What may be the problem? Also my Dad keeps putting on the wheels this spray from autozone. But ...
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Can I use Fix-a-Flat after it froze solid?

I have a can of fix-a-flat in my car, and when the temperature dropped last week, the stuff froze solid. I didn't notice any damage to the can. Is it compromised? If that's a possibility, then I will ...
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Which tire pressure is right for my 2008 Toyota Yaris's front tires?

A few months ago, my tire pressure dashboard light came on after I bumped a curb a bit with my 2008 Toyota Yaris's rear right tire. I drove to a gas station and tried to pump up my tires, but the ...
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can I only replace only 3 tires on a FWD van?

I have a Toyota van FWD- had to replace one tire last year (nail in sidewall). new tire - P225 / 60R17 Michelin Defender ( warranty 145,000km). It now has about 12km The other 3 tires need ...
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Replacing new tires on front because rear ones are a different size

I understand that normally when replacing front tires new ones go on the back and the old back ones are moved to the front, as the better tread should go on the back for more stability. My front ones ...
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Filling nitrogen tires with normal air

I have 2014 sonata with nitrogen tires (the tires air port has a green cap on them). I think two tires need a little air. If I put regular air in these is the car gonna blow up? Or should I take the ...
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Which rim to buy

I'm looking to replace rim for one of the wheels of my car (Nissan Altima 06). The wheel specs - 245/45 R18. (Different from the ones that come with the original car) The rim looks like this - I ...
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When unidirectional tires are rotated, do they also need to be flipped?

Just took our 2005 Subaru Outback in for an oil change, and got the guys to rotate our tires, which they forgot to do last time (so it had been about 7500-10000 miles since last rotation, as we get ...
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Do I have to jack up the car to replace the valve core?

I have a sticky tire valve core that needs to be fixed, but I don't have a nice garage to jack up the car (2004 Toyota Echo) and take the wheel off (I park on the street and it's at least -15C out). ...
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Front tires hitting struts

2006 Mazda 5 Sedan front tires are hitting while traveling. There is lots of clearance when not moving. We just put 4 brand new tires on 4200 miles ago. Drivers side rubbed a little on the side but it ...
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Motorbike rear wheel hub reassembly

I want to get a new tire fitted on my 2003 Suzuki DR650 and removed the rear wheel. Following the manual I took the chain guard off, removed the axle, made the wheel free of chain and brake caliper ...
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Does a wider tire always mean more grip/traction

Recently, i had a discussion with someone about tire width. I claimed, that with bigger (wider) tires, a car would have more traction/grip. The person i was discussing this with, agreed with me, up to ...
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What are the side effects of using the wrong tires?

Last time I got new tyres I was advised that as they were out of stock of the particular size I was after (195/60/R15) and since they were part used tyres, I should be OK going with a slightly ...
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What do the numbers in 195/60/R15 mean?

As far as I know, each type or size or whatever of tyres has its own set of numbers which presumably mean something. In the instance of my last car these numbers were 195/60/R15. What do each of ...
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Why is tire sidewall height expressed as percentage of width?

I'm quite familiar with the code used to define tire sizes, but one aspect of the code always confuses me. The second number defines the sidewall height as a percentage of the tire's width. As an ...
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Fitting age of tyres?

Is there a maximum age of tyre you'd consider fitting to a vehicle? I'm looking at buying 4 new tyres, and they've been reduced (I believe) due to the DOT date being in 2012. Is there any problems ...