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

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A3/A4/A6 alloys on an A5

I have an Audi A5 and I want to put genuine Audi 7-double-spoke alloys on it. The problem is as far as I know these alloys are only created in 20" for the A5. Does anyone know if it is possible to ...
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How to diagnose high speed vibration?

I get a vibration at high speeds (50+), can feel it particularly in the steering wheel, front seats, dashboard. I have been trying to figure out what's going on, keeping in mind that: All 4 shocks ...
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Slow leak that multiple mechanics could not find

About a week ago, I had new tires put on my car. The next day, I took a long trip from Birmingham, Alabama to New Orleans, Louisiana. I made it to the Mississippi state line around the time my TPMS ...
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Is this kind of tire damage from a landscaping brick?

My wife and I use surplus landscaping bricks as bump-stops in our garage. They are maybe 1.5" thick and 12" wide, and are used as stop indicators at a creeping pace only. The tire is from a 2013 ...
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Is this gouge in the side of the tire a safety issue?

During a routine tire pressure check, I noticed this gouge in the side of my tire: See image here. I'm wondering if it is a safety issue, but I hesitate to take it to a tire shop because I want an ...
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Using narrower tyres than were fitted as standard, for reduced rolling resistance = > fuel economy

I have had several cars, which have all been "sporty", fuel economy has never been a requirement. Now it is. So I've bought a little 1.2 petrol which gives me 65mpg on the motorway/highway and 40mpg ...
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Will different tread depths hurt my 4 wheel drive?

I have a Ford F150 4x4. The front 2 tires treads measure 12/32, one rear is 6/32 and the other is 10/32. The dealership told me I should replace the rear 2 tires because the big difference in tread ...
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Exposed tire wire- safe to drive home?

I need to drive 20 miles on the highway home, is this tire safe to to do that or is the wire a serious concern? I've driven 10 miles on it so far.
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good tire pressure for agressive driving

Apparently my current rear tire (talon, some cheap brand) seems to be out of round lately. I have been replacing it with the same tire from the same brand and I notice that every time I drive on deep ...
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Factors affecting car tires life time: milage or aging?

I have this question about the tires especially I'm planning a road trip this summer. So this is the situation of my car that raised this question. I bought this car brand new in 2011. I am a light ...
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Steering wheel shakes at high speeds

the steering wheel sometimes shakes at high speeds around 70 miles per hour. It does not always happen. Some day when I am driving at 70, I feel no shakes. some day it shakes badly at the same speed. ...
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BMW 330Xi tire rim broken

New tire started leaking air just to find out that the tire is alright and the air taking pin is also fine. the rim is cracked from inside. I've no clue how that can happen. Also, my mechanic is ...
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Intermittent TPMS Light

My TPMS light (not the tire icon, the textual light) has come on as of late, then turned off for a couple of days, then on, and now off again. The tire pressure in all four tires is OK. As I ...
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lowest tire pressure for a 44psi tire

I want to know what it the lowest tire pressure you could put on a maximum rate 44psi tire? I have been placing 33- 34 psi on these tires for about half a year now, will it damage my tires? I'm ...
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How long can I drive on a donut spare?

This is a pretty common question and I get a lot of conflicting responses from "Extremely dangerous could blow out at any minute" to "I've driven on it for a month". A mechanic at midas told me I ...
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check vehicular damage on tire bursts

I just experienced having a tire explosion yesterday. I was running at around 60mph and suddenly my rear right tire blew. I was go up a bridge and as it blew, there was brown smoke and I might have ...
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Where can a tire be leaking if no nail/screw?

One of my tires leaks from 32 psi to down below 25 psi in less than a day and it's not due to a drastic temperature change. I took the wheel off to inspect for nails/screws and couldn't find any. ...
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Is it advisable to upgrade/downgrade tyres of Hyundai Santro Xing eRLX to 145/70 R13 from 155/70 R13

I've a Hyundai Santro Xing eRLX car and currently it has 155/70 R13 tyres on four wheels and all tyres almost crossed 40000kms. I've recently replaced both front tyres with brand new tyres. I've two ...
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New Toyota Camry tire pressure light came on and then off

My new Toyota Camry (LE 2014, just bought with no miles on it) all over the sudden had a "Tire pressure" warning light come on on the dashboard about 1 week after purchase. It stayed on consistently ...
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Differences and Recommendation between Steel and Alloy Wheels for Winter?

There are many discussions regarding steel vs. alloy wheels in Winter on multiple forums. It would be good if someone could lay out full facts and help scale these differences (questions below). For ...
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why don't police cars have lug nuts?

I don't know if it's clear from the picture but the car doesn't have lug nuts on the rim. So how do they replace tires? No doubt the lack of lug nuts is a security consideration to prevent people ...
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Does tire size and/or tread wear significantly affect speed and speedometer accuracy?

I've always heard that tread wear affects the speed of your vehicle; i.e. you technically are going faster with new tires than you are with old, worn tires, for a given indicated speed by the ...
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Need clarity on the penny test

On 3 of my tires, the penny just won't stand in the tread. The gap in the tread is too wide for the penny to stand. Does that matter? In case of the 4th tire, the penny goes in to some degree. This ...
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Is moving the rear tires to the front wheels a no-no?

After finding out that my front wheels were both aiming a little bit outward (together by half a degree), and apparently thus having caused the wear on the inside (inch or so) of the front tires, I ...
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changing a tire on a slope

So one of the tires on my car had a blowout on a road with a slight slope. I tried lifting the car up with a hydraulic jack but after the car got to a certain height the jack fell forward and the car ...
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How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?

How do I loosen car tire lug nuts (so that I can change a tire) when they are really really stuck? I have tried turning the provided wrench, even standing and jumping on it. This worked for 4 of the ...
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Noise and vibrations in car (VW GTI 2011)

I have been having lots of noise and vibrations at high speed. I took to the dealer (VW) and was told it was because of flat spots on my tires. Its a front wheel drive. My threads are in pretty good ...
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Must I Replace All 4 Tires on an All Wheel Drive (AWD) Subarau, when only 1 is damaged?

I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Wagon. I just destroyed the passenger-side rear tire. The tires have approx. 6/32" tread remaining, per an informal measurement with a coin (I used this guideline ...
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How old is too old for a new tire?

When shopping for new tires from tirerack.com, the production date of the tires is listed. I'm considering tires from a 2007 production run, which would make them around 5 years old today (after ...
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What is the best temperature range to check/inflate tires?

Question came to mind because of some colder than usual weather we've had here these past couple of weeks, (-12°F at one point), and my wife's new fangled car with all it's sensors in its infinite ...
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Why do some tuned cars have very inclined tires?

I've seen photographs of cars with strange inclined tires like the one in the picture I pasted here. They seems to be Japanese cars. Is it for drifting? Maybe for appearance? Do the tires get ...
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Sidewall of my tire has a tear, can this be repaired?

I have a Subaru Legacy 5.0i wagon, which has all-wheel drive. Taking a right turn yesterday, my rear passenger tire bumped on a curb. About 20 minutes later the tire was flat. There is an 'L' ...
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The Tire dealer put a different tire on my car

I drive a 2004 Nissan Maxima SE, the tires are an R18. I recently bought replacement tires and the dealer installed R17 tires. What is the impact of this? Should I complain? Does it really matter? ...
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Old winter tires on new 2013 Toyota Highlander?

We replaced our 2011 Subaru Outback with a 2013 Toyota Highlander. I'm wondering if my old snow tires can be used on the new car. The size of the tires on the new car is: 245/55 R19 The size of ...
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Wobbly Steering-wheel after changing Rims/Tires?

I've just recently swapped Summer Tires/Rims for my Winter set on my own for the first time. As it should be an easy concept, I went to a "U-Wrench" type shop where you rent a stall with a lift/tools ...
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Motorcycle tire shopping confusion

I'm having a hard time choosing a tire for my bike ('11 Yamaha FZ8n). The main source of my confusion are very similar markings on a multitude of tires that don't make a lot of sense to me. I was ...
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All weather tires vs winter tires

I have a Honda Civic 2005 Value Package. The tires are worn out. I have moved to a location where there is heavy snow in winter. Are All-Weather Tires helpful or should I buy winter tires in winter ...
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“Irreparable” tire damage incurred due to road pothole

A little background: I live in Canada and recently I drove over a crater on a public road (60km max city road), which I assumed was caused by the recent extreme cold weather. It was night time and ...
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Toyota Prius 2010 Has No Spare Tire

I recently bought a 2010 used Toyota Prius from local dealer in Jordan, the dealer claims this edition imported from Germany (even the user manuals are in Dutch). The wired part unlike the USA/Japan ...
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Assuming identical and sufficient ABS, and ignoring aerodynamics, are tires the only factor for braking distance?

I had my first accident two days ago (minimal injuries so don't worry about that), and it's got me thinking about a lot of different aspects to driving and cars, such as braking. Had my braking been ...
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Why do tires get bigger over the years?

It seems to me that with every new model of a car, tires are getting bigger. For example, 17 years ago I had Mitsubishi Mirage and it came with P155/80R13. Today I have a Hyundai Accent, and it came ...
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How reliable are bubble balancers?

I'm starting down the DIY-automotive path and was reading about how some people use bubble balancers to balance their own tires at home. Can anyone speak to the accuracy of these balancers? Does ...
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Is tire rotation important?

I just bought new tires for my car and included was free tire rotation every 7,500 miles for the life of the tires. I have heard many things about tire rotation, including: it's a worthless ...
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Damage to Audi differential with new front tires and old rear tires

I just bought two new front tires for my Audi A8 with Quattro all-wheel drive and was told I should replace the back tires as well. I can't afford those tires for a week or so. How long can I drive ...
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How much should I inflate my tire?

I have a Mitsubishi Lancer (but I don't live in USA, so it's not the same sold in America), and the manual says to inflate tires to 31 psi. Now I'll be replacing my tires with ones from a different ...
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Tyre pressure for Toyota Yaris

I have new Toyota Yaris Trend 2013 and wondering what should be the tyre pressure in front and rear tyres?
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Tire compatibility

I just purchased a 2013 Honda Odyssey. Previous one was a 2004. I have winter tires from the old Honda (225/60R16) and wondering if they would be compatible with 235/65R17 size for the 2013 model?
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alignment not straight after alignment

So I just had my front tie rods replaced, and the front wheels aligned on my 97 Grand Caravan (the alignment was previously way off), and now it's a lot better, but the alignment is still a bit off... ...
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Can my tire blowout be attributed to a lower speed rating?

Yesterday I had a tire blowout. When I visited a tire shop (Costco Tire Center) afterward, the person there told me that my tires are under-rated for my vehicle. My vehicle is a Honda Accord 2002, ...
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Replacing four tires or two front tires on a front-wheel drive car

I have driven my car since ~84,000 miles. As stated below, I have replaced the front passenger tire for slow leaks twice. The other tires haven't been replaced since I started driving it. I am ...