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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Burning smell and smoke from rear tire

I was driving when I began smelling a burning, possibly rubber, smell and when I pulled over there was smoke coming from my passenger side rear tire well. Nothing appears to be wrong with the tire or ...
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What are the benefits of low profile tires?

I have yet to find anyone that knows of any benefits of low-profile tires. All of the pros that I've asked have said there is no benefit. Naturally, the number of pros that I have available to ask is ...
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Tyre Valve Pin Too Far In

I just bought a second-hand car, and when I got it home I tried to check the tyre pressures, with a simple mechanical pressure gauge like this, which I've used for years on previous cars with no issue....
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Flat Repair with wire exposed?

I hit a nasty bolt dead center of the tire on my Ford Ranger truck. Sam's Club said they couldn't patch it because of the broken wires, but that someone else could probably plug it. Went to Discount ...
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Can I use a different diameter tire size on my current wheels?

I have a 1974 Ford F250 and the tire size for this truck has been dead for a while (31x10.50R16.5LT). Is it completely necessary to replace the wheels to get new tires for my truck? I'd like to keep ...
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Tire sidewall damage near rim cosmetic?

I'm wondering if this looks like cosmetic damage to you. Damage to the sidewall near rim happened about a year and a half ago at around 20 mph. Tire has been holding air as well as the others over ...
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Normal to leave nail in tire after a flat?

So today was that epic event of walking out into the parking lot at high noon, sun blazing, and finding out you have a completely flat tire. Skipping over the usual details about changing out a tire ...
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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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Current mud tires 35x12.5r15 - can't seem to find the size (all say r15 or r17) - so what do I do now?

Just bought a 2005 Wrangler with 35x12.5r16 tires, need to get new tires and can't seem to find the size (all say r15 or r17) - so what do I do now?
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unmatching tire sets

I just bought a used car with 4 winters still on it, the two in the front are not going to work for winter, but the two at back have 90% of the tread left. Can I take the good ones off and replace ...
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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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Bulge in infiniti q50 driver's side bridge stone

So I just noticed a bulge in the tire on the driver side of my car. It is a 2015 model and it has less than 10,000 miles on it. I am wondering if I need to change this ASAP or I can drive (about a 100-...
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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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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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Can this tire sidewall damage be repaired or should I replace the tire?

I* hit a curb and got a small tear in the front passenger side tire. The tear is about 1" long and goes mostly across the surface of the tire but also a little bit, maybe 1/4", toward the inside of ...
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Is it okay to replace one tire (of four matched tires) with a completely different model of tire?

I have a 2011 Ford Focus, and while the car itself is good quality, I have now ruined two tires in three months by merely driving over a screw. Ford offers no road hazard on their tires, so I am ...
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Can a tyre of r14 fir into a wheel of r14 [closed]

I ve rim of r13. Is it possible for wheel size r14 to fit into this ..I don't Want to change the wheels
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Will a 205/55r16 replace a 225/45r17 tire?

I purchased tires in the size 205/55r16 for my 2005 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX 4-motion based on the sizing suggested by nearly every major tire seller online. Well, today I noticed that her current (...
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Are there any risks if I use impact wrench to loosen lug nuts while the tire not touching ground?

I was watching a couple of videos on how to change tires and I keep hearing that it is recommended to loosen the lug nuts while tires are touching the ground. I followed this advice when I changed ...
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Does Pirelli have a motorcycle tire warranty?

I can't find any information about a motorcycle tire warranty for Pirelli. Does anyone know if Pirelli offers a warranty on their motorcycle tires?
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Just HOW urgently should I replace this tire? Is it safe to drive on at all?

It's my rear right tire. It has a significant bulge in the sidewall. Here are two pictures of the bulge (original URL): Do I need to replace it before I ever drive on it again? Should I put on ...
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Should the inflation pressure for low profile tires be the same as for regular tires?

I always thought that even if you go the large wheel + low profile tire route one should keep the pressure to what's recommended by the manufacturer. However I noticed that some people swear by ...
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loud noise in front end tires at 60 mph

I have a 2005 Toyota highlander and the tires are making a loud noise as I hit 60 mph but after a few minutes it goes away and doesn't come back until I hit the highway again and get up to 60 mph. ...
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How do I know how much tread I have left on slick tyres?

I'm considering buying used slick tyres. When buying normal street tyres I'd normally look at the depth of the tread to know how many kilometers I can still do on them. However tread is non existent ...
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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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Calculating actual speed of vehicle based on wheel size?

I started wondering today, how does one calculate the moving velocity of a vehicle if they change their tires? I know there are a lot of companies that make the gauges for tuners that change wheels, ...
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Should one fit the least-worn tires to the rear wheels?

According to the Owner’s Manual Saab 9-3 M2001 (front-wheel driven cars): WARNING When fitting just one new pair of tires, these should be fitted to the rear wheels, as these are more ...
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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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Tire Replacement - 30k mile, mechanic says its okay to only replace one?

We have a 2014 Toyota Corolla with a little under 30,000 miles. A few months ago some road debris resulted in a punctured tire (rear passenger side). We had the tire fixed, but found out that they ...
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Tire showing low pressure after few KMs of ride

I am having this question from long back. I am using N2 for my tyres. After a few KM (say some 3-4 KMs), measuring the PSI, shows a less pressure. Whether, due to the increase in the temperature in ...
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BMW Tyre pressure control system (RDC) - tire replacement

I have one damaged tire that needs to be replaced on my BMW 320i year 2014. Can I buy only one new and expect no annoyances from RDC? The point being the old tire has a worn a couple of millimeters - ...
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Transmission damage due to uneven tread wear on AWD vehicle

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a continuously variable transmission with ~40k miles on it. About two months ago I blew out the front right tire and took it to a tire shop. The folks at the tire ...
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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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How long before replacing tires that are already at 2/32?

My tires need to be replaced, but the tires I want need to be ordered and could take up to a week. I took my car to the shop 2 weeks ago and I was told that my tires need replacing. I checked them ...
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What are the consequences of using an expired tire?

Based on this answer I know that the consequences are less security and low performance. But I would like to know if there is anything else and also explain those two issues and why do they happen ...
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Clunking sound at back of car when applying brakes

Since having my tires changed, I've been hearing a clunking sound from waht sounds like the back driver side of my car when I apply the brakes if they're applied jsut enoug to start slowing down the ...
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Driving on a tire with different aspect ratio number than recommended?

I have a 2012 VW Passat SEL. Currently 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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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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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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Tires squealing when braking

When I apply the brakes at high speeds, not lightly but not enough for them to lock up, my tires squeal. I believe the sound is coming from the tires and not the brakes at all. One thing to note is ...
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Do no-name tires go through thorough testing?

Tire (tyre) brands come in three categories: Major brands that advertise extensively Relatively unknown brands that are actually made by the major brands Relatively unknown brands that are ...
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Tire slash or blowout on 2005 Corvette

My dad is convinced someone slashed his tire at work, but I think this could be a blowout. Is there any way to tell the difference from looking at the tire? Does this look like a slash or a blowout, ...
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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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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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Tire puncture with glass

What has the highest chance of puncturing your tire? Driving over a piece of glass at 5mph or Driving over a piece of glass at 30mph The former would have quicker contact but the latter would ...
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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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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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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 ...