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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My brand new car is shaking while steering wheel is not

I have bought a brand new Dodge Ram 1500 2015 model. The car is shaking at low speed 80km/hr (50 mph) while the steering wheel is not shaking. I can feel the vibration in the seats, however the ...
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Dealer put on a different tire than the rest, is this bad?

I got a flat a few days ago and took it to the dealer to be fixed. He asked if I wanted the same tires and I said yes. I just got it back yesterday, and saw today that it is not the same tire. My ...
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What non-driver, non-terrain factors can affect vehicle miles per gallon?

I've been tracking the mileage on my 2015 VW Golf (a non-intercooled turbo, but not diesel, thank goodness). Of course, my driving habits and highway/city balance influence things greatly, but beyond ...
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What could be causing the rapid loss of tyre pressure?

I had a slow puncture a while ago and got the tyre replaced on my Renault Clio because it was bulging and non salvageable. Since then I've been losing pressure in that tyre fairly rapidly. I've had ...
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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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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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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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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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Should I inflate tires that are low pressure from freezing weather?

The PSI inevitably drops in tires during cold weather. Today, I'm getting a low pressure warning because of the freezing temperatures. Should I inflate them while it's still freezing? If so, how ...
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Ecopia's (3) Pirelli (1) [duplicate]

I had 4 Bridgestone Ecopia's on my new car. Blew a rear tire on the Interstate in the middle of nowhere. Put on the mini spare and found a dealership - 30 miles away. They couldn't or wouldn't help ...
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Winter tyre sizing

Is it possible / safe to use winter tyres of 195/50R15 on a golf currently fitted with 205/55R16? My son changed his car and tells me if he gets his winter tyres fitted to different rims because if ...
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Tire depth is 4, is it safe to drive?

when took my car for oil change, mechanic said that the tire Threads are too thin to drive , less than 5. So it is not safe to drive. Till what depth we can drive the car safely. Tires also has some ...
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How to choose Car Tyre Pressure Monitor Valve Stem Cap Sensor Indicator

I would like to fit Car Tyre Pressure Monitor Valve Stem Cap Sensor Indicators to my Skoda Citigo, where the cold tyre pressure is supposed to be 26 p.s.i. There is a wide range of these available, ...
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All 4 tyres for Santro Xing 145/70/ R17 can be used instead of original 155/70/R17 tyre size

I have new 4 tyre size of 145/70/R17, can I use these tyres instead of 155/70/R17 original tyre size. I will replace all 4 tyres with new tyres. Is it recommended. Shall I face any technical problems ...
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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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Max temperature for studless ice/snow tires on asphalt?

I realize this is probably a loaded question with no clear-cut "line in the sand" answer, but I'd still like to see what people say. I live 3 hours from Tahoe area, so in the winter it is nice to ...
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Sidewall has gashes, should I replace?

I had planned to put on my winter tires this weekend and noticed that one tire had some gashes in the sidewall. Should I mount them or not? The third picture, is the worst IMO. They still have a few ...
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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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I have changed my Kia Carens tire size

I have changed my Kia Carens tire size My original car Kia Carens tire size was 225/45 R17 (total Diameter 25") I changed the front tires to 225/50 R17 (total Diameter 25.9") Difference 3.6% And ...
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tire bubble on audi [duplicate]

I have an Audi Quattro with 29000 miles on the tires. One has developed a bubble and tire shop said I need to replace all 4 because of 4 wheel drive could damage differential. Is this true?
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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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After putting on new winter tires, my steering is weak/light

I just had new winter tires put on my 2003 Honda Civic 4-door LX. The steering has been affected. The steering now feels "weak" or "light" or "loose". Meaning I now have to turn the wheel further to ...
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Tire damage from mounting/unmounting, normal?

A mechanician that I know told me that the damage on the inside lip (extra rubber inside, not the bead) of the tire like the image below is normal and often happens when mounting/unmounting tires each ...
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Replacing a single tire [duplicate]

Is it safe to replace a single tire on the front axle and if yes should the new tire be moved to the back? We replaced a front right tire, after picking up a screw. Now we hear that it's not safe to ...
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Is there a tyre pressure gauge that is easy to use?

I always lose air from a tyre when I try to use one of the type of pressure gauge that depress the pin in the valve as the gauge is attached, so I have to pump it up whether or not the pressure was ...
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Can I disregard the sticker on my sparewheel?

This week I got a flat tire. I replaced the tire with my spare one. Since I own a Volkswagen the spare is a full size tire. The spare have a sticker on it that say don't go over 80km/h (50miles/h). ...
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I damaged 1 rim. Should I replace 2 rims?

I hit a rock and it destroyed my tire and damaged the (steel) rim. Should I replace 2 rims (matched pair), or is it ok to replace just the one damaged rim? Is the car going to be balanced? It is the ...
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Should I be concerned about a very slow leak in a patched tire?

Brand new tires, within a couple weeks after purchase I ran over a screw, and had to get one tire patched. Now, after the patch, the tire loses about 4 psi per week. It's a very slow leak and I've ...
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Is a tire with exposed wire safe to drive on?

This is my front passenger tire. As you can see, there is a large crack where you can see wire underneath. I ordered new tires that are supposed to arrive on Friday, however, I still need to get to ...
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Brown splotchy stains on my tires

I got brand new tires in April. In July they started growing unsightly brown stains. Even after I wash them the stains reappear within hours. Kind of annoyed because they were hella expensive and they ...
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Are recommended tire pressures the same for non-stock tires?

This post on the TireRack blog http://blog.tirerack.com/blog/docs-advice-on-tires/what-is-the-best-tire-pressure-for-my-new-tires recommends that tires be inflated to the vehicle manufacturers ...
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Mechanic says that I must change tires with him before he will rotate them. Why?

I got an internet combo-deal to change oil and rotate tires at a shop in Sunnyvale, CA. However, now mechanic called me back and is telling me that I have to change all four tires due to the wear. ...
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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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Will power-steering while stationary cause greater tire and steering wear?

I learned to drive in small cars with no power steering. As such, I have a good feel for how much more effort is required to move the steering when stationary, as compared to moving. The ability to ...
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Can dry rot be prevented for long term storage?

The last time I saved a good tire and gave it to the tire place to replace one of my other tires, they said they couldn't due to dry rot. I had stored it in a plastic bag in a shed subject to seasonal ...
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Is it safe to downsize from 205/55r16 to 195/65r15 for winter tires?

I own a Hyundai Elantra GT SEL 2014 which is currently equipped with stock Hankooks 205/55r16. I am looking to buy a set of winter tires and I was originally looking at 16" tires but a friend ...
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What are the original tires for the 2002 Honda Accord SE? Any place for me to check?

For example, the brand and size. Is there any place for me to check what the original tires which come with the car are? I live in Canada and whenever I search it on Google the links lead to ...
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severe tire shake at highway speeds under acceleration

I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey with 201000 miles. At speeds above 60mph there is a heavy vibration from the front wheels. It is gets worse when accelerating and will smooth out immediately upon lifting ...
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How to fix leaky tires after 2 shops couldn't

I have an SUV with factory 16" steel wheels and P235/70R16 tires. The tires have just under 30,000 miles of gentle driving on them. Two of the tires have been leaking quite a bit (about 10 psi per ...
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Rain tyres for motorcyles

I have recently started driving a motorcycle to work (60 km/day). I have a Honda XR125L. Today I had an accident. I was driving at 10-20 mph and wanted to break for cars that were standing still. I ...
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Honda Civic Touring 2014 - can use R16 instead of R17

For a Honda Civic Touring 2014, can i use 205/55/R16 instead of 215/45/R17? If not, what size should i use for 16" tires, as I want to use 16" tires. Thanks
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Determine Tire Age

I want to determine how old the tires on my car are. I understand there is an age code on each tire. But what if the age code is on the inner side? Is there some code I can use on both sides of the ...
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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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Should I let air out of my tires?

I bought a car brand new 9 months ago. My tire pressure sensor came on. I checked the tire pressure, and it was at 35 PSI. My maximum tire pressure is 51 PSI with a warning not to fill above 40 PSI. I ...
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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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Should a tire with cracks along the outer perimeter of the sidewall be replaced?

I have creases or small tears running throughout the perimeter of my tires. Does this warrant replacing the tire completely?
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Does tyre pressure affect road noise?

I always pump my tyres up to the maximum (like 45 bar), for maximum fuel economy. However, does this affect road noise?
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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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My steering wheel wobbles between 60 - 80 mph

Car been checked several times at the mechanic's shop, they say can't find the reason. Both front axles have been replaced I got three sets of rims (Factory 16", Forzas 18" and TIs 20") The ...
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Run-flat tires vs. fix-a-flat?

I just bought a car without a spare, on which all the tires will need to be replaced soon. Run-flat tires are crazy expensive. How well does fix-a-flat work for getting me to a tire shop in the case ...