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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Will using a higher speed rated tire do anything for the car?

I heard that going down on the manufacturer's tire speed rating will affect the handling but will going up from an H to a V do anything such as increasing tread life.
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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 ...
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different tire ratios

I have a 2006 GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab 4x2. I have 4 extremely worn tires. We are traveling from Texas panhandle to Carlsbad NM so I need to replace them. The problem is I can only afford used ...
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A relatively new tire question [duplicate]

I have 3,300 miles on my car. I went to have the tires rotated and they said I have a small bubble on the driver side front. Can the tire be repaired? If I buy the exact same tire will the car drive ...
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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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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 find the diameter of an automobile inner tube

I'm trying to determine the diameter of several automobile inner tubes (ranging from compact cars to semis); as in the diameter within the tube itself (possibly the "width", or even circumference of ...
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Second hand car - Engine/Tyres/Etc

I am looking into buying a second hand car from a reputable Mercedes-Benz dealer (not just some dodgy salesman by the side of a road lol....). Anyway, there are a few maintenance/mechanical things ...
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Torn tire tread and sidewall on Subaru Impreza

My wife hit a curb in my 2012 Subaru Impreza and there is a small tear in the tread. Do I need to replace all 4 tires or can I just replace 2? I was told that I may have to replace all 4 tires because ...
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Rear Mazda 3 tyres wearing from the inside

My rear tires are getting worn from the inside. I don't know whether the rubber bushes are worn-out or is something else. There is that clanging sound from the back. I tried wheel alignment many times ...
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Should the spare tyre be periodically replaced?

What are the dangers associated with using a spare tyre that is several years past expiry? I have seen people do this and live to tell the tale (a spare wheel manufactured in 2003 used to hobble an ...
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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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Car slides on painted lines

I've googled all over the internet and believe it or not I can't find any answers on this question... Why the heck does my car lose traction for a second when I drive over painted road lines? Here's ...
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Wheel and tire clearance to trailer chassis

I have a trailer with a rubber-torsion axle (axle is fixed to chassis, hubs are mounted to swing arms that are embedded in the ends of the rubber-filled tube axle). Since the swing arms move only in ...
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When to get an alignment

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when your vehicle needs an alignment other than when there are obvious warning signs. For example, steering wheel off center when driving straight, car veering to one ...
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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 ?