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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Tire SideWall Damage. Replace?

Yesterday I bumped into a curb and my tire has sidewall damage. Is this tire safe to drive on? or do I need to replace this tire?
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What do the numbers in 195/60/R15 mean? [duplicate]

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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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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What precautions should I take when using snow chains?

I have purchased some snow chains, but the manual provides fitting instructions, and it only says to remove them when the road is completely clear of snow, and never drive faster than 40mph (about ...
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Do I have to change my speedometer setting if I get larger tires?

I bought a jeep with very small tires (not sure the exact size). I recently bought a new pair of tires that are probably 2 or 3 inches larger radius. Do I have to update my jeep so the speed is ...
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Identifying the Cause of This Tire Wear

The tire is worn on only on side, suggesting incorrect camber alignment. However, the amount of wear varies along the rotation of the tire. Does the fact that the wear is not even for the entire ...
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Motionless car with tire spinning on ice causes burning rubber smell?

I live in New England, where "Winter Wonderland" often involves large amounts of ice on the road. A number of times I've had to help someone get their car out of a parking spot where their drive ...
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Fixing wheel runout after “detour” through ditch

I recently took a detour through a ditch on the way to work. There was a lot of snow there which made itself known - my car and it got along pretty well but as far as I'm concerned, they need to ...
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Proper pressure for run-flats on Mini Cooper

I have custom rims and Kumho 205/45/RF17 run-flats on my 2007 R56 Mini Cooper S (not convertible), and the tire pressure light came on. I checked, and indeed one of the tires was low (around 29 psi) ...
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How To Pump Up Car Tires (finding the optimal PSI for your tires)

I have noticed that all the tires on my VW Passat B5 have "44 PSI" written on them except the spare that has "51 PSI". This seems incredibly high to me so when I filled them up recently at the petrol ...
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Why are there no Stainless Steel wheels to prevent Corrosion in Winter?

Steel wheels are often used in Winter due to its low cost, however, it is very prone to rust. Why are Stainless Steel wheels, more specifically 316 Stainless Steel not being more popular as the ...
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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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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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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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Best way to approach a tire with a bubble in the sidewall

I found a bubble in my front right tire's sidewall on my 2006 Mazda3 2.3L (FWD, open diff). So it needs to be replaced. The replacement tire will end up going on the rear as it's time to rotate them ...
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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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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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Why does my engine perform poorly and get bad gas mileage after using fuel injector cleaner?

At the advice of someone at a local auto parts shop, I poured a bottle of fuel injector cleaner into my gas tank. This happened around the same time that I had a brake job done and rotated my tires. ...
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what could cause a scraping noise after tire rotation

After having one tire replaced, and the tires rotated, drove out of the shop immediately to a grrr (rubbing/grinding) sound momentarily, once per tire rotation. I noticed the "back" tires have pretty ...
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Tire pressure warning when pressure is ok

The low tire pressure warning light has recently come (and stayed) on in my 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The pressure in all 5 tires (spare also) is at the proper level. Any suggestions as to what the problem ...
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Probably a stupid question: normal for lubricant to leak around edge of new tire?

I just ordered and installed a new set of wheels/tires from Tire Rack. The tires were already mounted and balanced. It was my first time doing this (installing wheels), but everything seemed ...
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Changing tire sizes on my 2009 Ford Focus

I don't understand tires very well, so I'm hoping you guys can double check this. I talked to the tire shop today about getting new winter tires put on. I have a 2009 Ford Focus SES with 215/45R17 ...
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Tubeless Bead Won't Seat

In attempting to mount a motorcycle tire, I was unable to properly seat the beads. While the tire inflated and held air pressure, it failed to easily seat across identical points on both sidewalls. ...
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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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Putting tires on rims

How much pressure should I use for a tire to settle on a rim? Is there need to glue the tire on the rim? (Or to try make it more airtight by any means.)
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Does a screw in the tire mean sidewall damage and tire replacement?

I bought my 2015 Hyundai Sonata last March (2015) and it has about 17,000 miles on it. I just found a screw in the rear driver side tire. Shows a slow leak when I took to a tire shop and they applied ...
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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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Is there such a thing as a “drive tire”?

I once went to get my tires replaced on my '03 Honda Accord after not having rotated them in a while. One of the front tires seemed to be more worn than the other front tire. An employee at the tire ...
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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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low speed vibration, not in the steering

I have some low speed vibration in my car. I feel it more in my butt than feet/hands. It happens while braking or driving. It disappears at higher speeds +25 mph. Because it doesn't affect the ...
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Wheel Alignment: Just how bad is bad?

Context/Information: If I understand correctly, having a fixed axle in a car makes getting things aligned significantly harder. This seems to be the case in my 2009 Toyota Corolla and the rear axle. ...
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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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Identify cause of tire wear inside of rim

This past week, the owner of my former car came to me with this problem: The tire is new and was mounted after she purchased the car from me. It has worn some inside of the bead. The tire was ...
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Can I put the tires in the opposite direction on the rear-end on my front wheel drive configuration?

When using a front wheel drive car, the rear end is only used for braking. Is it a good idea (and if not, why) to "reverse" the tires so the tire threads are useful when braking? I know it might ...
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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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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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When do I need to replace my spare tire?

Recently I went to a chain tire shop/garage. My left rear tire had a bulge just above the hub cap. I looked online and it appears that this could be really bad if I didn't fix it. So, the serviceman ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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2011 Chevrolet Cruze - Clicking Noise When Braking

So I leased a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, brand new (only 2 miles on it), last November, 2010. It was running perfectly fine for a while. Brought it in for the standard tire rotation/oil change a few months ...
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What does the letter at the end of a tire code signify? [duplicate]

Take the following tire codes, for instance: 195/65R15 91 V 245/40R18 97 Y What does the "V" signify? What other letter codes are there?
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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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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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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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Why should winter tires not be used at summer? [closed]

I heard a tire salesman say winter tires are dangerous in summer. What are the structural and material features that make winter tires not suitable for summer use?
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Plugged tire, should I patch it if it holds air or I'm ok?

Found a small screw in my rear winter tire, like real small and thought it wouldn't leak, but it did, so I plugged it. It holds air correctly. Two questions: Some people freak about ...