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

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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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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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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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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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Is it OK to replace only 2 tires on an AWD car?

On a 2004 VW R32 (which uses a Haldex AWD system), I have one damaged summer tire. All the tires have at least half of their usable tread depth left. At $200 ea, I'd like to replace only a pair of ...
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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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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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How can I tell when a tire was manufactured?

Unused tires harden and deteriorate quickly in harsh desert climates. When I shop for tires I want to make sure I get ones that are as fresh as possible from the factory without trusting the sales ...
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Can I use Fix-a-Flat after it froze solid?

I have a can of fix-a-flat in my car, and when the temperature dropped last week, the stuff froze solid. I didn't notice any damage to the can. Is it compromised? If that's a possibility, then I will ...
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Do I have to jack up the car to replace the valve core?

I have a sticky tire valve core that needs to be fixed, but I don't have a nice garage to jack up the car (2004 Toyota Echo) and take the wheel off (I park on the street and it's at least -15C out). ...
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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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“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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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 to mark tires so they can be identified after theft?

A real-life situation: a car owner leaves his car near a multistoried building in the evening and in the morning he sees the car is standing on bricks and wheels are gone. He addresses the police and ...
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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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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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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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Front, driver-side wheel sounds like it's skidding when braking

I have a Nissan Micra (UK, 51-plate, 2001 model) and I've today noticed a sound a bit like skidding when I apply the brakes, gently, around 30mph. Driving and steering as usual is fine, no unusual ...
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Help deciphering the penny test

My tires are starting to burn out at nearly the drop of a hat, so it's time to start looking at tire wear. I've never had to replace tires due to wear before, so this is foreign territory for me. ...
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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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Fitting age of tyres?

Is there a maximum age of tyre you'd consider fitting to a vehicle? I'm looking at buying 4 new tyres, and they've been reduced (I believe) due to the DOT date being in 2012. Is there any problems ...
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Winter tyres - how necessary are they?

I am in the UK and we don't usually have a lot of snowfall. But sometimes the roads can be a little rough. I drive a 1.2L Mitsubishi Colt CZI and I haven't put the winter tyres yet. My concern is ...
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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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Looking for Tyres for Pulsar 150 bike with 180cc engine

I have a pulsar 150 bike modified with 180cc engine. I am looking for tyres(both from and rear). The tyre should have have good cornering capability and a very good grip. Till now I have. I looked at ...
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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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Ford Focus steering wheel vibration and noise from front right wheel4

I drive a Ford Focus 2004 which has about 104 thousand km on the clock. There is a constant noise from the front right wheel which goes away when I depress the clutch. Moreover around 60km/h and ...
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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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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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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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Honda 2005 CRV - tire noise or bearing noise?

I have a 2005 Honda CRV (RD7), with 190k km on the clock. Over the last 10000km or so, there's been a slight hum coming (I'm pretty sure) from the rear, and sloooowly getting worse. The specifics of ...
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Finding Cause of Slow Tire Leak 2001 Camry

I have a 4cyl 2001 Toyota Camry It has the following rims. I believe they're an aluminum alloy. I have a matching set of 4 DUNLOP tires rated for 44 PSI. I'll edit this post with specifics ...
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How often can I reinflate my tire

How often should I reinflate my tire. My bike has tubeless back tire and tubed front tire. Currently I am reinflating once in a week with 35psi(back) and 25 psi(front). Should I need to reinflate my ...
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Durability of chrome rims vs aluminum alloy

We have a Japanese car that recently developed a slow leak in the right rear tire. One tire shop told us that we needed new tires on the back, but the justification sounded weak so I drove it for a ...
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Removing a nail from my tyre

I have a 2" nail in the side of my rear tyre on my motorcycle. The nail is fairly firmly stuck in the tyre but I'm not sure if it has actually penetrated it (it has gone in sideways). The damage is ...
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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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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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does changing tires void warranty for a new car?

I wanna change my tires for snow tires. I don't want to buy them at my dealer but at Costco. Can that void my Honda warranty ?
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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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Front End Alignments

I recently had my vehicle in for a front end alignment. They told me all of my shocks were bad, causing all of the problems, and that they would not be able to align the front end with those bad ...
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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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When unidirectional tires are rotated, do they also need to be flipped?

Just took our 2005 Subaru Outback in for an oil change, and got the guys to rotate our tires, which they forgot to do last time (so it had been about 7500-10000 miles since last rotation, as we get ...
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Usability of Unused Winter Tires

I have not used my winter tires for ten years. They were used only for one winter. Are they still good? Tread is good but has the rubber been affected by long storage?
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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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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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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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Storing a car on wood blocks in storage unit

I'm going to Air Force Field Training this summer, which means that I will have to leave my car unattended (in Prescott, AZ) for a month. This is a problem for a few reasons: I have Goodyear MT/R ...
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Driving on a tire with different aspect ratio number than recommended?

I have a 2012 VW Passat SEL. Corrently 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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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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Replacing new tires on front because rear ones are a different size

I understand that normally when replacing front tires new ones go on the back and the old back ones are moved to the front, as the better tread should go on the back for more stability. My front ones ...