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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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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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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Front wheels have different camber after suspension replacement

I recently got my vehicle's front right suspension replaced by some mechanics. Before driving off from the mechanics I had a look at the front and noticed that the right wheel (driver's side) has the ...
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Old winter tires on new 2013 Toyota Highlander?

We replaced our 2011 Subaru Outback with a 2013 Toyota Highlander. I'm wondering if my old snow tires can be used on the new car. The size of the tires on the new car is: 245/55 R19 The size of ...
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alignment not straight after alignment

So I just had my front tie rods replaced, and the front wheels aligned on my 97 Grand Caravan (the alignment was previously way off), and now it's a lot better, but the alignment is still a bit off... ...
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Tire compatibility

I just purchased a 2013 Honda Odyssey. Previous one was a 2004. I have winter tires from the old Honda (225/60R16) and wondering if they would be compatible with 235/65R17 size for the 2013 model?
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Lug nuts keep snapping off

Why would 'Lug Bolts' be snapping off constantly and tires wearing faster on the passenger front tire of a '98 Blazer, 4 wheel drive. The tire is wearing on the outside. It has had a front end ...
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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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Tires uneven measurements

So for winter tires, I have 16 inch in the front and 15inch in the back, both are winter tires, is this deadly? I know I should change this but the car I'm driving is gonna go after this winter, I'm ...
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Modest braking sounds similar to squealing tires

When I'm braking at a stop sign, I'm hearing a sound that sounds like a high pitched tire squeal; it's like a mix between tire squeal and the constant chirp from a bad belt, and it's coming from the ...
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What is the best temperature range to check/inflate tires?

Question came to mind because of some colder than usual weather we've had here these past couple of weeks, (-12°F at one point), and my wife's new fangled car with all it's sensors in its infinite ...
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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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Out of round wheel?

I have a '99 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS that has a terrible vibration problem that occurs at all speeds, with it being very bad on the highway. During turns, it gets worse then better, as if both front ...
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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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Can I replace my R14 wheels/tyres with R13 wheels/tyres?

I have a Peugeot 107 with 14 inch rims. My tires are bald and require replacing ASAP. I have a friend who has a Ford Ka with 13" rims. They purchased five new tired (including the spare) less than ...
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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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How reliable are bubble balancers?

I'm starting down the DIY-automotive path and was reading about how some people use bubble balancers to balance their own tires at home. Can anyone speak to the accuracy of these balancers? Does ...
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Plausible issues of not having a center stand and solutions for those?

Important: This question is specific to countries like India, when there might be issues to maintain the bikes without center stand, because of lower facilities available at most of the garages I am ...
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Tyre Pressure Checks for My Car

I know that checking tyre pressure is a very important thing before making long journeys. However, I have no idea how frequently I should check my tyre pressures. For example, If I travel round-trip ...
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Repairing a motorcycle tire puncture. With heat or without heat?

Asked a local mechanic for the charge of repairing a puncture and he says he'd charge a certain amount for simply taking a piece of rubber tube and sticking it over the puncture, or if I would pay him ...
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Toyota aygo damage repair

I damaged my Toyota Aygo Spice Edition, on the left rocker panel because I had a flat tire. Also the 14" alloy wheels (6-spoke) is damaged and needs to be replaced with a new one. Would it be ...
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Can I change a single worn tyre instead of a pair?

In April last year I bought a 2008 Ford Focus. The tyres were relatively new, all apart from the front right which was more worn than the rest. I've driven the car roughly 7,000 miles in nearly 11 ...
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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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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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I have 225 45 r17 winter tyres on golf but peugeot 207 with 205 45 r17 tyres - could I interchange

I have 225 45 r17 winter tyres on my golf that are nearly new. I have just purchased a Peugeot 207 with 205 45 r17 tyres - could I also use my winter tyres on this car?
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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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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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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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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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Winter Tire Downsize

I have 14 Ford Fusion SE, 2.0 w/ 235/45R18. I want to downsize for winter to 17". I understand the rule of thumb is to stay as close to the OEM diameter as to minimize difference with speedometer, ...
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New Tires and entire truck shakes after 70 mph

I just had new tires put on a 2002 dodge ram and then new brakes and rotors. Took truck on highway and had shaking after 70 mph. The truck did not shake before all the new stuff. U joints are fine. ...
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Tire Sizing: 2001 Toyota Corolla

Will 185/75R14 tires do the job on a 2001 Toyota Corolla? Stock size is 185/65R14.
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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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TPM on subaru wrx

Does Subaru Wrx not have a TPM(Tire Pressure Monitor) installed? when I recently changed my tires the installer said it did not have any monitor. That made me think, how the low tire pressure ...
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Will stock tires from a toyota yaris fit a 2004 cavalier

I have a set of stock summer tires from a Toyota Yaris will they fit the stock rims of a 2004 chevy cavalier?
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Can I put 225/75R16 on a vehicle meant for 245/75R16?

I have a retired 2000 GMC Savanna 250 with 225/75R16 tires that have plenty of tread, no signs of dry rot, and are only 3 years old. My newer vehicle is a 2009 Ford E350 extended, and it needs at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...