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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What is a hot patch, and how is it done?

I recently picked up a piece of metal in my tire, leading to a flat. The mechanic said he could not plug the tire, and that a "hot patch" was required. What is a hot patch, how is it applied, and ...
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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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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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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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A3/A4/A6 alloys on an A5

I have an Audi A5 and I want to put genuine Audi 7-double-spoke alloys on it. The problem is as far as I know these alloys are only created in 20" for the A5. Does anyone know if it is possible to ...
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Slow leak that multiple mechanics could not find

About a week ago, I had new tires put on my car. The next day, I took a long trip from Birmingham, Alabama to New Orleans, Louisiana. I made it to the Mississippi state line around the time my TPMS ...
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What would cause a frontend to pull intermittently?

I just bought a new (to me) Sprinter van - 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Van (140" wheelbase, high roof). Generally speaking, it pulls to the right, but especially when going slowly, the wheel only pulls ...
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Is this kind of tire damage from a landscaping brick?

My wife and I use surplus landscaping bricks as bump-stops in our garage. They are maybe 1.5" thick and 12" wide, and are used as stop indicators at a creeping pace only. The tire is from a 2013 ...
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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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Using narrower tyres than were fitted as standard, for reduced rolling resistance = > fuel economy

I have had several cars, which have all been "sporty", fuel economy has never been a requirement. Now it is. So I've bought a little 1.2 petrol which gives me 65mpg on the motorway/highway and 40mpg ...
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good tire pressure for agressive driving

Apparently my current rear tire (talon, some cheap brand) seems to be out of round lately. I have been replacing it with the same tire from the same brand and I notice that every time I drive on deep ...
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Factors affecting car tires life time: milage or aging?

I have this question about the tires especially I'm planning a road trip this summer. So this is the situation of my car that raised this question. I bought this car brand new in 2011. I am a light ...
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BMW 330Xi tire rim broken

New tire started leaking air just to find out that the tire is alright and the air taking pin is also fine. the rim is cracked from inside. I've no clue how that can happen. Also, my mechanic is ...
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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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lowest tire pressure for a 44psi tire

I want to know what it the lowest tire pressure you could put on a maximum rate 44psi tire? I have been placing 33- 34 psi on these tires for about half a year now, will it damage my tires? I'm ...
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check vehicular damage on tire bursts

I just experienced having a tire explosion yesterday. I was running at around 60mph and suddenly my rear right tire blew. I was go up a bridge and as it blew, there was brown smoke and I might have ...
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why don't police cars have lug nuts?

I don't know if it's clear from the picture but the car doesn't have lug nuts on the rim. So how do they replace tires? No doubt the lack of lug nuts is a security consideration to prevent people from ...
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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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Is moving the rear tires to the front wheels a no-no?

After finding out that my front wheels were both aiming a little bit outward (together by half a degree), and apparently thus having caused the wear on the inside (inch or so) of the front tires, I ...
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changing a tire on a slope

So one of the tires on my car had a blowout on a road with a slight slope. I tried lifting the car up with a hydraulic jack but after the car got to a certain height the jack fell forward and the car ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Assuming identical and sufficient ABS, and ignoring aerodynamics, are tires the only factor for braking distance?

I had my first accident two days ago (minimal injuries so don't worry about that), and it's got me thinking about a lot of different aspects to driving and cars, such as braking. Had my braking been ...
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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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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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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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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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Can my tire blowout be attributed to a lower speed rating?

Yesterday I had a tire blowout. When I visited a tire shop (Costco Tire Center) afterward, the person there told me that my tires are under-rated for my vehicle. My vehicle is a Honda Accord 2002, ...
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Replacing four tires or two front tires on a front-wheel drive car

I have driven my car since ~84,000 miles. As stated below, I have replaced the front passenger tire for slow leaks twice. The other tires haven't been replaced since I started driving it. I am ...
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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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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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The garage I went to cannot get the wheel off my car

I have a BMW with a flat tire, I took it to tire shop but we could not find the bolt nut, and he said he could not do anything. So I went to breakers yard, they had one and tried to get the tyre off, ...
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What could be causing an uneven roll at low speeds?

I've noticed that my car has an uneven roll at very low speeds, almost as if one of the tires is being favored. Is this likely to be an issue with a tire or are there other potential issues?
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Please Identify these tires and are they ok for truck?

I have a 86 Chevrolet C30 dually truck. The tires are something I've never seen before. The brand is "A ? X" (some symbol in middle). A mechanic said these may be nylon tires and could be the ...
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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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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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Why does my Toyota Camry Hybrid (2008) keep consuming tires?

I bought my Toyota Camry Hybrid new in 2008. I specify Hybrid because I know the weight distribution is somewhat different. I've driven 50,000. I live in South Florida. I've already replaced all ...
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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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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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Had shocks, rear axle, tires replaced - alignment still out of spec and car vibrates?

Last year my old tires became ruined (cupped and feathered) because of ancient, horrible shocks and struts. Since then, I've had all new shocks put in, my rear axle was replaced (because toe couldn't ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of using big tires in front on a bike? [closed]

I need to know more about the pros and cons of using different size tires in front and back. My bike has a lower curb weight, so every time its back tire skids.
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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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Motorcycle: Puncture in tubeless tire. OK to plug yourself?

I got a nail in my tire the other day. Its wedged in the tire so tightly that the tire isnt actually losing pressure. A friend told me I could fix it myself by using a kind of volcanised rubber glue ...
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Is talcum powder really beneficial for a tyre tube?

The local mechanic who replaced my motorcycle tyre tube added what looked like talcum powder to the insides of the tyre before inserting the new tube. I asked him the advantage of doing that and he ...
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Tire Diameter Vs Tire Wear

I was told that larger diameter tires, in my case 55/R19 , wear faster than a comparable smaller diameter, say 55/R17 inch tires. Fact or fiction?