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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How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?

How do I loosen car tire lug nuts (so that I can change a tire) when they are really really stuck? I have tried turning the provided wrench, even standing and jumping on it. This worked for 4 of the ...
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Calculating actual speed of vehicle based on wheel size?

I started wondering today, how does one calculate the moving velocity of a vehicle if they change their tires? I know there are a lot of companies that make the gauges for tuners that change wheels, ...
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How many kms can you use a set of tires for on a car?

I want to get an idea if my tires have worn too quickly or if the level of wear is within a normal range, but when I look at Google I cannot find anything. My example is a small / medium sized car ...
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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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The Tire dealer put a different tire on my car

I drive a 2004 Nissan Maxima SE, the tires are an R18. I recently bought replacement tires and the dealer installed R17 tires. What is the impact of this? Should I complain? Does it really matter? ...
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Tire Replacement - 30k mile, mechanic says its okay to only replace one?

We have a 2014 Toyota Corolla with a little under 30,000 miles. A few months ago some road debris resulted in a punctured tire (rear passenger side). We had the tire fixed, but found out that they ...
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Tire showing low pressure after few KMs of ride

I am having this question from long back. I am using N2 for my tyres. After a few KM (say some 3-4 KMs), measuring the PSI, shows a less pressure. Whether, due to the increase in the temperature in ...
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BMW Tyre pressure control system (RDC) - tire replacement

I have one damaged tire that needs to be replaced on my BMW 320i year 2014. Can I buy only one new and expect no annoyances from RDC? The point being the old tire has a worn a couple of millimeters - ...
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Transmission damage due to uneven tread wear on AWD vehicle

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a continuously variable transmission with ~40k miles on it. About two months ago I blew out the front right tire and took it to a tire shop. The folks at the tire ...
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Why do tyres go flat after a few weeks of non-usage?

My car is a 2007 model FIAT Albea 1.3 liter 4-door saloon. I think it might be the "fire" version. Made (assembled) in Turkey. I use it 6 months a year but 4-5 weeks at a time. When it's stored/parked ...
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How long before replacing tires that are already at 2/32?

My tires need to be replaced, but the tires I want need to be ordered and could take up to a week. I took my car to the shop 2 weeks ago and I was told that my tires need replacing. I checked them ...
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What are the consequences of using an expired tire?

Based on this answer I know that the consequences are less security and low performance. But I would like to know if there is anything else and also explain those two issues and why do they happen ...
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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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Driving on a tire with different aspect ratio number than recommended?

I have a 2012 VW Passat SEL. Currently 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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Differences and Recommendation between Steel and Alloy Wheels for Winter?

There are many discussions regarding steel vs. alloy wheels in Winter on multiple forums. It would be good if someone could lay out full facts and help scale these differences (questions below). For ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

I would REALLY like to get rid of my spare wheel. The wheel is heavy and I need the spare wheel well for... other purposes. In my history of driving I never had to use the spare wheel, so it cost me a ...
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Tires squealing when braking

When I apply the brakes at high speeds, not lightly but not enough for them to lock up, my tires squeal. I believe the sound is coming from the tires and not the brakes at all. One thing to note is ...
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Do no-name tires go through thorough testing?

Tire (tyre) brands come in three categories: Major brands that advertise extensively Relatively unknown brands that are actually made by the major brands Relatively unknown brands that are ...
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Tire slash or blowout on 2005 Corvette

My dad is convinced someone slashed his tire at work, but I think this could be a blowout. Is there any way to tell the difference from looking at the tire? Does this look like a slash or a blowout, ...
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How long can I drive on a donut spare?

This is a pretty common question and I get a lot of conflicting responses from "Extremely dangerous could blow out at any minute" to "I've driven on it for a month". A mechanic at midas told me I ...
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How to remove metal valve caps?

I put metal valve caps on my tires a year or so ago, because I'm an idiot. When I went to add some air to my tires one day, I found that the caps were seized up. Now I am unable to get them off. This ...
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If only replacing two tires should they go on the front or back? [duplicate]

As the titles says I've seen several shops indicate that if you can only replace two tires that they should go on the rear, example Firestone: So shouldn't tires be placed on the front? I was ...
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Tire puncture with glass

What has the highest chance of puncturing your tire? Driving over a piece of glass at 5mph or Driving over a piece of glass at 30mph The former would have quicker contact but the latter would ...
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How do I inspect a used tire?

Used tires, how can I be sure that they are roadworthy? Aside from looking at the general appearance, how do I properly inspect the tire(s)? Are there any scenarios, (damage has occurred), where I ...
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What is my friend's wife not telling him (about this tire)?

So a friend of mine sent me this picture of a "blow out" that happened on his wife's car (some Infinity coupe). She said that it just happened all of a sudden with no warning. She says she pulled ...
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Can I only get an alignment on new tires or is the salesman just being pushy?

When purchasing new tires, the salesman is quick to recommend getting an alignment as well to prevent premature tire wear. I've even been told that you have to get the alignment done when the tires ...
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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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Is there a way to test a failed tire to make sure it meets specs?

I had to get a car tire replaced today, because it was punctured by a rock. Not a particularly sharp rock either, just your average, everyday rock. It went straight through a rain groove. I bought ...
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How to carry a full-sized spare?

I have a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX, but I suspect my question can be generalized to apply to many smaller cars. Not being a fan of donut spare tires, when I replaced my tires about a year ago I kept ...
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How can I change the sound of my tires? [closed]

Earlier this evening, I locked up my car's brakes reacting to a wrong-way bicyclist. My tires generated a respectable cloud of smoke, but to my disappointment, the sound they produced was a dull ...
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Why winter tires gives better mileage at 15+C

Can somebody explain why my winter set of wheel/tires gets better mileage in almost summer temperatures? At 14-17C+, my winter tires give me 29 avg on a test route, while summer gives a ~24 avg. I ...
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93 325i E36 - help with tires

So I have 2 different rims in the back. One is wide and the other is thinner, along with two different size tires. It pulls hard to the left. Is there a way to fix this without having to get ...
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Will it hurt to be off 5" on width on tires through conversion

I am a student for automotive and have a print out of the conversion chart for tires. it says I can go from 215/70r15 to 244/55r16 and only lose 1mph on speedometer, but found some 245/50r16 will that ...
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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 additional wear will occur on the drivetrain from running larger tires and not regearing?

This is probably best viewed as a general question, however specifically I'm talking about a 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with an automatic transmission. I have gone from stock 29 inch tires up to 33 ...
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How old is too old for a new tire?

When shopping for new tires from tirerack.com, the production date of the tires is listed. I'm considering tires from a 2007 production run, which would make them around 5 years old today (after ...
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2013 Toyota Highlander Snow Tires/wheels work on 2016 XLE?

We have snow tires/alloy rims for our 2013 Toyota Highlander. We're thinking of upgrading to the 2016 XLE Highlander and am wondering if we can use the same snow tires/wheels. Does anyone know?
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Is tire life by mileage a failure point or wear point?

When getting new tires and a seller refers to a tire with a 60,000 mileage life does that mean that the actual tire is expected to reach a full wear pattern by a certain thickness or is that from a ...
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Should I get the tire checked?

A part of the tire broke off but I'm not sure if it's significant. How can I tell if the tire is losing air? Tire pressure seems to be OK for now. It's a Volkswagen Jetta 2008. What it looks like:
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TPMS sensor on tires for 2010 Nissan Altima

I've got a 2010 Nissan Altima and I'm trying to figure out if the TPMS gasket is part of the tire itself or not. Story: got front tires replaced at Midas. The one that needed replacing was leaking ...
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Tyre with a cut or crack

I noticed a small cut(or crack) on my FRW.Its not deeper than 1mm and I do not see any wires nor I have any pressure leakage. Is it ok to keep using them?They are for winter and I am using it only 4-5 ...
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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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Tire Maintenance

I just bought a new car and I have heard three things about tires: They need to be aligned They need to be balanced They need to be rotated Now, what I do not know is how often each needs to be ...
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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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Will my 2002 Mustang make it from California to Iowa?

I have a great 2002 Mustang automatic 6cyl in great condition, but I am a worrier and want some outside opinions. I am the second owner of the vehicle. Have owned it for 1year, 7 months and I get my ...
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Is 155/70 R13 75H suitable for Hyundai Santro?

I have 3 new tyres of size 155/70 R13 75H and 1 tyre of 155/70 R13 75S. Does it make any difference?
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Must I Replace All 4 Tires on an All Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicle?

I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Wagon. I just destroyed the passenger-side rear tire. The tires have approx. 6/32" tread remaining, per an informal measurement with a coin (I used this guideline ...
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All-wheel drive single tire placement [duplicate]

We have an all-wheel drive Subaru. A few months ago we had one tire blow on a set that was around a year old. We were told (by the tire store) we had to replace all of them. That sounded nuts but I ...
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Which types of protectants are safe to use on automotive tires?

Some protectant formulations are known to damage tire rubber and cause sidewall cracking (which can be very dangerous). What types of tire protectants are recommended to prevent sidewall cracking? ...
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Can I use “Designed for BMW” Michelin tyres with a non BMW?

I am looking for a Michelin Pilot Super Sport R18 225/40R18 88Y and 245/35R18 92Y for my Mercedes-Benz W208, but this tyres marked on the website as "Designed for BMW". What does it mean? What are ...