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

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Is tire rotation important?

I just bought new tires for my car and included was free tire rotation every 7,500 miles for the life of the tires. I have heard many things about tire rotation, including: it's a worthless ...
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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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How to fix leaky tires after 2 shops couldn't

I have an SUV with factory 16" steel wheels and P235/70R16 tires. The tires have just under 30,000 miles of gentle driving on them. Two of the tires have been leaking quite a bit (about 10 psi per ...
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What are the benefits of low profile tires?

I have yet to find anyone that knows of any benefits of low-profile tires. All of the pros that I've asked have said there is no benefit. Naturally, the number of pros that I have available to ask is ...
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Will snow tire studs get rusty if a tire is washed before putting to storage?

Once snow tires are changed to warm-weather tires in spring it's tempting to wash them before putting to storage so that they don't stain stuff they come into contact with. One concern is that studs ...
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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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Should I change my tires so they all match?

Here is my situation: 2012 Honda Civic EX, 1.8L with P205/55R16 tires recommended Three (both front, and left passenger) tires are OEM Continental ContiProContact P205/55R16 89H with about 20,000 ...
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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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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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What factors affect the maximum air pressure that should be put in a vehicle's tires?

For just about every car, there's at least two different "maximum tire pressure" ratings. The vehicle manufacturer's rating. This is usually found on a sticker attached to the driver's door. The ...
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Just HOW urgently should I replace this tire? Is it safe to drive on at all?

It's my rear right tire. It has a significant bulge in the sidewall. Here are two pictures of the bulge (original URL): Do I need to replace it before I ever drive on it again? Should I put on ...
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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 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 interpret tire condition

What information can be gleaned by visual inspection of a set of tires on a car? How would I interpret excessive wear on the outside edge of the tires vs. wear on the inside vs. wear in the center? ...
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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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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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Tires stick when turning after a car wash

I have a 2010 F-150 that just went through a car wash. After the car wash, I immediately noticed that the turning feels reduced/impaired. Specifically, when I have the steering wheel turned more ...
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Are used tires valuable?

I'm in the process of having my 1994 Corolla being picked up for recycling. Currently the car is equipped with relatively unused winter tires with excellent tread. Are used winter tires valuable? ...
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Must I Replace All 4 Tires on an All Wheel Drive (AWD) Subarau, when only 1 is damaged?

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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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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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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Trying to figure out the name of this car part!

I got new tires today and saw that the part that's circled is broken on my car. It looks like it just snapped at the top because part of the bolt appears to still be in whatever the tube is. Anyone ...
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Tire runs flat every 30 days [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix leaky tires after 2 shops couldn't Ever since I bought my car new I have had one tire that goes to 20psi every 30 days. Discount tire said theres no ...
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Are there any disadvantage to fuel efficient tires?

I'm in need of new tires and I saw some fuel efficient/low rolling resistance tires. Is there any disadvantage to this type of tire?
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How to know if I need new tires?

For the first time in my years of driving, I slid pretty badly the other day. I've slid before a little bit, but this is the first time I slid badly-- I nearly went off the road. Granted, it was ...
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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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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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All weather tires vs winter tires on well-plowed roads

I live in Minnesota. I've seen lots of people recommend changing to winter tires in the winter. However, what doesn't make sense to me is that the roads are plowed very well here. 90% of my driving ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why do some tuned cars have very inclined tires?

I've seen photographs of cars with strange inclined tires like the one in the picture I pasted here. They seems to be Japanese cars. Is it for drifting? Maybe for appearance? Do the tires get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Steering wheel shakes at high speeds

the steering wheel sometimes shakes at high speeds around 70 miles per hour. It does not always happen. Some day when I am driving at 70, I feel no shakes. some day it shakes badly at the same speed. ...