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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 drive with spare wheel but with proper tire?

I recently got a puncture and had to swap out the entire wheel. Luckily, the spare I had was a full size tyre, i.e.: not a skinny tyre like you sometimes see. It looks roughly like this: So, the ...
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2014 Nissan Sentra FE-S Alignment issues

I just bought a 2014 Nissan Sentra with low miles 33k. I noticed that the tires had been replaced at 25k which seemed low to me. I received the service report on the car after buying it and it shows ...
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Can I put a smaller size tire on staggered rear rims which will allow me to use the same size tire on all four staggered rims?

I drive a 2015 Mercedes S63 AMG 4matic. The rear wheels are staggered with 285-35-20 tires on 20/9.5 wheels, while the front tires are 255-40-20 on 20/8.5 wheel. The current rear tire size only ...
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Off road tires for a Subaru CrossTrek.2018 what needs to be done to get a good 75 height tire?

I just bought a 2018 Crosstrek. It has OEM tires on 18 inch wheels. I will be doing a lot of desert travel so I want a quality tire that I can safely deflate for extended miles. I have been doing some ...
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2001 subaru outback tires question

I have a 2001 Subaru Outback needing new tires. The originals are 225 60 16, but I was wondering if I could go with 225 75 16 and not have the tires rub. Would this matter if I went with the 225 75 16 ...
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Should I discard my tire that was repaired using a rope plug? [closed]

Last week, I found my RAV4's tire had gone flat flat. The culprit: a bolt in the middle of my tire's tread, right in a tread void. I had a rope plug kit (something like Slime Tire Plug Kit) and ...
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Deflated wheel on new Rav4?

I got my new 2021 Rav4 less than a month ago and only put about 110 miles on it but yesterday I noticed one of the rear wheels is significantly deflated(and almost flat). I only remember a glass ...
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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 having the parking brakes on while putting your tires on affect how tight you think the lug nuts are?

Most if not all guides I've read advise having your parking brakes on while putting tires on your car. However, I was advised that having the parking brakes on can possibly make the lug nuts seem ...
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What will change when I replace my wheels from 225/50 R17 with 255/35 R19?

I have AUDI A5, 2015. Currently I have tires 225/50 R17. And I would like to change my rims from R17 to R19. I asked AUDI salon and they told me that most apropriate is 255/35 R19. What will change ...
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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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How do I read specification for wheels in Audi?

I would like to change wheels in my car and I need to understand first what are the most suitable for it. But I dont get why there are a few rows for it? Can I choose anyone from the above list? For ...
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Winter Tires - 2017 Audi A3

I have a 2017 Audi A3 Sedan. The all-seasons on my car are 225/40R18. I’m looking at 16” inch tires and wheels due to huge cost difference. Can I get a set of 205/55R16 tires and wheels package? Will ...
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Honda Tyre Size and Numbers

I have just purchased a used Honda Accord Euro 2005. I did not check the tyre number while purchasing. Yesterday one the tyres was bursted. Then I matched the tyre number mentioned in the door of the ...
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When to replace tires by tread depth

I just went to the mechanic to do a 60k checkup on my car. He suggested to replace my tires and said my tire tread depth was 5/32 at the front and 4/32 in the rear. I remember growing up and being ...
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Droning/rubbing sound from left brake pad after recent change

I recently changed my wife's brake pads on her toyota corolla, 09 or something. We used some universal cermaic plates, by the way. It was my first time changing brake pads and it took a bit but I did ...
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Strange case of low-speed squeaking / grinding noises after new tires / alignment

I have a 2009 Honda Civic (LX, I think, not sure how I can definitively tell since it's been a while), and yesterday, I got the front tires replaced with new ones (size 205/55) and all 4 wheels ...
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Effect of Overall tire height on handling or acceleration

My car has tires 215/45R18. I want to get the 225 width size. Using the calculation if I put 225/45 R18 the tire diameter increases by 1% and with 225/40 R18 it decreases by 2%. What effect would the ...
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What are the limiting factors for braking performances?

In a car with disc brakes, the performances (how long it takes to brake, how many braking cycles can be performed without overheating, brake power before locking the tires, and so on) depend basically ...
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Can summer and winter wheels be of different size for the same car?

I have an old Volkswagen Golf 4, 1.4. The size of the summer tires is 195/65 R15. When I bought the car it came with a set of mounted 205/55 R16 winter tires. When I took the car to a mechanic to ...
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Garage inflator not fitting Bridgestone Turanza tyres (air leakage)

I recently got new tyres 'Bridgestone Turanzas' and decided to check the pressure on them at my local Sainsbury's petrol station (UK). When I connected the nozzle of the tyre inflator machine air ...
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Why is a bigger car tire way more expensive than a smaller tire?

Why is a 19" car tire way more expensive than a 16" tire? If you compare a 225/45/19 with a 215/65/16 they are double the price even though they have the exact same outer diameter. One ...
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Accidentally pushed a tire plug all the way into tire. How bad is that?

One of these rubber sticks. Pushed to far and dropped into the tire. Was able to patch the tire properly with a second stick. How bad is this? Weighs less than the screw that was stuck in my tire.
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How old are these Bridgestone B250 tyres?

A dealership fitted these tyres at the front of my (UK) Honda Jazz in December 2016. A independent mechanic has shown me a "1093" code on the tyre, said that means they date from October ...
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Do tire and rim sizes have to match?

I was looking at a pair of 17" rims but the markings on the tire state 215/45R18. This threw me off because I thought the last number (18) represents how big of a rim the tires can fit on. Is there ...
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Which is heavier, an inch of aluminum wheel rim or tyre?

I currently have 225/65R17 tires on my car. I have noticed that many new electric cars come with larger wheel rim and lower profile tire, such as 235/45R21 tire. I wonder why -- after all, lower ...
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Loud dull/grinding noise when driving over 30mph/48kmh

when driving over 30mph/48kmh, there is a very loud dull/grinding noise coming from the driver side. I thought it was the driver side front wheel bearing but a mechanic says there is no play/wobble in ...
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Shaking on winter tires

I recently had a customer come back with the complaint that around 110km/hr the vehicle is very shaky after installing winter tires. I retorqued all four tires and none of the lugs moved. Air ...
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Is it possible to fix noisy feathered tires?

My 2008 Highlander had an alignment problem and caused some (or maybe all) of the tires to feather. I got the alignment fixed but the tires are still quite noisy when I drive and they seem to be ...
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Can I run higher psi tires than the car manufacturer recommends? If so can I reset the tpms?

I have a 2013 Toyota Sequoia Platinum that I bought used primarily as a tow car. The tires that came on the Sequoia were Michelin 275 55 R20 111H which appeared to be in good shape. However, first ...
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Steering wheel/gas pedal vibrations after new tires and wheels

I'm familiar with SE but new to the Mechanics side of the site. Anyway, I bought new wheels and tires for my 2005 Mazda 3 S hatch back in June. I upgraded the then-current "MB" brand 16" aftermarket ...
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Hit a curb, the curb cut off a piece of the tire. Will it needs replacement? [closed]

I miscalculated the distance and hit a curb while U turning a few days ago, the curb cut off a small piece of the right front tire and scratched the wheel a little bit. I went to a tire shop one day ...
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How to fix stripped tire valve stem?

My tire's valve stem is stripped (both top and middle section) that I cannot even put a cap on. Is there a way to fix the thread without replacing the whole thing?
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Can I use wider tires on my truck?

I have a 2014 F150 that came with P235/75R17 tires. I need new tires and the mechanic at the garage said I could could also get P265/70R17 tires. He said for my model there would be no issues as they ...
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Will using a higher speed rated tire do anything for the car?

I heard that going down on the manufacturer's tire speed rating will affect the handling but will going up from an H to a V do anything such as increasing tread life.
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What can cause knocking sound when pressing and releasing gas pedal?

I hear a knocking sound whenever I pres the gas pedal and accelerate fast, or when I quickly take my foot off the gas. I hear it at low speeds 25-40mph. Just replaced the CV axles, put on new tires, ...
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Nissan Presage 98' change tires to 55 profile from 60/65 profile

Good day. So we bought a used 98' Nissan Presage (2.5L Turbodiesel/YD25) and we noticed that the tires on the front are 205/65 R16 and the rear left is 215/65 R16 while the rear right is 215/70 R16. ...
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Car Jerks When Not Accelerating

So, I just recently mounted snow tires on my car (or rather, paid someone else to do it), and on my way home I noticed that whenever I take my foot off the gas pedal the car jerks forwards and ...
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Tire Tread And Tire Inflation

When a tire tread depth test is performed, does the tire, or is it best for tire to be properly inflated? Would the tire being underinflated affect the tire tread depth test results?
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VW EOS ESC Error message

My VW 2015 EOS works great but since my last tire rotation, the ESC Stabilization Control Error appears while drive on dry roads at a constant speed. Engine slows, cannot accelerate. Must pull off ...
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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 10-year-old winter tires OK for summer use?

I have winter tires that are very little used (perhaps 5k to 10k kilometres, or equivalently roughly 3k to 6k miles) but almost 10 years old (produced in 2008 week 21). I cannot use them in winter any ...
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Using a normal tyre on an emergency wheel

One of my friends discovered a car-sharing vehicle, all four wheels of which were replaced by the emergency wheels, but it seemed to have normal tyres on it. Here's the picture of one of its wheels (...
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Can leaving car parked long term with flat tyre cause problems?

car is currently out if user and had been parked up for months. Not starting either so can’t take it to station for air. I think I heard leaving it like this can cages either the tyre or wheel to rot?...
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Tire tread difference on bmw 328xi

Recently bought a 2007 BMW 328xi awd and the tread on the tires are different. This concerns me because I’ve heard that that is bad and I don’t want any issues down the road. How bad is that on this ...
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Which part of the valve stem do i need to replace?

I cant tell which part is messed up (I hit it with a hammer accidentally while trying to get my tire off). Do I need to replace the whole system, or just the body?
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Why don't we rotate tyres but you rotate tires?

Is planning a regular rotation of new tyres over their lifespan a good or bad plan? From many posts I've seen here and elsewhere on the web, motorists in the USA seem to see rotating tires as a task ...
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What are the types of repairs & products used today to repair foreign objects puncturing tires?

Patches/Plugs, etc. Is a form of vulcanization ever used/performed on patches or plugs, or any other rubber product used to increase the rubber life? I'm looking into a new product for tire repair &...
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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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Do motorcycles use radial or bias ply tires?

The pneumatic tire was invented for the bicycle. Bicycles have always used bias ply tires. Radial tires have been tried but they have a strange handling feel because they aren't as stable as bias ply ...

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