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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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Hit a curb today, taking a chunk out of the tire and some damage to the rim. Is it still safe to drive? [closed]

Pictures: As you can see, it took a good chunk out of the tire, next to the rim. Unfortunately there's also quite a lot of scratch damage on the edges there. Is this still safe to drive, or should I ...
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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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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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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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What is this wire in my tyre?

On my car there are these strange wires sticking out my tyre. They are wedged in the tyre at one end, and I pulled a few out before taking the photos below, before getting one stuck in my finger... ...
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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 what sounds like the back driver side of my car. This noise only comes when the brakes are applies softly, just enough to slow ...
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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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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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does changing tires void warranty for a new car?

I wanna change my tires for snow tires. I don't want to buy them at my dealer but at Costco. Can that void my Honda warranty ?
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Filling the tires with something other than air, to avoid puncture hassles?

I'm asking because: - I've had flat tires four times in two years and it has been very annoying. - The entire family of an acquaintance died when their car tire burst and the car turned turtle on a ...
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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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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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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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What does the letter at the end of a tire code signify? [duplicate]

Take the following tire codes, for instance: 195/65R15 91 V 245/40R18 97 Y What does the "V" signify? What other letter codes are there?
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Rumbling noise: tires or mechanical

I'm trying to debug a rumbling noise problem. The sound is similar to the noise you get on a smooth road when you bike with mountain bike tires, on a bike, except that it's much more "grave". The ...
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How often to set tire pressure

The recommended tire pressure in my van is 35psi. Two weeks ago I set the pressure when temps were around -20C. This week temps are hovering around zero, and the tires report around 38psi. Should I ...
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Side wall damage

Is this okay to drive on? Recently noticed this after getting some curb rash on the rim the car is basically new. Dealer told me it’s cosmetic damage but I’m not to sure
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Changing tire size on my '13 Subaru Outback

It's time for me to get new tires, and I realized that I my car currently does not have stock wheels and tires on it. I am the second owner, so I'm guessing the first owner changed it. Although they ...
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Can I drive on this tire with sidewall damage?

Hit a curb, I’m not optimistic, but take a look y’all
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Run-flat tires vs. fix-a-flat?

I just bought a car without a spare, on which all the tires will need to be replaced soon. Run-flat tires are crazy expensive. How well does fix-a-flat work for getting me to a tire shop in the case ...
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Dry rot tire should I replace?

My tires look new but I just bought the car and I don't know for sure. They all look good except one rear tire which has cracking between the treads but nowhere else. Is this an accident waiting to ...
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Calculate tyre pressure of a car from OBD parameters

I want to calculate the tyre pressure of a car from OBD parameters. I don't want to take TPMS or any custom PID for this. One of the indirect method is the calculate: ((w_LF + w_RR) - (w_RF + w_LR)) /...
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Should the spare tyre be periodically replaced?

What are the dangers associated with using a spare tyre that is several years past expiry? I have seen people do this and live to tell the tale (a spare wheel manufactured in 2003 used to hobble an ...
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Replacing new tires on front because rear ones are a different size

I understand that normally when replacing front tires new ones go on the back and the old back ones are moved to the front, as the better tread should go on the back for more stability. My front ones ...
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Storing a car on wood blocks in storage unit

I'm going to Air Force Field Training this summer, which means that I will have to leave my car unattended (in Prescott, AZ) for a month. This is a problem for a few reasons: I have Goodyear MT/R ...
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Replacing tires for 2001 Subaru Outback

What are my options for replacing tires for 2001 Subaru Outback? One tire is damaged and it seems I need 4 matching tires as it is AWD. 255,225,260,...etc. If they match, can I change size?
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Which rim to buy

I'm looking to replace rim for one of the wheels of my car (Nissan Altima 06). The wheel specs - 245/45 R18. (Different from the ones that come with the original car) The rim looks like this - I ...
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Front End Alignments

I recently had my vehicle in for a front end alignment. They told me all of my shocks were bad, causing all of the problems, and that they would not be able to align the front end with those bad ...
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How much to inflate essentially unlabeled tires?

My trailer tires are labelled only with the following: Carlisle made in USA 6.90-9 That's it - there is no max PSI, # of plies, load rating, or any other information at all that I can see. The ...
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New Toyota Camry tire pressure light came on and then off

My new Toyota Camry (LE 2014, just bought with no miles on it) all over the sudden had a "Tire pressure" warning light come on on the dashboard about 1 week after purchase. It stayed on consistently ...
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Can a rock in a tire tread cause a blow out?

A recent answer included this: Actually rocks in tire treads can be life threatening, if they gradually cut through the rubber and eventually cause a blow-out, and you don't usually get any warning ...
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How does tire pressure vary as a function of temperature?

Today, I changed my winter tires. I estimate the storage temperature is about +10 degrees Celsius. The average operating temperature is expected to be about -5 degrees Celsius. I measured the tire ...
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Should I replace the tires earlier?

I recently read from a reputable source that tyres should be replaced at 3.2mm of tread thickness, not 1.6mm as the previous dogma suggested. My tyres are all in the 2.0mm - 2.5mm range. I understand ...
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How to assess the severity of a cut on a tyre sidewall

In general, how to assess the severity of a cut on the side of a tyre? How to tell if it safe to drive? Note that I realise there are a few related questions, but they are asking about a particular ...
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Scrub radius increase when changing wheel offset

2019 4Runner Limited came with 245/60/20 Yokohama Geolandar O96B tires. I replaced the original 20-inch wheel with Toyota's 7x17 TRD wheel, and the offset changed from 15 to 4. Now I am changing the ...
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Can I change a regular tire rather than a spare tire on a Hyundai Santa Fe (limited 2012)?

I got a flat tire on my Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 Limited. I am no way a mechanical but still wondering if I can change a tire by myself. I looked up a few videos online and they just teach you how to ...
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Downsizing rims from 14" to 13", what is the optimal tire size?

My car: Suzuki Celerio (EU/India) / Alto (Asia) 2010 mdl. Hi, I'm downsizing from a r14 rim size to a r13. Current tire size is 155/65/r14 and that is the OEM size. My current rim spec is 14x5.5 et38 ...

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