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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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MOT coverage for car issues

This is a very UK specific question. I was wondering what sort of tests and (if any) fixes are covered by MOT tests. I know that lots of auto shops do servicing that focus on the MOT aspects of things ...
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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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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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Does a wider tire always mean more grip/traction

Recently, i had a discussion with someone about tire width. I claimed, that with bigger (wider) tires, a car would have more traction/grip. The person i was discussing this with, agreed with me, up to ...
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What tire size will provide a softer ride and less oversteer?

I am currently tasked with replacing the tires on my grandparents 07 Jeep Wrangler X with a 225/75/16. To preface this, it will never go offroad! My mom drives my grandma around on Sundays to the mall ...
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Tires for my husband's Mustang

I bought my husband brand new tires about 3 years ago, he never put them on his car. Are they still good to put on a rim, or no?
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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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Is there a reason for even trying to make tires last

I've always believed in rotating the tires, makes them last longer, sometimes by a lot. When they crisscrossed them. Why do they now only make directional tires that they say can't be crisscrossed. Is ...
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What do the numbers in 195/60/R15 mean? [duplicate]

As far as I know, each type or size or whatever of tyres has its own set of numbers which presumably mean something. In the instance of my last car these numbers were 195/60/R15. What do each of ...
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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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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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what could cause a scraping noise after tire rotation

After having one tire replaced, and the tires rotated, drove out of the shop immediately to a grrr (rubbing/grinding) sound momentarily, once per tire rotation. I noticed the "back" tires have pretty ...
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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 be ...
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Is it OK to replace only 2 tires on an AWD car?

On a 2004 VW R32 (which uses a Haldex AWD system), I have one damaged summer tire. All the tires have at least half of their usable tread depth left. At $200 ea, I'd like to replace only a pair of ...
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Rotating tires based on time or miles?

Question: I am confused about the tire rotation schedule for modern cars. Everywhere I have looked recommends a tire rotation every 3000 to 5000 miles or 6 months. I understand why a tire needs to ...
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What precautions should I take when using snow chains?

I have purchased some snow chains, but the manual provides fitting instructions, and it only says to remove them when the road is completely clear of snow, and never drive faster than 40mph (about ...
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Rain tyres for motorcyles

I have recently started driving a motorcycle to work (60 km/day). I have a Honda XR125L. Today I had an accident. I was driving at 10-20 mph and wanted to break for cars that were standing still. I ...
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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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Putting tires on rims

How much pressure should I use for a tire to settle on a rim? Is there need to glue the tire on the rim? (Or to try make it more airtight by any means.)
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How to mark tires so they can be identified after theft?

A real-life situation: a car owner leaves his car near a multistoried building in the evening and in the morning he sees the car is standing on bricks and wheels are gone. He addresses the police and ...
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Tire sidewall damage near rim cosmetic?

I'm wondering if this looks like cosmetic damage to you. Damage to the sidewall near rim happened about a year and a half ago at around 20 mph. Tire has been holding air as well as the others over ...
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Motionless car with tire spinning on ice causes burning rubber smell?

I live in New England, where "Winter Wonderland" often involves large amounts of ice on the road. A number of times I've had to help someone get their car out of a parking spot where their drive ...
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What is a tire bubble?

I was looking at some reviews on tires and a couple of places people were using this term of a "tire bubble". Sounds like an imperfection or weak spot on the tire wall where some sort of bulge is ...
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Uneven readings for tire pressure

I'm new to this community so please instruct me if the question needs improving. On an Acura 2010 TL SH-4WD, is the following reading normal regarding the tire pressure? The tires are winter tires ...
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Why does a tire have the same air pressure when mounted on the car and when not?

The other day I inflated my tires up to 34psi and then when I took one of them off the car. I measured the pressure again to check how much the difference was, and I was surprised that it was still 34 ...
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What are the side effects of using the wrong tires?

Last time I got new tyres I was advised that as they were out of stock of the particular size I was after (195/60/R15) and since they were part used tyres, I should be OK going with a slightly ...
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Is it important that the four tires have the same mark on the sidewall?

I bought 4 new tires and i noticed that the rear tires have an "outside " mark on the sidewall but the front tires have an "inside" mark, Is this right ??
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How are Kevlar tires different from other tires?

I bought a truck recently and it came with tires made (partially) with Kevlar. What advantages do Kevlar automotive tires have over tires made with more traditional materials? Reading through DuPont'...
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Why is toe in and toe out required at all?

I don't see any reason why having a toe in or toe out setting to your tyre should provide any effect at all to the drive. It almost feels as if it should add to the cons when driving along a straight ...
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What is causing this slight vibration?

I have a 2004 GMC Envoy 4WD with a clean title, 54k miles. Very good condition. I recently purchased my second set of tires, Pirelli Scorpion ATRs. They are solid and quiet, but after changing them ...
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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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Had new tires put on back or car, and rotated to front, suddenly i have break steer on hard braking

so I had a new set of Yokohama yk740 put on the back of my yaris se, replacing the Bridgestone turanzas I had on it, now if I brake aggressively, I get significant break steer to the passenger side... ...
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2002 VW Passat Wagon 2.8 V6 Vibration (Drivetrain?) Certain Speeds/Situations

Customer has 2002 VW Passat Wagon 2.8 V6, 97k miles, great shape. Rides really nice, well maintatined. Still, Brooklyn car with some heavy use lately. Customer complaint of vibration, especially ...
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Is this tyre damage a problem?

I just noticed this distortion on my rear left tyre that must have been caused by hitting a pothole or something - there's an even smaller distortion on the front left tyre. It's barely perceptible ...
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Does tire size and/or tread wear significantly affect speed and speedometer accuracy?

I've always heard that tread wear affects the speed of your vehicle; i.e. you technically are going faster with new tires than you are with old, worn tires, for a given indicated speed by the ...
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When buying a new tire at car shop, they pumped the new tire and it popped loudly, is that normal?

My ears don't hurt, but my left ear feels a little blocked afterwards. I was standing a meter and a half away from a machine that fits rim into the tire, while also pumping air or something. The tire ...
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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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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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After putting on new winter tires, my steering is weak/light

I just had new winter tires put on my 2003 Honda Civic 4-door LX. The steering has been affected. The steering now feels "weak" or "light" or "loose". Meaning I now have to turn the wheel further to ...
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When unidirectional tires are rotated, do they also need to be flipped?

Just took our 2005 Subaru Outback in for an oil change, and got the guys to rotate our tires, which they forgot to do last time (so it had been about 7500-10000 miles since last rotation, as we get ...
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What is the difference between 245/75R16 and 265/70R16, and will it damage my car to drive with one smaller tire?

We bought a 1997 Chevy Suburban and recently put new tires on at Walmart. The associate there told us that we had the wrong size tires. Rather than worrying about different rim sizes or something I ...
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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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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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Tire Pressure Adjustments When Needed

From my understanding there is the recommended tire pressures at the inner part of the drivers door, but I have this question in my head just in case this happens. Say my recommended tire pressure ...
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Which tire pressure is right for my 2008 Toyota Yaris's front tires?

A few months ago, my tire pressure dashboard light came on after I bumped a curb a bit with my 2008 Toyota Yaris's rear right tire. I drove to a gas station and tried to pump up my tires, but the ...
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Can I drive my 2013 Toyota Camry a few miles after Low Tire Pressure light comes on?

My car is kept in a garage; however I took it out this AM and parked on street for about an hour. I got in the car and the Low Tire Pressure light came on. I do not have a flat tire. Can I drive it ...
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Winter tyres - how necessary are they?

I am in the UK and we don't usually have a lot of snowfall. But sometimes the roads can be a little rough. I drive a 1.2L Mitsubishi Colt CZI and I haven't put the winter tyres yet. My concern is ...
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Where can a tire be leaking if no nail/screw?

One of my tires leaks from 32 psi to down below 25 psi in less than a day and it's not due to a drastic temperature change. I took the wheel off to inspect for nails/screws and couldn't find any. ...
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Tyre pressure for Toyota Yaris

I have new Toyota Yaris Trend 2013 and wondering what should be the tyre pressure in front and rear tyres?
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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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