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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 this gouge in the side of the tire a safety issue?

During a routine tire pressure check, I noticed this gouge in the side of my tire: I'm wondering if it is a safety issue, but I hesitate to take it to a tire shop because I want an unbiased opinion. ...
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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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What to do about 1 tire mounted on rim in wrong direction?

I put on my winter tires today. For the first time, I noticed that the direction arrows on one of the tires point the wrong way: looking at the outside, the arrows on three tires point ...
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Do I need expensive tires for my Audi A4?

I need tires for my 2005 A4 quattro. Every time I go and get a quote I'm asked what kind of vehicle I have, and once I say "Audi" they recommend for me to get the more expensive tires. Do I need to ...
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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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Plugged tire, should I patch it if it holds air or I'm ok?

Found a small screw in my rear winter tire, like real small and thought it wouldn't leak, but it did, so I plugged it. It holds air correctly. Two questions: Some people freak about plugging/...
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Had shocks, rear axle, tires replaced - alignment still out of spec and car vibrates?

Last year my old tires became ruined (cupped and feathered) because of ancient, horrible shocks and struts. Since then, I've had all new shocks put in, my rear axle was replaced (because toe couldn't ...
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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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TPM on Subaru WRX

Does the 2009 Subaru WRX have a TPM (Tire Pressure Monitor) installed? When I recently changed my tires the installer said it did not have any monitor. That made me wonder, how does the low tire ...
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Slow leak that multiple mechanics could not find

About a week ago, I had new tires put on my car. The next day, I took a long trip from Birmingham, Alabama to New Orleans, Louisiana. I made it to the Mississippi state line around the time my TPMS ...
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What happened to my tire between the time I got it and the time I found it deflated?

Here's the scenario: I purchased 4 new tires with installation for my 2003 Ford Focus with almost 200,000 miles on it (original aluminium wheels). When I got my car from the tire place, I noticed one ...
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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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What could cause intermittent steering wobble at highway speeds?

2004 Honda CR-V, ~140k miles, overall good condition. Got tie rod ends, ball joints, and shocks replaced this summer so it's probably not any of those. The wobble showed up suddenly about a week ago ...
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Uneven front tyre wear & steering wobble

I've had my BMW E92 2008 for almost 12 months now, from purchase I've noticed that it likes to chew through the edges of tyres and figured (and was told) that it needed a wheel alignment. I was ...
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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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Old winter tires on new 2013 Toyota Highlander?

We replaced our 2011 Subaru Outback with a 2013 Toyota Highlander. I'm wondering if my old snow tires can be used on the new car. The size of the tires on the new car is: 245/55 R19 The size of ...
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alignment not straight after alignment

So I just had my front tie rods replaced, and the front wheels aligned on my 97 Grand Caravan (the alignment was previously way off), and now it's a lot better, but the alignment is still a bit off... ...
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How long can a flat tire sit before the sidewall is ruined?

I'm on business and two days ago my wife noticed that one of our cars has a flat. She can probably take care of it tomorrow, but that means that the tire will have sat, completely flat for the better ...
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How to reseal tire where it meets rim?

I found a leak on a friend's tire along where it meets the rim. I was hoping it was going to be on the threaded mating surface because then I would just plug it myself and then pump it all at home. Is ...
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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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Torn tire tread and sidewall on Subaru Impreza

My wife hit a curb in my 2012 Subaru Impreza and there is a small tear in the tread. Do I need to replace all 4 tires or can I just replace 2? I was told that I may have to replace all 4 tires because ...
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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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Is it acceptable to move tires between sides of a car? (left to right / right to left)

I've been taught (at some point) that when switching tires, you should take care to keep each tire on the same side of the car throughout its life. So if a tire starts its life at rear left, then ...
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My new Yamaha Mt07 has mixed tyres, is this wrong ?

I recently bought a whole new Yamaha Mt07. Being a total newbie in the biker world, I didn't pay attention to the tyres, but I just noticed that the rear tyres and the front ones were not of the same ...
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Small tire rubber split

there is a small slit/tear on my rear tire sidewalk near the rim. I don't think it from hitting a curb. Wanted to know if it's just cosmetic or info should have it replaced. Would like to add ...
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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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Is there such a thing as a "drive tire"?

I once went to get my tires replaced on my '03 Honda Accord after not having rotated them in a while. One of the front tires seemed to be more worn than the other front tire. An employee at the tire ...
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Ford Focus steering wheel vibration and noise from front right wheel4

I drive a Ford Focus 2004 which has about 104 thousand km on the clock. There is a constant noise from the front right wheel which goes away when I depress the clutch. Moreover around 60km/h and 120-...
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Honda Odyssey 16 inch rims

I have a 2015 Honda Odyssey which has 17 inch rims and tires on it, can I put on 16 inch rims and tires on it?
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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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Why is tire sidewall height expressed as percentage of width?

I'm quite familiar with the code used to define tire sizes, but one aspect of the code always confuses me. The second number defines the sidewall height as a percentage of the tire's width. As an ...
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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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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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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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Buying new tires R15, R16, R17?

I currently have 205/55 R16 91V M+S Goodridge tires and an '06 Honda Civic Coupe. Should I stick with the same type of tires for go for something else? What's the difference between getting R16 or ...
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Cut on the sidewall - is this safe or should i replace?

I am not sure if this is a cosmetic damage or a structural damage in the tire. The tire is a Bridgestone Turanza 225/40R18 in front. About 18k miles and almost 5 years old. I don't know where I got ...
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Flat tire right after replacing all tires - what could be the cause?

We just had all 4 tires replaced, a week after we got a flat tire. In the past several years not a single flat tire. The cost of each tire was $55 (with labor I paid $409). The car is a Honda Civic ...
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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 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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Were those tyres fake?

While buying used tyres I checked the dates stamp on them and found some looked to be doctored. The date stamp on nearly all the tyres was in raised lettering. But on some tyres the date lettering ...
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What non-driver, non-terrain factors can affect vehicle miles per gallon?

I've been tracking the mileage on my 2015 VW Golf (a non-intercooled turbo, but not diesel, thank goodness). Of course, my driving habits and highway/city balance influence things greatly, but beyond ...
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Mechanic says that I must change tires with him before he will rotate them. Why?

I got an internet combo-deal to change oil and rotate tires at a shop in Sunnyvale, CA. However, now mechanic called me back and is telling me that I have to change all four tires due to the wear. ...
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Best permanent fix for a punctured tire?

I drove over a large screw which punched a clean hole in between the tread near the middle of the tire. I had a full size spare so I just removed the tire instead of trying to patch it. Now, what's ...
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Tire slowly deflates. One click per rotation noise while braking on same tire

2006 Buick Lucerne I have to inflate my one driver's side rear tire about once week. This has been going on for nearly a year where I'll fill it to about 42 PSI and it'll deflate to about 25 PSI ...
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Tire Pressure Sensor Sensor RF Frequency?

Do tire pressure sensors operate on a specific RF frequency? I just got my car back from the place that fixes it, and noticed that the one tire keeps reporting that it is low; how low? 0 psi. Now, ...
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Is a torque wrench required for swapping all-season/winter tires with rims?

I used to think that it was necessary to use a torque wrench to tighten the nuts securing the tire/rim to make sure they are tight enough without stripping the bolts. But this video https://www....
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What could be causing the rapid loss of tyre pressure?

I had a slow puncture a while ago and got the tyre replaced on my Renault Clio because it was bulging and non salvageable. Since then I've been losing pressure in that tyre fairly rapidly. I've had ...
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Rim/tire two wrongs make a right?

One of the back wheels on my car has a different rim size than the others. Specifically that odd wheel is 195/65R15 whereas the other three tires are 205/55R16. I calculated the total diameter of the ...
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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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When to fill tires with air

My tire psi levels are at 30 for each tire. I drive a GMC Terrain. When should I start to think about putting air in them?

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