Tag: tires

151 Posts

Do garage ramps wear out tires unevenly
Sep 15, 2015

Today: Will Daily Garage Ramp Driving Wear Tires Unevenly?

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From the Department of Theoretical Automotive Physics, Rodney wonders if all the right turns he makes on his daily drive to the fifth floor of his work's parking garage will cause his tires to wear unevenly. Car Talk's answer here.

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Lifespan of a spare tire last
Jun 11, 2015

What's the Lifespan of a Spare Tire?

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Gordon wants to put a bike rack on his 14 year old RAV-4, but he'd have to remove the tire cover to do so. Will this impact the life of his spare? Car Talk's advice, right here.

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What are nitrogen-filled tires
Dec 23, 2014

What's the Deal With Nitrogen-Filled Tires?

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Clem bought a Subaru Outback with nitrogen-filled tires and now she's wondering what to do if she gets a flat in the middle of nowhere and the nearest shop just has regular air. What's the real story with nitrogen-filled tires? Car Talk's take right here.  

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Tools for mounting tires
Aug 12, 2014

Today: The Right Tool for Mounting Tires?

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David goes through a lot of tires, so he mounts them himself using a lug wrench. He's ready to upgrade to the right tools, if the right tools are $50 or less. Tom and Ray say $50 isn't going to get him what he needs. Find out what's involved in mounting a tire, right here. 

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Lincoln Navigators using bigger tires
Jul 17, 2014

The Incredible Shrinking Sidewalls

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Arlon has driven Lincoln Navigators for years and he has noticed a trend: The wheels are getting bigger and the sidewalls are getting smaller. Since this makes the ride worse, he wants to know what gives. Tom and Ray explain why you can get away with this on a Navigator, but shouldn't risk it with a smaller car.

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Where to put the jack for a tire change
Apr 29, 2014

Tire Shop vs. Owner's Manual: Which is Right?

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Mike's owner's manual for his Ford F-150 specifically says not to jack up the truck by its rear differential when changing a tire. But when Mike took the truck in to the tire shop, that's exactly what the guys did. Find out why Tom and Ray say the shop is allowed to ignore the owner's manual here.

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Toyota Sienna tire sensor malfunction
Apr 03, 2014

Who's to Blame for Tire Sensor Malfunction?

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Mir's tire-pressure warning light has been coming on ever since he had his tires replaced. His mechanic says the tire pressure is fine, and he should just drive it and the problem will fix itself. Tom and Ray say a tin of brownies might motivate Mir's mechanic to work a little harder on this issue. Find out what they think is going on, right here. 

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is it safe to drive with underinflated tires
May 23, 2013

Today: Richard's Smooth Ride

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Richard says the ride in his Lexus is not quite smooth enough, so he makes a practice of driving with underinflated tires. His brother says this is dangerous! Tom and Ray side with Richard's brother. Find out why, right here. 

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Can a tire explode from overinflation
Feb 28, 2013

A New Diagnosis from Dr. Tom and Dr. Ray

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Today, Tom and Ray counsel Ashley who has an irrational fear that a tire will explode while she's filling it and blow her face off. They diagnose her with a new condition, "tireophobia". Find out what they recommend to help sufferers of this new disorder, right here.

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Can air in struts cause a bumpy ride
Feb 19, 2013

Today: Bouncing Caused by Air in the Struts?

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Patricia's Infiniti is bouncing all over the road after a recent service. Her mechanic says holes in her struts caused them to fill up with air and if she waits a few weeks, the air will leak out everything will go back to normal. Patricia is skeptical. Can Tom and Ray help her out?

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