Tag: wheels

55 Posts

Apr 01, 2008

Today: tips for diagnosing a bad wheel bearing-- and whether you can do it yourself.

Dear Car Talk

My brother-in-law, Sam, thinks our wheel bearings are "going bad" on the right rear. My husband, James, and I don't hear any noises that would suggest a problem. But ever since Sam put the idea into James' head, he's been...

wheels

Jul 01, 2007

July: It's a great time of year to take off the snow tires.

Dear Car Talk

Now that I'm 75 percent certain that there will not be another major snowstorm in the Northeast, I want to switch from snow tires to summer tires. Do I need to have them balanced and aligned, or can I just swap...

wheels winter snow tires

Feb 01, 2007

Today: Tom and Ray review the pros and cons of new, low-profile tires.

Dear Car Talk

There has been a recent upsurge of extremely low-profile tires and extraordinarily large-diameter wheels on all types of personal vehicles. Is this good: stiffer sidewalls -- less lateral movement? Or is this bad: more unsprung mass -- changing suspension requirements...

tires wheels

does driving with loose lug nuts damage car wheels
Sep 01, 2005

Did driving 100+ miles with loose lug nuts damage any other parts of my car?

Dear Car Talk

Recently, I had my tires rotated. After driving about 100 miles, I started noticing a bumpy noise. It felt like a flat tire, but I kept checking and the tires looked fine. After another 40 miles, it was getting a lot worse...

wheels

why is my car vibrating after my car tires were rotated
Feb 01, 2004

A bad tire will be more noticeable on the front axle than on the rear.

Dear Car Talk

I have a Honda CRV with miles on it I recently took my car to Honda for its yearly maintenance They changed my oil and rotated my tires Now my car is vibrating whenever I drive above mph I took...

tires wheels

how often do tires need to be balanced
Aug 01, 2003

Is it necessary to rebalance the wheels when you rotate the tires?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Nissan Maxima that my wife took to the dealer for a -mile checkup The mechanic changed the oil rotated the tires and balanced the wheels My question is Is it necessary to rebalance the wheels each time...

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do modern cars need repacking of wheel bearings
Mar 01, 2003

Do front wheel bearings still need to be packed?

Dear Car Talk

When I was a youth working at a gas station we used to repack front wheel bearings Since then I went away to college and forgot how to use a screwdriver Now years later the guy who changed the oil...

wheels

why is my spare tire just a tiny bit smaller than my regular tires
Jan 01, 2003

Why would GM's spare wheels be an inch smaller than the regular wheels on the car?

Dear Car Talk

I have a question that is driving my husband and me crazy The wheels on our Chevy Tahoe Z are -inchers But the spare has a -inch wheel The sales people are scratching their heads as to why I e-mailed...

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Dec 01, 2001

Balancing tires requires seeing the wheel weights.

Dear Car Talk

My fiancee and I don't always see eye to eye especially when it comes to automobiles Most recently our disagreement was on the subject of wheel balancing As we were watching the technician go about his business clamping numerous weights...

wheels maintenance

Jan 01, 2001

New valve stems and balancing -- am I getting taken for a ride?

Dear Car Talk

My husband and I both bought new tires last week I was charged for Valve rubber stem -- per tire and Tire balance performance -- per tire I later discovered that the balancing charge was so that I could have...

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