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Did I get ripped off by the mechanic?

Had a flat tire, ordered two new tires, picked up car and drove it 0.5 miles (2 minutes) and parked it. Hours later went to drive it and the same original flat tire is flat again. The mechanic says there was a nail in the new tire. Did I get ripped off? [more inside]
posted by kmr on May 14, 2014 - 17 answers

Where can I get sheet sections of tire tread?

I'm looking at a print based project and am on the hunt for A4 or A5 sheets of tire tread, as if it's been removed straight from a tire. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 8, 2014 - 2 answers

To snow tire or not to snow tire?

We're driving in snowy weather for the first time in our lives. Do we need snow tires, or is it better to just get a new set of all weathers if we are spending the money? Cars are a Corolla and a Focus.
posted by chaiminda on Jan 5, 2014 - 33 answers

Estimate my car repair cost (TPMS sensor-related)

I broke a part of my car's tire valve (the TPMS sensor, maybe?), dropped my car off at the tire shop and realized I have no idea how much this will set me back. Does anyone have an idea what these repairs might run me? [more inside]
posted by JannaK on Dec 19, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I build a rear bicycle wheel for use on the indoor trainer?

I want to get a new rear wheel for my bike so I can swap it out when I put it on the indoor trainer and not wear out my current tires. How do I do this? Do I just need another wheel, another hub and another cassette? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Aug 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Poor patching job on a bike inner turb

So I tried to patch a bike tube on my lunch break and I apparently didn't spread enough of the vulcanizing agent. Is the tube ruined? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Mar 21, 2012 - 14 answers

Job wanted in ATL

Help me help my dad find a job in ATL. [more inside]
posted by madred on Jan 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Noisy noisy car.

What is the noise my car is making? I think it might be tire. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Nov 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Trying to find new-type winter tires to fit older car

I know very little about car tires. Having problems finding a Blizzak-type winter tire, and retailer of same, for lady friend's older car. Advice gratefully accepted! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Nov 11, 2011 - 13 answers

What's the easiest to install slick mountain bike tire?

I'd like to put some slick (or semi-slick) tires on my mountain bike. What would be a good choice? My biggest requirement is that they'd be pretty easy to install. Second requirement would be cost. I'd rather not spend 50 bucks a wheel. [more inside]
posted by sideshow on Jul 27, 2011 - 19 answers

I need to find the best tire store in Northern Virginia.

I need to find the best tire store in Northern Virginia. My '04 Tiburon has a wheel that's been leaking air for months and after failures by three different tire shops I'm at my wit's end. [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Jul 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Why are my bicycle tires always going flat?

Why are my bicycle tires always going flat? (Air pressure gauge question within) [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Jun 20, 2011 - 16 answers

Bulletproof riding

Recommendations on flat-resistant bicycle tires? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Jun 12, 2011 - 24 answers

Help me nail down a solution here...

There's a nail in my tire, what's the best course of action for the circumstances at hand? Quick responses welcomed. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on May 25, 2011 - 22 answers

...ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss...

Leaky rims. What do I need to do to stop my car from gradually settling into the ground? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 8, 2010 - 15 answers

truck tire

Does anyone know, What in hell could have happened to my brothers truck tire?!? (Pic. of blow tire) He has no idea, and is sure he didn't hit anything driving at about 50mph. Thanks everyone? [more inside]
posted by Benzle on Jul 11, 2010 - 6 answers

flat tire without spare

No spare tire in car!! Need advice on good 12 V (plug into cigarette lighter socket) tire inflater and fix-a-flat [more inside]
posted by luvmywife on Jun 15, 2010 - 19 answers

Bike Tune-up For Dummies?

Tuning (trueing) a bike's tires (spokes) for dummies? [more inside]
posted by tybeet on Jun 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Do loose threads mean I need to replace my bike tires?

There are black threads coming off the sides of my bike tires - do the tires need to be replaced? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Apr 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Bikey Needs a New Pair of Shoes

How do I pick new city tires for my mountain bike? [more inside]
posted by fedward on Mar 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Is tire pressure different if you measure with tire off the car (as compared to when it is on the car and holding the weight of the car)?

Is tire pressure different if you measure with wheel off the car (as compared to when it is on the car and holding the weight of the car)?
posted by chefscotticus on Sep 18, 2009 - 67 answers

Do new car tires go on the front or the back when you only need two?

Front-wheel drive car. Back tires worn and will be replaced. Front tires okay for now. Where should the new tires go? [more inside]
posted by Opposite George on Sep 15, 2009 - 25 answers

Car shakes at 55 mph. What service do I need?

Car shakes at 55 mph. What service do I need? [more inside]
posted by capitalist.pig on Jul 30, 2009 - 21 answers

Tire Pressure?

What is the recommended tire pressure for a '98 Buick Regal?
posted by furiousxgeorge on Jun 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Would a tire that is losing pressure rapidly be safer on the front or back of the car?

I have a tire that keeps losing pressure rapidly. In a car with front wheel drive, would it be safer to have the tire on the front, or the back? At least until the tire can be replaced. [more inside]
posted by Malice on May 17, 2009 - 18 answers

What could that be knocking in my car?

Nissan Altima filter: I have a '97 Altima. There is a noise coming from(I believe) the rear left tire. [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron on Feb 11, 2009 - 11 answers

Good thing I don't have to go to work today

What is the best and cheapest way to fix a flat tire? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 on Jan 19, 2009 - 19 answers

Changing a tire on a VW Jetta

My 2002 VW Jetta has a flat tire, the hubcap requires a special key to remove it, and I can't seem to find the key. Can someone tell or show me what I'm looking for? (It's our first flat in this car, and the manual doesn't show it clearly.) If I call roadside assistance to change the tire, and I can't find the key, will they likely have a key with them?
posted by Horace Rumpole on Jan 15, 2009 - 17 answers

Is low rolling resistance another word for snake oil?

Are "low rolling resistance" tires a worthwhile investment? And how should I go about finding them? How much more should I pay for this type of tire? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee on Sep 30, 2008 - 6 answers

How do you choose tires for a car?

How do you choose tires for a car? In particular, what is the best deal on all-season long lasting tires for a 2004 Toyota Matrix XR Front Wheel Drive, size 215/50/R17 in Southern Ontario. [more inside]
posted by Chuckles on Aug 19, 2008 - 15 answers

What's wrong with my car?

What is wrong with my car? [more inside]
posted by amro on Aug 14, 2008 - 31 answers

Geting Rid of My (Car's) Spare Tire

Where can I get rid of a old donut-type spare tire? The tire shop won't take it because it has a rim. [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa on Jun 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Am I being bullshitted by the tire shop?

So I got a flat tire on my 1984 toyota corolla. I just got my rear tires replaced two months ago and the flat was one of them. I went to get it replaced because I figured it was a defect or something. The shop told me it was my fault because of snow chains. Problem is... I haven't used snow chains on them... [more inside]
posted by pontouf on Apr 14, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I remove a wheel from a car?

This car is a '97 Toyota and it was was functioning well when parked. It had a flat tire and has been parked in my driveway for three weeks. When I went to change the flat today, I could not get the wheel off. To be clear, the lug nuts all came of relatively easily, but the rim seems to be melded/rusted onto the axle. What do I do? Crowbar? Chisel? Dynamite?
posted by OlderThanTOS on Nov 1, 2007 - 30 answers

Cheap Tires in Buffalo?

BuffaloFilter: Where should I go for discount tires? [more inside]
posted by smitt on Oct 28, 2007 - 4 answers

How do you get flat tires from nails?

How do nails/screws get stuck in tires? [more inside]
posted by atlman on Oct 11, 2007 - 14 answers

What are the toughest tubes I can get for my (most likely) inappropriate bike tires?

What are the toughest tubes I can get for my (most likely) inappropriate bike tires? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Sep 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Tire shop questions

I've got to replace my front tires, so I have some dumb tire shop questions. [more inside]
posted by zek on Aug 5, 2007 - 7 answers

How long can I drive on a lightweight spare?

How long can I drive on a temporary (light-weight) spare tire? What are the dangers involved? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on May 12, 2007 - 19 answers

Why so small, tire?

Help me understand what's wrong with my new bicycle tire. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on May 10, 2007 - 10 answers

Do wet riding conditions increase the chance of getting a flat tire?

Do wet riding conditions increase the chance of getting a flat tire?
posted by Chuckles on Dec 11, 2006 - 17 answers

Why does a detached tire roll faster than the car?

[PhysicsFilter] In movies, when a tire comes off of a speeding car, it begins to move faster than the car. Why does the velocity increase? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull on Oct 28, 2006 - 62 answers

Tire tread styles on front and rear

Question about difference between tire tread styles on front and rear. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Sep 24, 2006 - 9 answers

Which bike tires do I need?

My current Fuji road bike has 700x23 tires that have worn out. When replacing tires, do I need exactly the same size or could I go for a 700x25 or a 700x20? What might the difference be? Are there particular tire brands/models that are ideal for durability and general city biking?
posted by cubby on Aug 14, 2006 - 10 answers

I am become Shiskabob, destroyer of tires

The car rental company wants money and I don't want to pay. Does it get any simpler? Well, it gets more complicated - I've been told the country in question reimburses for pothole damage and I like the idea of them paying much more than me paying. But is it true? [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Oct 20, 2005 - 7 answers

Mounting tight tires

Bikefilter: got any tips for rolling on recalcitrant clinchers? [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Oct 7, 2005 - 12 answers

Is Plugging A Tire Acceptable At Times

My Daughter had a slow leak in one of her tires. A repututable neighborhood gas station identified the problem as a small nail as the cause for the leak and recommended a PLUG. I want to insure my Daughter is safe; therefore I ask is plugging a tire a good idea?
posted by Mckoan1 on Sep 18, 2005 - 16 answers

Tire pressure while towing a small trailer

I am going on a trip tomorrow, and taking my friend's small tent trailer. I have been told that you need to adjust your pressure when towing, but my tires do not have any indication on them of what this should be. Is it higher or lower? By how much generally... 20psi, 10psi? Any help would be appreciated.
posted by TheFeatheredMullet on Sep 3, 2005 - 12 answers

Is the tire pressure different for a different brand of tire, but same size?

I have a 2001 Honda Accord and I am in the process of purchasing new tires. The inside tag inside my driver's door tells me that tires shoud be inflated to 32 PSI or so. Does this rating only apply the OEM tire or any brand of tire? Also, I've noticed that my dealership has been overinflating my tires to 37 PSI. Is there a reason for that? [more inside]
posted by huy_le on May 29, 2005 - 15 answers

Tire Blowout Risk

I nailed a pothole yesterday, and when I got back to my place, I noticed a sizeable bulge in the sidewall. Would I be OK to drive it for a few days? Whats my risk of blowout?
posted by Mach5 on Mar 31, 2005 - 16 answers

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