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DCA to BOS = Snow Tires?

I am moving to Boston at the end of December. I have never lived north of DC before and thus have never had a need for snow tires before. Help a displaced Southerner out. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Nov 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Why am I getting flat tires on my bike?

The flats I am getting are not punctures and they’re not pinch flats. I get holes right next to the valve, soon after inflating the tires. It happens on both my front and rear wheels. Sometimes it happens overnight when the bike hadn’t even been ridden; sometimes it happens while I’m riding; sometimes I bike into work fine and when I leave for the day both tires are flat. There are no burrs/ rough spots on the rims. I have shown this to two different bike shops and they are also baffled. [more inside]
posted by metasarah on Sep 1, 2016 - 19 answers

Winter tires in the summer?

Is there any strong reason not to leave my winter tires on this summer? [more inside]
posted by raf on May 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Scion iA: Odd Tire Size?

Is the Scion iA's tire size non-standard? [more inside]
posted by Pacrand on Mar 28, 2016 - 12 answers

I need a half tire

So there's an exercise where one hits a truck tire with a sledgehammer. It's a pretty great workout. I'd like to get a tire at home, but I don't have space to accommodate a truck tire. You can however, buy a HALF truck tire online for what seems to be an exorbitant amount of money. If I go to a tire recycling place, how would I cut a tire like that in half? Secondly, does half tire actually work ok?
posted by aeighty on Jan 28, 2016 - 12 answers

Close tire sizes interchangeable?

Is there a way I can use 205/65 r15 tires on a car that's recommended to have 205/60/r16 tires? The r15 tires are not on rims but I would purchase if needed. I would like to avoid buying a new set of tires if I can, but if it'll damage the car or affect safety in any way then that becomes more important. Thanks in advance!
posted by mossicle on Nov 15, 2015 - 15 answers

Horsefilter: Tires for old trailer (rare/obsolete size).

I'm rehabbing a 1990 horse trailer and having trouble figuring out which modern tires are safe, manufacturer called for 195/65r14... [more inside]
posted by anaelith on Aug 15, 2015 - 10 answers

How to select tires

What's your process for selecting new tires for your vehicle? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Jul 20, 2015 - 9 answers

[Mountain Bike] I have a question about tires on a mountain bike

Can I pump my tires over the recommended psi? and should I?... [more inside]
posted by Busmick on Jul 10, 2015 - 20 answers

What do I do about my new tires on my dying car?

What do I do about my new tires on my dying car? Just found out my car is on its last few journeys, but I recently purchased expensive new tires. [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Apr 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Snow tire information overload - what should I buy?

I have a 1999 Ford E150 van with iffy tires. I want to get some snow tires but the variables are driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Feb 11, 2015 - 18 answers

Tires: Winter 16"/Summer 17" or All Season 17"?

I have a 2011 GTI with stock 18" Detroit wheels. I'm tired of the pothole slalom. Should I just get all-season tires on 17" wheels? Or should I get winter tires on 16" wheels and the in the spring get summer tires on 17" wheels? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Jan 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Tires for my 2011 Toyota Camry SE

I have a 2011 Toyota Camry SE (4 cylinders). I need to replace the tires. What kind of tires should I get? I'm a bit uncertain because of the rims. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jan 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Why would I want (or not want) larger wheels on my car?

Car shopping. One of the variables is the size of the wheels. Apparently, larger wheels are considered a premium feature. What is premium about them? [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Nov 3, 2014 - 21 answers

How to buy new tires for old AWD wagon in snowy climate?

We recently bought an old 1995 Subaru Legacy L wagon (2.2L, AWD) and find ourselves needing to replace all of the tires. Complications: snow, AWD, no storage for winter tires, and we need to be able to use the car on poorly maintained logging roads for field work in the summer. [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Jun 5, 2014 - 8 answers

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

Low profile tires (225/40's) are problematic?

Contemplated new car comes in a base version with 17" wheels & 225/45 tires. But mostly because of a single feature (better seats) I'm thinking of getting a higher end version that comes with 18" 225/40's. Are the 225/40's going to be noticeable more troublesome with respect to blowouts, rim damage etc here in New England? Sales guy claims there is little or no practical difference. I know that the 225/40's should handle better but I don't really care about that.
posted by Kevin S on Apr 30, 2014 - 8 answers

I need new tires for my Subaru, but am overwhelmed by the choices

I need new tires for my Subaru, but am overwhelmed by the choices, help me understand what I am looking for? [more inside]
posted by Carialle on Mar 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Winter driving precautions in Chicago?

I just moved to Evanston, IL from North Carolina. It snowed about an inch today, and unlike what I'm used to, everything didn't shut down in panic. What do I need to know in order to make my driving commute a safe one? [more inside]
posted by Comrade_robot on Dec 8, 2013 - 41 answers

I hate cars

Is what my tire shop did negligent? Or am I in the wrong for not being more thorough in my description of what was wrong with my car? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Aug 21, 2013 - 23 answers

What's the deal with run-flat tires?

I just bought a new 2013 Mini Cooper S. I researched the car beforehand but didn't put much thought into the tires. Well, the financing guy told me that the tires are run-flats, adding that if I were to get a flat, I'd have to have the whole tire replaced as "they can't be fixed." He also told me they're $400 each. Now, he was trying to sell me an extended warranty at the time, so I let this go in one ear and out the other, but now I have some questions. (More below!) [more inside]
posted by Gee, June! on Jul 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Studded vs. Studless Snow Tires

Studded or studless winter tires for our AWD Volvo S70? We're moving for the winter to an house that sits at about 7500' outside of Bozeman, MT. There's *always* snow on the driveway, which is reasonably steep. And usually (not frequently, but USUALLY) some snow on the paved road into town, which is about 20 miles long. [more inside]
posted by thomsplace on Nov 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Help keep us on the road this winter!

Winter tire filter: Looking for new winter tires for a 4-door Pontiac Sunfire. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Oct 27, 2012 - 9 answers

LOUD freeways in Seattle!!!

Seattle freeway pavement is rough and loud. Why? [more inside]
posted by skybolt on May 8, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm Fixing to ride.

Can I fix my bike within my budget? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Mar 7, 2012 - 28 answers

Wheels on the box go round and round

What do I need to know to buy all-new wheels for my 2006 Scion xB? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Feb 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Buying new tires: do I need to stick with the same size?

Need new tires for my wife's 2003 3 series. Do I stick to the same tires: 225 / 45Z / R17 (expensive)? Or can I go with stores' web sites suggested 205 / 55 / 16? [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat on Jan 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Has a tiger taken up residence in my tires

Has a tiger taken up residence in my tires? [more inside]
posted by malhaley on Jan 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Tired out

Buying new tires for my car for the first time ever. What kind should I get? What kind of up-sells/unnecessary stuff should I look out for? What about warranty? Should I get them from the dealer or a place like Firestone? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Nov 21, 2011 - 23 answers

car question

shall i replace my tires now? [more inside]
posted by kingfish on Oct 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Tire Filter

I have a 2004 Jeep Liberty that needs new tires. The factory tires are 225/75/16 I have 4 brand new tires 2 are 225/60/16 and 2 are 215/65/16. What problems am I going to run into if I put the 215/65/16's on the rear and the 225/60/16's on the front? Are there safety concerns? are there Mechanical concerns?
posted by jmsta on Sep 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Bike tweaks

Cyclists, help a noob with some tweaks to a newly gifted bike. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Sep 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Bicycle tires -- a primer for commuters..

Tell me everything I need to know about tires and tubes for my new daily commute on a bicycle! [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel on Aug 20, 2011 - 22 answers

mix and match tires with all wheel drive?

I have a all wheel drive vehicle. A number of years ago all four tires were replaced , they have never been rotated. Now the fronts will not pass inspection but the rears probably have about 40% of tread left. I understand that one can ruin the transfer case if one runs different sized tires on this and many other all wheel drives. I would like to buy two of the exact same tires, which are still available, and put those on the back and put the old tires on the front. Do you think that the difference in diameter between the new tires and the partially worn ones will cause a problem with the drive train?
posted by flummox on Aug 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Be still, Aztek, be still!

My sister's new-to-her 2003 Aztek shudders sometimes. [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Aug 9, 2011 - 12 answers


i need advice on choosing tires for my 2006 XC70. [more inside]
posted by violetk on Jul 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Tire swap time!

How much should a tire shop charge to dismount four tires from a car, mount four new tires (purchased from tirerack.com and provided by the customer), balance the wheels and verify alignment/camber? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jul 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Do you use WR G2s?

Anyone have experience with Nokian WR G2 tires? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Jun 29, 2011 - 6 answers

I think pi is involved somewhere.

What's the math to figure out my speed and mileage after going to a larger tire? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Jun 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Best dual use tires for a newly addicted autocross junkie?

What kind of all-season tires would be best to put on a car that is both a daily driver and used for autocross? [more inside]
posted by empty vessel on May 9, 2011 - 17 answers

Lipstick on a pig?

Question from a friend: "My car (a 1998 Saturn SL2) has ~172k miles on it. As this point, is it worth it to buy tires rated for 60k miles?" [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Mar 18, 2011 - 14 answers

How to fix a flat

What's the cheapest (safe) way to take care of a leaking car tire? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 21, 2011 - 25 answers

I'm Driving Across The Country in November

How do I prepare for a drive across the country (probably on I-80) in early November? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker on Oct 16, 2010 - 21 answers

Will an alignment fix my tire problems?

Lowered car = tire murder. How much will a proper alignment help? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Jul 13, 2010 - 9 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

Nitrogen in the tires

Would initially filling my automobile tires with pure nitrogen then later topping them off with air cause any long or short term problems with the tires? Does the pure nitrogen have any real effect on tire life or performance? [more inside]
posted by dforemsky on Mar 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Why doesn't tire pressure vary with vehicle payload (much)?

Stupid physics question: tire pressure. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Jan 20, 2010 - 33 answers

Buying tires

Buying tires. I'm not really a bargain hunter but I'd like to be. I've compared Costco to my local guy and they're about the same. [more inside]
posted by notned on Jan 1, 2010 - 15 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

Ok, they're supposed to rotat, but not that way

If a car is hit in a collision and is sent into two 360 spins (not rollovers), obviously an alignment needs to be done (in addition to all other repair work), but my question is: Are the tires safe to drive on? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Sep 2, 2009 - 14 answers

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