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Slow leak in my tire; may need a new wheel. Help!

About a month ago I realized my tire was leaking air and required adding pressure about once a week. I took it to a tire shop and they told me a nail was in it but hadn't gone through, they removed it, "shouldn't have any more problems." This didn't make much sense to me but I left. Of course, a few days later the tire again needed air added. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Jul 4, 2016 - 16 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

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

ISO a tiny car in LA

As with many transplants to LA, I am in need of a new-to-me small/tiny car, as well as a mechanic somewhere between Santa Monica and Koreatown. Any small car advice or other welcome; ca(r)eats inside. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Dec 15, 2014 - 23 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

Pony cart terminology & part help!

We have a pony cart, and are trying to replace the wheels (from 20" to 26"). Can anyone help with part identification and / or suggest next steps? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Feb 24, 2014 - 4 answers

What color is this rim actually?

I'm buying two new rims for my van. I've found the right rims to buy price and similarity-wise -- if they aren't the color they appear to be in the photograph. Can someone tell or make an educated guess whether the color would actually be closer to silver/gray? I'm hoping it's just the photo that is bad since I've never seen wheels with that copper color.
posted by michaelh on Jan 24, 2014 - 6 answers

The ultimate carrying-wheeled-backpacky thing

I want a shopping trolley with wheels, because I live close enough to a supermarket to walk there, but I buy more than I can carry in my backpack or bags. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jul 15, 2013 - 1 answer

Is there a gender-inclusive replacement for the word "fraternity"?

I flashed the biker wave on my ride home tonight, and as I was thinking some warm fuzzy thoughts about the "motorcycling fraternity", I noticed that the other rider was a woman. Is there a word which represents this concept in a gender-inclusive way? If "fraternity" has to do with brothers and "sorority" has to do with sisters, what word has to do with "siblings"? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Jul 11, 2013 - 26 answers

Bigger wheels for Toyota Camry

I own a 2001 Toyota Camry CSI wagon (MCV20R). Would there be any issues if I replace the original wheels 205/65R15, with 215/60R16 from a newer model? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jul 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Should I upgrade my bike's wheels?

I am a recreational bike rider and would like advice on whether it would be useful for me to upgrade the wheels on my bike. I ride a Marin Flat Bar Road Bike that I've had for a couple of years now. I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to upgrade my wheels to a wheel set in the $300-500 range. [more inside]
posted by Edward L on Jun 22, 2013 - 11 answers

yet another name-that-movie question

help my friend recall the name of an animated movie, made no later than the late '80s, which had in it a mouse with wheels instead of hind legs. [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt on Apr 23, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm not looking to travel light...

Suitcase recommendations. It needs to take a beating. It also needs to have 4 wheels. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Apr 4, 2012 - 6 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

Help a skateboarder understand skateboards

Please explain skateboards to me. Decks, bearings, trucks, bushings, wheels. Hardness, softness, size, other attributes, etc. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Jan 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Sixth wheel?

What are the hydraulic centre wheels on dump trucks called and where can I find out more about them? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Nov 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me replace wheels on a bike!

Replacing the wheels on a 3-speed bike: Instructions, tools, and tricks? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Oct 6, 2011 - 15 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

Where can I learn to build bike wheels in the bay area?

Where can I learn to build bicycle wheels in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by bradbane on Nov 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Where is the best place to purchase OEM wheels at a good discount?

Where is the best place to purchase OEM wheels at a good discount? [more inside]
posted by BasileusPY on Aug 31, 2010 - 5 answers

Carryon Backpack Wheels?

Backpack for Europe Filter: We'd appreciate your suggestions on a backpack for a trip to Europe. Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Aug 12, 2010 - 10 answers

Deburring stainless parts- needs help!

Can anyone offer suggestions on how to extend / enhance performance of Silicon Carbide Convolute Wheels? I am using a pedestal grinder to deburr stainless steel parts we've manufactured. I am using Klingspor 8" hard wheels. We just put a new wheel on & it didn't take very long for the wheel to get out of round/ deformed. It becomes difficult to hold the part to deburr it- shaking/ wobbling. What am I doing wrong? How can I improve things?
posted by Mimidae on Jul 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Is there a track set without batteries or winding?

Is there a track set for Hot Wheels that doesn't require batteries or winding or special cars? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Dec 13, 2009 - 18 answers

Can I wait a little longer to fix my car?

Is waiting a few more weeks to get my car's wheels aligned stupid and/or dangerous? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Dec 4, 2009 - 11 answers

Cheap replica alloys in Toronto?

(Asking for a friend.) Where could one find cheap replica Mercedes/AMG alloy wheels in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Nov 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Blogs for bike commuters

Recommend some bike commuter blogs [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Aug 31, 2009 - 8 answers

Kid doesn't want to learn how to ride a bike. Do I make him?

Am I doing my son a disservice by not making him learn to ride a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Jun 19, 2009 - 65 answers

The wheel goes rusty.

Do I need new bike wheels? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on May 16, 2009 - 12 answers

Should these tires fit?

My stupid bike filter: Should my new bike tires fit on my wheel? Or am i being a bike idiot? [more inside]
posted by kev23f on Nov 3, 2008 - 24 answers

Why are these Hot Wheels more valued?

Calling all Hot Wheels Redine experts. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Jul 25, 2008 - 2 answers

inline skating: fastest bearings, most durable wheels?

inline skating: fastest bearings, most durable wheels? [more inside]
posted by figTree on Jul 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Need to identify Hot Wheels part

Help me identify a Hot Wheels die cast car part/accessory. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Jun 23, 2008 - 2 answers

Convex wheels keep on turnin'!

Why do most large trucks and other heavy vehicles have wheels with hubs that protrude outward in front?
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism on May 22, 2008 - 6 answers

Does carrying my laptop in a roller bag damage the laptop, due to the vibration?

Because of an injury, I carry my laptop in one of those roller backpacks. I've heard that tiny vibrations (such as construction in the next office building) can be very damaging to computers. So does the vibration from the rolling on pavement potentially damage my laptop? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Dec 19, 2007 - 17 answers

What was that incredible, small, reverse three wheeled racecar that blew past me on the NJ Turnpike this morning?

What was that incredible, small, reverse three wheeled racecar that blew past me on the NJ Turnpike this morning? [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt on Aug 11, 2007 - 10 answers

If this car's a-rocking, will I be spending a lot of money, or crash and die on the highway?

Why does my car make knocking sounds and get all swervy? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Jun 22, 2007 - 20 answers

how do i manage an enormous chest

i have an enormous chest and it's very heavy. it's wood. i made it myself. it's about 1.5 metres squared and one metre high. i use it to store "stuff" in and i want to put casters on it, but not significantly increase its height. the problem is that all the casters or wheels that would take the kind of weight of the chest are gi frickin' normous. and all the casters/wheels i've seen with a lower profile have quite low weight restrictions. can i just put heaps more small casters on the box or do i have to put the huge casters on that fit the overall weight of my chest? i believe the chest weighs in the vicinity of about 100kilograms.... and when you fill it with all the stuff i keep in it.... maybe 150-200 kilograms. help me before i set fire to it in frustration.... my physics, like gravity, sucks.
posted by taff on Apr 9, 2007 - 8 answers

"No trucks over 6 wheels in left lane."

Ambiguous signage-filter: "No trucks over 6 wheels in left lane." [more inside]
posted by LordSludge on Oct 20, 2006 - 3 answers

Grinding noise from wheels

The front wheels are making a grinding noise when I move the steering wheel to the left ('98 Accord.) Happens even when the brakes aren't being pressed. Can anyone provide a Bill Frist-style remote diagnosis, and will I regret it if I don't bring it in to the shop for two more days?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Apr 11, 2006 - 25 answers

Can I swap wheels on two GEO Prizms?

Is it OK to put wheels from a 1993 Geo Prizm on a 1994 Geo Prizm? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Oct 11, 2005 - 6 answers

Wobbly wheels

Can the machines that tire shops use to remove/install tires bend alloy wheels if not used properly? I need to know before I go complain.
posted by punkfloyd on Sep 6, 2005 - 6 answers

Why do German cars use lug BOLTS instead of lug NUTS?

Why do most European cars use lug BOLTS to secure a wheel to a car as opposed to lug NUTS as in most American and Japanese cars? Is there an advantage or disadvantage? I have a VW and recently had a heck of a time getting bolts to fit my aftermarket wheels...it seems that you can get all the nuts you want though in PepBoys... THANKS! [more inside]
posted by skyguy14 on Sep 4, 2005 - 13 answers

How do I make a bed on wheels stay put?

Moving, got new queen bed. I have a metal frame on wheels, but find the idea of rolling my bed around the room retarded. How do I make my bed stay put like the piece of furniture its supposed to be without spending the $$ for a wooden platform bed? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Feb 24, 2005 - 11 answers

gas savings vs. wheel weight

From cycling I'm aware that rotational weight is the best to cut for efficiency, and when I think about my new car and ways to coax more mileage out of it, I wonder if getting a lighter set of wheels would improve that measurably? I can't tell if anyone has ever looked at gas savings vs. wheel weight before in my google searching. [+] [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Feb 3, 2005 - 30 answers

Best practices for urban inline skating?

Urban rollerblading: I've just taken up rollerblading again, after an absence of some years. It's coming back pretty well, but I have some best practices-type questions. [more inside]
posted by o2b on Aug 30, 2004 - 3 answers

Hot Wheels!

Hot Wheels!
When I was a kid, I forever played with the Hot Wheels plastic tracks that click together. The tracks also had loop de loop and corner accessories. It was fun, because not only could you run your cars on it, but it was also like Legos. Building your track down the stairs and racing your cars down it. Just hours and hours of fun. Fast forward, many years later, I now have young children, and I would like to get them the same thing. I've looked in quite a few toy stores and on eBay, and mostly what I find is one piece items that require no assembly, or just small lots on eBay. If you've played with them you know what I mean, the tracks had a tongue that slipped into the groove of the next track. Does anyone know where I can find this? Do they still make them? [more inside]
posted by patrickje on Aug 10, 2004 - 12 answers

Skating in DC

SkateFilter! Recommendations, please: good in-line skates, wheels, and accessories for skating in DC? My skating environment alternates between urban streets and sidewalks on work days to well-paved bike trails on weekends. I prefer high speed to tricky maneuverability, though I will wish to jump the occasional crack, twist a quick turn-stop, or negotiate tight curves. [more inside]
posted by brownpau on May 25, 2004 - 6 answers

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