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How to Use Fix-a-Flat
Flat tires are an inevitable part of owning a car. Changing a flat tire can be difficult and requires several different tools that you might not have handy. ...
How to Put Air in Your Car Tires
Tire maintenance is part of responsible vehicle ownership and maintenance. Your tires are the one component on your car that is always in contact with the...
How to Check Your Tires for Air Leaks
Your tires go through a lot of abuse on the road in order for your ride to be smooth, quiet, comfortable, and safe. Taking care of...
How to Know What Tires to Buy
Your vehicle requires traction in order to accelerate, brake efficiently, and maintain control when you are steering. In order to do those things well, you need to own...
How to Fix a Flat Tire
Knowing how to fix a flat tire on a car is part of being a safe driver. Driving on flat tires is dangerous so it's smart to repair flat tires quickly.
How to Put a Patch on a Punctured Tire
Getting a flat tire can put a damper on your day and your wallet. Tires can go flat due to many issues including: Glass or metal shards Hitting...

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Wheel studs breaking off when changing tire
Hey there: Thanks for writing in to YourMechanic.com. Breaking a wheel stud is commonly not caused by the way you're removing them, or the tool you are using. Lug nuts are supposed to go onto a stud smoothly, and come...
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2009 Lincoln MKZ vibrates between 25-40 mph
I would recommend having your wheel balance checked. Often times vibrations, such as those you are experiencing on your Lincoln MKZ, can occur while driving if the wheel balance of any of the wheels is out of specification by more...
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Intermittent steering wheel shaking
It sounds to me like the wheels are out of balance. This may be because of a bent rim, or simply because the wheels weren't balanced properly when you had the tires replaced. Most tire and wheel imbalance problems make...
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Advice on buying run-flats
I am not a fan of run-flats, because I work on those things. They may run flat, but you'd still get flat tires all the time and will have to replace them. They cost a fortune to replace and they...
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I have hit a curve and flat my tire but I had to ride the rim home. I got a new tire but my car pulls to the right and left now
Hey there. Unfortunately, when you hit the curb you may have damaged the steering gear or the tie rod ends. You should have the suspension and steering checked to pinpoint the problem. If your car cannot be driven, then have...
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Nail in tire was removed but tire did not lose air. Nail did not penetrate all the way thru. Is tire still safe?
Hey there. As long as you sprayed soapy water on the area and no leak was found then you should be okay to operate the car without too much worry. If there was a leak, you would begin to see...
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Flat tires--pros and cons
To some extent, it's good because you can drive different ways on them, but that's only around 50 miles or something. But, if you consider the cost, if you have to get the flat fixed when they go bad, they...
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The difference between gas sufficient tire and smooth ride tire
Yes, it really does. Because tires affect how your car rides, they are one of the main shock absorbers. They actually absorb more shock than your shock absorbers. Every time you bump the tire, they really act as shock absorbers,...
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Tire - 1997 Volkswagen
There are many items that can cause a tire to run low or appear going low; especially in the situation you described. If the wheel is turned towards the curb, the sidewall of the tire can "squash" and appear to...
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My tire went flat. Loud screeching noise since putting on spare tire.
It's apparent due to timing that something to do with the new tire is your source for unwanted sound. Something is making contact to something else that it should not be. You need to start by removing the spare tire...
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Tire noise, harsh ride
Unfortunately, yes, this is normal for "run-flat" tires. In order to be able to run flat, they have very stiff sidewalls to support the vehicle when there is low/no air pressure in the tire. Check out major tire outlets (like...
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When you take a valve core out, about how long does it take until the tire is flat?
The air will leak out in less than 30 seconds depending on how big a tire is and the volume and pressure the tire holds. A larger truck tire will take longer than a small low profile tire due to...
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Bubble in the side of my tire.
When you get a bubble in the side of a tire it is caused when the tire side wall inner and outer wall is separated or damaged. The inner part of the tire is allowing air pressure to reach the...
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When I go to use fix-a-flat I can hear my tire deflating more
First of all, fix-a-flat is to be used as a backup to using a good spare tire. If you add the fix-a-flat to a leaking tire, you should follow the directions on the can to add the liquid to the...
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Hit a gutter and busted my tire, but it started leaking on the driver's side. What's the problem?
Hello. It may have possible that you ran over something and it punctured the drivers side tire at or near the same time you hit the gutter on the passenger side. In order to find a leak in a tire,...
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Repairing my flat tire - 1999 Toyota Sienna
Most tire stores are not allowed to repair a tire with a plug anymore due to the possibility of damaging the internal cords of the tire. They would have to remove the tire and patch it from the inside. A...
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I have a nail in my tire, its pressure is at 23. Should I put air in it until I get to the shop in the morning?
You did great in finding the nail in your tire in the first place; usually the problem goes undetected and can cause serious issues. Before the vehicle is driven, the tire pressure must be at the proper inflation level. I...
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Flat tire, not sure what to do
Hello, thanks for writing in. You should not drive the car on the flat tire or else you will ruin the tire and rim. You should have a spare tire in the trunk that can be put on in the...
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Got a flat tire had to get it plugged. Tires are under warranty but dealership said it has to be leaking
Yes, this is a sound repair. I don't call any repair permanent as a matter of principle. If the repair was done appropriately, it will last the life of the tire. The dealership would make the same repair. If that...
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I have a screw in my front tire. Can I park on it tonight before going to the tire shop ASAP tomorrow morning!
What you should do is spray the screw with some soapy water to see if you see any air bubbles indicating a leak. If you do not see a leak then try and move the screw side to side to...

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