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5 Signs Your Car Needs An Alignment
Vehicle pull, loose steering, abnormal tire wear, and an off-center or not returning to center steering wheel are all signs you need an alignment.
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 Make Your Car Tires Last Longer
A new set of car tires is expensive. Make them last longer with frequent inspections, keeping them clean, and making sure the air pressure is correct.
A Guide to Tire Safety
When sitting behind the wheel of a car, there are two things that most drivers want: to reach their destination, and to do so as safely as possible. This...
How to Maintain and Protect Your Tires
Car tires are important to staying safe on the road. Check your tire pressure or if there is any dry rot or cracking to make your tires last longer.
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...
How to Check Tire Pressure When It's Cold Outside
Car tire pressure changes depending on the outside temperature. Check your tire pressure in cold weather to improve car efficiency and performance.
How to Choose Used Tires for a Car
Used tires can have issues with wear, age, and dry rot. Buying a used tire is cheaper but should be done in matching sets to avoid danger.
What are the Best Car Tire Brands to Buy?
Car tires come as all season passenger tires, summer passenger tires, on-road light duty truck and SUV tires, and off-road truck and SUV tires.
3 Ways to Increase Your Car Tire Lifespan
Car tires last longer if you drive carefully and keep tires aligned and inflated. Regularly rotate car tires and check for signs of damage.
How to Handle a Burst Tire
Tires burst when the tire pressure is too low or too high, there is a mechanical defect in the tire itself, or a foreign object damages the tire.
How to Rotate Car Tires
Car tire rotation reduces blowouts and other tire-related car accidents. Tires should be rotated every 5k-6k miles or at every other oil change.
Top 10 Bad Car Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
Ignoring car problems costs more than fixing them right away. Never ignore if your car has rough shifting, a shaky steering wheel, or is smoking.
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 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 Replace a Tire Valve Stem
Tire valve stems are the valves located in a vehicle’s wheel where the tires are inflated from. They contain a spring loaded valve core that seals itself using the air...
How to Do a Tire Safety Inspection
Car tires are a big part of staying safe on the road. Check tire inflation, tread depth, and sidewalls to make sure they're in good shape.
How to Buy All Season Tires
If you live in areas with changing weather patterns, you may need to change the tires on your car along with the changing seasons. While tedious at best, replacing tires can...
How Bad Driving Prematurely Wears Out Your Car
Bad drivers and bad driving habits can cause strain on car parts, especially the tires, brakes, body, and electrical and steering systems.
Signs You Need New Car Tires
Car tires can leak, wear unevenly, and lose contact with the road, all of which make driving unsafe. Rotate your car tires and inspect them regularly.

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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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Wondering about tire swap 2011 Dodge Charger
Hello - yes, the snow tires in the size you mention will work just fine as a swap for your existing tires. Since they are a slightly lower "profile" tire (60 vs 65 aspect ratio), the speedometer will read slightly...
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I had my truck towed on a flat bed tow truck and now it is vibrating really bad and it sounds like my tires are howling
The problem sounds like you have flat spots on the tires in the rear when the tow truck operator dragged and pushed the truck with the transmission locked. I would recommend having a vehicle safety inspection to see if there...
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Does the size difference matter when changing tires and rims?
Hi there. The rim size for you have included are good and the same. The numbers that are for a tire as displayed as the following: The first number (ie: 215, 225) is the width of the tire tread The...
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Is it worth it to purchase the additional toyota maintenance care package they try to sell you when you buy a new rav4?
The first oil change is recommended to be at 10,000 miles and every 5,000 miles after that. Besides one air filter replacement and tire rotations the rest is basically all inspections for problems that may occur. For the amount you...
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After installing 2 new tires on the rear, the ESC Active light routinely comes on.
This is common anytime the wheels and tires are removed. Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system...
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How long can I drive on the spare donut tire originally provided with car?
A general rule of thumb is to not drive on this spare doughnut tire for longer than ~+/-70 miles or driving faster than 50 mph. These tires are not designed with much tread on them and will wear out very...
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Front right tire hangs lower than left tire when placed on jack stands of equal height.
Hello - your RAV4 uses torsion bars instead of springs to suspend the weight of the vehicle. Each wheel/tire carries a different amount of vehicle weight. An alignment adjusts torsion spring force to support each corner of the vehicle to...
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Wheel/tire size options
There are many aftermarket sites that offer suspension upgrades as well as wheel and tire packages. As long as your wallet can handle it, you can go as extreme as you want, just do your research beforehand. Places like tirerack.com...
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What is causing the steering wheel vibration?
Anytime you have a vibration in the steering or the steering pulls, the first thing I would recommend doing is to check all the tire pressures, then balance and rotate the tires from front to rear and road test it...
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Slow leak on rear tire
This is somewhat common on many cars. This can be related to the tire itself, the valve stem leaking or the rim simply not sealing on the tire properly. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your...
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Tire tire popped and both sensors are bad. Now jerking to the right and wheel won't drive straight
Hi there. Anytime you have new tires installed, especially on the front end, it's important to have the front end suspension aligned. This should be completed at a professional suspension alignment shop. As they have the right computer equipment to...
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Random steering wheel shake.
Hi there. In most cases, when you experience a severe shake and vibration all of the sudden it's actually caused by road conditions. If the shake and vibration went away and has not returned while driving the same speed, you...
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Will these tires fit my 2010 Chevrolet Malibu?
The 265/65 R17 tire is considerably larger than the OEM recommended tire size of 215/55 R17. They might be good for a 4x4 look, but not necessarily practical for a Malibu. Clearance within the vehicle's wheel wells will be too...
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Rear tire wear on the outside and insides of the tires, but not in the middle
Without looking at the tires and going on you saying the tires are wearing on the outside edges of the tires I would say your tires were driven with the pressures too low or overloaded on a regular basis. Here...
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Front Tires Wear on Inside Walls
If you are getting excessive inside wall tire wear you should have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come to you and inspect the lower control arms for worn out lower ball joints or lower control arm inside bushings. Depending...
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I have a flat tire and the jack point is rusted.
Hi. If you look about six inches to a foot behind the jack point, the body of the car is there and is safe enough to use as a jack point for the car. The car jack may not fit...
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Car is shaking and the steering wheel violently jerks
Hi there: If the issues started when they rotated the previous rear tires to the front without balancing them, I'd bet that's what is causing the vibration and steering wheel issues. Before you continue driving the vehicle much longer, I'd...
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I bought 4 hankook tires in the size of 205/55/r16 to mount on my front wheels. How do I know if they will fit?
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. There are a couple ways to determine if the tires will fit on your vehicle. First look at the tires that are currently on the vehicle and see what the tire size is....
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tires
The proper tire size for your vehicle is 245/70-16 and yes all four tires must be the same size and preferably should be replaced all at one time. If you buy two NEW tires, for safety reasons, the new tires...

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