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According to Tire Review, new tires should always go in the back. Rear tires provide the vehicle stability, and if they have little tread, then stability is lost. Although new front tires will spread water and maintain traction, worn tires in the back will hydroplane and may cause the vehicle to spin out, says Tire Review. This is the same for vehicles with rear-, front- or all-wheel drive.

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Flat tires may be covered by roadside assistance. Check your policy to see if it's included. It all boils down to the type of roadside plan you have. Patching a hole from a nail is typically not covered. Luckily, tire repairs are only about $20, according to Consumers' Checkbook.

Being TireWise is essential to safe driving. The only thing between you and the road are your tires. TireWise provides drivers with information about buying tires, tire maintenance and labeling, aging, fuel efficiency, and tire retailers. TireWise (PDF) is also a resource for tire manufacturers, sellers and other partners to provide essential information to consumers for choosing and caring for their tires.

To maintain tire safety, purchase new tires that are the same size as the vehicle's original tires or another size recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Check your owner's manual or the Tire and Loading Information Label located on the driver's side door edge or post to find the correct size for your car or truck. If you have any doubt about the correct size to choose, consult with the tire dealer. They can find the correct size tire for your vehicle.

Tire pressure monitoring systems continuously monitor the pressure in the tires through sensors located in the tires (direct system) or the use of wheel speed and other vehicle sensors (indirect system). The information collected by the sensors is transmitted to an on-board processor that interprets the sensor signals and warns the driver when tire pressure is below the minimum acceptable level by illuminating the TPMS symbol on your dashboard.

There are two different low tire pressure warning indicators allowed by the Federal standard. One icon is the cross-section of a tire with an exclamation mark inside. The other is a top view of a car with all four tires exposed. No matter which TPMS symbol your vehicle has, it will illuminate on the vehicle dashboard when your tire pressure is significantly under inflated.

When the TPMS symbol appears on your dashboard, it means at least one of your tires is significantly underinflated. You should inspect your tires and check the tire pressure as soon as possible. The symbol will extinguish after the tires are properly inflated.

On cold mornings, the TPMS symbol may illuminate for a short period of time and then turn off. This is likely caused by marginally low tire pressure that dips below the warning threshold overnight but rises to an acceptable level as the tires heat up through vehicle operation or an increase in external temperatures. If the TPMS symbol goes on and off, you should inspect your tires and check your tire pressure. The lamp should not illuminate when the tires are properly inflated.

Underinflated tires are visually difficult to detect. It is recommended that you inspect tires monthly with an accurate gauge. The TPMS is not intended to be a substitute for regular tire maintenance.

Spare tires on all vehicles are prone to aging because they seldom get replaced. Taking into account that tires degrade over time, NHTSA recommends that if your vehicle comes equipped with a full-size spare tire, that it not be used as a replacement for worn tires, except in emergencies such as replacing a flat tire.

Here at, we provide information to consumers about buying tires, tire maintenance and labeling, aging, and fuel efficiency. We also provide resources for tire manufacturers, retailers, and other partners to provide essential information to consumers to help them choose and care for their tires. NHTSA also issues and enforces federal safety standards for tires, rims, and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). Data show that TPMS can reduce the likelihood that a vehicle will have one or more significantly underinflated tires by more than 55 percent.

Regular alignments should be done twice a year as part of your basic auto maintenance. Why? Because misaligned tire and wheel assemblies will impact your gas mileage, cause tires to wear out faster, and reduce drivability.

We recommend an alignment after the installation of new tires. This helps you get the most life from your new tires. Wheel alignment checks are always advised after a significant impact or uneven tire wear is detected.

There are three things to understand when buying new tires for your car; the size, speed rating, and load index. Making the correct selection is very important to maintain optimal performance, safety, and fuel efficiency.

The internal construction of tires fitted on any vehicle must either be radial or bias-ply. Fitting mixed tire constructions (bias-ply and radial together) for cars, caravans, and other light trucks is unsafe and illegal. The only permissible exception is the use of a spare tire for an emergency.

For optimal safety and performance, replace all four tires at the same time. While it is possible to switch out less than four tires at the same time, you should follow a couple of guidelines regarding tire size.

When replacing only two tires, fit both of them to the wheels on the rear axle. The reason for this is that the newer tires will have much better grip, particularly on wet roads, and reduce the risks of hydroplaning.

Lower aspect ratio tires, such as a 60 series, generally offer vehicle handling performance advantages over higher aspect ratio tires, such as a 75 series, but a typical trade off can be ride harshness.

There are two types of load types for passenger tires though, Standard Load and Extra Load. If a tire is Standard Load there will be no markings indicating it but if it is Extra Load the letters XL will appear after the size and load index.

Passenger car tires like P-Metric and Euro-Metric will only have one load index number where LT-Metric and Euro-Metric Commercial (C-Type) will have two numbers separated by a slash. The first number is the load index if the tire is used in a single application, the second number is the load index if the tire is used in a dual application. Passenger type tires cannot be used in a dual application. Light truck tires will also have a Load Range that is indicated by a letter, such as Load Range E. Load Range is an older term that is still commonly used in the industry so you may hear your tire dealer reference it but the load index numbers are the best way to ensure you have the proper tire.

Load Index and Speed Rating have the same meaning and format as the tires using the metric sizing system. Note that since flotation tires cannot be used in a dual application there will be only one load index number instead of two.

Another group of stamping on certain types of tires is the Uniform Tire Quality Grading or UTQG. This grading and stamping is required for passenger car tires (i.e. P-metric and Euro-metric) in the all season and summer categories. Dedicated winter tires, Light Truck (LT-Metric, Euro-Metric Commercial, Flotation) and Motorcycle tires are excluded from this requirement.

Quality grading designates the comparative performance levels of a tire based on government-specified tests but commissioned by the individual tire manufacturers. All tire manufacturers are required to grade regular and all-season passenger tires in three categories:

Traction Grades AA, A, B and C The traction grades from highest to lowest are AA (the highest), A, B and C. They represent how well tires stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. C-rated tires will have the lowest traction performance.

New, used touring tires and those with low rolling resistance are usually the quietest. If comfort-oriented tires produce a loud noise on a smooth service, under normal driving conditions, there may be a problem.

More aggressive and symmetrical tire tread causes more noise. The reason for this is because of the air that goes in the grooves. Some air gets into the channel and compresses between the tire and the surface. As it goes out, it produces a sound, which repeats every time a new portion of air gets into the channel. The more space there is between the tread blocks (as in off-road tires), the more air gets trapped, which makes your car tires sound loud.

Manufacturers aiming for quieter tires usually put different tread block patterns near one another. Every block pattern produces a different tone of sound when the air comes out of it. The goal is to balance the tones to create a neutral white noise. This process is called pitch sequencing and is vital for maintaining quiet tire noise.

Coarse and porous surfaces may make your car tires sound loud. Road with a fresh finish may still have pores in it or be sticky, causing hollow noise. As tires bump on uneven roads, gravel, or brick, they also produce a kind of drumming sound. Highways in the middle of repair may have a layer of asphalt or concrete removed temporarily. If you drive on such a surface, you will notice a rubbing sound, which will disappear once you switch onto the regular highway again.

The most dangerous irregular wear pattern, noise-wise, is cupping, as it causes the tire to vibrate heavily. In the case of uneven wear, only one tire may produce excessive sound. This makes it easier to detect the issue and solve it. Once you notice any of the patterns, make sure to determine and fix the cause, rotating the tires afterwards. If the pattern is too severe, you may need to change the tire.

Imbalanced car tires sound loud and produce vibrations, at speeds higher than 45 mph. They also wear unevenly and may damage the suspension parts, as the wheels bounce constantly. Tire imbalance is the presence of stiffer spots anywhere on the tire. Weight distribution around the tire has to be even, so every item has to be balanced when they are new. From then on, the procedure is necessary every 3,000-6,000 miles. This is because when tires wear, the weight distribution changes, and the prior balance becomes useless. 041b061a72


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