The typical warning on the side of most temporary spare tires is to avoid exceeding 50 mph, though the actual speed varies from one car to the next. There are additional precautions to be aware of while driving on a spare tire.
A:Consumer Reports and SaferCar.gov, a website run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, are designed to help consumers compare tire brands. Many other consumer websites also provide tire brand reviews and comparisons.
A:The typical warning on the side of most temporary spare tires is to avoid exceeding 50 mph, though the actual speed varies from one car to the next. There are additional precautions to be aware of while driving on a spare tire.
A:Spare tires are typically rated for between 50 and 70 miles of use. This is because they are built to be smaller for weight, space and cost savings, and as such they don't have the durability and stability found in regular tires.
A:According to Consumer Reports, fall, is the best time to buy tires, with spring coming in a close second. Many tire retailers have sales in October to encourage people to buy new tires for winter and then again in April when the weather warms up enough for road trips. Shopping early in each season is generally the best time to find good deals and avoid the rush, especially in the fall to prepare for any potential early winter weather.
A:The type and size of tires that are compatible with a car depends on the make and model of the vehicle. The best way to determine what size tires a car needs is to check the manufacturer's guide for the vehicle.
A:According to HowStuffWorks, hydroplaning occurs when there is a loss of traction between the tires of a car and the road due to standing water. Hydroplaning causes a car to slide along on the surface of the water.
A:Tire thumping is often the result of a wheel and tire assembly that is out of balance. Once wheels and tires have been checked for balance, there are other potential causes for tire noise that can be diagnosed.
A:One noticeable sign that a car has a severe wheel alignment problem is when the car automatically pulls towards the left or right side while being driven. In this situation, the driver is constantly wrestling with the steering wheel in an attempt to keep the car properly aligned with the road.
A:Worn wheel bearings are dangerous to drive on or keep on a vehicle. These elements allow for wobbling, rumbling and squeaking in the wheel wells and create concerns about the reliability of steering options. The worse a wheel bearing becomes, the greater the difficulty is in keeping the car under control.
A:Nitto tires are manufactured in plants located in Japan and in outsourced locations, whereupon the tires are distributed to the various branches. Nitto Tires is a branch company that comes from the Toyo Tire and Rubber Company, which originated in Japan.
A:Hankook customers can only apply for a tire rebate during promotional periods when the company is offering a rebate. These rebate promotions are typically limited to purchases made during a certain time period and only apply to certain items in the Hankook tire product catalogue.
A:Firestone recalled tires manufactured from 1991 through 2000 due to a safety-related defect. This included all Firestone ATX and ATX II tires (size P234/75 R15) manufactured from 1991 through 2000, in addition to all Wilderness AT tires (size P234/75R15) manufactured at Firestone's plant in Decatur, Ill., from 1996 through 2000.
A:As of 2015, Consumer Affairs awarded Bridgestone tires only one out of five stars based on more than 30 consumer reviews. Goodyear tires have received over 200 negative reviews and just 1.5 out of five stars. Consumer Affairs gave Cooper tires a two-star rating from more than 90 consumer reviews.
A:Nexen tires are manufactured by Korean-based Nexen Tire Company. Nexen was the first tire manufacturer in Korea, and was established in 1942 under the name Heung-A Tire Company. It operated solely in Korea until 2005 when the company opened a branch in the United States.
A:As of 2015, Guizhou Tyre Co. Ltd, a Guiyang-based tire manufacturer, is the producer of Samson tires. The company distributes Samson tires in the United States through its fully-owned subsidiary company, GTC North America, Inc. in Canton, Ohio, and possesses various certifications, including ISO9001, American NHTS DOT Certification and ISO14001.
A:Michelin Defender, Continental ProContact EcoPlus and Firestone Precision Touring are a few good tires for minivans. Consumer Reports selected both the Defender and EcoPlus tires as the top all-season tires for cars and minivans in 2012 and 2015.