TIRES 101

TIRE CONSTRUCTION

There’s a lot more to a tire than just rubber on a rim. Get a better understanding of the main parts of a tire and the role each one plays.

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TIRE SPEED RATINGS & TREAD LIFE

A through Z. Find out what ratings offer longer mileage, better grip and a smoother ride.

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THE RIGHT TIRE FOR YOUR VEHICLE

To find out what tires are right for your car, check your vehicle’s OEM door sticker or your vehicle’s owner’s manual. For a quick and easy way, you can also use our Find a Tire tool on this page.

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READING A TIRE SIDEWAL

The numbers and letters on the side of your tire have very specific meanings.

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CARE

REPAIR

Repairing a damaged tire is certainly less expensive and less hassle than buying a brand new one.

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TIRE STORAGE

If you’re working multiple sets of tires, you need to make sure you store them properly.

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MAINTENANCE

HOW TO CHANGE A TIRE

Conquer one of life’s most unpleasant situations with these important tips.

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HOW TO CHECK TIRE PRESSURE

Discover the importance of air pressure and how to measure it.

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TIRE CARE PRODUCTS

There’s a right way and wrong way to wash your tires.

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TIRE ROTATION

You’ve heard about rotation. Find out all the exciting—and not-so-exciting—details.

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TIRE BALANCE

What is tire balancing and why do you need it?

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TIRE ALIGNMENT

Find out what alignment is and why it’s so important to your safety.

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DRIVING TIPS

OVERSTEERING/
UNDERSTEERING

There are two problems that can arise if you take a turn too fast. Learn how to handle both of them. Hint: spilling your coffee isn’t one of them.

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WINTER DRIVING

A road doesn’t need a foot of snow to be dangerous. One inch will definitely do the trick. Here’s how to handle a winter wonderland.

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WET DRIVING

Wet roads aren’t nearly as dangerous as winter roads, right? Wrong. They have a lot of dangerous similarities. Be prepared.

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ROAD TRIPS

Before you make the trek on your summer road trip, make sure your tires are good to go. Here’s a safety checklist to get you going.

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GAS MILEAGE & TIRES

With gas prices climbing, any extra mileage is a good thing. Learn how to get the most mileage out of your tires while using the least amount of gas.

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OFF-ROAD DRIVING

Off-road driving can be fun, especially when it’s intentional. But, it’s an entirely different kind of driving altogether.

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BUYING GUIDE

WEAR & DAMAGE

Helpful tips on how to check your tires for wear and diagnose tire damage.

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UPGRADING

Thinking of going bigger or wider? The performance driver’s guide to tire upgrading.

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SEASONAL

Own winter, spring, summer or fall. Or own them all. Find out why some tires are built to handle certain seasons and some are not.

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PERFORMANCE

High performance sports cars need high performance tires. Learn more about one of our favorite subjects.

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MIXING

Say you need two new tires. Where do they go on your car? Find out.

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5 THINGS TO ASK THE DEALER

Enough with the intimidation. Walk into your next dealership armed with the knowledge you need to make a smart purchase.

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Changing Tire Size

Want to replace your tires with a different tire size?

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SAFETY TIPS

TIRE PRESSURE WARNING LIGHT

All new vehicles less than 10,000 pounds have serious technology to alert you of any tire problems. Here’s what to do when your light comes on.

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TIRE BLOWOUTS

Learn how to make one of the scariest moments on the road a little less scary and a lot safer.

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EMERGENCY CARE

Know whom to call during an emergency.

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