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  • Just How Dangerous Are Aging Tires?
    Just How Dangerous Are Aging Tires?

    There are a number of questions surrounding the tire industry following an investigation by ABC News into its attempts at blocking legislation that would require tires be inspected on the basis of age. The legislation comes as the National......

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  • Don't Fall For These Auto Repair Tricks
    Don't Fall For These Auto Repair Tricks

    Many of us rely on our cars for some of the most important day-to-day tasks. If something goes wrong, it can be a very scary and stressful experience. Some -- not all, of course -- unscrupulous mechanics prey on that fear in order to make u......

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  • Don't Buy This Stuff From Your Car Dealer
    Don't Buy This Stuff From Your Car Dealer

    Whether you bought your car new or used, it's important to maintain it properly and to use high-quality replacement parts. After all, a complex machine like a car is only as good as its parts.For certain replacement parts, it makes sense to......

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  • Replacing Your Tires: Four Money-Saving Tips
    Replacing Your Tires: Four Money-Saving Tips

    Even the most sophisticated braking systems won't work if the tires aren't gripping the road. Maintaining your tires and replacing them when necessary is vital to safety.The trouble is that a lot people don't think about tires this way. Tha......

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  • Are Snow Tires Really Worth It?
    Are Snow Tires Really Worth It?

    If the midwest snow storm can teach us one lesson, it's that it's never too early in the season to start thinking about winter tires."We start encouraging drivers to think about snow tires in September," says John Rastetter, director of tir......

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  • Techsplanations: Tire Tread Technology
    Techsplanations: Tire Tread Technology

    Pirelli has distinguished itself in the tire market by creating products for its performance and racecars with technology that can then be applied to luxury and general consumer cars. The brand's renewed foray into Formula 1 racing after a ......

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  • Self-Inflating Tire Aimed At Women Drivers?
    Self-Inflating Tire Aimed At Women Drivers?

    Goodyear Tire has unveiled the ultimate secure tire: one that not only detects when it us running low, but inflates itself as well.The tires have an inflation device inside each of them that keeps track of their inflation and add air as nec......

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  • One Surprising Thing Automakers Are Eliminating From Cars
    One Surprising Thing Automakers Are Eliminating From Cars

    Automakers have been quietly eliminating one pretty heavy piece of equipment from cars in an attempt to make cars lighter and more fuel efficient.But a lot of consumers don't know it's gone until they're stranded on the side of the road, wo......

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  • Low Rolling Resistance Tires Are Saving You Money
    Low Rolling Resistance Tires Are Saving You Money

    Tires take one of the top spots on the list of Important Things. Yetthey also rank pretty high on the list of Things You Never Think AboutUntil They Break. Other items live in that overlap, like spleens,bridges and light bulbs, yet it reall......

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  • Why The Lincoln Penny Test Still Matters
    Why The Lincoln Penny Test Still Matters

    Believe it or not, the summer travel season is winding down and unofficially comes to an end this Labor Day weekend. That's when many folks will pile into their vehicles and hit the road -- bound for their favorite cottage, campground or r......

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  • How Long Can You Drive On a Donut Spare Tire?
    How Long Can You Drive On a Donut Spare Tire?

    Dear Tom,I own a 2004 Chevy Aveo. The other day I got a flat tire and I had the spare installed. It’s a fake tire (one of those “donut” spares). I haven’t had a chance to buy a new tire yet, and I want to know how lo......

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  • DIY Garage: How To Change A Flat Tire

    There's never a good time to have a flat tire, but the key is to be prepared. Find out how you can avoid being stranded by a flat this week in DIY Garage: How To Change a Flat Tire. AOL Autos has teamed up with AutoZone to bring you a......

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  • Winter Tires 101
    Winter Tires 101

    If you live in the Snow Belt, you're probably familiar with this scene: A tall SUV with lots of ground clearance speeds by on a snow-packed highway. Miles later you spot the vehicle, spun out on the side of the road and getting pulled out b......

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  • Buying Tires: Ten Great Tips

    Question: What is the only part of your car that actually touches the ground?Answer: Ideally, your tires.Most of us don't give much thought to our tires until it's too late -- that is, until they fail. There are plenty of reasons to give yo......

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  • The Making of a Tire

    Ever wonder what goes into the making of that round, black, rubber thing that holds air, we refer to as a tire? To the casual observer all tires look the same, but there's a lot more to it than meets the eye ...Modern tire construction has ......

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  • Snow Tires 101: Why to Buy Them

    I remember driving in eastern Pennsylvania one winter following my brother home on an hour-long trip. It had snowed earlier that morning, and by the time we got on the road the plows still hadn't reached the back roads we were on. I was dri......

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  • Tire Tech

    Choosing tires is a tricky business. Not only is there a slew of brands and models out there, but tires are further divided along performance and weather lines. So which will work best for you?We're here to help. In this installment of our ......

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  • Tires 101

    You probably know tires are made of rubber, but how much more do you know? Here's a run-through of some important tire-related terminology.Aspect RatioThis technical-sounding term refers to the relationship between the width of a tire and t......

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  • Easy Tire Changing Tips

    A month ago I was driving down a South Carolina back road when the car in front of me lost the tread off one of its back tires and the driver quickly veered off onto the shoulder. The tread actually came off the rest of the tire and I could......

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  • Tire Shopping Lessons

    Let's face it. Tires are usually one of the most un-fun things to buy for a car. Most of us aren't too concerned about the process. We're just trying to buy a set of discount tires that turn out to be better than four pencil erasers.Recentl......

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