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Here's a list of some random fun facts (trivia) about tires, rims and wheels, which you probably didn't know of before. Have fun with these, maybe it'll be a nice subject of discussion at work, dinner or at the gym or something like that! Most of the trivia is about tires and rims for cars, but other topics (vehicles) are also included.
There are basically two types of snow tires (winter tires) on the market, those that are studless and those that are studded.
There are a number of different systems in use today that describe the various tire sizes used on performance, passenger and light truck vehicles. An attempt is currently underway to develop a worldwide system, but presently you must be familiar with several different systems.
Have you ever been stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire? Do you want to be able to change a tire without having to ask for help? Fortunately, changing a tire is a pretty simple task, provided you're prepared and willing to exert a little effort.
A flat tire requires immediate attention. A flat should be replaced with your vehicle's OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) spare wheel/tire right away, until your tire has been inspected for punctures and leaks. If a puncture is found, it should be repaired promptly to prevent any further tearing. Tire patches should be applied carefully, to both the inner and outer parts of the tire. Unless you have the proper equipment and experience, a qualified mechanic should perform these procedures as they require dismounting the damaged tire from the wheel.
A tire's temperature grade indicates how well the tire can dissipate heat under test conditions, assuming proper inflation and maintenance of the tire.
Optimal tire performance requires correct inflation. Tire pressure can change over time due to climate changes, natural air loss, or other factors. To maintain proper inflation, you should check your tires periodically. Under inflation of tires can lead to early or uneven wear, traction problems, and stability problems.