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How Q Tires Work

        Auto | Wheels

Buying, Installing and Maintaining Q Tires

The manufacturer plans to begin selling Q tires in late 2009. Popular P-metric sizes for crossovers, SUVs and pickups will come first; additional types will follow in 2010 and 2011. The tires will be available through independent chains. The company anticipates a tread-life warranty of more than 40,000 miles (64,373 km).

A set of Q tires will probably cost about 30 to 40 percent more than comparable premium all-season radial tires. However, buying a set of all-season Q tires could be more cost-effective in the long run than owning and maintaining another set of studded or winter-tread tires for seasonal use.

For Q tires to work properly, a full matching set of Q tires must be installed on your vehicle. The manufacturer suggests that you mount a matching Q tire for the spare if the vehicle is designed to accommodate a full-size spare tire. Mounting and balancing Q tires is done in the same way as regular tires. The installer will also secure a multiported valve receiver (MVR) that controls the stud functions on the inner surface of each of the vehicle's wheels. A valve assembly that works around the existing valve stem will also be installed. The installer will then program the MVRs to work with the customer's iQ remote.

The manufacturer recommends that drivers deploy Q Tire studs while the vehicle is at rest so that they can visually confirm their deployment. Eventually, wireless transceiver-based technology will provide this confirmation electronically.

The tires will need to be slightly re-inflated after about 25 deployments. This makes sense, as the small amount of pressurized air taken from the casing chamber with each deployment isn't returned. When the tires require re-inflation, the iQ remote will alert the driver with a red warning light and audible signal. Q Tires says their tires are compatible with the tire pressure monitoring systems featured on many newer vehicles.

What kind of a company comes up with a tire so new that it already has six patents and 30 more in progress? Let's cruise on to the next page to learn about the people and ideas that drive Q Tires, Inc.