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How do thirty pounds of air in your tires hold up two tons of car?

May 21st, 2010

Episode 627 of 1068 episodes

Cars are heavy machines, so how can a few small, pressurized tires support their weight? Marshall Brain explains how tire pressure and contact patches work in this episode.

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