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Have a 06 Mazda Tribute S V6 4WD, with 35K miles on it. The problem is serious tire cupping. The dealer claims it is due to tires not being rotated. Funny thing, they were rotated every 6K miles per the owners manual. Balance and alignment have been checked and are within specs. The tires are original equipment Continentals. The vehicle has no vibrations and the steering is straight and true.

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  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2008

    I also have an '06 Tribute FWD. The dealership tells me it's because of the tire brand. Continental. I also have my tires rotated when I have the oil changed which is what the dealership suggested.

  • bcoil Jan 16, 2009

    I have an 05 and by 45000 the cupping was so bad the Firestone dealer said he wouldn't rotate them for me, said I should replace them. I did an alignment at 50K. There is a difference between being "within spec" and "right on". The guy made the small correction, but couldn't be certain it would make any difference. I have continued to rotate them and now have 70000, with healthy tread still left. The cupping is no worse and no better.

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Cupping is caused by poorly acting shockabsorbers probably have leaking from the shock struts and may need replacement. sounds a bit early for wear at 50k

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