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Re: Tire recommendations for 2004 V8 Touareg
It's tough to find the 'perfect' tire. U might want to check out the Nov 08 issue of consumer reports magazine, it has ratings on suv tires, including all season, all terrain, and winter tires. Continental cross contact LX all season are rated good for tread life, very good for noise, or Michelin LTX MS all season are very good tread life, good for noise. They rate 20 all season tires, 14 all terrain, 4 winter. This should help, as I agree, I've purchased thru tire rack, and customer ratings are not consistent. The consumer report ratings are controlled and much more reliable. Good luck!
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tire wear is a method of diagnosing an alignment problem
abnormal wear on the insides or out sides of the tread indicates a problem with toe in/out and or camber settings
wheel wobble at speed ( 20 mph up ) indicates castor setting problems
steering wheel not self centering after turns indicates castor settings
steering wandering on the road indicates worn steering /ball joints and or alignment settings out
car running sideways ( crabbing)on the road indicates worn rear suspension parts , broken center bolts on leaf springs ,and rear alignment problems which will affect front end alignment
this is indicated by the steering wheel position off center when driving straight ahead
because it is a low profile tire with a wide tread , the 30 psi is a recommended pressure for a standard size tire
however at 30 psi you will probably find that it will wear with an under inflated wear pattern and the 40 psi is used to sit the tread flat on the road
best talk with a good tire shop as they have experience and reports form a vast range of customers who talk about the pressures they run to get the best wear from the tires
the tires I run are standard and the recommended pressure is 32 psi but the make of tire actually runs best on 38 psi and that comes from the tire manufacturer
ask diff reconditioners shop or off road shop if a limited slip diff center is available ( welding diff centers is not an option as it makes the car illegal on the road and dangerous to handle on a good road surface )
you need tall gears that do not loose traction because of the torque advantage from low ratios as in the switch on the dash. so don't use it in tow mode
as for tires there are special snow tires available with spikes in the tread , special tread patterns
( ask a tyre shop for what would be best)
extra weight over the rear end would help with traction
I would think that wide tires would tend to "aqua plane" as they rode up over the snow but talk with a tyre shop again on that
there may be a diff locker available from an off road shop
Consider changing the entire rear end to get the diff operation that would best suit you
There are a number of possibilities here. First thing to do is make sure the new rear brakes are properly adjusted. If they are too loose they will not engage when you push gently on the pedal and the front brakes will be doing all the work. This could easily cause you to slide. There is a self-adjusting mechanism in the rear but these can become inoperative over time. The brakes can be adjusted manually.
Second, how much tread is on the front tires? As tread wears down the tire becomes less able to handle snow. Does one tire have less tread than the other? Tires have a wear bar built into them so look at the tread and see if you can find a rubber bar that extends across the tread. The more visible it is the less likely there is enough tread to handle snow. It may still be legal to use the tire but save it for summer. If the wear bar is almost flush with the tread,run your hand across it, then that is most likely your problem. Compare the front tires to the back ones, use a coin to see the difference, stick it in the tread groove and note where the tread comes on the coin. The grooves in the tread move snow away and once they are full the tires rides up on the snow instead of staying on the road. If you are unsure stop at a tire shop and get them to help check it out ( 3/32 inches is the minimum I think).
If these are good then you could have a brake caliper starting to go bad. They will seize up and stop working. When that happens the brake pressure transfers to the wheel that works. This will make the car pull to the side that works. So if the back brakes are good and the tires and good enough I would look at replacing the LEFT brake caliper. That would be the one sticking.
If you are travelling on roads that produce a noticable lean inside your car this could also be at least part of the problem. The car would tend to slide with the lean but if the roads appear flat then it's not likely the problem. Roads are "crowned" to be about 2% off level to help water run off but as a rule this shouldn't be the problem.
Hope this helps.
I live in Australia and Hankook have a good reputation here for longer wear and quiter ride than some others and they are well priced,road noise is an issue with some tires so I would get several opinions from tire places but you should get a similar response if you make sure you talk about road noise being an issue,as some tread patterns are designed for being quiet,bottom line Hankook Tires are fine
if you look on your drivers side door there is a sticke that will provide you with the reccomended tire size and rating , then you should request a quality tire in that designation. tires like michilin , goodyear , dunlop , general , yokohama are some quality tires.
If you are hauling most of the time, then consider commercial tyres - often denoted by a "C" at the end of the spec. These have a harder tread compound - so will tend to wear less, and thicker sidewall.
Ask at tyre fitters who do trucks most of the time - and use their advice. Prices can be all over the place, with no bearing on quality or longevity. Use your fingers as the best guide - the harder the tread - the longer it will last.
If you expect snow or ice, keep your softer tyres on the rims for winter, and use the harder ones for summer.
I drive a Land Rover and have 3 sets depending on summer, winter or off-road. Keep them under a tarp, and if outdoors - chained together!