Problems with Bridgestone RFT Potenz tires wearing out too soon
Is there a tire you would recommend to replace these tires? We have under 9,000 miles on the Bridgestone tires and we are told they should be replaced. The previous 2 sets of tires were the Dunlap RFT and they too had to be replaced after less than 10,000 miles.Help!!
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Fit a less noisy tire. Most of the road noise is tire generated and there is a big difference in noise between tire brands and tire designs when run at the optimum tire pressures.
It is generally the case that the cheaper brands of tires will also be noisier than premium tires , especially as they incur wear. For example they may be fine for about 8- 10000 miles from new but then become progressively more noisy to the point that they become very annoying.
Do a bit of research on the net on tire brands and models within each brand (including reading tire reviews) and you will be able to select a tire that is less noisy than what you have fitted now.
Premium tire companies such as Bridgestone and Michelin for example have low noise tires in their range of products and both produce very good quality tires.
With tires, you generally pay for what you get. If you buy a cheap tire it will perform poorly compared with a premium product and will most probably be quite noisy as it begins to wear and the rubber gets harder over time.
Under inflation. When the tire doesn't have enough air pressure, the center tends to be pushed up from the road. Thus causing outer wear on both sides. alignment problems cause wear on one side or the other. Over inflation causes the center of the tire to wear .
First, just to confirm, you really meant 3500 miles not 35,000 miles right? 35,000 would be about right for the rear of a 330. That's about as far as my wife gets on Michelins.
If it tore up a set of tires in 3500 miles due to alignment, the wear pattern should clearly indicate the alignment problem. What do the tires look like? Do the treads have sawtooth feathering? Is there any cupping? Is the wear at the inside edge only? BMWs tend to be somewhat rough on the inside edge of their rear tires even when aligned properly. Some tires are more tolerant of this tendency than others. When the rubber bushings on the control arms fail, the camber goes very positive and the inside edge of the tire takes more abuse than normal.
If it is that far out of alignment, it will not be corrected with adjustment. It will need new bushings on the hubs and/or control arms. At 81k miles, the car is awfully young for that. Have you hit a lot of potholes?
There are a lot of excellent German car specialty mechanics around, but if you really want this to be serviced at the dealer, I would ask to see the language of that warranty. My boss was told that his rear alignment problem on his 325 was not covered by warranty but when he argued the point, they gave in and fixed it. My boss can be very persuasive.
It's likely the tires. The Bridgestone Turanza OEM tires were specially designed to reduce road noise, which can be an issue. If you're running a different brand of tire, then that may be the cause. Also, if one of the rear tires has an issue (e.g. uneven wear), that may also be the cause. Possible causes of uneven wear include worn rear struts, infrequent rotation, bent wheel, or wheel/tire out of balance. Wheels/tires need to be rebalanced occasionally - at least every 20k miles.
What are the tire pressure and how many miles on your shocks??
The maximum tire pressure marked on the tire sidewall refers to the pressure required to carry the maximum load of the tire, and is generally not the same as the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure for your vehicle. To find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle’s tires, refer to the information label, which is usually located on the edge of the driver’s door, or the door post or other conspicuous location. If you can’t find the information label, check your owner’s manual. An overinflated tire rides on just the center portion of the tread. The smaller contact area means reduced grip on the road, leading to a harsh ride, handling issues (such as steering and stopping problems) and increased wear on tires and suspension components. The shock's also have an average life of around 50,000 to 80,000 miles and should be replaced by then. Good luck and hope this helps. Start with checking the tire pressure, keep me posted, ne glad to help friend.
hi there it good u haveing 32 psi but i will suggest u to have a wheel aligment done the way u saying the tyre wears are i thinks really need are wheel aligment .wheel balance do help are lot but doing wheel aligment every 20.000ks do makes diffent on the no of ks the tyres do .hope that helps pliz do send the rating thanks