Anyone else have any problems with 2005 VUE tires going bald within a year. I went through two sets of tires in two years before Saturn identified that the tire arms were bent causing the tires to bald. Even though the tire arms were under warranty the tires were not so I have to pay for new tires myself, again. How is a consumer supposed to know that he/she bought a car with faulty tire arms. Is that not the repsonsiblity of the dealership? Shouldn't the dealership be responsible for replacing the tires free of cost or at least a hefty discount?
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Re: Tire arms wore out 2 sets of tires in two years
Unfortunately that's the way of the beast, they keep it that way to offset the cost of their warranty work. I'm sure if you raise a big enough stink with the head salesperson you'll get a discount or a oil change coupon but don't expect much from the dealerships because they are there to make money
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With colder weather, tire pressures will decrease a little. Check the pressures on all your tires. If they are within two or three psi of the recommended pressure, you should be able to drive for another day before airing them back up. But if one (or more) tire is five psi or more below recommended pressure, it probably has a slow leak and should be aired up, preferably repaired, as soon as possible.
Not really. While it is recommended by most auto makers and tire companies to replace tires in sets of 2 or 4 it is not a requirement. As long as the tires are all the same size and style, you should be ok with replacing just one.
In the UK we would say 'have the car tracked' .. the wheel alignment checked and adjusted, which is a relatively straightforward and easy job.
However, be aware that there are other causes of tyre wear which isn't rectified by having the wheels aligned.
A bent or damaged steering arm can cause tyre wear. I once owned an old Mercedes that quickly wore one front tyre. Despite having the wheels tracked - aligned - three times, the tyre still wore. It wasn't until I looked under the car myself and found a damaged steering arm ...
A worn ball joint or worn/soft rubber bush can cause tyre wear. Having the wheels aligned cures nothing without first identifying the fault. I own a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee which, I am aware, has worn rubber bushes in the front steering/suspension set up. The front tyres wear badly, caused by the worn bushes. The tyres need replacing soon anyway, but I'll wait to get the tracking-alignment- done until after I've replaced the rubber bushes/tyres.
You've had wheel alignment done a couple of times and the problem of worn tyres is still there. It's not the wheel alignment at fault .. there's some other reason such as worn ball joint/rubber bushes or maybe impact damage to a steering arm.
The best option is to get a workshop to put the car up on a hoist for inspection. Tell them that wheel alignment ISN'T the cause of your uneven tyre wear. Any half-decent workshop should be able to find the cause within a few minutes.
A car which has suffered severe side impact - and has been repaired - can have a twisted/misaligned body. This too can cause uneven tyre wear
Sounds like you should have the alignment checked on an alignment machine on all 4 wheels.Once you get those readings and an expert alignment mechanic's estimate on repair,only then will you know the correct repairs needed.
Sounds like you have bad front wheel hub assemblies... google it, GM won't admit there is a HUGE problem with them, but there is. Just got back from a trip, had to replace the driver side front tire, wore to the steel belt. Went in for an alignment after new struts and whala, once again I have a bad assembly on the drivers side. This is the THIRD time I have replaced it in less than 2 years. Don't pay the dealer to do it. Get the part at the auto parts store and do it yourself. You'll save big bucks and it will wear out before the lifetime warranty so your next one will be free (if you install it yourself).
2.5 degrees negative camber is not within spec. You need new control arms in the rear. These will set your camber back to the factory setting and reduce your tire wear on the inner edge. The first shop you went to is correct, the camber cannot be adjusted, components must be replaced to rectify the excessive camber. Ive done a couple of New Style C70 rear control arms for this very reason, if your vehicle is under warranty however, the dealer needs to be able to prove that the car needs it. So if you dont have wear on your tires and when the toe was set it readjusted the camber (when you adjust toe it affects camber and caster measurements) then they cant prove to Volvo that it needs the control arms. I hope this helps