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    Hi all,

    Went to get my tyre's balanced today as the pot holes have been really bad and want to make sure all is well.

    He started with the rear's. After about five minutes the guy comes back and said that he couldn't balance the rear's as both are warped and I need two new tyre's.

    I said I'd get back as I'm wasn't sure they are right, car hasn't been that bad and if they were warped I'd expect to have noticed?

    Once home I ran my hand along the rear tyre's and on the inside edge the tyre seems to rise and fall, almost ever other inch. It seems to match the tread pattern so I'm not sure if this is a real issue, or just the way the tyres wear. The fronts do seem to do the same, but not as bad.

    Any idea's what, if at all, the problem could be. I don't want to replace the tyres only for the new one's to have the same issue. The tyres are Kumho's, and I've done about 25k on all four, with about 3.5mm left.

    Cheers in advance.

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    If your not sure there right i would take to a different tyre place and if they tell you the same ask them to show you

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    Thats my plan sometime this week.

    Just interested to know if its likely to be anyother issue, suspension for instance?

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    Do you mean its uneven along the inside edge of the tread, or along the sidewall? If it's the tread, it's due to incorrect camber setting (which is common these cars). Get a full 4 wheel alignment/camber check done.

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    Its the inside edge of the tyre, not the sidewall. I had a four wheel alignment done sometime last year.

    How often should it be done?

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    I have the same problem. I also had a four wheel camber alignment done about 7 months ago but have since had some eibechs fitted but was told that i would not need it doing again.

    Let me know how you get on

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    Quote Originally Posted by kns View Post
    I have the same problem. I also had a four wheel camber alignment done about 7 months ago but have since had some eibechs fitted but was told that i would not need it doing again.

    Let me know how you get on
    You do need to do it again after doing medium or major suspension work, as the settings will change.

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    I've not had any suspension work done. Since the rear's were aligned the wheels are almost vertical, which I believe is not the norm with Signum.

    I'll book it in and see what they say, I'll report the results.

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    Sounds like the feathering I found on the inside of the tread on my rear tyres recently. Vectras are prone to this - when I had a Vectra as a company car, I was sent an email advising me to pay particular attention to uneven wear on the insides of the rear tyres and to get the car checked out if I found anything.

    The key is to find out what's causing the tyres not to make contact properly with the ground. So - as above - check the tyres are properly inflated and balanced, and get a 4 wheel alignment done. After that, you're looking at worn suspension components, maybe the upper control arms although everything would need to be checked out to confirm what was worn and what was OK.

    I replaced my upper control arms after finding the tyre feathering (I had the rear suspension checked and they were pretty worn) and then had a 4-wheel alignment done. The car does feel to handle better and hopefully the rear tyres will stop feathering as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsocon View Post
    He started with the rear's. After about five minutes the guy comes back and said that he couldn't balance the rear's as both are warped and I need two new tyre's.

    Once home I ran my hand along the rear tyre's and on the inside edge the tyre seems to rise and fall, almost ever other inch. It seems to match the tread pattern so I'm not sure if this is a real issue, or just the way the tyres wear. The fronts do seem to do the same, but not as bad
    Any "decent" tyre fitter or mechanic should be able to explain the issue and a plan of action to rectify it, if not then avoid them in the future

    What you have explained sounds like suspension chopping, caused by the tyre losing grip with the road surface
    If you rotating the tyres rear to front as they wear then it is likely the issue is on the rear

    Incorrectly set alignment will simply accelerate wear across the tyre, usually uniformly and smoothly, so I doubt it will be that
    A photograph across the tread will confirm this
    I note that you say the wheels are vertical at the rear, although they may look vertical they shouldn't be and should be pointed with the inside edge on the road (on my car this is -2'36 +/- 15)

    Have you replaced the suspension or is the original still fitted?
    If the original suspension is fitted, what tyre size and pressures are used?
    Last edited by m8internet; 27th February 2010 at 18:22.

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