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    Eek Feel rhythmic rubbing when driving slow

    ok, 2 weeks ago I got the front tyres changed and afterwards (maybe by coincidence) I noticed what feels like a gentle rhythmic/pulsing rubbing or vibration on the peddles when driving slow (below 20mph). It reminds me of when I had a buckled wheel on my old BMX as a kid and the brakes kept rubbing on the ben part of the wheel. With that in mind I checked the front brakes and found the pads were low and the discs were a mess with a big lip so figured maybe it was that.

    So today I have replaced the front discs and pads with help from the very good how2 section by Gary. Thought that would have solved the problem but nope!

    Anyone got any ideas on this? Its driving me (excuse the pun) nuts.

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    When you changed the front tyres, what exactly did you do?

    On my last tyre renewal I swapped the rears to the front and had a dreadul noise between 20mph and 40mph, plus vibration on braking
    On closer inspection of the front nearside tyre I found the tread depth varied quite significantly
    This was due to the nearside rear shock absorber having failed, wearing the tyre unevenly around its circumference, leading to the noise and vibration

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    I never changed the tyres myself, I had them done at a tyre place that fits 'nearly' new tyres taken from salvaged cars. The tread seems fine on them but I'll have a closer look tomorrow. Could uneven tread cause an on/off vibration though?

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    Sounds suspicious as though the carcase of the tyre may be unsound and it is to blame

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    is there a way to check this without buying new tyres? I rally can't afford a new set unless I really have to.

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    Does sound like the tyre could be out of shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_b View Post
    is there a way to check this without buying new tyres? I rally can't afford a new set unless I really have to.
    Jack up each wheel and put a fixed point - almost touching the tread of the tyre - revolve it slowly by hand and you should be able to see any noticeable variation as the wheel goes round. If one is running out take it back to where you bought it from and ask for an exchange tyre - even though a used tyre I think they still have to comply with the sale of goods act, if they are operating as a business!

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    Just be carefull when spinning as an out of shape tyre can mean. Broken steel cords sticking out the tyre. Very nasty if you don't notice spin the tyre and put your hand on it! Speaking from experience. Ouch doesent seem to cover it!

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    Thanks guys, I'll try the 'spin' test. I hope it is just the tyre as at least thats not gonna be too costly.

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    Don't use your hand, use a tool of kinds fixed or supported in place
    Your hands are then free to rotate the wheel
    Whenever handling wheels always use gloves

    I would also suggest taking tread depth measurements
    Take them at three positions across the tread - inner, centre, outer
    Take them at four corners of the tyres - 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock
    Then compare
    Ideally they should be identical
    However what you might end up with is :
    5.5 5.5 4.5
    5.5 5.5 5.0
    5.5 5.5 4.5
    4.5 4.5 3.5
    This is a tyre excessively worn at the 9 o'clock position and with a slight variation on the outside edge

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