I have 140,000 km on my wagon and find it pretty good but sure goes through
tires. I rotate every 20,000 km and still get flat spots after about 40 km.
Sears has 130 km warranty on their Voyager tire and claim its alignment,
Ford checks alignment and twice now says its okay.
So I put up with vibration or buy new tires every 40 000km. I heard there
was problem with back end of Focus and there was recall but have never
seen detail so could press Ford to do something.
I had the same problem with the factory Goodyears on my 2003 ZX3.
You need to rotate the tires more often, more like half the distance
then what you have done in the past.
Take it to a shop that has a rack designed four wheel alignment.
When the shop does the alignment the shop should provide you with
a printout of the of the before and after alignment setting. The
same printout will also have figures showing the the factory
tolerance settings camber, caster, and toein. A correct alignment
will be within the factory tolerance settings.
By rotating the tires more often you should get at least 3 times
the distance out of them.
My ZX3 has over 200,000 miles 321,869 km on it, I only got about
40,000 miles 64,373 km out of the factory Goodyears. The second
set went over 80,000 miles 128,748 km, the third set still has
about 40,000 miles 64,373 km to go before I replace them.
Both of the sets of replacement tires were not high priced high
mileage top brand tires.
John in the sand box of Marylands eastern shore.
Focus has negative camber in rear by design, just like the Jetta. This
results in inside rear tire wear. Rotate frequently.
One question. Why is it tires don't seem to last as long as they used to?
Agree with the proper air pressure, one of the most overlooked
things and heavily influencing fuel usage. "Tire rotation" is an
urban legend, the best tires belong to the rear axle.
Personally found Pirelli P6000 an utter piece of crap on my
Focus, driving wasn't that bad but the noise a pita.
You can disagree as much as you like, still the better tires
belong to the rear axle!
Perhaps you believe Michelin more then me:
If front tires lose street contact not a big problem, but if rear
tires lose it, you are almost lost.
I do believe Michelin more than you. But will you indulge me stating
Perhaps it comes from growing up driving RWD in snow country, but I am
not "almost lost" if the rear wheel lose contact. Been there, done
that, come back for more.
And maybe for the average driver, having the better tires in back is
the preferred solution. For me, I'll continue to put the best tires in
front. In my driving, the situation that is the most demanding for
maintaining tire/street contact is the panic stop. In which case,
having the best tires up front decreases the stopping distance.
In my other car, a big 1991 Olds wagon that weighs 4,400 pounds and is
19 feet long, it's fairly easy to lock up the back tires while making a
hard stop. [An aside: my 1975 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe had
variable-proportionment braking, with progessively less braking to the
rear rotors when stopping harder. When is the Big 2 1/2 going to catch
up to this?] I am able to steer and keep the sliding back end of the
car behind me while stopping.
Thanks. The same to you.
P.S. I expect folks to pay more attention to Michelin than to me.
It's amazing how a simple question like this can turn into a pissing
I had tire wear on my 2001 Focus, 34,000 miles and noise and all the
bad stuff. I had new tires put on and the car properly aligned finally
after everyone tried to align it a guy at a tire shop here in town
said he knew how to fix these Focus rear alignment issues and the car
drive and handles way better than new now. The rear does not jump
around as it did before. The alignment guy really knows his stuff,
he's at Twin City Tire here in Bloomington MN.
Ford had aligned it and a good alignment shop had aligned it twice and
another shop once. So after 4 or 5 alignments I finally find someone
who knows what he's doing and my problems are solved.
Bottom line, rotate every 6000 miles and make sure the front and rear
wheels are aligned.
Had my '00 ZX3 in a while back they wanted to put IIRC new rods on the back
because they usually can't adjust the rear without the new ones but after trying
they did get it in alignment without the new rods, so apparantly there is some
problems with the rear rods, that may need to be replaced.
One of the local TV stations(in Minneapolis) just did a thing on hydroplaning,
setup a track with 1 inch of water on it, put good tires on the back an bad ones
on the front of a station wagon, then drove into the water at ~50Mph, the front
started hydroplaning, but the driver could maintain some control of the car,
then swapped the tires, as soon as it hit the water with the bad tires in the
back, even though he could still steer, the back end immediatly fishtailed, and
even though the front end was still steering every time he went into a complete
spin out off the road, and they also determined the best thing is not to hit the
brakes, just let off the gas, and don't use the cruise control, (but then *we*
probably knew that), but apparantly enough people still use cruise on wet roads.
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