I just put winter tires and steel rims on my 2001 Accord coupe. I've
noticed the car seems to want to pull to the right now, and didn't before.
The tires were on a different car last winter, is it possible the camber/toe
was different enough on the old car that it's causing this one to track to
the right? If that's the case, it should eventually even out as the tires
wear to match this car's setup, right?
Well they are a directional tire, so if that solves the problem should I
have them both remounted the other way around? Or would that just mean that
it's a tire wear thing that will eventually go away?
In that case, try swapping them front-back. If the alignment was off
only front or rear on the original car, only one set should be worn, and
at the very least, it should CHANGE the degree to which it affects your
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Of course, you could always take your car by a tire shop and have them
give the tires a look - most should do it for free, and they'll know at
a glance if there are any strange wear patterns. If the tires are good,
you'll probably need to have the alignment done, and most larger tire
shops can do this as well.
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Again,not much "directionality".(a deep Vee tread)
(compared to common sport directional tire treads)
For a snow tire,you really can't go "directional" like regular sport
tires(like Yoko ES100),you'd lose the snow traction ability.
by that I mean the degree of slant of the grooving.If you examine the ES100
tread,the "directional" grooves wrap much more around the tire in the plane
of the tire,a "deeper Vee".
your tire is much more "cross tread" than a typical directional tread tire.
Thus you get more tire noise on dry pavement.
I doubt you'd see much difference if your tire was mounted the "wrong way".
I'm looking at assorted different pictures of various directional tires.
Few of their tread patterns are as "exaggerated" as those on the ES100s.
Fact is, the manufacturer considers the design "directional" and the
tires are accordingly marked with directional arrows. Thus they ARE, in
fact, directional tires, whether or not Jim Yanik considers them to be so.
Heh heh, rub it in why dontcha?? You don't know what you're missing..
snowbanks you can't see over when pulling out into traffic, 2" of ice on the
car in the morning, having to walk to school barefoot in 2 ft of snow,
uphill... oh wait, that's another story...
Well,I USED to live up North,until 1986,grew up in Buffalo.
I spent MANY a morn waiting in snow for the school bus.
I don't miss snow at all.
I keep some pix on my PC of last year's deep lake-effect snow in Western
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