I bought a used 2000 Focus ZX3 from a dealer about a week ago and two of
the unidirectional tires (left front and right rear) - Goodyear Eagle RS-As
I had the car aligned at a Goodyear Tire Outlet - Coast Tire, here in Nova
Scotia and they told me that I got the two tires turned around just in time
to avoid serious wear. Shouldn't a dealer know that the unidirectional tires
were reversed? Should I approach the dealer?
In alt.autos.ford.focus, on the "Re: Bought used Focus - tires reversed"
thread, Specter wrote:
This problem (unidirectional tires mounted in the wrong direction) came up
on "Car Talk with Click and Clack" recently. Their opinion was that running
such a tire backward didn't cause more damage than running it forward. You
wouldn't get optimal wet traction, but the tire shouldn't have a blowout or
anything of that nature.
Benjamin Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org
This message may or may not contain sarcastic content; your burden to decide
I was paraphrasing the original poster's characterization of the situation.
I share the view that running unidirectional tires backwards will cause no
harm. I also believe that, so long after the fact, it would be unfruitful to
complain to the dealer.
In any event the crisis seems to have passed.
"Benjamin Robinson" wrote ...
Just simple questions for you -- why did you need an alignment after
only having the car a week?
Did putting the tires on the right direction have a different feel to
them from when you test drove the car? Ie. pulling to the left or
right while braking or accelerating or a weird sense when cornering?
BTW, I would take the bill back to the dealer ASAP and get him to pay
for it, even used cars have a dealer warranty (90 days???).
Tirerack.com did a test on unidirectional tires mounted in the wrong
direction recently.. I got the results of the test in their e-newsletter.
Much to my surprise the test results showed that the performance differences
experienced in running a unidirectional tire backwards may be a bit over
blown... You can sign up for their newsletter at www.tirerack.com
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