I took my Venture to the dealership to be inspected today. The guy
called this afternoon to say that I needed 2 new tires and new outer
I had the tires rotated there 3 weeks ago with no mention of needing
The van has around 32,500 miles on it and I can't imagine that it
needs new tie rods.
I'm taking it to another place to see what they say, but I wanted to
see if anyone here had heard of such a thing, or if anyone has any
words of wisdom for dealing with this.
I've seen newer GM tie rod ends die at disgustinigly low mileages. If
you're still under warranty, take it to the dealer next. They'll fix the
tie rods if they're worn (and under warranty).
So far, from what you've said here, I have no reason to doubt the
This was at a Chevy dealer -- not the one where I bought it because
that's in another state. The van is just out of warranty.
I doubt it simply because when I was in there the other week, they
didn't say anything about the tires needing to be replaced. If they
overlooked that, I feel suspicious about their other work. The van
also drives perfectly fine, with no vibrations or anything, and the
alignment is still pretty darn good.
It sounds to me as though you initially had just the
tires rotated. This type of work is probably done
by an oil change kid who might not have paid attention
to the tires and any problems that might have been
Then you take the van back in to be "inspected". Usually,
a more experienced tech will have a look at the van, possibly
the front end tech will inspect the front end and would have
more knowledge and know what to look for regarding loose
front end components and tire problems.
Front tie rods wearing out on late model GM vehicles
is very common.
Just curious-- what state was the inspection in?
You should also be aware that items may fail state safety inspections for
highly technical reasons that are often of little consequence. This is
possibly the case with the tires. I'm a state inspector in Maryland and
have had to fail vehicles because they had Virginia inspection stickers on
the windshield. It is not allowed in Maryland to have anything applied
the bottom center of the windshield which would block vision.
As for the tie rod ends and tires both, shiden_Kai is probably right. The
dealer won't have their best technician doing work any of their
technicians can do.
| Just curious-- what state was the inspection in?
| I'm a state inspector in Maryland and have
| had to fail vehicles because they had Virginia inspection stickers on
| the windshield. It is not allowed in Maryland to have anything applied
| the bottom center of the windshield which would block vision.
Yea, we wouldn't want the driver not to be able to see the top of the hood.
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