Tire causes pulling,safe to use?

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Old 18 Sep 2005, 01:28 pm   #1 (permalink)
hbuck
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Default Tire causes pulling,safe to use?

Ever since I bought this 2000 Camry a couple of months ago it has slightly
pulled to the left.
I finally got around to switching the two front wheels. Now it pulls
slightly to the right.
So I know it's the tire.Good.
Is this tire safe to use? O.K. for spare?



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Old 18 Sep 2005, 01:50 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Are the tire pressures the same in both tires? If one is lower than the
other it will pull to that side.

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Old 18 Sep 2005, 02:06 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Oh,yeah. I checked em for that.
I saw in some old posts I resaearched a month or so ago that this is
something to do with the tires' belts or sidewalls or something.


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Old 18 Sep 2005, 03:17 pm   #4 (permalink)
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>by "hbuck" <hbuck@nadaspam.att.net> Sep 18, 2005 >at 02:28 PM


>Ever since I bought this 2000 Camry a couple of >months ago it has

slightly
>pulled to the left.
>I finally got around to switching the two front >wheels. Now it pulls
>slightly to the right.
>So I know it's the tire.Good.
>Is this tire safe to use? O.K. for spare?


>by "Jason" <jasonarchibald@hotmail.com> Sep 18, >2005 at 11:50 AM



>Are the tire pressures the same in both tires? >If one is lower than the
>other it will pull to that side.


>by "hbuck" <hbuck@nadaspam.att.net> Sep 18, 2005 >at 03:06 PM



>Oh,yeah. I checked em for that.
>I saw in some old posts I resaearched a month or >so ago that this is
>something to do with the tires' belts or >sidewalls or something.


Is there any chance of the tire coming apart or having a blow out is what
I'm really asking.


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Old 18 Sep 2005, 03:46 pm   #5 (permalink)
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hbuck wrote:
>> Oh,yeah. I checked em for that.
>> I saw in some old posts I resaearched a month or >so ago that this is
>> something to do with the tires' belts or >sidewalls or something.

>
> Is there any chance of the tire coming apart or having a blow out is
> what I'm really asking.


Yes, if it is a belt seperation the tire could blow. Do a visual on both
tires to see if there is a bulge, indentation or bubble on the tread area.
It helps to jack car so wheel can spin freely. On the sidewall there will
sometimes be a dip or indentation that is perpindicular to the rotation of
the tire, this is ok, usually just indicates where the belts overlap under
the outer layer, no bulge allowed on sidewall.
While doing visual, look for any wires protruding through rubber, if none,
carefully feel around tire to see if you can feel a bulge or indentation. If
bulge or indentation in tread area then belts are seperating and dangerous,
if bubble then tire is delaminating.
Are tires the same size? Is the amount of tread close to the same (if
there's a large difference in tread this can cause pull)?
HTH, davidj92


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Old 18 Sep 2005, 03:55 pm   #6 (permalink)
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hbuck Wrote:
> >by "hbuck" <hbuck@nadaspam.att.net> Sep 18, 2005 >at 02:28 PM

>
>
> >Ever since I bought this 2000 Camry a couple of >months ago it has

> slightly
> >pulled to the left.
> >I finally got around to switching the two front >wheels. Now it pulls
> >slightly to the right.
> >So I know it's the tire.Good.
> >Is this tire safe to use? O.K. for spare?

>
> >by "Jason" <jasonarchibald@hotmail.com> Sep 18, >2005 at 11:50 AM

>
>
> >Are the tire pressures the same in both tires? >If one is lower than

> the
> >other it will pull to that side.

>
> >by "hbuck" <hbuck@nadaspam.att.net> Sep 18, 2005 >at 03:06 PM

>
>
> >Oh,yeah. I checked em for that.
> >I saw in some old posts I resaearched a month or >so ago that this is
> >something to do with the tires' belts or >sidewalls or something.

>
> Is there any chance of the tire coming apart or having a blow out is
> what
> I'm really asking.

I don't think it's anything to worry too much about. Of course, that
tire might wear itself out pretty quick so be saving up for a new set
soon.

Boo


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Old 18 Sep 2005, 04:12 pm   #7 (permalink)
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I recently had a tire pull like you and the tire/alignment shop solved
it by putting the offending tire on the rear axle.
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Old 18 Sep 2005, 07:18 pm   #8 (permalink)
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On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 16:17:29 -0400, hbuck wrote:

>>by "hbuck" <hbuck@nadaspam.att.net> Sep 18, 2005 >at 02:28 PM

>
>
>>Ever since I bought this 2000 Camry a couple of >months ago it has

> slightly
>>pulled to the left.
>>I finally got around to switching the two front >wheels. Now it pulls
>>slightly to the right.
>>So I know it's the tire.Good.
>>Is this tire safe to use? O.K. for spare?

>
>>by "Jason" <jasonarchibald@hotmail.com> Sep 18, >2005 at 11:50 AM

>
>
>>Are the tire pressures the same in both tires? >If one is lower than the
>>other it will pull to that side.

>
>>by "hbuck" <hbuck@nadaspam.att.net> Sep 18, 2005 >at 03:06 PM

>
>
>>Oh,yeah. I checked em for that.
>>I saw in some old posts I resaearched a month or >so ago that this is
>>something to do with the tires' belts or >sidewalls or something.

>
> Is there any chance of the tire coming apart or having a blow out is what
> I'm really asking.


What you want to do is run your hand over the tread, all the way around
the tire.
If you feel a lump in the tread somewhere, you have a broken belt and NEED
to replace the tire! NOW!

Also, check the sidewalls for bulging. I am assuming, since you had the
trie off the car, you probably didn't see any. But look anyway...

Are there any other 'symptoms'? Do you get a pulsating in the wheel at low
speeds? Do you here a tuptuptuptuptup as you're going down the road?

The first is another sign of a broken belt, the tup noise is cupping.
Broken belt, replace the tire NOW, cupping, replace the tire when you get
around to it.

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Old 19 Sep 2005, 08:41 am   #9 (permalink)
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it is called "radial pull" I think.
Not that uncommon tire manufacturing defect.
Had the dealer replace a tire last time I bought a set, based on
exactly your experience - if switching sides left to right on the front
moves the pull, that confirms it.
Has to do with "conicity" ie., the tire tread being conical instead of
flat. Not a safety concern, just means one sidewall is slightly stiffer
than the other so instead of rolling down the road straight ahead, it
mimics the behaviour of a styrofoam coffee cup with angled sides, thus
the tendency to "pull" at highway speeds.

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Old 19 Sep 2005, 12:45 pm   #10 (permalink)
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As mentioned, put the tire on the rear.

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