'05 Solara Convertible: Tires Shot at 25K

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Old 16 Jul 2006, 08:51 am   #1 (permalink)
Mark E. Bye
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Default '05 Solara Convertible: Tires Shot at 25K

My fiance's '05 Solara needs new rubber already at 25K! OEM tires are
Bridgestone Turanza's. 3 of the 4 show "cupping" of the tread toward
the inward side of the tires.

Questions: This is due to an obvious alignment issue, correct?

I'd read on another group somewhere that the Solara was a difficult
vehicle to align correctly. Anyone else hear of this?

As an alternative to the Bridgestone Turanza, what would be your
recommendations for a replacement tire? Any opinions on the Yokohama
Avid H4S? I need a good all season (translate: snow, northern
Wisconsin) tire.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Mark
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Old 16 Jul 2006, 02:31 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: '05 Solara Convertible: Tires Shot at 25K

Cupping is usualy alignment

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Old 18 Jul 2006, 09:14 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: '05 Solara Convertible: Tires Shot at 25K

Mark E. Bye wrote:
> My fiance's '05 Solara needs new rubber already at 25K! OEM tires are
> Bridgestone Turanza's. 3 of the 4 show "cupping" of the tread toward
> the inward side of the tires.
>
> Questions: This is due to an obvious alignment issue, correct?

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Probably not. Cupping is caused by struts that allow too much
"bouncing" in the tire motion where the wear occurs in "spots" rather
than evenly.
Incorrect alignment would result in uneven tire wear but along one
edge, or feathering, etc.
>
> I'd read on another group somewhere that the Solara was a difficult
> vehicle to align correctly. Anyone else hear of this?

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Haven't heard anything about Solara specifically, but they're built on
the Camry platform which generally has very stable alignment.

> As an alternative to the Bridgestone Turanza, what would be your
> recommendations for a replacement tire? Any opinions on the Yokohama
> Avid H4S? I need a good all season (translate: snow, northern
> Wisconsin) tire.
> ================

Yokohama makes good tires. Try replacing the tires and also checking
the struts.
> Thanks in advance for any help!
>
> Mark

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See:
http://www.cartalk.com/content/colum...August/09.html

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Old 20 Jul 2006, 07:32 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: '05 Solara Convertible: Tires Shot at 25K

IMO Bridgestone is not a good tyre. Neither is General. Toyo is better,
but I'd use Michelin Energy Plus series.

The Michelin diagnosis site shows you may have suspension related
problems (weak struts) or out-of-balance tires. Get it fixed before
your warranty expires (suspension components). I don't know what cheap
struts they are using these days for 25K miles. Tires are 1/12
warranty, already expired. Get Michelins, 80K mile prorated thread wear
warranty on many.

>From the Michelin web site:

http://www.michelinman.com/mastapp/s...&pclass=1&p=10

The problem may be

WORN PARTS
Your tires may give you clear signs of wear problems in time to have
them corrected before they cause permanent damage to the tires. You can
prevent wear problems that shorten tire life by thousands of miles by
learning to "read" the early warning signs and taking appropriate
corrective action.

Cups or dips in the tread: Cupping (also called dipping or scalloping)
is most common on front tires, although rear tires can cup as well. It
may be a sign that wheels are out of balance or that suspension or
steering system parts need service or replacement.



Mark E. Bye wrote:
> My fiance's '05 Solara needs new rubber already at 25K! OEM tires are
> Bridgestone Turanza's. 3 of the 4 show "cupping" of the tread toward
> the inward side of the tires.
>
> Questions: This is due to an obvious alignment issue, correct?
>
> I'd read on another group somewhere that the Solara was a difficult
> vehicle to align correctly. Anyone else hear of this?
>
> As an alternative to the Bridgestone Turanza, what would be your
> recommendations for a replacement tire? Any opinions on the Yokohama
> Avid H4S? I need a good all season (translate: snow, northern
> Wisconsin) tire.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help!
>
> Mark


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