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#2197 of 3687 Alignment / Front Tire Wear
Nov 02, 2002 (1:10 pm)
I have a 1999 Sienna that I bought new. No real problems (busted radio knob, sticking sliding doors that seem to have corrected themselves and the low pressure tire indicator never goes off) but the front wheels/alignment must be whacked. I'm at 29,000 miles and looking at my 3rd set of tires. Early on I noticed a shimmy in the front end at very low speed (like going down the alley). At 10K miles I had it back at the dealership complaining about it (my first pair of front tires was already about shot) and they suggested that the first set of tires wasn't properly balanced. So I spent the money and indeed it was better but still not totally gone. I was watching the wear pattern and the inside and outside edges were going bald way too fast. Today the drivers side went flat and when I changed the tire I noticed that the inside edge was worn all the way through to the steel belts (cut my hand on the nasty little wires sticking out all over the place). I'm sure that I will at least get an alignment, but this seems to me to clearly be a design issue. Has anyone else (message 2108) had this problem and is there any relief from Toyota? Do they admit to it?
#2198 of 3687 Front Tire Wear,
Nov 02, 2002 (2:16 pm)
Hey wiencs, In the "Toyota Sienna" forum I have a post #2154 which describes how my front tires wore much quicker than the rears. Alignment, balancing, and rotating did not prevent the front tires from wearing much more rapidly than the rears. When I complained to my Toyota Service Mgr. I was informed that all vans have this wear pattern and there was nothing that could be done to correct it. I was told that the fronts would wear out 50% faster than the rears and that's about how mine wore-out. If you get a better explanation or find a solution pls. let me know as I now have a new set of tires installed and hope they last longer than the first set did.
Nov 02, 2002 (6:53 pm)
On any front-wheel drive vehicle, the front tires will wear faster than the rears. That is why you should rotate them regularly. This is because on front-wheel drive vehicles, the front tires do alot more work. They have to travel the same distance as the rears (more if you consider front wheels travel further in turns), they take alot more of the braking forces, they are the drive wheels, and go through the abuse of turning and the friction associated with that. All of these factors contribute to front tires wearing more than the rears in general.
Nov 02, 2002 (7:08 pm)
I agree that the tires should be rotated on a regular basis, but three sets of tires in 29,000 miles is ridiculous. There is obviously something wrong with the alignment of your van Wiencs. I would take it to another dealer's service department. Worst case take to an independent shop that you trust and get it aligned. If something is defective, insist that the Toyota dealer fix it. You should be getting 40k miles out of a set of tires at the least.
#2201 of 3687 Front Tire Wear Follow-Up
Nov 03, 2002 (7:07 am)
Thanks for all the feedback. I will probably take it to an independent shop (can't be any more expensive than the dealer). My biggest concern is what #2120 sent. I don't think Toyota is stepping forward to acknowledge this one. Unless it gets off the production line misaligned (and should therefore be fixable) I'm afraid that I'm just going to eat up tires. Lastly, don't front tires wear faster because 60% (the engine) of the car weight is resting on them. And while I expect them to wear faster the wear pattern is indicative of bigger issues.
Nov 04, 2002 (6:42 am)
I would agree. For a good set of tires, and keeping proper maintenence, you should easily get 40,000 miles on a set. That is partly why I recomended getting a second opinion from either another dealership or from an independent shop. Hope it goes well, and keep us informed.
#2203 of 3687 Creaky Sliding Doors
Nov 04, 2002 (10:29 am)
I found that link, www.yotarepair.com, very helpful.
I also bought some Door-Ease - seems to work (at least so far).
#2204 of 3687 Squeaky Rear Brakes
Nov 04, 2002 (3:09 pm)
Anybody have a solution yet to the squeaky rear breaks? I can clean all the dust out of the drums and it is quiet for a few days, but then the noise returns as you come to a slow stop. My dealer says all Siennas are prone to this thanks to the brake shoe composition. I think there must be an answer through some different type of shoe material. Any brake experts out there?
#2205 of 3687 squeaky brakes
Nov 05, 2002 (6:57 pm)
Midas was able to get rid of this problem on mine. A well spent $140 for parts and labor. I already put in 5k miles, so far, no squeak.
#2206 of 3687 Power Door Problems with 2001 XLE
Nov 06, 2002 (8:11 am)
I have had almost constant problems with both of my power doors. I take it into the shop they do various repairs, replacing ECU, door latch. Of course it is one single repair at a time. This may work for 1 week or 6 months then it is malfunctioning again. I have gone through this scenario with both sliding doors. Now I am out of warranty. A couple of weeks ago the car was in the shop for a door repair, had to wait for parts, got it "fixed" the next day on the way for vacation it stopped working. Back to manual doors. Then the manual release button is jammed and the door is stuck open. Now I have no doors and stuck out of town. Got the one door to close and came home. My dealer now says I need to replace the computer and I am out of warranty and am on my own. I am not happy. I already paid once for 2 power doors, I am not going to pay again. ANY ONE ELSE OUT THERE WITH DOOR PROBLEMS ?? I feel a fight with a district rep coming on-