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#7402 of 7874 Bent wheels?
Jul 08, 2005 (1:19 pm)
We have a 2002 Protege5 with just over 60,000 miles on it. Recently I noticed the steering wheel shaking when driving at highway speeds. I took it to the Mazda dealer, where I was told that all four wheels are bent and need to be replaced. Is this normal? The dealer said it was from running over potholes. The car is driven in normal urban conditions (not a lot of snow, plenty of potholes, but no off-road) It struck me as strange that a car would need four new wheels at this mileage. Have others had this problem? Is there anything to do other than to shell out the $1000+ to have the wheels replaced?
Thank you in advance for your input.
#7403 of 7874 Re: Bent wheels? [romek]
Jul 11, 2005 (6:14 am)
Hmm, I seriously doubt all four wheels are bent. It sounds like one or more tires is out of balance.
I think you should go to a tire/alignment place and have them re-balance your tires. It could also be that your car requires an alignment.
Whatever you do don't let the dealership rip you off for four new WHEELS that you likely don't need!
#7404 of 7874 Re: Bent wheels? [romek]
Jul 12, 2005 (4:43 am)
Sounds like your dealer is a liar. The odds of bending all four wheels from hitting pot-holes is ludicrous. Bring your car elsewhere and have the tires balanced. If you wanted to try something cheap first, rotate your front tires to the rear and your rear tires to the front and see if the vibration changes or goes away.
#7406 of 7874 Tune-up question and I'm changing wheel size!
Jul 12, 2005 (3:56 pm)
Hello all- I'm a newbie here. I own a 2002 MP5 and I have never really done a tune-up. I'll be ordering a repair manual for it from Haynes, but am hoping for any tips from you guys. I glanced under the hood recently, and could not see where the distributor cap and rotor are, as well as the spark plugs. Where do I look? Does it have these? Am I over the hill?
Also, I notice that buying all-weather or snow tires for this car would be ridiculously expensive! i found a friend who has a 626 and he will trade me his 15-inch wheels and tires for my 16's. This way I can buy some all-weathers and not go sliding off the road lkike I nearly did last winter. I've never driven on performance tires before in the snow, and it's very disconcerting!
Is there any reason I shouldn't switch to these other tires/wheels?
Jul 13, 2005 (4:13 am)
There's no cap & rotor in this car. It has electronic ignition.
The spark plugs are in the same place as in most cars -- inside the cylinder head. Follow the wires and you'll find them.
#7408 of 7874 100 degrees Fahrenheit and we're talking snow tires
Jul 13, 2005 (8:25 am)
snow tires for this car would be ridiculously expensive! i found a friend who has a 626 and he will trade me his 15-inch wheels and tires for my 16's. This way I can buy some all-weathers and not go sliding off the road lkike I nearly did last winter. I've never driven on performance tires before in the snow, and it's very disconcerting! Is there any reason I shouldn't switch to these other tires/wheels?
It's a good idea to have separate winter tires if you drive in the snow. You're right to downsize from the 16" to the 15" but you'll need new rims as well new tires. Snow tires (check for a mountain and snowflake icon on the side) are best; all seasons may do the trick if you don't have much snow. Driving snow tires in warm weather will wear them out prematurely. Make sure to check the tire specs in the appendix of your manual. My performance tires (Dunlop 5000 195/50/16) lasted 4 summers (25K miles) in part because I installed some excellent snow tires (BF Goodrich Winter Slalom).
#7409 of 7874 Re: Bent wheels? [romek]
Jul 26, 2005 (5:42 pm)
The 2002 rims do seem to bend easily. I bent two of them, but I knew when it happened. You can usually find a full set of four (sometimes with tires) on Ebay for around $400 or less for the set. I've bought and sold them there myself. I like the look of the 2003 wheels better, and they seem to be more durable (plus the sides don't get scraped as easily since the lip doesn't stick out past the tire).
#7410 of 7874 Re: Bent wheels? [pciskowski]
Jul 27, 2005 (6:36 am)
Are you guys taking your P5's off-road or what? Seriously though, I live in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes and 10,000,000 pot holes (some as big as lakes) and have never bent a rim.
#7411 of 7874 Re: Kilbey ... [mdaffron]
Jul 30, 2005 (1:22 pm)
Thanks! I'm just used to locating the distributor, and following the wires from there. I'll try going in the other direction.