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#109 of 114 Need HELP and advise ASAP
Apr 18, 2008 (7:26 pm)
OK guys, need some help and direction here , quickly please.
Here is the story, we have a 2006 quest with 24K miles. We have constantly battled a vibration problem, mostly brakes. We have been through 3 sets of new rotors and two turn downs, as well as countless (5-6?) 4 wheel balances. most recently we brought the car in for brake vibration and steering vibration again last month, the dealer rebalenced again and found no vibration in the brakes, take the car, on the way home I find the vibrations back...keep in mind this is only at highway speed and comes and goes, slight but feelable. OK, bring car back, go for ride with tecky and sure enough he feels it, OK two days later they replace another set of rotors and rebalence...go back to pickup car and as soon as I turn on the highway I feel it...this time not in the wheel or brakes, but a whole car vibration, turn around and bring it back...it was by then 6pm and no techs around but they will get to it...OK here is where I need the help
the dealer calls today (Fri) and says they rebalenced the wheels and went for another ride and do not find a steering or brake vibration (as expected) the service maneger says he took it out himnself and does not feel an appreciable vibration, but attributes what little one there is to the back wheels being "chopped" on the inside tread. He insist there is no reason to replace the tires, the chopping he says will not get any worse as long as we keep the tires inflated and balenced properly. By the way, the tires have been rotated according to the recommended schedule. here is my question, why did they chop, there is plenty of tread, i would estimate 30-40K miles left on the original tires. Why do i see so many on this list replacing their tires at 20 or 30K miles?
The manager is not in Sat so i am going to wait untill Monday to pick it up, even though he says there is nothing more they can do!? It means holding on to the loaner for another day but If they balk I will pay the extra days rental if need be...
Whats the treadwear warrenty on the oem tires (goodyear 16" not sure of size cause I dont have the car) is it viable to expect goodyear to step in here? It seems rediculiouse that tires would go bad at 24K miles, even though there is plenty of tread.
Please help here, I know there have been brake issues with the quest, but can they be attributed to the tires?
06 quest SE
#110 of 114 new shoes
by steve_ HOST
Jun 28, 2010 (9:35 pm)
After dragging my feet for a few months, I finally put new tires on the '99 Quest. I kept holding off because we were tire kicking a new car but nothing has really grabbed us.
So I got some Yokohama Avid Touring S based on good luck with the Yoko's on my Outback and the TireRack/Discount Tire reviews. A local shop came within $20 of the TireRack shipped and installed price, but I could have held out for the $40 rebate that wasn't offered by the local shop. But I didn't want to wait any longer.
Too soon to tell about the Avids, but anything was better than the old tires - the wear bars had showed up and we didn't take the van on our last road trip because of that. No one was commuting in the van so I felt ok with toddling around town on the tires but I stayed on the surface streets.
A week after getting the new tires, we drove the van for 17 hours straight.
Just rolled over 140,000 miles btw.
Steve, visiting host
#111 of 114 Re: new shoes [steve_]
Jun 29, 2010 (8:00 pm)
I also had tires replaced on my 99 Quest just before the winter. A good move because of all the snow we had.
My van is rolling on her second set of Michelin X from BJ's Wholesale. I got around 90k miles on the first set, so I guess this ones will be there for life of the van - odometer reads 182k miles.
I have also been looking around for a new vehicle but this van has proven too difficult to be replaced.
#112 of 114 Re: new shoes [rockmobile]
by steve_ HOST
Jun 29, 2010 (9:10 pm)
Seems like I had a set of X clones from Costco years ago. X Radial Plus iirc. They did fine but I didn't get 90k out of them.
The last set (Toyos) were high tread wear tires and I didn't much like them. Lousy grip in the rain and snow. I've about decided to go with lesser tread wear ratings and just replace tires a bit more often.
Maybe I'll get to 182k on the van, but I doubt it. Between the two cars, we just don't drive that much - maybe 18 to 20k a year combined.
We may have hit the sweet spot on these vans. Got the double sliders that the first generation didn't have and missed all the teething pains of the Canton built vans. Been real happy with mine.
#113 of 114 Re: new shoes [steve_]
Jun 30, 2010 (7:45 am)
I'll admit, I think I pushed the Michelins to the limit with the wear bands out in the open but I think they can be safely driven to around 80 to 85k miles if they are taken care off.
Right after that first set I decided to go with GoodYear Assurance for a little comfort as the Michelins are a little stiff. It was a real fiasco because they required constant balance and never rode right. I threw them away after around 35k miles. A waste of money.
The installers at BJ's thought I was crazy when they saw all the rubber left on them, but I know I would had gone crazy had I kept them.
You mentioned the Outback and a friend just got one of them and says he loves it. Besides, it seems that once you get one you stay with them forever.
Right now I am trying to cross that psychological barrier towards Subaru and the Forester looks attractive. I am sure my Quest will give me plenty of time to look around.
Sep 10, 2010 (10:43 am)
My 2001 Quest SE hit 175,000 miles and needed a new set of tires. The van was riding on Bridgestone SE200 in front and Goodyear Triple Treds in the rear. Both tires were excellent but had seen better days. The Bridgestones lost their tred depth and the Goodyears had been on for so long that they were starting to crack from exposure.
Given that I only plan on driving the van for another 25,000 miles I cheaped out and bought a set of Firestone FR380s. The tires are smooth, quiet and have a lower lowing resistance than the previous set if my fuel economy computer is to be believed, but the handling is pretty awful. I have yet to try them in the snow. If they are competent in the white stuff I will be able to declare them a good buy.