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#76 of 212 Tire Wear Issue
Nov 21, 2008 (11:59 am)
I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this question, but here goes!:
I have a 2009 Honda Fit Sport automatic with NAV/VSA and there are about 7,000 miles on it already. I recently brought it in to my local mechanic to get the tires rotated but they noticed what they thought was uneven wear on the outside edges of both rear tires. They advised I bring the car back to the dealer to have them look at it and run an alignment check. The dealer thought there was nothing wrong with how the tires were wearing but ran an alignment check after much arguing from me. The check found that the left rear tire was marginally out of spec and he said it was so minor there was really nothing that could be done about it or needed to be done.
Has anyone else experienced uneven wear on their rear tires? If it is not the alignment, what could it be? I don't drive like a maniac and the tires are properly inflated. Of course, the dealer says it is fine while my mechanic, who I trust, says there was a wear issue.
Nov 21, 2008 (12:29 pm)
7,000 would be a bit long on the rotation interval for me. Normally I go at 6,000, and on my newest vehicle my tire guy recommended I do it every 5,000 since the OEM tires didn't wear so well at a 6,000 mile rotation schedule. If you didn't really notice the wear until 7,000 miles, and the wear wasn't all that much (even though it was enough to catch your eye) you might want to shorten up the interval to see how that changes things.
If the rear alignment is out of spec, even slightly, and is adjustable, I don't know why he wouldn't adjust it to bring it within specs.
#78 of 212 Re: Rotation interval [pf_flyer]
Nov 21, 2008 (1:50 pm)
I had actually brought it in closer to 6,000 miles but my mechanic noticed the uneven wear so he advised not rotating the tires until the dealer checked it out. I drive so much each week (about 120 miles per day) that I got up towards 7,000 before I could get into the dealer. He said the rear was not really adjustable and that Honda offered no guidance on what to do with the slight misalignment there. All seems a bit strange to me!
My mechanic suggested we just rotate them and see how things go from there. Of course I can't get in to him again for another two weeks so this is really going to throw off the rotation schedule.
Nov 24, 2008 (4:32 am)
Note to owners who may have bought a winter tire and wheel package with wheels that don't have TPMS sensors: Pulling 7.5Amp fuse #18 (TPMS, per the owner's manual and fuse index on the back of the coinbox access door) WILL NOT disable the TPMS warning light on the dash. Yesterday I installed a set of 14" steel wheels with winter tires from TireRack.com on one of my 08 Fit Sports - I knew the wheels did not have TPMS sensors and the light would come on. I thought pulling the fuse would disable the warning light. This mornign my wife drove her car to work and said after about 3 miles of driving the TPMS light came on, despite no fuse (maybe the light comes on also to warn you of no fuse or a blown fuse).
If anybody else out there has been in this situation, please post and advise how you handled it. Plan B is cutting a little round piece of black plastic electrical tape and sticking it to the instrument cluster cover over the TPMS light. Yes, I know, this is not what the system/car was designed for, but millions have cars have gone down the road before without a TPMS systems and I check the tire pressures once a month on all 5 of my Hondas (including 3 2008 Fit Sports), so I'm not concerned about monitoring my tire pressure.
#80 of 212 Re: Tire Wear Issue [fithopeful]
Nov 26, 2008 (5:16 pm)
I have a 2009 Fit Sport an have the Dunlop SP7000 A/S tires on the car. I know that Honda also supplies the Bridgestone Turanza EL470 on the Fit so which tire is on your Fit? There could be a difference in the way each tire wears. The Dunlop are listed as high performance and the Bridgestone are a touring tire. I only have 2000 miles and can't see much wear yet. I find the Dunlop tires to be very firm and are very noise on many road surfaces. I have driven a new Fit with the Bridgestone tires and find them much better for noise and comfort. I will keep an eye on the rears to see if I have the same problem.
#81 of 212 Re: Tire Wear Issue [bobpend]
Jan 07, 2009 (8:00 pm)
I've had my 2009 Fit Sport for almost a month now - I have the Bridgestone Turanza EL470's, 185/55R16. I find the tires to be very quiet and handle extremely well. What worries me is the treadwear rating of 300. The tires don't have a treadwear warranty, so I'm worried these puppies are going to not last very long. Anyone have any treadwear problems on their OEM Bridgestones?? I'll post back to this forum periodically with my own findings - I only have 1,000 miles on the car.
Jan 17, 2009 (7:26 pm)
Since most stock OEM tires are garbage I suggest replacing them with something in a more common size. 185 55 16 is an odd ball tire size that will offer limited choices. Tirerack shows only 2 choices. Honda probably figures that most people will get frustrated and go back to their dealers for tire replacement at inflated prices.
I suggest changing the OEM's out with either 195 60 16 or 195 50 16. The 60 series tire will offer a softer ride with good handling and traction while the 50 series, though V and Z rated, offers a similar ride as the OEM's but more affordable tires and brand choices.
#83 of 212 Re: RE; Tire size [crazedcommuter]
Jan 19, 2009 (12:32 pm)
Thanks for the reply - that really makes me angry that Honda has put OEM tires on a mass market vehicle with very limited replacement choices! We'll see how long they last...
Feb 02, 2009 (11:55 am)
I am so frustrated with the tires on my 2009 Honda Fit. As we speak, I am on the phone with Honda, waiting to ask if there is a known problem with the Dunlop tires. I hit a pothole and got a bubble on the right front tire; on the way to the dealership to get a new one (one had to be ordered from Nevada and sent to NJ where I am, as they say that Dunlop didn't make enough and they are scarce) I got another on the left front tire which resulted in me having to buy two new tires. I don't drive crazy or speedy and I drive the way most people do. I bought the new tires on Saturday 1/31, and on my way home from a town about 30 mins away from my house the tire pressure light comes on. When I get home I can hear the air from my tire hissing away. I had the donut put on and am doomed to order yet another tire from my dealer. Has anyone else had these dangerous problems with the Dunlops?
#85 of 212 Re: tire pressure for FIT [bodble2]
Feb 03, 2009 (2:32 pm)
You are correct that the 44 psi is the maximum recommended inflation by the tire manufacturer. The exploding point, however, should be at least twice that--not that I would want to test it. (I know this from bike tires where just sunshine on a hot day can vastly increase the pressure in the small tires. They are rated at twice the listed maximum before failure.) Still, the 32 psi is recommended as the best balance for performance. Higher may center the tire wear and slightly lower rolling resistance but could compromize breaking. Lower might be a little more comfy but increases heat buildup and tire wear.