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Acura TL, Tires, Sedan
Jul 18, 2009 (4:29 pm)
I have an '06 TL with about 39,000 on it. I blew the sidewall off my front right tire tonight. The guy who came to fix it said my other three tires looked as if they'd last another six months or so.
Questions: Can I replace two tires at a time? What suggestions do you have for tires that aren't a fortune? I live in the NE and my driveway is gravel; but honestly I've had zero trouble with my tires. Today's flat was my fault for banging into a curb.. not once but twice.
#358 of 403 Brake Issues with my 2008 TL, Help!
Oct 12, 2009 (5:31 pm)
if you've read my post on this forum before (#356) you know I had terrible problems with my OEM Bridgestone Turanza EL42's and had top of the line Bridgestone Turanza Serenity tires put on my Base 08 TL; I have roughly 10k miles on the the tires now (a little over 11k miles on the car itself) and the last few weeks I've developed some grinding and feel some vibrations in the wheel/pedal when applying the brakes and smell burning when I get out of the car coming from the rear wheels; that usually is a sign that the brake pads have to be replaced but I pray I don't have to have the rotors resurfaced; this seems ridiculous to have to have this done with only 11k miles on the car; I wanted to know if the Serenity tires could be causing the problem or if it is an inherent problem with the 08 Base TL that other people are having (i.e. premature wear on brakes or rotor resurfacing); I've kept the tires balanced just above recommended pressure and I have had them rotated regularly so I can't imagine that the tires are the problem; any ideas or information would be greatly appreciated!!
#359 of 403 2005 Acura TL winter tires
Oct 13, 2009 (4:34 pm)
After reading through some of the winter tire questions I thought I would share what I did. My '05 TL has 53k miles. I'm on my third set of "summer" tires (long story; wasn't happy w/the OEM set. And it's not my driving style, I just replaced my brakes this weekend and they had 30% to 40% life left on them) but had never owned winter tires.
After moving to Minnesota from southeast Michigan I went through one bad winter and realized driving my TL is like running a hot corncob through butter...just slides all over. This fall I went on TireRack.com and purchased the tire/wheel combo you see below for about $900 including shipping. Actually it came to $850 because the mfgr is sending me a $50 AmEx gift card (woo-hoo!). The very next day we had an inch of snow in Minneapolis and the tires performed beautifully. I felt like I was driving my wife's all-wheel drive SUV. Granted, an inch of slushy, wet snow isn't a real "test". But there wasn't a single moment where I felt nervous about taking a hard turn on the interstate that winds through Minneapolis. If I'd had my other tires, I would have been crawling through those turns, and still worried about sliding into the guard rails.
As for going down in wheel size and increasing the tire size, I've asked that question before and been shot down. I too have replaced a couple rims and it's not cheap. I just chalk it up to the downside to owning this car. I love it in all other respects so I just bite my tongue when it happens (though we don't have an abundance of potholes around us).
Wheels: http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/WheelCloseUpServlet?target=wheelCloseUp&wheelMake- =Sport+Edition&wheelModel=F10&wheelFinish=Silver+Painted&partnum=F107811260S
I decided to order the wheel/tire combo because we plan on holding on to the car for another 5 years until our daughter can drive, and then give it to her. So I just store the "spare" tires in a corner of our garage and plan on swapping them out every six months as the seasons require.
#360 of 403 Re: 07 TLS MICHELINS [sloquark]
Oct 14, 2009 (6:31 pm)
Follow-up.. I recommend the Michelin Exalto! I put 17,754 miles on them so far and they have 7/32 treadlife left! I rotate every oil change approx 7K miles. Excellent in snow, rain and ride smooth with no noise. Only Low Profile with 50K mileage warranty. They are a "no brainer for the buck!"
#361 of 403 Tires Worn out at 25k
Nov 09, 2009 (2:33 pm)
I got a call from my delaership after i left the car with them for my B12 service- that the tires are wearing out on the inside..could be mis alignment - is that common with the OEM tires. I am in socal - i am a lil surprised that i had to change tires under 30k with no snow and no winter wear...is this common with the 07 base TL OEM tires.
#362 of 403 Re: Tires Worn out at 25k [donnoyet]
Nov 09, 2009 (4:46 pm)
well suffice it to say I'm not surprised that your tires wore out: I have a 08 Base TL so you must of had the same shitty bridgestone turanza EL42s on your 07 base: you did much better than I did though: I had such problems with those OEMs at anything over 50mph with vibrations, shimmering, and pulling in the wheel that before I had 1k miles on them I had an adjustment through bridgestone and had the top of the line turanza serenity's put on the car: before I did this I had the tires balanced and a front-end alignment by Acura twice but it did nothing to solve the problems
was told by Acura that hopefully bridgestone would replace them because with all the problems I had they definitely would not wear properly and all that shimmering/vibration in the wheel/pedals and the wobbling/pulling to one side are all signs of out-of-balanced tires
I was completely sold with the Bridgestone Serenity's the first 8k miles I had on them: as soon as I put them on their was a worlds difference; the vibrations/shimmering in the wheel/pedals/seats all went away at high rate of speed, they were a hell of a lot quieter and the ride quality was improved; now I have about 12k miles on them, have had them balanced at every rotation, properly inflated at all times, but have begun to notice the same problems with these tires that I had with the OEM EL42s: even after having them balanced and another front end-alignment done they are now causing some vibrations/shimmering in the wheel/pedals and I'm starting to feel that wobbling ride/pulling to one side when I drive at high rates of speed above 50mph
was told by the tire store I have the rotations/balancing/alignments done that all four serenity's are beginning to show signs of wearing unevenly across the tires despite having them balanced and rotated and inflated properly: I am lucky if I get 25k miles out of them before I'll have to replace them at cost to myself and probably would be even luckier if I get to 20k miles on them before replacement
while I have enjoyed the quieter/smoother ride the serenity's have provided compared to the OEM EL42s, I am very dissatisfied that after only 8k miles they are wearing unevenly and let me tell you how happy I am that I paid only 100 bucks to have all four of these tires replaced and put them on the car: these tires without an adjustment are almost $245 a tire to have put on the TL; I would be freakin livid had I paid full priced for these serenity's, almost 1200 bucks to have all four tires mounted and balanced, and be dealing with these problems; I would have expected more considering the rave reviews that the serenity's have on tirerack.com but I guess these tires are just not a good match for the TL as they are on other vehicles, especially since they are a really expensive tire to get
so despite trying to avoid the same situation you ran into with the OEM EL42s, I will be in the same predicament as you with my serenity's at about 20-25k miles
I do believe the OEM EL42s are one of the worst tires I have ever had on any car over the years and I've read many many reviews on tirerack.com of how poor these tires are and how they wearout pretty quickly or wear unevenly: the michelin pilots you get as OEM on the TLs with technology package, while far from a great tire themselves, are superior compared to the OEM EL42s in regards to people being happier with them and they seem to last longer than the EL42s
I don't know what I am going to do when I replace the serenity's when they come time but I am definitely not putting another Bridgestone tire on the TL, I don't think Bridgestone and TL should be in the same sentence: I'll most likely try Kumho, Michelin, or Yokohama as replacement tires when the time come
Sorry you weren't able to get longer at of your tires then you did: Best of luck on picking new tires for your TL!!!
#363 of 403 Tire pressure?
Dec 04, 2009 (12:07 pm)
What is the ideal tire pressure for the tires? My TL's tire pressure sensor is so sensitive and it seems like the tire pressure fluctuates so much, depending on how cold it is outside, etc. Right now, the tires are reading at 34 with the exception of the back left tire at 30. They sometimes get up to 37 if it's warm outside.
I'm confused...any input is appreciated.
#364 of 403 Re: Tire pressure? [new2cars]
Dec 04, 2009 (7:33 pm)
well Acura recommends, and it says this on a label on the inside well of the driver front door when you open it, that the fronts should have 33 psi and the should have 32 psi; I keep all my cars slightly above recommended so I've been keeping the fronts at 34 psi and the rears at 33 psi
anything more then this and the ride really begins to get choppy, at least too choppy for my taste!
actually, you didn't mention what TL you have, I have a 08 base TL with 17inch wheels; not sure what the 4th generation TL tire pressures are supposed to be and if you have a type-s the pressure is different then what I quoted
#365 of 403 Re: Tire pressure? [new2cars]
Dec 07, 2009 (2:19 pm)
tire pressure is supposed to change based on temperature so the changes you are seeing are normal. Fill the tire while it is cold (not right after driving) to the numbers on the car placard.
#366 of 403 Re: 07 TLS MICHELINS [gbosil]
Dec 15, 2009 (9:54 am)
I also put on Michelin Pilot Exalto on my 04 TL in April, 2008 and am very satisfied. These tires were top rated in a Consumer Reports issue.