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#144 of 166 alignment problem?
Dec 09, 2009 (3:44 pm)
Bought my 2nd Volvo this spring - a used 2005 XC90 T2.5 7-door AWD - in excellent condition but with 80,000 miles. I absolutely love my car!
When I bought the car it was pulling slightly to the right so I had it aligned. There were fairly new but cheap tires on the car and those are the ones I am still using. I am not an extremely ruff driver, don't commute much but after about 7 month, I noticed that my right rear tire has extremely abnormal wear and is almost flat on the outer sides. The left rear tire is worn about the same as the front ones.
I had Big O Tires look at it and they said that most likely I hit a curb or speed bump too hard and that could cause one tire to wear like this. Could be, but I am concerned that if I buy new tires now and then get it aligned, that it turns out to be something else and then I have to buy new tires again.
My questions are, should I see a mechanic first to have him find out why only one tire is wearing this much before buying new ones? And second, what is the best recommended tire for my XC90 that will provide me with all the safety and comfort while still being cost effective? Micheline is expensive, but they are also well rated - the other tires I don't know about but if I can prevent spending $1000 for a set of new tires I like to do it - as long as I still get a long lasting good tire for it. Thanks for any advice!
#145 of 166 Re: alignment problem? [sabinaa]
Dec 15, 2009 (2:07 pm)
Took my Volvo to dealer for regular maintenance and asked about the tire / alignment thing. They recomended I get Bridgestone tires and then have it aligned by them. They also found an angle gear leak and quoted me $1100 to reseal it. Grrr. My friend checked under the car and confirmed a minor leak but suggested I check with other shops to find a better repair price.
Any comments / suggestions on that? New tires, alignment, leak repair ... here goes my Christmas present
#146 of 166 Replacement 18 inch tires for XC90?
Dec 30, 2009 (9:19 pm)
I need to replace the OEM Michelin Pilot MXM4 18" tires with an all year round tire that is better in the snow than the Pilots, but hopefully without sacrificing any or much of the smooth ride. Does anyone have any thoughts on Michelin Latitudes? This is for a 2005 XC90 V8. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
#147 of 166 Re: Replacement 18 inch tires for XC90?
Dec 31, 2009 (12:50 am)
I highly recommend the Nokian WR G2 Sport Utility. I also use a slightly larger than stock size of 255/55 R18. Excellend, cold, wet, and snow traction. I've had both the older Nokian WR and now the Nokian WR G2. The G2 is a significant improvement over what was a very good tire. I've only had the Nokian WR G2 for about four months now so can't tell much on wear but I do swear by them for winter months. They are definitely a bit more biased toward winter driving than most other all season tires. I've played with the idea of having a summer tire but on my 2003 XC90 V6, but thus far I've been running Nokian's for four years now. I also recommend Hunter Road Force balancing. It's worth it to seek out a shop that has this equipment.
#148 of 166 Re: Replacement 18 inch tires for XC90? [rkv]
Dec 31, 2009 (7:47 am)
The 255/55-18 is 20 mm wider than the OE 235/60-18, but the same diameter at the tread (close to 29.0") , so the speedo/odo read the same and the tranny still sees the same wheel gearing.
What was your thinking in changing to 255s?
Do you have any rubbing when the steering wheel is at or near lock? Has the change to the wider tires reduced fuel economy by a detectable amount?
How much heavier are the 255s than the stock 235s? Is the increased moment of inertia significant to the operation of the anti-lock brakes and DSTC?
#149 of 166 Replacement 18 inch tires for XC90?
Jan 04, 2010 (1:01 pm)
rkv, Do the Nokias make the ride substantially more truck-like in non-winter driving? I'd sacrifice some ability in the snow for a comfortable ride. From my experience, I think almost anything would be better than the Pilots.
#150 of 166 Re: Your favorite tires - actual experience [macnechtan]
Jan 22, 2010 (9:19 am)
Perrelli are the best!!!!!
#151 of 166 Re: Call Volvo to complain [nelaco]
Jan 22, 2010 (2:27 pm)
What di you ever find out form Pirelli? Anything from Volvo? Please let me know. Thanks
#152 of 166 Re: Replacement 18 inch tires for XC90? [fourwheelride]
Jan 24, 2010 (2:12 pm)
I just wanted to follow up to say I went with the Michelin Latitudes. Although they were just installed, so far I'm very happy. They are still very comfortable and quiet on dry pavement, which was my biggest concern and already I can see that they have better wet traction than the Pilots. My car seems to stick to the road now and braking in general is better. Thanks to all those who replied.
#153 of 166 Pirelli Scorpion Zero Tires
Jan 25, 2010 (11:25 am)
I have 18, 200 miles on my 2008 XC90 with the Pirelli Scorpion Zero Tires on it from the Factory. Yes, I did have to have an alignment done at the Dealer at around 17,000 but I do remember hitting a Parking Curb a little hard so I think that explains that. Just one of the tires had an extra wear on the outside...a Toe In-Out Problem...
Since then the tires have been OK and I still have excellent wear left on the tires. I rotate every 3000 miles too.
I just wanted to defend the Pirelli Tires a bit. I appreciate all the other owners' suggestions on what tire is a good replacement when the time comes. Amazingly enough the Pielli ATR's are less expensive than the Zero's and have a 50,000 mile Warranty. I never did find out what the raod warranty is on the Zero tire. Does anyone know?