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Toyota Matrix, Tires, Wheels, Wagon
#106 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [rocky101]
Aug 20, 2007 (7:26 pm)
Similar problem to Rocky101. Have a 2006 Matrix XR and noticed noise about 7K miles. Tires were rotated at 5K miles and again at 10K miles. After second rotation noise really became obvious. Replaced tires at 11,400 miles on a car that was 14 months old. Tires wearing on the inside. Tried 3 tire dealers as well as the Toyota Dealer where I got the car. No one ever saw this problem before....as well as the this car has a sporty suspension and is hard on tires. Put a set of Continental tires back on the car and than took it to a shop that specializes in suspensions and alignments. They installed a set of camber adjusting bolts and while the car was within the factory specs, they backed off of the negative camber. Just like Rocky101 the car now needs less gas pedal to keep it moving and there is no noise. Amazing! The shop I had the work done is working with me and wants me to bring it back in later this year to see if anymore adjustments are needed. They also told me any car with this type of front suspension will be prone to these problems - sadly Toyota can not stand behind their warranty or their reputation. This was my first and last Toyota. Cost was $216 including parts and labor. Oh - and a new set of tires from America's Tire for $400. Anyway there is nothing wrong with Continental Tires, the struts or any of the other stuff folks are being told. This is just a quality control problem and while not an extreme safety issue a pain in the butt for owners who have to work with an unresponsive and uncaring automobile company and their dealerships. If anyone needs the settings where the shop set my tires, hit me up and I will send them to you. Not sure yet, if this is where they need to be however I can feel and hear the difference right now.
#107 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [penyok]
Aug 20, 2007 (7:35 pm)
You can get a shim installed on the back wheels to adjust the camber. If you do this, make sure you take it somewhere that specializes in alignments and suspensions. I had similar problems however I did the front end since the back end was okay. The shims are not expensive however you need to have someone who knows what they are doing to get this done correctly.
#108 of 265 New Toyota Owner
Sep 15, 2007 (7:22 pm)
I just bought my XR Matrix 07 in December. Up to a month or so ago everything was fine with the car. Then the tire pressure light when up I tried to reset (as the manual indicates)but it kept coming back on. Finally I took it to a tire shop to get it checked out they told me that the tires were low. About 3 days later the indicator light came back up again.
This time I took it to the dealer as I was also due for maintenance so they rotated the tires. They also set they set the pressure on the tires (something like that) and reset the little light that kept going on. Well, about a week later the light comes up and I did nothing about it until my front tire became totally flat. Ok so it was due to a nail in the tire Hopefully that is it. I have less than 5K on this car.
Still, I'm going to keep a close eye on the tires because I've read too many "horror stories" (as my sister called it) regarding tires and Matrixes.
Anyone have problems with 07 Matrix I have only read about previous models.
#109 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [skc51]
Sep 23, 2007 (11:53 am)
Am also having the same problem as Rocky101. 2006 Matrix XR with 17,000 miles has severe cupping on inside of all four tires. Am beginning the tedious process of trying to convince Toyota that the problem is the car and not the
Continental Tires. Very much appreciate reading about the experiences of others and hope that it will shortcut the arguments with Toyota.
Can you please send me the settings you ended up with? Thanks.
#110 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [skc51]
Sep 24, 2007 (1:40 pm)
I have a 06 matrix with the same tire wear issue.
I have conties on my car
Where can I get teh kit to fix the rears
Appreciate your help bro
#111 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [skc51]
Oct 07, 2007 (5:51 pm)
Steve Had the same problem with my 06 Matrix XR Short life with the Continental tires and very noisy after 9000 mi.I ran them to 25000. But interested in settings so I do not wear my new tires out. WmCone
#112 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [skc51]
Oct 10, 2007 (5:58 pm)
Can you supply me with the settings that the shop set your tires. I also have a 06 Matrix XR FWD and I replaced my Contenentals at 18K. Thanks.
#113 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [rocky101]
Oct 11, 2007 (1:14 pm)
I'm happy/unhappy owner of Matrix 2006 with tire/alignment problem/story. Big disappointment with Toyota Motor Company and local Toyota Dealers - they do nothing. Finally I order front&rear camber kit and I setup an appointment to next week.
Is this solution really works?
The factory aligment setting are ok?
Do I need any corrections to factory settings?
Is the Matrix still driving well after all setup?
Could You give me answer by my email?
#114 of 265 PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [gapmidura]
Oct 11, 2007 (7:37 pm)
Our Matrix now has 29,000+ miles, 15,000 on the Yokamaha tires. The original tires lasted less than 15,000. Yes, Toyota was ABSOLUTELY no help. Three times in the shop, no resolution.
I have rotated the tires 3x since installing the new tires, with no excessive wear or other problems. The shop used the factory camber and toe settings. I replaced only the front camber bolts. I do have a minor pull to the left. May be the rear end geometry, but I have not had the rear aligned yet.
#115 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [rocky101]
Oct 12, 2007 (8:42 am)
Rocky: is your Matrix FWD or AWD?