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Toyota Matrix, Tires, Wheels, Wagon
#136 of 265 Re: Another Matrix with tire wear [denvermatrix]
Dec 21, 2007 (11:17 am)
2006 Matrix XR FWD--At a little over 14,000 miles our tires had to be replaced because of uneven wear. Alignment was off slightly and was realigned. Our dealer replaced these for us for free but replaced them with the same type--Continentals. Now, 15,000 miles later, our tires need to be replaced again. We are going to replace them with a different brand and we aren't having Toyota do it. The funny thing about this is that my mom has the exact same car except that hers is an automatic (mine is a 5-speed) and she has 29,000 miles on her car and had no trouble with the tires or road noise at all. I feel that if we have to replace the tires in another 15,000 miles then it will show that there is something wrong with the car and we can take the info to Toyota . I'm sending Toyota a letter telling them all of this just so its on the record in case we need to be documenting things. I also hope that the new tires help with the road noise. I drive 95% highway and the noise is ridiculous.
#137 of 265 Matrix 2005 - basic model / tire wear
Dec 27, 2007 (11:49 am)
This has been a very interesting discussion thread. I have the same issue - 23K miles and already have gone through the set of original tires. I did all the regular maintenance and it did not appear to help. I have an appointment with the dealer tomorrow. After getting the tires replaced and after about 3K miles, I'm stating to hear a dull "rumbling" noise in the front right. Sounds like an issue with the strut, but after reading all these postings - I'm not sure. Overall, the car is great and I'm happy with it. It is a shame that Toyota does not address the issue. I did call and enter an issue at the main number. Not sure want good it will do. Waiting to see what the dealer says tomorrow. I'm also going to follow-up on one of the earlier postings and determine if adding the "bolts" for the alignment will do the trick. I'll let you know what happens...
#138 of 265 Re: Another Matrix with tire wear [emcee97]
Dec 27, 2007 (2:08 pm)
UPDATE: When we took the car into the tire shop, they said they had seen this before and that they think it has to do with the alignment specs that Toyota has. Apparently they have their specs set for high performance, which will cause the tires to wear quicker. He said he had even called the Toyota factory about it but didn't really get a response from them. They were going to check the alignment and see if they could change it. We went with another 40,000-mile tire. They recommended this instead of the 60,000-mile tire so we weren't spending more money to test this theory. I guess we'll see how it goes!
#139 of 265 Re: Another Matrix with tire wear [emcee97]
Dec 27, 2007 (7:10 pm)
if that is true, get your car to a good shop that knows alignment and they should be able to finesse the alignment to eliminate some of the spec that's causing the wear (camber, toe-in, or whatever)...
#140 of 265 Re: Another Matrix with tire wear [fendertweed]
Jan 08, 2008 (10:41 am)
I just bought a used 07 Matrix XR (front wheel drive) with 18k miles and the original Goodyear RSA tires on it. No unusual wear pattern or cupping on any tires, but they are probably well over 50% worn from new. Still have approximately 2-3/32" before I hit the treadwear indicators, so I expect they will make it to ~25k. Maybe Toyota figured this out on the 07 models, and/or the Goodyears wear better than the Continentals. Most likely a combination of aggressive alignment settings, wider/low profile tires, and the Continental tires they were using. Any reccomendations for replacements for this vehicle for all-season performance (Michigan, so some snow driving).
#141 of 265 Correct Tire Pressure for Toyota Matrix
Jan 13, 2008 (7:20 am)
I have a Toyota Matrix 2004 XRS. I was out of country for a couple of weeks, and the tire pressure of one of my tires was down to 12.5. I pumped some air in it and now it's 19.5. The tire pressure of my other 3 tires is all different. I lost the owner's manual so I can't look it up. Does anybody have any ideas what the right tire pressure should be?
Thanks a lot!
#142 of 265 Re: Correct Tire Pressure for Toyota Matrix [kaichen3]
Jan 13, 2008 (2:07 pm)
Look on the drivers door jamb, it will tell you the minimum pressure.
It's probably somewhere around 32-34 lbs.
#143 of 265 Re: Matrix tire wear [surprisecapn]
Jan 13, 2008 (5:30 pm)
2005 Matrix XR FWD We replaced the original Goodyear Eagle RSA tires last August after 52000 miles. There were no unusual wear issues.
We installed Michelin Hydroedge tires. There is less tire noise, the ride is stable, gas mileage is a little better, and less hydro planing. We have put over 12000 miles on the tires. I rotate every 5000 miles and keep 34psi in them
#144 of 265 Re: Matrix tire wear [surprisecapn]
Jan 14, 2008 (11:39 am)
The Hydroedge is on my list for replacement tires when needed. I'm also looking at the Goodyear Eagle F1 all-season, which gets great reviews on the tire sites. The Hydroedge is 760 rated, as compared to the 460 for the F1, but I don't drive that many miles so an 80k vs. 50k warranty isn't that big a deal for me.
#145 of 265 Re: Toyota Matrix Tire Wear [remaxmarty1]
Feb 03, 2008 (6:57 pm)
I have a 2006 AWD matrix which I bought used with less than 5k on it. I was given the same run around with a Toyota in Washington PA . I took my car to them to get the car aligned and to get it documented, I was having the same problem with less than 9k on the Continental tires. I have seen this tire complain and told the head mechanic about my concerns. He said it was the tires and I would have to deal with them. I took it to a local Tire shop in my home town after Toyota did the alignment. Less than 25 mile since they did it. The car was out of alignment and two tires where low in pressure. The local tire shop rotated my tires and said it they should wear back in but my tire life will be shortened. I got 18k out of the orginal tires. I now have new tires from the local shop and they are wearing just fine.
I will never use the Toyota dealer in Washington PA again. The date on the printout for their alignment was several days before my car was even given to them. Even after talking to them about it they did nothing. Needless to say don't go to a dealer.