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#87 of 282 Uneven wear and cupping
Jul 01, 2009 (12:45 pm)
I own a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid. I have had the car serviced at the dealer as per the manual specifications. I check the tire pressure with each fill up and have never had a tire below recommended PSI. In 2005 at 3100 miles I had to replace the original tires due to uneven wear and cupping. I purchased Sears tires with 75,000 mile warranty. In 2008 Sears replaced one tire and balanced all tires at no charge due to excessive wear and cupping. Honda then realigned the wheels. Now, at 98,000 miles the Honda Service Center tells me the alignment is out again and I need to replace all tires due to uneven wear. Where should I start? Should I go to Sears and ask them to honor the warranty? Or, should I press the Honda Service Center to trouble shoot the cause of the wear? Should I write off these tires as a bad choice and buy a different brand? Is it time to trade?
#88 of 282 Re: Uneven wear and cupping [phbmrgn]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jul 01, 2009 (8:17 pm)
One thing I don't see you mentioning is rotation. Are you rotating the tires every 5-6,000 miles? It's pretty much a given that there's no such thing as a "perfect" alignment and tires have to be rotated to avoid unusual wear patterns and make them last longer.
#89 of 282 Re: Uneven wear and cupping [pf_flyer]
Jul 04, 2009 (12:54 pm)
Yes, the tires have been rotated as per the Honda Service Manual schedule and the tire manufacturer's recommendations. So, the latest set of tires were rotated by Honda in January 2008 and again in June 2008. No mention of unusual tire wear in their inspection report. In July 2008 Sears replaced at no charge one badly cupped tire and aligned the wheels. In June 2009 (this month) Honda rotated the tires again. The inspection report noted uneven wear and recommended replacement of all 4 tires. How could the tires deteriorate so quickly?
#90 of 282 Re: Uneven wear and cupping [phbmrgn]
Jul 05, 2009 (1:35 am)
Rotation only delays the problem a little. My new tires with the new suspension are starting to have a very faint noise but still have 90% tread. I have rotated these at Sams and I am about to conclude to leave the same tires on the back and when the noise gets so bad you can't stand it rotate them off the car.
As far as fuel mileage is concerned, my mileage went up with the two OEMs on the back and then dropped with non OEMs on the back. Weird! The Goodrich are good cheap tires but now I suggest you go another route. Get the new Michelin fuel savers or Goodyear fuel max if you can find them at a reasonable price.
#91 of 282 Uneven wear and cupping HCH 2008
Jul 24, 2009 (3:32 pm)
I own a 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid and am experiencing uneven rear tire wear and cupping. The tire life is reduced to 20,000 miles.The car came equipped with the upper rear control arm that was supposed to fix this problem. Obviously, that did not fix the problem. I'm on my second set of tires now. I've read the messages on
this forum and it appears this problem has existed at least since 2003. Does
anyone have the solution to this problem?
#92 of 282 2007
Jul 25, 2009 (2:09 am)
They replaced mine on my 2007 and I am starting to get road noise again. Most likely it is weak struts and shocks from the factory.
My last Honda ever. The quality is after profit for these guys as evident they made a profit when everyone else is going down the tubes.
#93 of 282 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid - Unusual tire wear
Aug 17, 2009 (2:17 pm)
I have a 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid that has had all recommended maintenance, including tire rotation. All reports to that point indicated that the tires were in good condition. There are 13,000 miles on the car at that point. Two months later at 15,000 miles, after excessive noise and vibration, I'm told the tires all need to be replaced due to inside wear and cupping. I see that this is a somewhat common issue in this vehicle and am annoyed the neither Honda or the dealerships take ownership of this problem and correcting it. When first reported, the dealership failed to mention that this was a known issue on the car and basically told me I must have hit a pot hole or something. I had the tires replaced with Dunlops (those were the original tires) and the car still vibrates. I'm told my car has the updated arm on the rear tires and doesn't have the same problem as the multitude of posts on this site. Obviously there is something wrong with this car model. I would appreciate anyone's information on how they got the tires replaced, aligned, rotated, etc. without having to shell out hundreds of dollars every few months. I'm counting the days until I can turn this leased vehicle back into the dealership. I will not get another civic hybrid.
#94 of 282 Re: 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid - Unusual tire wear [hybridnomore]
Aug 17, 2009 (3:14 pm)
I can only give you a "reality check" and say that I had the same experience with my 2003 Hybrid. After reading the related posts, I decided it was time to trade the Civic for an Insight. I used my knowledge of the tire wear problem as leverage in negotiating the trade in value of the Civic. Good luck!
#95 of 282 Re: 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid - Unusual tire wear [hybridnomore]
Aug 17, 2009 (6:11 pm)
I have HCH 08 and the front two wheels are worn on the inside after 23K. Curiously, for the rear tires, only one on driver's side is worn on the inside. I called the dealer and they said I must have hit a pot hole (the same song and dance other users here got) . My regular mechanic refused to serviced the car due to his machine did not detect any misalignment. Funny thing is that American Honda said my car VIN does not fall in to the Service Bulletin updated JULY 22, 2009 (http://www.in.honda.com/Rjanisis/pubs/SB/a08-001.PDF)
I guess the control arm issues don't appy to my specific VIN, yet my car has the same cupping problem.
I'm not sure what to do next. I'm tempted to just bring it to Sears for alignment and tire replacement and not have to deal with the dealer who doesn't what to deal with the dddreal issue here
#96 of 282 Re: Uneven wear and cupping HCH 2008 [tgbuilder]
Aug 21, 2009 (4:15 am)
I have a HCH 2008 and I too have had this issue with the cupping etc. I called Honda and spoke to my dealer. The best they can do is for the dealer to pay half of the cost of fixing the rear arm control. Something is better than nothing. But this upsets me since i have spent money on replacing the tires too soon. Honda wasnt willing to do anything on their end. I hate my HCH. I should have bought the Prius.