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#956 of 965 Problem with Michelins Primacy MXV4 tires
Jun 26, 2013 (2:44 pm)
I recently replaced the original tires on my Avalon 2009 XL (Bridgestone Potenzas) with Michelin Primacy MXV4 because these were so highly rated and supposed to give a smooth ride. Well, these Michelin tires ride like bricks and one feels every surface roughness or irregularity. I've double checked tire pressure and it is correct (29psi). The Michelins have ruined the very soft ride that Avalons are known for and which was one of the things I liked the most about my car. Has anyone else had same issue or experience with these tires?
#957 of 965 Re: Problem with Michelins Primacy MXV4 tires [carlupi]
Jun 26, 2013 (3:33 pm)
I have an '06 Avalon Touring with 210,000 miles on it and have run the Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires on it for at least the last 30,000 miles. I've found the ride to be great. Smooth with excellent handling. I normally run my tires at 35psi, for no other reason than that's just what seems to work for me. Still have the original shocks/struts. Not sure why your tires are not giving you the ride you want. Could be the suspension or could just be a bad set of Michelins, which would be very rare. Not sure about this set of Michelins but I know that my last set were directional and had to be installed in pairs on the correct axle/side of the car. So, a couple of things you might want to check on. Have a good front end man check the suspension and make sure the tires were installed correctly.
#958 of 965 Re: Problem with Michelins Primacy MXV4 tires [carlupi]
Jun 26, 2013 (4:43 pm)
My 1st set of tires after the original Michelins were Primacy MXV4. I have a 2008 Ltd. Smooth, quiet ride - these lasted 117,000 miles. I now have 30,000 + on my second set of Primacy MXV4. Same results as before - I keep 35 - 36 psi in these.
#959 of 965 Re: Problem with Michelins Primacy MXV4 tires [carlupi]
Jun 26, 2013 (4:57 pm)
Those are typically outstanding tires so it's not the tires unless you have a bad tire pressure gauge or tires that sat in the warehouse so long they got hard. You can check the DOT code production date as follows....
In the example:
DOT U2LL LMLR 5107
51 Manufactured during the 51st week of the year
07 Manufactured during 2007
Hope you get it figured out as bad tire are really annoying on an Avalon.
#960 of 965 Re: Problem with Michelins Primacy MXV4 tires [rfisher66]
Jun 27, 2013 (2:28 pm)
Thanks for the info (also to others who responded). I am going back to Costco this weekend to check the problem out. I know it is not the suspension because just one week prior to geting the tires my Avalon went through a major service at Toyota dealer and everything was OK. I noticed the harsheness of the ride immediately after getting the tires but thought it was probably overinflation. Adjusting the psi has made no difference. I'm hoping it is just a case of getting a set of bad or old tires.
#961 of 965 Re: Headlights [urspider76]
Oct 03, 2013 (6:43 am)
Wife owns a lightly used '08 XLS w/ 45K mi. with a dead LH high-beam light, I'm OK with minor repairs and I do not understand this entire issue. The only daytime running lights I've noted are the little, inboard, amber ones costing peanuts, so why are we all talking about daytime running lights contained w/in the high-beams? I'm not even sure about whether those are HIDs, except to know that the HIR-1 bulbs are pretty much obsolete (at a cost of $46 apiece!) and have largely been replaced with some much cheaper 9011s..
She rarely uses her brights and none appear to have exploded or damaged their housings. I don't get it, except to know that trying to replace her dead high-beam bulb is sure to make me remove the battery. The dealer wanted $100 to do this job and I think that it smells. After cycling all the lights, my impression is that the little amber guys are her daytime running lights and that the brights are not; also, that the discussion about that does not apply. Am I wrong?
#962 of 965 Re: Headlights [growler99]
Oct 03, 2013 (11:21 am)
You will need to remove the battery unless you are some sort of contortionist. The high beams are run at a lower voltage for DRL and that has caused carbon build-up on the filaments which cause failure problems. The Toyota solution is a new design headlight module that I have read are $1000 plus per unit to have replaced.
I bought a used 2008 Avalon last Fall and my wife, who does not use high beams very often, discovered that they both were not working. Both of the bulbs were broken, I assume from a mini explosion. I replaced both the bulbs with the $46 bulbs and the drivers side did require battery removal. I was not aware of the 9011 bulbs being a replacement bulb. Wondering if these will work as the DRL in low voltage mode. I would be interested in what you find.
#963 of 965 Re: headlight bulb [neophyte99]
Oct 03, 2013 (12:50 pm)
Can you tell me what the bulb specifications you're using for both the low and High HID bulbs? Thanks
#964 of 965 Re: Headlights [growler99]
Oct 10, 2013 (2:32 am)
If you know a good mechanic you may want to get an estimate from them to replace the bulb. The real problem is with the high and low bulbs. I suggest you get a copy of the extended warranty covering the headlight assembly replacement, which is covers cars with less than 72K miles. I had a quote for $2500 to replace the assemblies. Since I was not under the warranty I chose to replace bulbs and see how it goes. I have replace the high beams twice and both low beams once. So far they are still working, and I have 106K miles. Good luck.
#965 of 965 Re: Headlights [rstocking]
Oct 10, 2013 (7:55 am)
Thank you, but meanwhile I did learn about and find their "Warranty Enhancement Notice" #CSC-10042925-9889 applying to 2008-10 Avs, which my wife never got in the mail. If EITHER of the hi-beam(s)/DRL(s) explode or just fail w/in 5 years of in-service date or 72k miles, whichever is less, TOY says they will replace BOTH sides' housings & bulbs free w/ redesigns. As wife's miles are v.lo. and her in-service date was 10/30/08, she is just going to sneak under the wire and save $2600-2800. Yippee! So much for Grossinger Toyota, which did not tell her this in order to sell her a bulb, which is not a lasting fix. Nor does this cover the low beams which, fortunately, are still OK.