Join Date: 4th December 2010
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Wheel alignment made all the difference to my tyres. Here's my experience:
Dunlop SP31s as original equipment on my '59' GE Jazz. Excess wear AT 13,000 miles on just the inside inch of the front tyres. Those inside edges would have been worn smooth by 18,000 miles. Wear like this suggests toe-out.
Honda technician measured the tracking as 'OK' as he/they had done a few thousand miles earlier, too, when I initially expressed concern at the wear rate of the inside edge.
odd that he thought it OK, I thought.
At 13,000 miles I had them realigned. And 'rotated' to rear bringing evenly worn rears to front.
Of course, tracking is not supported by warranty and I took it to an independent tyre fitter who quoted half Honda's price for the realignment. I watched the whole job and the technician, referring to a chart, pointed out the mis-alignment. Not great but probably enough to wear the tyres on that inside edge, he said.
WHEEL ALIGNMENT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO THE WEAR OF MY FRONT TYRES... 12,000 miles later (now at 24,650 miles) and I still have my original Dunlops all round while the fronts are perfectly evenly worn. 30,000 miles life likely.
On any car I have owned, when both front tyres are wearing one side of the tread more than the other, wheel alignment has always fixed it. Much cheaper than ignoring it and replacing tyres very prematurely.