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Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Some of you will have read my thread from about 12 months ago when I had new front tyres and 4 wheel alignment including front castor adjusted by moving the subframe. Well just under 13,000 miles later and I have had all 4 new tyres fitted and that gave me a chance to have a close look at the old ones when they were off of the car.
The Michelins on the front have done just under 13,000 and were down to about 2mm across the tyre with some minor extra inner edge wear over the last 1½"
The rears, Pirelli PZero Neros, were on the car when purchased with about 5mm tread depth on them. On removal I noticed that they were more heavily worn on the outside edge than on the inside. I didn't take the opportunity to use a tread depth gauge but I would guess that the outer tread was about 1.5mm and the inner was about 3.0mm.
The tyre supplier I use does not have the latest equipment for alignment so the car will have to wait until next W/E before it gets a visit to a specialist and I intend using Formula 1 Centre in Swindon. Only because they have been good for other cars of mine recently and they have an ex-Alfa Romeo apprentice working for them. They also do as I ask them without arguing. I used to get the, "it will be your responsibility sir," but I don't even get that now.
My thoughts are:-
Fronts - set to 0 this time. Last time I set them to minus 2 and this may account for the slight inner edge wear.
Rear - have the rear checked and make a decision when I know what settings they are at. The wear on the rear looked more like camber wear than toe wear as it was evenly tapered across the tyre. This makes me question the accuracy of the previous garage equipment or care they took attaching it to the car.
The only frustrating point that will make me less sure of what I want on the rear is that having driven the car to get the tyres changed I have noticed that it is pulling to the near side. "Oh yes, it's been doing that for a while said my wife." It's her car and I rarely drive it.
I have some pictures of the tyre wear - poor quality iPhone pics - and I will post them with the next post when I get the alignment done.
Last edited by kandlbarrett; 03-11-12 at 22:22.