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03-03-2013 09:52 PM
Faygo Focus Oddly, the tires were all 29psi cold when I checked them myself.

Dealer had them all marked as 30 and noted they "should be 33." They probably were waiting for me to say go ahead on the balance before pumping them up, but I never did.

However, I noted for myself that the sticker in the door jamb says 35 cold and thats where I set them. Slightest drift left now only in the left lane, so I'm not worrying.

Dealer also noted that all the treads are 4/32" and marked them yellow (green,yellow,red). I suppose 2/32" is when you replace them. Right now I am at about 33k miles. Kinda surprised the tires are already 4/32. Per Tirerack they (Continental ContiProContact) start at 10/32, so if 2/32 is the cut-off, then they are already down 75%, and will last about 10K more miles (until 2/32). Since these are H-rated tires, the warranty is for 60K miles.... instead, looks like I will get 40K out of them (if I wait that long).
02-22-2013 03:36 AM
mikebontoft many more factors than just inflation will affect tire wear. Toe-in on acceleration/deceleration and cruise. Camber, which is usually not perfectly zero and can change based on vehicle loading. A vehicle's inherent scrub radius can also affect wear. You can change scrub by changing caster, but caster is not considered a tire wearing angle.
02-22-2013 03:04 AM
aperson9923 Sorry I should have been more clear, you MAY need to have them aligned when they are rotated if the car pulls in a direction but usually after a tire rotation one won't need an alignment. See if they will do it under warranty...
02-22-2013 01:52 AM
StingRay With how aggressive the factory camber angles are on the MK3, Proper inflation will cut down on uneven tread wear, but there will still be a slight imbalance.
02-22-2013 12:21 AM
Elizabeth Rotating tires is a waste of money.
If you get it free, well maybe.
I would NEVER pay to rotate tires.
With the right inflation, tires will wear evenly across the tread.
True fronts wear out faster..
When the fronts are worn out, new on back and the rear to front.
Works for me.
02-21-2013 11:30 PM
jdetzel If you car is shaking get your tires balanced. Balancing will not have any effect on pulling.

You shouldn't need to get an alignment when you rotate your tires.

You would think they would make sure the tire pressure is correct when they rotated the tires but check it anyway.

You could try swapping the two front tires. That may take care of it.

I just had mine rotated and thought I noticed a little drift that it did not have before. A few days later I don't notice it any longer.
02-21-2013 11:29 PM
05focusST91 Probably off tire pressures or an alignment issue as said earlier, we do comp alignment checks at my dealer and mk3s are usually out slightly in camber/toe
02-21-2013 11:22 PM
ralck
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Originally Posted by Faygo Focus View Post
Got my oil changed and tires rotated at the dealer.

They suggested new wiper blades and tire balancing, which I declined.

Maybe I shouldnt have declined the balancing because now the car pulls to the left, most noticeably in the left lane of the expressway.

Should I see if the treads wear themselves back, or could this simply be due to balancing issues?

I was turned off to extra services when some guy hit me up for "windshield inspection", but maybe I should have done the rebalance.

Thoughts? How much is a rebalance anyway?
Do you have the stock Continental tires or have you upgraded to something else? If you have upgraded, could you have directional tires that are now backwards on the car?
02-21-2013 11:16 PM
suss6052
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Originally Posted by jdubhack View Post
Uhhh... Are you suggesting an alignment with every rotation?
I think that's what they said, but I've never found an alignment to be necessary after every single tire rotation if the tires were wearing evenly and not pulling before hand.
02-21-2013 11:12 PM
jdubhack
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Originally Posted by aperson9923 View Post
You need to have them aligned when they are rotated.
Uhhh... Are you suggesting an alignment with every rotation?
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