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Old 03-28-2005, 05:14 PM   #1
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premature tire wear out on ZTS

I have a 2003 ZTS -- commute about 200 miles a day -- I am putting tires on this car about every 10-15000 miles. I replaced the original equipment tires at 35,000 (worn out), and have now replaced the Pirelli replacements twice since January 2004 (again worn out or cupped). I don't seem to be able to get more than 25,000 on my tires before they wear out.


The tire stores all tell me that this is a problem with the Focus -- has anyone else had a problem with premature tire wear and cupping -- or are the tire dealers just trying to sell me more tires?


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are they actually worn out look at them urself.....do you drive alot on the highway??...someone from ford told me the back end is so light it actually like skipps when ur driving highspeed which causes them to wearout fast or uneven or something?? whoknows
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my car is wearing the rear tires quicker than the fronts,i did an alignment and it had -2.4 camber on Lr and -1.4 on rr,,these were not very percisely built vehicles,,to keep costs lower id use some more meatier tires or try to get a good alignment... set toe at 5 per side or total of 10.. spec wants 18 total..allot of toe in rear....no real way of adjusting camber.. jess
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I've had the alignment checked, and had a 4 wheel alignment last January 2004 and then again this past month. Alignment this past month was fine (last year it was off quite a bit).
Most of the driving is expressway; it doesn't seem to matter between front or back tires (I generally rotate them so it is a little hard to tell for sure).
They are worn, I've looked at them and checked them myself. It seems that the cupping problem is on the rear however, because when I rotate them I've had problems due to the vibration when the rear tires cup and then are rotated to the front.
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ford racing is supposed to offer a adjustable camber rear cradle soon,,maybe you could use one of those to solve your problem.do they look like there is allot of rear camber..??? not sure what causes tire cupping,,,anyone..... jess
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no problem here, i put alota milage per week as well but mine seem to wear fine have you tried differant stores?
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do you have a print out of your alignment....if so what is the camber and toe in rear.... jess
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Cupping can be caused by many things, improper balance, worn shocks or struts, a loose wheel bearing, a worn tie rod, or even worn ball joints. Once a tire is cupped there is no way to correct the problem unless you buy a new tire. I know my car had a bit of a problem with the rear toe. What does the cupping pattern look like? Being able to see where the tires are being worn will give valuable info to what the problem may be.
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alignment data

I finally remembered to pull my printout on the alignment -- (and I have checked with Goodyear as well as Discount Tire and both tell me that "this is a common problem with the Focus, they all eat up tires")

Left front: Camber -0.6, Caster 2.6, Toe -0.08, SAI 14.1, Included Angle 13.6
Right Front: Camber -0.4, Caster 2.9, Toe -0.09, SAI 14.2, Included Angle 13.8
Front: Cross Camber -0.1, Cross Caster -0.3, Cross SAI -0.1, Total Toe -0.17

Left Rear: Camber -0.5, Toe 0.28
Right Rear: Camber -0.4, Toe 0.22
Rear: Cross Camber -0.1, Total Toe 0.49, Thrust Angle 0.03
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Old 04-23-2005, 08:21 PM   #10
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My original Firehawks were gone by 21,000 miles. but mconrad is right on the money, if you have access to a lift I'd do a undercar inspection of the suspension parts.
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