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Old 27th September 2007, 15:04   #1
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I own a ford Ikon (03') with the rocam engine1.3. Its run around 25k kms.
Its still running with the bridgestone tyres(original fit). I recently have noticed a wierd sound (& a bit of vibration) when the vehicle is in motion. People here tel me the tyre threads have almost vanished!! but i dont think so!! the threads are still prominent!!
I have owned an opel astra before this!! i Hav used the opel for 7 years!! (97-03') I had similar bridgestone tyres on it!! But i never have noticed the above discussed sound in it!! so am confused!! i know that the tyres stil have a minimum life of 10k kms more!!

Pls give your comments regarding this matter!! how should i go about it!!


I also wanted to know if second hand alloy wheels are available for my vehicle!! how much would they cost approx!! and is it available in my city?? (mangalore)
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Old 27th September 2007, 15:18   #2
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hi

Tyre does not depend on number of years, it all depends on how the car runs and the condition of road, in your case we cant tell exactly what could be the problem, if you can post some pics of tyres, we can help you out..

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Old 27th September 2007, 15:25   #3
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thank you for your valuable suggestion sir!!

Will soon try to put some some snaps of my tyres!!
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This might be a case of bent steel belts in the radials after 4 years of use.
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Vibrations are sometimes caused by poor wheel balance. But they cause vibrations only at higher speed, somewhere around 60kmph.
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Vibrations can either be caused by wonky Wheel Alignment or by tyres which have got bulges in them. Basically in the first case all you have to do is get the balancing done again but if the tyres have bluges than you have to replace them.
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get ur ikon wheel check, alingment or balancing.

at times the sound can be from shocks
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I remember reading somewhere that after 5-6 years tyres should be replaced even they are not worn out, as rubber deteriorates as it gets older.
For the same reason, it is important to check the manufacture date at the time of purchase of new tyres.
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I remember reading somewhere that after 5-6 years tyres should be replaced even they are not worn out, as rubber deteriorates as it gets older.
For the same reason, it is important to check the manufacture date at the time of purchase of new tyres.
Yes, tyres generally have a life of around 5 years so it's recommended to replace them after that period (from the date of manufacturing) to ensure that there are no problems like sudden blowouts or poor grip due to ageing & hardening of the rubber.
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Yes the tyre may get old, but one more fact is that tyres must be roatetd to different wheels like front left to back right vice versa.

I have seen this in Ford booklet as well.
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Thanks a lot for your replies guys!! I am mostly going for new set of wheels for my ikon soon as i am planning a long trip!! thanks for your valuable suggestions!!
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After 25 k kms you should not need to change the tyres, unless there is severe mis-alignment. I had this problem on my old Escort, alignment was never done properly due to some suspension component that needed replacement and the tyres chaps just did their alignment (every 5000 kms) to the best they could, but never told me it was out of whack so much. After 25 k tyres were badly worn out on one side, and eventually I replaced them at 30 k.
But never had a noise.
Please have this checked thoroughly before you put new tyres. Have them rotate the tyres, see if the noise goes away, then you know it's the tyres. Have them check that the alignment is spot on, no deviation should be tolerated. It may be a suspension component, in which case get it done before you put new tyres.
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People here tel me the tyre threads have almost vanished!! but i dont think so!! the threads are still prominent!!

i know that the tyres stil have a minimum life of 10k kms more!!

Your treads may have some life left, but the rubber is ageing. Like Iraghava said, check the tyres for bulges.
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Unhappy same problem!!! new approach!!

Hi friends!!
In my 1st query in this post, i had complained about some noise and vibrations in my car!! i had asked everyone whether the tyres played a part in it!!

Now my problem still remains the same!! but the people at ford told me today, that my tyres stil have a minimum life of 5k-10k kms in it!! They also told that the wheel bearing of the RHS-rear wheel was the source of the problem!!

My vehicle has done around 28k kms till date!! what i would like to know from all of you:

1)wats your opinion regarding the comments made by the people at ford about this problem??? Do you feel the bearings are the source of this???

2)is it a proper time for wheel bearings to get worn off?? i mean its just clocked 28k!! isnt it too early?? wat might be reason for this???

3)They have also told me it will cost me around 3000-3500 rs. to rectify it!! is it a fair price??

3)they have informed me tat, i shud get this job done soon!! else if i delay it, i might have to change the drums as well!! how true is this???

pls do give ur opinion about this and suggest me how do i go ahead from here!!

Thank You!!
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Some users re-grease the wheel bearings,but its recommended U change the faulty wheel bearing.
Check its price in the open market and use genuine spare only.
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