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Old June 5th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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I've got aftermarket wheels for the "summer" on my 2003 Accord V6 and they have 235/45ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport Plus A/S tires on them. The steering wheel started to vibrate a little around 70MPH, so I went to Walmart to get the tires balanced, hoping that would fix the problem.

After the balancing, the whole car actually started to shake more around 65MPH! Not just the steering wheel, but the seats too. The guys had mentioned my tires were pretty bad due to the corner of sidewall starting to crack and such. I had noticed that but wanted to squeeze some more mileage out of them since they were only at 4/32" (around 35k) on them. They suggested I get new tires mounted before my 5-hr trip this weekend.

I took pictures of the sidewall, what do you guys think of the tire condition? My fear is that after getting the new tires on there, the vibration remains.





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Old June 5th, 2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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did you get your alignment/camber checked?
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did you get your alignment/camber checked?
No, not yet. Was waiting to do that when I get new tires on.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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change tires, get an alignment and see how it rides.
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That looks like the beginnings of thread separation. If you've ever seen whole tire threads on the side of the road and wondered how did that happen...this is it. Change the tires dude.
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Yeah I had the same problem with some michelins. They didn't have many miles on them. The sidewall ended up blowing out on the freeway at 75mph. Not fun but mine weren't caused by a tiny crack, more like rot from the inside out.
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This looks like rot. Can the OP post the date numbers on the sidewall? Tire Tech Information - Determining the Age of a Tire
I bet these tires are old.
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Old June 6th, 2013, 08:42 AM   #8
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This looks like rot. Can the OP post the date numbers on the sidewall? Tire Tech Information - Determining the Age of a Tire
I bet these tires are old.
4708 is the date number. Purchased in April, 2009.
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This looks like rot. Can the OP post the date numbers on the sidewall? Tire Tech Information - Determining the Age of a Tire
I bet these tires are old.

Good call
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Old June 6th, 2013, 06:01 PM   #10
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Thanks all! I changed my tires today, but the vibration is still there. I'm gonna have another shop look at it tmw along with doing a wheel alignment.
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Alignment then check your axles.
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