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Does this car have "low profile" tires fitted? Thanks
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Thanks for the reply.
We have this issue brought up in our shop quite often.
The Scion product line does not have very much sound deadening material installed, so, harder tires (a higher tread wear rating), and, more often than not, low profile tires results in a significent amount of road noise.
And what do you find?
If you were to examine the side of the tires, and locate the treadwear indicator, anything over 330 is going to be noisy. Really noisy on newer concrete highways
Do you recollect if there was a fair amount of tread on the front tires?
The tread wear was fair. I dont mind buying new tires . What would sugest?
If the front tires are worn (insert a penny into the grooves of the tires, Lincoln's head toward the tire...if you can see all of Lincoln's head, you need to replace the tires).
Worn tires (at the limits of the available wear) will be very noisy.
OK what tire would recomend ?
If this car has fancy big rims (a lot do), and those "low profile" tires, you will need rims and tires if you want the noise to go away. A low profile tire has a very thin sidewall. This allows more noise quotient.
Right now, I have a new set of Nexxens fitted to my car. The Yokohamas I took of were very noisy. I hated the noise. Where I drive, a lot of the roads I drive on are new concrete. Excessive noise. The Nexxens are not as noisy; nice tires
This car has OE Rims. So what tire do you recomend?
Great tires, and not a ton of money
If you cannot find Nexxen, Toyo is a nice alternative
What do you think about Michlin?
Michelin tires are, first and foremost, expensive.
Secondly, most have a high tread wear rating; this would be a noisy tire
Personally, I never liked Michelins.
They are not 'bad' tires, however, I thing that nexxen and Toyo deliver the same performance for less money
So am I to conclude that you think this noisy is from the tires?
That would be my estimation of the issue, tires. We do not see a lot of other causes for front end noise. A wheel bearing failure, maybe, that can happen, but it is rare; that is about it
I would think it a good idea to have the vehicle raised on a hoist, and have the front wheel bearings listened to...just to be sure. If no wheel bearing noise, Get some tires
Do you have any other questions for me today? Thanks