Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2003 16:55:23 +0000
From: Frank Sweeting <fictiousnopsamup.co.uk>
Subject: Strange front tyre wear pattern


Hi evr'yone Any advice/suggestions welcome on this new to us L reg 9000CSE lpt auto During mechanical inspection on the ramps by a non franchise Saab only specialist who we know & trust we noticed/were advised both front tyres were very worn on the inner shoulders. Ie the edge of the tread had been worn off completely. Top engine mount is showing wear but is nowhere near needing to be done. No concerns about suspension components So off we go to have the tracking checked - that¼s fine. Its suggested that the camber angle is wrong (apparently its adjustable on some cars ie VW) Now the scary bit is that one tyre was showing casing over 35% of its circumference. So we've got two new front tyres We know the car has had new tyres at about 17k mile intervals, they are 195/65VR15 Cooper VHP's, fitted on Saab Aero rims - the handed ones. The handed front wheels were on the wrong side when bought It had a near side front pattern wheel bearing fitted a month before the last set of front tyres (17k ago) & the last MOT 6k miles ago in June 03 has no advice on tyres at all. It had pattern front discs & calipers fitted in Dec 02 Front suspension wishbone (Saab) bushes fitted Sept 01 Near side inner driveshaft bearing (Saab) fitted Mar 00 Neither of us regular 9000 drivers noticed any unusual driving characteristics on test or routine 75 mile journeys Just pleased we got to those tyre before they got us in blowout trouble I'm very surprised that this has got to this stage in 6k miles & would appreciate any advice/suggestions from the group TIA & regards: Frank

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