Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 11:09:13 -0400
From: "JNY" <jnyeungnospamast.net>
Subject: Re: HELP! My Saab "Eats" Wheels and Tires!


I have the same problem with my 99 9-3. In the past yr alone, I have had 5 tire blowouts, one with a bent rim,1 with a puncture and 3 with defective valves. I believe I have OEM 16" alloy wheels too. My rear rim is also slightly bent but was able to be manually beaten with no visible leak. "Johannes H Andersen" <johsnospamfitter.com> wrote in message news:3FF6026B.FEDE0F3Enospamfitter.com... > > > WPK wrote: > > > > My '99 9-3 SE "eats" wheels & tires. In the 3 years that I've driven > > the car I've had to replace 5 wheels due to the wheels becoming bent or > > warped; have had 2 tire blowouts and several tires develop "slow > > leaks". > > > > My 9-3 came with OEM Saab 16" wheels that I believe are called - > > "Viking" 3 hole alloy wheels - and I've run both Michelin and Gislaved > > tires on them. > > > > My driving is not overly aggressive - mosy is Interstate highway > > driving, so I don't think that's the cause. There seems to be a problem > > with the design / construction of this wheel. Or perhaps it's just that > > the low profile tires do not provide enough "cushioning" to prevent the > > wheels from becoming damaged. > > What tire size do you use? Low profiles like 205/50/16 require higher tire > pressures than normal 65 profile tires. The correct pressures for the low > profile inevitably gives a harder ride, but with the bonus of more precise > handling. Sometimes the effect on the ride is not wanted and the pressure > is often reduced or not maintained, but with a high probability of tire/rim > damage.

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