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Old 09-16-2014, 02:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Coroplast wheel covers throwing tires out of balance.

Is this possible? I noticed my car was a little shaky at 65MPH and I checked the tire and my front right is shot.

I got two front tires a few months ago (1400 miles? ago) and the front right is shot. My grandfather blames it on my hubcaps.

They are ziptied coroplast hubcaps on alloys. The tire is very clearly out of balance and the tire shop did balance it. I do hit alot of potholes and take corners at speed. could this be an alignment issue? She goes pretty straight and all the bushings look old but nothing is loose. No bangs or anything when I turn. The CV boot is ripped on the other side.

Any idea? I will need a new tire and I might get the alignment done to toe 0* if It is needed.

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Old 09-16-2014, 02:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No. They aren't nearly heavy enough to affect tire balance.

I would check alignment, and then check your suspension.
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Old 09-16-2014, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Could you be more specific in terms of being "shot"? Were these new tires 1400mi ago?
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They were used tires. They look new. and now the front right is bulging they are very clearly out of balance. They are worn down completely in some spots and fine in others.

Compared to the other side they are shot. Other side looks new. Always kept them to 50PSI max sidewall 44PSI.
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Think I'd chalk it up to being used tires, maybe they were starting to have issues for the previous owner, or maybe they sat around a little too long. I wouldn't think its caused by the wheel covers
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I need a new tire anyway and I will set the alignment to toe 0. Thanks for the help!
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Think I'd chalk it up to being used tires, maybe they were starting to have issues for the previous owner, or maybe they sat around a little too long. I wouldn't think its caused by the wheel covers
I was thinking the same thing. Belts could have become warped if they sat on a vehicle in one spot for days/months on end.
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I just went to the shop and got a new tire. Looking for deals to get the alignment done soon. All suspension looks good / decent.
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Bulging would be from damage, like pothole or puncture repair, not out of balance. Over inflation just makes it worse.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm thinking that you may have some worn suspension components, like bushings or shocks or tie rods. Those can cause uneven wear and a wobble from the front of the car. Though I can't think that they would cause sidewall bulges--I would look to potholes or curbs for causing that.

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