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Subject: Re: New tires Date: 5/20/1998 11:19 AM
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DriversWay,

Thanks for the Web site addresses, I'll check them out. I am very religious about maintaining my vehicle. I balance the tires every 5000 miles and align the car 1 or 2 times a year. I check the air pressure every month.

I think my problem is bad mechanics and poor choice of shops. I have been using a national tire chain lately for alignments and balancing. I don't think they pay enough to get the good mechanics. I was gotten recommendations from coworkers of several mom & pop tire and alignment shops in the area. I usually have had more success in the past because they want the repeat business.

The problem with H-rated tires is they are so soft and if you get one bad alignment or hit a pothole, they will wear badly before you realize it. That is why I am considering T-rated Michelin X-one tires. I think the treadwear is 670 and they are one of the best rated in wet stopping distances. I plan on driving this car at least another 130,000 miles and want the extra tire life. Plus I have never had a bad Michelin tire.

I don't see why Toyota saw the need to put H-rated tires on a 4 cylinder 4 door family car. Probably did it to give a customer a better impression during the test drive. They must have had complaints because I have noticed new Camrys have S-rated tires. I don't think the suspension on the new cars has changed that much from previous models. (Suspension is the reason they give for H-rated tires on older models.)
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