Oh boy has it been a big couple of days for the Civic. It all started with an alignment. After putting the new wheels, tires, and tie rod ends on, I took it in for an alignment. Everything was green. Except the car was pulling to the left. Hard.
Edit 3/9/19: “Jeeps Beemers and other fun things” figured it out:
Ok, no big deal. Take it in a couple days later, they re-align it, saying a couple of measurements are out of wack.
They re-re-align it.
They rotate the tires front to back (not sure why they bothered?).
I call the vendor, TireBuyer, and while helpful, they’re not sure what the issue is. They think it is because I’m putting an LT tire on a very light car, causing... issues. I’m not so sure.
So I took matters into my own hands.
- I lowered the PSI from 30 to 20 on the fronts. (No change)
- I lowered the PSI from 30 to 20 all around. (No change)
- I cross rotated the LF to RR. (No change)
- I cross rotated the RF to LR. (Some change)
The last rotation made things... different. It isn’t pulling as hard, though it is still pulling, but now the car is vibrating badly over 50 MPH. Also I noticed one of the tires had a.... hair? About 1/8" thick, it is certainly larger than a “normal” demolding hair.
Also with further research, it appears these tires are directional but were not mounted as such. Internet seems to think that shouldn’t cause a problem.
Fuck a doodle doo.
So basically my options are:
- Take a wild guess which tire is the problem (they all look fine) and return it as defective
- Have the tires’ direction corrected
- Have the tires re-balanced
- Both 2 and 3
- Have the alignment checked at a different shop
- Swap the old wheels and tires back on the car
- Return all four tires and exchange for normal road tires
- 1, 2, and 3, maintaining the option to do #7
In theory all of these options are free, except for #5.
At this point I’m pretty tired of... all of this, and inclined to go with #7 or #5. I just... don’t feel like messing with it anymore.
What does Oppo think? Ever had this?