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    Do FALKEN tires suck?

    Bought a set of Falken Winter tires (225/45-17) for my Boxster, and it seems all four were either deformed to begin with or became deformed during the past 3 months of nice, normal driving.
    Im experiencing shaking at the rear and front (wheel), and it's NOT the suspension. Had that checked already.

    The dealer hasnt heard about faulty FALKEN tires before, but the mechanic of my other car has heard of many customers with the same problem as I have.

    Have you had any experience, or can you give me more info on this?

    Re: Do FALKEN tires suck?

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    Dr. Phil said:
    Bought a set of Falken Winter tires (225/45-17) for my Boxster, and it seems all four were either deformed to begin with or became deformed during the past 3 months of nice, normal driving.
    Im experiencing shaking at the rear and front (wheel), and it's NOT the suspension. Had that checked already.

    The dealer hasnt heard about faulty FALKEN tires before, but the mechanic of my other car has heard of many customers with the same problem as I have.

    Have you had any experience, or can you give me more info on this?



    I don't know Falken at all Dr, so can't help you sorry.
    But my general rule is that, if it's not on the list of Approved tire manufacturere by Porsche, then I avoid it.
    Maybe your dealer can get you a deal?
    I heard Michelin makes excellent winter tires.

    Re: Do FALKEN tires suck?

    Dr. Phil - Maybe you're getting flat spots from parking in the cold (I assume Denmark is chilly this time of year)? Is your garage heated?

    Re: Do FALKEN tires suck?

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    Grant said:
    Dr. Phil - Maybe you're getting flat spots from parking in the cold (I assume Denmark is chilly this time of year)? Is your garage heated?



    Yeah, it
    My garage isnt heated either....so maybe youre right?!?


    It was the first time sine i switched the front and rear wheels, that my steering wheel was shaking too.
    I thought one of those led balance thingies on the rim had fallen off, but maybe it could be "cold spots".
    However, I have NEVER ever heard of or seen this before. Just sounds ridiculous, dunnit? I mean, if youre right- it would be impossible to own a car with winter tires without a heated garage.
    Besides, the tires didn

    HEEELP!
    Maybe i just have to switch to summer wheels and hope for spring weather...and then let the dealer find out how to fix the tires...

    Any other suggestions?

    Re: Do FALKEN tires suck?

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    Dr. Phil said:
    It was the first time sine i switched the front and rear wheels, that my steering wheel was shaking too.
    I thought one of those led balance thingies on the rim had fallen off, but maybe it could be "cold spots".




    If you switched tires front to rear and the the vibration started at the same time, then I also think the problem is probably caused by at least one wheel being out of balance. The same out-of-balance wheel would be more noticeable on the front axle than if fitted to the rear axle.

    This doesn't need to be due to a lead weight falling off the rim. Balance can change as a result of tread wear, especially with cheaper brands with less consistent production process controls.

    Re: Do FALKEN tires suck?

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    Dr. Phil said:but maybe it could be "cold spots". However, I have NEVER ever heard of or seen this before. Just sounds ridiculous, dunnit? I mean, if youre right- it would be impossible to own a car with winter tires without a heated garage.



    There is a product called Tire Cradles (www.tirecradle.com)that are made of 4 pieces of some soft material that the tires rest on when you park for a long time (allows the tires to keep their shape). Might be worth a try...

     
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